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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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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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    I think that I will order the next book in the series, I did enjoy the book, I'm just not in a huge hurry to download the next.

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    Darlene Harper AL, USA 03-15-10
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    I found the book interesting and enjoyed listen to it. The writer did a wonderful job in creating the characters. and if there is a part two I will look forward to it. I don't like reading the begining of a series though. it always seems to long for the next book.

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    This story is wonderfully read by narrator Kevin T. Collins. The characters are interesting and the story is compelling.

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    Another boring book I can't finish. No idea what this is even about since I didn't have the patience to keep listening. I hate wasting credits.

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    Pedro Bras?liaBrazil 12-31-09
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    "Boring"

    I bought this audiobook because of the amazing reviews it received in amazon. I liked the whole idea of casters and witches, but the truth is, the story is painfully boring.
    According to the authors, the protagonist is a teenage boy, but he could easily pass as a girl.
    The book is too long, and I waited patiently until chapter 6 to something happen.
    And how about the constant i-can't-be-with-you-cause-it's-dangerous ? OMG, it's a nightmare.
    Ok, they are teenagers, but this formula is so old.
    And the plot had reall potential, though you could come up with it in fifteen minutes, without much effort.
    Don't waste your time on this. Aside from the twilight series, I still didn't find a single supernatural YA fiction worth reading. If you have a recommendation, pleeeeease, let me know.

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    Ann Canton, MI, United States 11-17-12
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    If the story wasn't so convoluted! It was just a silly story with no real connection between they characters. And yes I do read YA stuff all the time. So either I'm finally outgrowing it or this was just really bad.


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    Cassandre United States 05-08-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    In the end, there was so much repetition of angst that it was hard to take the story seriously. This book needed some serious editing. It was also shallow in its depiction of Southern small town life. We know that Ama is black, yet there are no other black characters in the novel to flesh out the DAR coterie. It also seems as though the big reveal at the end doesn't make sense. Why wouldn't her Uncle Macon want to educate Lena about what lies in front of her? There are interesting ideas here, but in the end, it's far too angsty to be compelling. The world building also needs some work.


    Has Beautiful Creatures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I am done with anything smacking of Twilight for a while. I should have known better, but I thought the gothic element would be a nice twist. Not so much.


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    Krista Slayton, MN, USA 03-28-10
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    "Meh."

    Beautiful Creatures started out promisingly. However, the plot became very predictable, and the story began to drag toward the middle and end. Also, the cloying "16 Moons" song was like fingernails on a chalkboard by the time I reached the third part of the book. Beautiful Creatures was okay, but I won't be bothering with the sequels. Maybe I would have liked it better if I would have read it myself rather than listened to the audio book.

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    Amazon Customer NEW BEDFORD, MA, United States 01-03-10
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    Excellent book, I enjoyed every chapter. Great sound effects. Hope the authors continue on with this story line.

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    I wanted to like this book but after awhile I really wanted the book to just end. I didn't like the sound effects and music interludes. The reoccuring song was irritating. Narration wasn't my favorite either but the think the problem was the writing not the narrator.

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