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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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    E. A. Pawtucket, RI, United States 04-22-12
    E. A. Pawtucket, RI, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "a teenage romance novel with no story"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only good thing about this book is the narration, but definitely now worth a credit.


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    I am a fan of young adult fiction, and have listened to a few excellent ones. This was not one of them. I am shocked that it has gotten such high ratings from other listeners. Though the narrator does and excellent job, the story is pointless, and the main characters are shallow and uninteresting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany GRAND JUNCTION, MI, United States 01-06-12
    Tiffany GRAND JUNCTION, MI, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Creatures the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this story and the development of the characters. I would put this book in the teen catagory though based on the theme of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the connection between the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-01-11
    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)

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    "A New Favorite!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

    I love the characters, particularly Ethan and his genuineness. Also enjoy the intrigue and the mystery of him meeting Lena, getting acquianted, and slowly learning more about her, and the world she comes from. It's interesting to have this type of story told from the young man's perspective. Also, because while the story may be a bit leisurely and take it's time to develop at some points, that can be deceptive (leaving one with the


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have to say Ethan himself, and the way his inner


    What about Kevin T. Collins???s performance did you like?

    He really embodies Ethan and brings his world to life, making it feel quite real...very convincing. The different characters are distinguished through his excellent narration and accents. He seems to bring just the right rythym and cadence to the story.


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

    Yes, that was a temptation at many points during the story when I couldn't tell what might happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, this is a unique, engrossing story told by way of good writing and even better characters...I will definitely be following each installment of the story! I believe you would become addicted also, and hang on to find out what happens next!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 11-13-11
    Alexis 11-13-11 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Paranormal teen romance from the boy's P-O-V"

    This story is told from the young man's point of view, which I found very refreshing!

    Things start off very slowly, so it took me a while to get into it. I wasn't completely sold on the multiple playings of the "16 Moons" song early on, but everything came together by the end. That's not the only audio effect -- during storms, you'll hear the rain, flashbacks have an echo, and fire crackles. They did a good job with the sound effects! There's a strong sense of place and descriptive detail throughout, but I'll agree with an another reviewer that the repeated digs against the things that were "always true" about small towns got a little pedantic. But then, don't most kids talk about getting away from the places they grew up, regardless of where that was?

    Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I think my favorite part was getting to know all the excellent characters. Ethan and Lena were fine, but it was the supporting cast who really made the book for me! Everyone has a past, and everyone has a secret -- including the town itself, really. While the "boy meets girl and one of them has magical powers" story has been told before, this one has it's own flavor.

    Parents, the language stays pretty clean, and the romantic situations never become too adult. There are bad guys with bad intentions, but the violence isn't gory or graphic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Mountain View, MO, United States 12-16-10
    Sabrina Mountain View, MO, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book"

    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
    Darlene Harper AL, USA 03-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed the book"

    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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    Kindle Customer 03-08-10 Member Since 2009
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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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    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 04-18-12
    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Bras?liaBrazil 12-31-09
    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.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 11-17-12
    Ann 11-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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