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 Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
Like many books that have been "collapsed" into Movies... The full book is much better than the Movie... I recommend it... Great storyline, a host of interesting characters, and good humor.
I had the idea like several others to read this one after seeing the preview to the movie. The movie looks pretty good, so I figured let me read it/listen to it before it comes out. I'll have to wait and see if the movie or book are better soon, but I'm betting it will be the movie.
It's no surprise to hear that I struggled with this book, if you follow me on FB, Twitter or Goodreads, since I've mentioned it several times.
This book wasn't/isn't bad or horrible it was just BORING! It is a true FEAT that I managed to finished this story. I know I've heard the book is over 500 pages, the audiobook is....wait for it.....almost 18 hours long. If you're an audiobook listener the typical book is about 10-12 hours, long maybe 14 hours! So this one was like listening to 2 books.
Enough about that....whew!! Beautiful Creatures was different from most books because it's told from the male POV, which is rare now a days. It's always the heroines POV or both flipping back and forth. This was all Ethan. I enjoyed Ethan voice. I enjoyed the look into a REAL high school. I thought it was a great, although over the top at times, description of the harsh realities of clicks, bullies and serious judgmental people (parents & teachers) in teen lives.
My favorite secondary character was probably Macon, he's Lena's uncle. Even though he was a bit of a recluse, when he did come around I found my laughing out loud from some of his dry humor. Lync and Ridley's characters I did also enjoy. I totally loved when she called Ethan "short straw". LOL!
There was a lot of history talk about the south and the civil war. That is definitely some of the parts that didn't keep me that intrigued.
I don't normally require a book to have non-stop action but this one just didn't cut it at all. I thought this book could have easily been cut in half. There were a lot of scenes that felt like fillers and just weren't relevant and unfortunately I have NO DESIRE to find out what happens next to the characters of this series.
Narrator/Audiobook Note: This is my first male narrator and I thought he did a pretty good job. There were parts when he did Macon's voice that I thought he sounded like Bill from True Blood. :-)
The audiobook was different from all the audios I've ever listened to. There was music playing for the 16 moons song, like it was actually a song. There was noises in the background for like banging, crashing, gun shots, etc. I thought that was pretty cool, since again it's the only audio I've heard that's gone that EXTRA mile.
I understand that this was meant for YA but still, does that boy have to whine so much. I enjoyed the story (most of the series....I make it through book 3, but the whining got to me and I had to let it go) If u can ignore a lot of teenage angst then u will enjoy, at least through book 3. it is worth the credit because as I said before the story is very good.
I really enjoyed the story. The narrator was good. He was very well spoken and really helped to immerse you into the story. That being said, I did not like the production of this audio version of Beautiful Creatures. There were sound effects and music throughout the story that greatly distracted from the narrator's performance and the entire experience. It made it difficult to get through the story. I am glad that I stuck with it, but I probably would have preferred to read it rather then listen given the strangeness of the sound effects.
I would, if I was to see the film or start the second book to refresh my memory. But the first time was so good that I wouldn't need a second time. Perhaps the second time I would read the book rather than listen to it to perhaps get a different perspective.
I loved the character development, the two main characters are flawed but you feel deeply for them, even the characters that are "evil" have personalities and characterisitcs that can be identified with.
The only reason the performance received a 4/5 was because of the unnecessarily long musical pauses when the lead character would dream, they were seriously like a minute long. I understand that it was meant to be dramatic but I kept thinking something was wrong with my headphones or music player.
a dedicated dilettante
I respect the authors and, overall, enjoyed the story. As you'll see below, I believe that the gave short shrift to their characters, a bit one-sided and their setting, a very clichéd South. I believe they will do better with their characters and won't portray another region quite so poorly. Indeed, it is due to that respect for both Authors I’m so hard on the setting and the characters. I believe there can be so much more here with a bit more nuance. In fact, I anticipate reading Beautiful Darkness and look forward to other work they produce together or individually. I simply hope they let the mess of this world seep through a little bit.
Their twist on the magic theme so prevalent in YA is refreshing as is the ending which brings to the fore the fact that right choices can still have difficult consequences
It is read well by Kevin T Collins; his inflections and tone is quite good. His southern accent isn't overdone, which is all too often the case. What makes the audible version great is the eerily performed "16 Moons" song by Michele McGonigle. I can't image a more perfectly fitting performance.
I switched between the Kindle edition and the Audible version, made a bit more difficult due to Audible still needing to enable Whispersync for Voice on the Windows Phone app. Yet another plug to the development team.
The storyline is so predictable that is insulting for anyone over 12 years of age. Not to mention that is utterly unoriginal and way too long for absolutely no reason.
The book had a promising start and a generally good idea, it just didn't deliver on its promise.
The book is entertaining and keeps you listening, if you are into these kids of books. I laughed a little when they talked about theHarry Potter series in the book as this reminded me of Harry Potter in a more Twilightly way. You will root for the good guys and boo the bad guys like you should. Not thedeepest novel ever, but I don't think that is what they are going for. Good fantasy entertainment.
This book was definitely not for me. Pre-teens and young teens may enjoy it.
It was extremely repetitive. I appreciate description, but it seemed like the characters kept having the same conversation over and over.
Disappointment. The story was not worth the considerable amount of time taken to tell it.
Yes, the story keeps you hooked
Love how the narrarator distinguished the characters. He's awesome!!
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