I wanted to like this book but after awhile I really wanted the book to just end. I didn't like the sound effects and music interludes. The reoccuring song was irritating. Narration wasn't my favorite either but the think the problem was the writing not the narrator.
I bought this audiobook because of the amazing reviews it received in amazon. I liked the whole idea of casters and witches, but the truth is, the story is painfully boring.
According to the authors, the protagonist is a teenage boy, but he could easily pass as a girl.
The book is too long, and I waited patiently until chapter 6 to something happen.
And how about the constant i-can't-be-with-you-cause-it's-dangerous ? OMG, it's a nightmare.
Ok, they are teenagers, but this formula is so old.
And the plot had reall potential, though you could come up with it in fifteen minutes, without much effort.
Don't waste your time on this. Aside from the twilight series, I still didn't find a single supernatural YA fiction worth reading. If you have a recommendation, pleeeeease, let me know.
If the story wasn't so convoluted! It was just a silly story with no real connection between they characters. And yes I do read YA stuff all the time. So either I'm finally outgrowing it or this was just really bad.
In the end, there was so much repetition of angst that it was hard to take the story seriously. This book needed some serious editing. It was also shallow in its depiction of Southern small town life. We know that Ama is black, yet there are no other black characters in the novel to flesh out the DAR coterie. It also seems as though the big reveal at the end doesn't make sense. Why wouldn't her Uncle Macon want to educate Lena about what lies in front of her? There are interesting ideas here, but in the end, it's far too angsty to be compelling. The world building also needs some work.
Yes. I am done with anything smacking of Twilight for a while. I should have known better, but I thought the gothic element would be a nice twist. Not so much.
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This story is told from the young man's point of view, which I found very refreshing!
Things start off very slowly, so it took me a while to get into it. I wasn't completely sold on the multiple playings of the "16 Moons" song early on, but everything came together by the end. That's not the only audio effect -- during storms, you'll hear the rain, flashbacks have an echo, and fire crackles. They did a good job with the sound effects! There's a strong sense of place and descriptive detail throughout, but I'll agree with an another reviewer that the repeated digs against the things that were "always true" about small towns got a little pedantic. But then, don't most kids talk about getting away from the places they grew up, regardless of where that was?
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I think my favorite part was getting to know all the excellent characters. Ethan and Lena were fine, but it was the supporting cast who really made the book for me! Everyone has a past, and everyone has a secret -- including the town itself, really. While the "boy meets girl and one of them has magical powers" story has been told before, this one has it's own flavor.
Parents, the language stays pretty clean, and the romantic situations never become too adult. There are bad guys with bad intentions, but the violence isn't gory or graphic.
Beautiful Creatures started out promisingly. However, the plot became very predictable, and the story began to drag toward the middle and end. Also, the cloying "16 Moons" song was like fingernails on a chalkboard by the time I reached the third part of the book. Beautiful Creatures was okay, but I won't be bothering with the sequels. Maybe I would have liked it better if I would have read it myself rather than listened to the audio book.
Excellent book, I enjoyed every chapter. Great sound effects. Hope the authors continue on with this story line.
If you like sparkling dialogue like "How Do You No?" "Shut Up" and "You Don't Know Anything" repeated over and over, this book is for you. Seriously, the story had potential but the writing is horrible!
As someone who loved the Hunger Games and Delirium trilogies I was eagerly anticipating this series based on all the positive reviews. Boy, was i disappointed. I didn't care for the narrators, the canned music or the predictable and unengaging storyline. I forced myself to finish the book but didn't care enough about the characters to bother with the sequel. Please save your credit!
The storyline itself was good. I enjoyed it and thought it was very creative. The descriptions were good as well. Some how the writing lacked a bit and it wasn't enough to turn me off, just an observation
At times I felt like I was reading Twilight. They seemed to give me the same feelings and the writing was similar in my eyes. I have to say that I'm interested though and will probably read the rest of the series. However, the true reason I picked this book up was because of the movie coming out soon. The movie trailers look good and I wanted to read the book for the movie. A must for me. ;)
So the characters ... I liked them all and felt connected with most of them. I think it's weird that the POV character was not one of the ones I felt closest to. He was actually the least connectable character. He seemed flat or too feminine or too ... I don't know ... just flat. Lena had more shape and personality than he did and we only heard from her for about 2 minutes. Ethan did a great job bringing to life all of the other people in his life except himself. I thought that was odd. Maybe it was just him, and I thought he was a bit of a p*ssy or something, I don't know. I hope it was just his age or the fact that he had gone through a rough time before he met Lena that he's like that or maybe it was just Lena that brought out that personality in him. Hopefully he'll grow and mature and gain some character.
Otherwise, I enjoyed it. I can say I don't have the "I gotta start the next book right now or I'm gonna die" feeling, but maybe before the next movie comes out I'll read it.
The performance was good, BUT I didn't like the music and sound effects, they were distracting and a bit too much. There's a song that is used through out the story and I could see playing that when needed, but then all of the other background noise took away from the the telling of the story.