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
As someone who loved the Hunger Games and Delirium trilogies I was eagerly anticipating this series based on all the positive reviews. Boy, was i disappointed. I didn't care for the narrators, the canned music or the predictable and unengaging storyline. I forced myself to finish the book but didn't care enough about the characters to bother with the sequel. Please save your credit!
The storyline itself was good. I enjoyed it and thought it was very creative. The descriptions were good as well. Some how the writing lacked a bit and it wasn't enough to turn me off, just an observation
At times I felt like I was reading Twilight. They seemed to give me the same feelings and the writing was similar in my eyes. I have to say that I'm interested though and will probably read the rest of the series. However, the true reason I picked this book up was because of the movie coming out soon. The movie trailers look good and I wanted to read the book for the movie. A must for me. ;)
So the characters ... I liked them all and felt connected with most of them. I think it's weird that the POV character was not one of the ones I felt closest to. He was actually the least connectable character. He seemed flat or too feminine or too ... I don't know ... just flat. Lena had more shape and personality than he did and we only heard from her for about 2 minutes. Ethan did a great job bringing to life all of the other people in his life except himself. I thought that was odd. Maybe it was just him, and I thought he was a bit of a p*ssy or something, I don't know. I hope it was just his age or the fact that he had gone through a rough time before he met Lena that he's like that or maybe it was just Lena that brought out that personality in him. Hopefully he'll grow and mature and gain some character.
Otherwise, I enjoyed it. I can say I don't have the "I gotta start the next book right now or I'm gonna die" feeling, but maybe before the next movie comes out I'll read it.
The performance was good, BUT I didn't like the music and sound effects, they were distracting and a bit too much. There's a song that is used through out the story and I could see playing that when needed, but then all of the other background noise took away from the the telling of the story.
I just cant finish this book. His character voices and his voice are just to irritating to me.
No, and no. You could not pay me to read the next book in the series, and as bad as I felt this was, I think the audio production hurt it too.
Southern Gothic? Not at all. Young Adult? Probably. This book was like playing YA-trope bingo. Absent parents, insta-love, etc. I think I'll have to take a few weeks break before I read another YA.
The drawl. The terrible, terrible laid-on-only-for-dialogue drawl, sometimes in adorable falsetto.
Is this a trick question? What wouldn't I have cut? You could basically pick any scene in Twilight and have a near analogous one in Beautiful Creatures. That's not a complement. If I had to pick the biggest loser though, it would be the gym inquisition, followed closely by the bloated ending.
This is an overlong, unoriginal mess with lackluster characters. I finished it because I don't like quitting books, but last five hours had me sighing and wishing desperately that it were over.
Not that great of a story and the sound effects were ridiculous. Totally unnecessary!
No, this book was hard to follow and definitely not to my taste. I won't waste more time with them.
Not entirely. I will just be more careful when I try new to me authors.
There wasn't much he could do to improve the story.
No redeeming qualities anywhere.
Don't waste your credit.
It's rare that I can't finish a book, but I knew it was time to quit when I found myself cringing at the thought of picking it up again. So I'm bailing at 75%. I just don't care what happens at the end. And I don't care about these characters either, after hoping all that time for the authors to build them into people you want to know better and understand. For the past few chapters I've continued to listen to try to figure out why, as I'm a writer too and want to know how not to make this mistake. But I've lost patience with that process as well as the book.
Part of the problem is the narrator who has a strange understanding of Southern accents, which seem to heighten and disappear like passing clouds. Even his main character is difficult to identify at times because his accent is constantly changing. And, yes, it's a story about teenagers and teenage love, and I get that it's YA, but teenagers these days have far more depth than any of the characters the authors have created. High school is so much more than petty spats between warring cliques, and I believe the authors passed up some fine opportunities in the HS setting to add meaning to the story and to the characters.
The other challenge to this story is the artifical construct of the "caster" world the authors try to create. While I know the book has been praised for placing a story in the present time in a place any one of us could recognize, supposedly making it that much scarier, it felt more contrived to me than the fantasy world created in the Harry Potter books. And even though I haven't finished it, I know this book is too long for the story it's trying to tell.
All in all, a big disappointment, and one I regret spending a credit on.
This performances and presentation for this book were very well done.
The storyline will be appealing to "Twilight" crowd but I'm not sure how or why this could have crossover appeal for adults (as, say the Harry Potter series seems to have). I don't know how this got such high ratings. It's so superficial and shallow I could barely get through it.
The plot is basic, the characters are 1-dimentional, the dialogue is inane teenage chatter that never touches on subjects more profound than the desiree to fit in, get a boyfriend, or gain independance. Descriptions of characters are repetitive; each insight or description just reinforces what we already know about the characters and the travails of High School in a rural town.
Overall, this is unrewarding fluff written for a 6th grade reading level. That said, teenagers will probably have fun with it.
Eclectic tastes in music and books, drawn to cheerful, beautiful, and gentle things
This is a formula story, but I enjoyed it all the same. I'd describe this as a good listen for a lazy road trip or a day at the beach when you don't want to think too deeply.
The book was a little slow at first, but got better as it went on and you started piecing it all together. The narrator did a great job with the voices. It had a lot of sound effects and at first made me think there was something wrong with my ipod. I found them distracting, but my 12 year old daughter thought they were cool.
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