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Harrison Given

Roswell, GA, United States

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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3187)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2695)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Laughable"
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    What would have made Beautiful Creatures better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl again?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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