Beautiful Creatures is a slow build romance more about the characters than about getting the main characters together. I love the world behind it. It teeters between light, teen romance and dark undercurrent themes about being who you want to be despite your nature. The characters are fun, and Ethan is a character I'm definitely able to get behind.
I loved the theatrics put behind the narration. The way you could hear the Castor spells as thunder and lightening filled your senses was probably the greatest surprise that, at least in part, made me so addicted to the novel. I literally can't take my headphones off because I'm so eager to get to the next part.
The slow build romance was my favorite aspect. I usually hate romance, and only gave this book a chance because the trailer for the movie looked interesting. I wish I'd gotten to it sooner. This book makes a romance hater like romance again.
Kevin T. Collins brings the story to life in a way I haven't heard other narrators attempt. His voice changes between males and females is incredible - it's like there are individual people reading for each person dialoguing. It will be hard to pick up the books to read without his voice and it will make watching the movie even harder.
Not a moment, but I love the relationship between Macon and Lena. Also, Amma was just hilarious and amazing in her love for Ethan. I love how well she stepped in as his pseudo mom.
I'm not really sure what I was expected. I think I was looking forward to a sort of male version of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan. The main character tries far too hard to convince the reader that he is a gentleman without actually being a gentleman. Between James Marsters' flat narrating style and the subpar writing, it was really hard to get into this book. Once I got past Marsters' narration, I found that there were a few characters who really saved the book from being worthy of a one star rating.
No, definitely not. I will still seek out urban fantasy novels with a male perspective, as there are some books that have done a really good job with it. I've even gotten used to James Marsters - enough to give the second book a chance.
Marsters needed more fluctuation. Changing his tone or pitch would have made it easier to tell who was who.
As a friend recommended, I'm giving the second book a chance but I would definitely not waste a credit or money on this unless there is a sale or something of that nature. I'm hoping the second book gets better, but as it is THIS book just reads like a pilot episode that DIDN'T make the cut.
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