I enjoyed the up to date storyline of fantacy with historical and literary components, as well as, the development of relationships among the characters.
I liked the overall air of mystery surrounding the story.
My favorite scene was near the end when all of the main characters were coming together for the Claining of Lena.
I think most of us have experienced to some degree the ostracism Lena endured by the social "elite" of her school and town. It was very poignant to feel this empathy for her .
I plan to read the next book "Beautiful Darkness" since I enjoyed this book so much. Definitely, the audible version enhanced my enjoyment; and, I hope the story keeps its integrity to the storyline and characters so I can plan to enjoy the next book in the series.
Enjoyed the story and narration but could have done without the sound effects - they sounded hokie. Will not continue the series with the audiobooks!
The plot seemed to be moved along only by the parents refusing to tell the main characters a thing. The non-ending only led into the second book, answering almost none of the questions posed throughout the hours and hours of listening. UGH. Not worth it.
The narrator had a pleasant voice HOWEVER the dream sequences were garbled and seemed to be mixed with the music being part of the foreground making it hard to hear. I redownloaded and had the same problem so it's in the file itself.
Better than expected
You get Ethan's point of view. He is on the outside of "caster" world and you see what he is going through when he realizes his boring town isn't that boring.
Ridley and Link
The winter dance was a scene from Carrie. Wet gooey snow instead of blood and Ridley making them mean kids pay by ruining the dance was funny and Macon dying was sad.
I couldn't hear the narrator during the dreams. His voice was too low. The background noise was louder than the narrator. My friend has the book, I read Ethan's dreams.
Yes, its a magnetic story that pulls you in and you don't know where its going to end.
Its like harry potter. Cause you have magic and good and bad people.
no I haven't but he did a wonderful job.
Yes the last two chapters.
I cant wait to listen to the rest of the series!!
I loved the performance. It seemed more like an old radio show to me. The girl singing the song and the sound effects they added.
Alma. I would not want to mess with her. But her maternal instincts make her lovable.
An actual story that didn't revolve around a hackneyed romance, a believable narrator (I'm the last person to want male characters to fit into stereotypes, but Ethan was, in several instances, clearly written as a stereotypical "female fantasy" character), a solid plot progression and/or reason to care; I could go on and on. I didn't actually hate this book until the end, because I was trying so hard to like it. But by the end, I couldn't try any more.
Incredulity. There were several times when I literally laughed out loud in shock at the horrid writing. And I reeaaaally wanted to like this book. It deals with plot elements I generally enjoy. But the execution was frustrating and void of depth.
The "supernatural world" the authors imagined was generally uncreative and sadly formulaic, as was the plot. This is the same things you've read before but recycled into a new shape with a slightly different supernatural theme. If the movie cast hadn't enticed me, I never would have tried this book, and I wish I hadn't. Supernatural teen romance is (somehow) a genre but it is rarely, if ever, worth the time. This book is no different.
I'll admit I went into this with low expectations and, alas, they were met but, with the movie coming out and one of my coworkers making her way through the book, I figured I'd give it a shot.
Beautiful Creatures is a YA novel typical of many YA novels of its type. Here we've got small town boy meets new girl who is different by dint of being the new girl and, therefore fascinating although both characters are neither. This may seem harsh, possibly, but I have cause to wonder why, when many of the secondary characters are so entertainingly full of life, the protagonists were so very dull.
I also get the feeling this book could have been a great deal shorter without all the back and forth over whether or not the heroine would be chosen as light or dark which carried on interminably until I was forced to give up on the book altogether. This coupled with the narrator's florid descriptions of his girlfriend's wonderfulness and gorgeousness (etc., etc.) none of which did very much to convince me he was in awe of her as anything more than the concept of a girl; the platonic ideal, if you will, of what a girl should be. "Hormones, my friend," I wanted to say, "you have a lot of them, but what you do not have in any way is chemistry."
All in all, it was an underwhelming read, thin on engaging plot, paced awkwardly in ways that may have been meant to be atmospheric but read as meandering and self-indulgent. The narrator wasn't bad, though. His reading of the protagonist's constant visits to the clouds was pitch perfect, just as his readings for Ama were feisty and amusing. It's the writing with which I find fault, not the narrator's performance. I might have finished the book for the sake of the secondary characters alone but I got tired of the lifeless romantic maundering and couldn't quite bring myself to manage.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
maybe... It was an okay kind of story - nothing real original or surprising. Kids will probably like it.
Something by Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Briggs or Dana Stabenow...
The narrator was good - this was just an average kind of story.
It isn't the worst I've listened to, just not great, not something I would recommend or listen to again...
Everything always stays the same in Gaitlin County, so when new girl – and not just any new girl, but someone really dark and different – comes to school, Ethan notices. Of course, there is also the fact that she has been in his dreams all summer, and that he can hear her voice in his head, even when they are not in the same room.
Turns out the new girl, Lena, is not just different, she is a caster; people in her family all have extraordinary talents like the ability to change the weather, or spy on people through the eyes of your dog. In the south, the worlds of darkness and light have always lived closely together, but it is not something the good people of Gaitlin County talk about aloud. Until the day that one of their people (Ethan) befriends one of the people of the night (Lena). These two worlds are about to collide and Ethan and Lena are right in the middle of it.
If you enjoy stories about other worlds, or enchanted love stories or ghost stories, you might also like Everlost, by Neal Shusterman, or Beastly, by Alex Flinn, or A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle.