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....
©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I like the play between the supernatural and the mortal worlds, as in many of the other books I read. This was better than twilight.
I enjoyed the magic, and the alternate forms available to the casters and their kind. The small town mentallity was enough to make me angry at times on behalf of the main characters.
Yes, I thought the inflections in the voice, and the town folk were great. The love that the two main characters share was evident, and the message about people choosing their path was clear.
Nothing wrong with the narration, but it could have been better if the female parts were spoken by a female narrator.
Looking to read the second book in the series in a month or so. Lots of other great books to go through still.
The audio version is so much better due to the inclusion of music and the memory/dream sequences.
The Narrator makes me feel like I'm a character in the book. His accents are dead on.
Looking forward to the upcoming movie in Feb 2013!! This series of books are going to be bigger than Twilight.
Beautiful Creatures is in the top 20 of audiobooks I have listened to. The plot flows very nicely and keeps your interest throughout the entire story.
I would compare Beautiful Creatures to the Dresden series with the coming of age wizards in some of those books.
I have not listened to any other performances by Kevin T. Collins.
Normal is never ordinary when family ties split the lines between light and dark.
A very good audiobook. I would recommend this to other listeners.
I came across this by chance in one of audible's great sales. It was surprisingly captivating. I cant wait for the next book. Highly recommend. Very Different.
Yes if you are bored. interesting story idea, but the book is less exciting than it could be.
Lena's powers showing themselves and possibly getting her into trouble. The book tends to drag.
I thought the narrator did a nice job changing his voice for the characters. The music was boring and distracting. The dream sequences are strange and I thought the mp3 file was corrupt. Cannot hear what the character is saying during the dream sequences.
Not read the rest of the series. Although I have read other reviews that state you have to get through this book to enjoy the others. Their ratings are higher, apparently the series gets better after this book? Not sure if it will be worth the gamble.
This was an absolutely fantastic book. I normally don’t like books of this type, but Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have done an incredible job with this book. They take an unbelievable subject and grab the reader’s attention from the beginning, through the book until the very end. When I put the book down, I thought … I can’t wait for the next one to come out. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 11!
Great job ladies.
Fun, Intriguing, and Sweet
Ethan. Very well written, especially for two female adult writers.
Probably the dance. Riddley is a lot of fun.
This is a great little ride for anyone who wants to escape back into the fantasies you had as a teenager. It's well-written so adults will enjoy the story, and the characters are easy to connect to. It's not Shakespeare or anything, but it's a fun journey. I'll definitely read the second book.
The plot has a lot of really creative details, which is especially interesting if you're into witch craft or the occult. However, it's written in a non-threatening way, so no one should feel like they're getting "converted". Plus, if you're Southern or have spent time in the South, you'll get a familiar kick out of the way that the authors present the small South Caroline town and its members.
I love to read but I have little time to do so. This is why I really enjoy audio books. This audio book was different but good. It added effects to help with the imagery that some may have difficulty with when it comes to print versions.
I like the different perspective. Most of these supernatural love stories are from the girl's perspective. I like that it was in the POV of the guy.
I enjoyed the special effects because it really helps you imagine what is going on. I did have a problem with certain parts of the effects. All I heard was the music. I couldn't hear or make out what the narrator was saying.
The story is nothing out of this world, but it's interesting enough to keep you listening.
Alma, the housekeeper is your traditional black southern overprotective wanna be mom. Too funny.
No, this is my first one, but I love his narrations and characters... A+
Yes, if I could I would have.
Between the amazing narration and the story you have quite an entertaining book here. I really enjoyed it.
While I really liked the music, sound effects and poetry worked into this audio performance, the book itself has so many huge fails that it flops.
The storyline is creative and pretty effectively creates a realistically teenage first-love obsessive romance. The setting in the the post civil war south is very good, one of the best elements of the story. The narrator does a passable job with a southern accent. Unfortunately, this is only part of a novel; I guess we are now so well conditioned to expect a sequel that authors not longer feel compelled to tell a complete story.
Aside from the general high school histrionics that the authors so expertly capture, the book fails because of their inability to create a story with any depth or value. All of the characters, whether evil or good, behave reprehensibly throughout the story (with the exception of the two main characters who are witless, lovesick teenagers).
There are two examples of side story-lines that the authors could have exploited to create a more engaging and valuable tale: in the first, the witch-hunting townsfolk have dragged our heroine into a administrative meeting to (gasp) kick her out of school. Of course, in reality, treating a 16 year old as they do in this story would get them all fired and the school district sued. Rather than calling for her guardian, our hapless and not-to-bright heroine submits to the juvenile abuse of the townspeople. When her guardian does show up, unexpectedly, I had high hopes that he would slap these people down. However, instead of responding logically to their accusations that he had no right to be there, he lowers himself to their level and "resolves" the situation by blackmailing all of them into letting Lena continue at school. This is after the authors have established that he owns most of the town, is incredibly wealthy and educated, and is a member of the oldest founding family. All of which, in addition to his legal guardianship of the 16 year old heroine, gave the authors numerous opportunities to create a mature resolution to the situation. They didn't.
The second major storyline fail occurs when they finally reveal that the hero's father is suffering from graphomania I thought, oh good they can develop that into an interesting life lesson for the boy. But no. Instead, the father goes undiagnosed, receives no psychiatric help from his caretaker, his son, or the community and the moment is lost. This led me to believe that the authors were not actually aware that they were describing a serious mental illness.
In any case, if you are looking for a book with substance, this is not it.
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