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
It was right in the top 5, well done
no favorites, all the characters were great in their own way.
Yes, he was very colorful and I enjoyed it.
I read the book and a few months later I see it is a move. I was very surprised,
As for a tag line, well I don't know. I just know I am the light.
I enjoyed.this book, Started out a.bit slow.for me but it caught my attention
by the time the watch was found. I loved all the characters in the book.most of
them were to say the least very colorful. once it caught my attention it kept me
there. In the end it let me thirsty for more.
I enjoyed this book very much!
Better story. Essentially the book itself was weak and too clichéd. The authors relied on YA formulas and forgot that a good story shoud have heart.
Not sure yet
Lose the stupid sound effects.
Too many to list. Honestly, half way in I was hoping Lena would just turn dark so it would end.
I would prefer to not waste another moment on this book.
Who needs the mall?
Yes. I loved it and I've already purchased it for a friend.
Ethan. I found his sensitive, funny young Southern gentlemen in love and unwilling to give up very appealing.
Kevin Collins did a superior job narrating this book. He did a fantastic Ethan, but his Amma was truly magnificent.
I wish Lena would have stood up for herself more. The character was young, confused, and troubled, yes, but her near constant need to be saved from everyone and everything grew tiresome quickly. (It didn't stop me from buying every other book in the series this afternoon.)
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.
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