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Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1 | [Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl]

Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

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.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything....

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©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Monica 01-03-13
    Monica 01-03-13
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    "So Excited!"

    I found this series in the "Sale" items. I finished this book and purchased the rest of the series. A few days after I read the first book I found out that it was now going to be a movie! I am pretty excited about it. If you like the Twilight series, the you will like this series too. If you do not like teenage love stories with magical characters, then this is not for you. The events are a little predicable, but what teenage love isn't? I hope you enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grace JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, United States 01-03-13
    Grace JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Creatures"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Creatures the most enjoyable?

    Defiantly the narrator. Kevin does a good job with the characters and keeps your interested through the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

    The sound effects and the music. It's unusual to find an audiobook that incorporates sound effects without being a dramatized, abridged recording. Some of the effects are a little messy, but it added an interesting level to the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting story. Granted it is a YA book and the story is a little cliche and predictable. But I liked the twist on the idea. I've gotten so sick of love sick vampire stories that seem to prevalent right now. The love story doesn't get as sappy as most YA stories. I downloaded the book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I'm interested to see how the story conveys to the big screen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Danville, PA, United States 01-02-13
    Timothy Danville, PA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    Very well written and holds the readers interest throughout. Interesting slant on the content area.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Creatures to and why?

    Twilight series, Harry Potter series, Iron Druid series


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Lena


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book/series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michelle 12-24-12
    michelle 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed"
    Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked this book. The story was very interesting. I liked this book better than a lot of other ones I have bought, and could probably listen too it again.


    Any additional comments?

    These reviews want too much, that's why I rarely leave one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen Asheville, NC, United States 12-21-12
    karen Asheville, NC, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This Book Stinks!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't wish it on anyone.


    What was most disappointing about Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ’s story?

    Totally corny; characters not well-developed; story line ridiculous. .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Creatures?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely don't finish a book, but I simply couldn't endure this anymore, so I dropped about halfway through. Wasn't even interested enough to care about what would happen. Don't recommend this book to anyone really -- maybe pre-teens -- no, why would I wish this on them! Not good reading.

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    CANDACE 12-19-12
    CANDACE 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Twilight-Like but with Witches"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    No I probably will not read again, but I look forward to the movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the Southern setting, the witches powers, and the mystery behind Lena's 16th birthday.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the performance, southern accents and all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts made me laugh, some parts I could not stop reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla Lexington, SC, United States 12-19-12
    Kayla Lexington, SC, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Casters, incubus, and keepers equal drama"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Creatures the most enjoyable?

    The sound effects mixed with the suspense o the story was great


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the ever evolving story plot. It kept me intrigued


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    His inflection in his voice, in conjunction with the different accents was great. He brought the characters to like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 12-17-12
    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2009

    A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.

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    "I loved this Story!"

    I grew up in a small town in the South and really can identify with the High School drama, hometown scandal and family conflicts. Adding superb mystery, humor, and teenage romance into the mix makes it a very compelling story you can't wait to hear more of.
    The performance was excellent; the accents and manners of small-town SC are great.
    Thanks Audible for introducing me to another great series.

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    Kimberly Manchester, NH, United States 12-15-12
    Kimberly Manchester, NH, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great super natural experience !"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Creatures in three words, what would they be?

    dark, light, creative


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Kevin T. Collins' performance a lot.
    I loved the detail in the story that made you feel like you were right there in the action.
    I am excited to listen to the whole series !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 12-15-12
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "More of a younger YA novel"

    I was a little disappointed. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't great either. There were quite a few dull moments and a few areas that don't make a lot of sénse. It has some potentiomal to be a decent series, but I will only listen to the next book, if I can get it from the library or free. I think if you're in your younger teens, you will probably enjoy the book more then I did.

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