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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....

©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette

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If you're over 16 years old, skip this one.

While I really liked the music, sound effects and poetry worked into this audio performance, the book itself has so many huge fails that it flops.

The storyline is creative and pretty effectively creates a realistically teenage first-love obsessive romance. The setting in the the post civil war south is very good, one of the best elements of the story. The narrator does a passable job with a southern accent. Unfortunately, this is only part of a novel; I guess we are now so well conditioned to expect a sequel that authors not longer feel compelled to tell a complete story.

Aside from the general high school histrionics that the authors so expertly capture, the book fails because of their inability to create a story with any depth or value. All of the characters, whether evil or good, behave reprehensibly throughout the story (with the exception of the two main characters who are witless, lovesick teenagers).

There are two examples of side story-lines that the authors could have exploited to create a more engaging and valuable tale: in the first, the witch-hunting townsfolk have dragged our heroine into a administrative meeting to (gasp) kick her out of school. Of course, in reality, treating a 16 year old as they do in this story would get them all fired and the school district sued. Rather than calling for her guardian, our hapless and not-to-bright heroine submits to the juvenile abuse of the townspeople. When her guardian does show up, unexpectedly, I had high hopes that he would slap these people down. However, instead of responding logically to their accusations that he had no right to be there, he lowers himself to their level and "resolves" the situation by blackmailing all of them into letting Lena continue at school. This is after the authors have established that he owns most of the town, is incredibly wealthy and educated, and is a member of the oldest founding family. All of which, in addition to his legal guardianship of the 16 year old heroine, gave the authors numerous opportunities to create a mature resolution to the situation. They didn't.

The second major storyline fail occurs when they finally reveal that the hero's father is suffering from graphomania I thought, oh good they can develop that into an interesting life lesson for the boy. But no. Instead, the father goes undiagnosed, receives no psychiatric help from his caretaker, his son, or the community and the moment is lost. This led me to believe that the authors were not actually aware that they were describing a serious mental illness.

In any case, if you are looking for a book with substance, this is not it.

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  • Monee
  • SPOKANE, WA, United States
  • 01-03-13

Best read I've had in a long time!

Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put it in my top 10! I couldn't decided on weather to get this book or not and then saw that it was being made into a movie so i got it and I am so glad i did. It's got some great plot twists and characters. I liked the narrator and the story and the interview at the end of the book as well. I already have book 2!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Amma and Link they are both such fun and funny characters and i'm assuming will play major parts in later books.

What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the southern drawl he does. It makes you feel like you are really down south.

Any additional comments?

This book is worth your credit!

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So Excited!

I found this series in the "Sale" items. I finished this book and purchased the rest of the series. A few days after I read the first book I found out that it was now going to be a movie! I am pretty excited about it. If you like the Twilight series, the you will like this series too. If you do not like teenage love stories with magical characters, then this is not for you. The events are a little predicable, but what teenage love isn't? I hope you enjoy.

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  • Grace
  • JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, United States
  • 01-03-13

Beautiful Creatures

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

Defiantly the narrator. Kevin does a good job with the characters and keeps your interested through the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

The sound effects and the music. It's unusual to find an audiobook that incorporates sound effects without being a dramatized, abridged recording. Some of the effects are a little messy, but it added an interesting level to the experience.

Any additional comments?

It's an interesting story. Granted it is a YA book and the story is a little cliche and predictable. But I liked the twist on the idea. I've gotten so sick of love sick vampire stories that seem to prevalent right now. The love story doesn't get as sappy as most YA stories. I downloaded the book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I'm interested to see how the story conveys to the big screen.

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Excellent

Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

Very well written and holds the readers interest throughout. Interesting slant on the content area.

What other book might you compare Beautiful Creatures to and why?

Twilight series, Harry Potter series, Iron Druid series

Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

Lena

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

No

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book/series

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Enjoyed

Where does Beautiful Creatures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked this book. The story was very interesting. I liked this book better than a lot of other ones I have bought, and could probably listen too it again.

Any additional comments?

These reviews want too much, that's why I rarely leave one.

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This Book Stinks!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

What was most disappointing about Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ’s story?

Totally corny; characters not well-developed; story line ridiculous. .

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Creatures?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

I rarely don't finish a book, but I simply couldn't endure this anymore, so I dropped about halfway through. Wasn't even interested enough to care about what would happen. Don't recommend this book to anyone really -- maybe pre-teens -- no, why would I wish this on them! Not good reading.

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Twilight-Like but with Witches

Would you listen to Beautiful Creatures again? Why?

No I probably will not read again, but I look forward to the movie.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the Southern setting, the witches powers, and the mystery behind Lena's 16th birthday.

What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked the performance, southern accents and all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts made me laugh, some parts I could not stop reading.

Any additional comments?

I did not like the ending.

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  • Kayla
  • Lexington, SC, United States
  • 12-19-12

Casters, incubus, and keepers equal drama

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

The sound effects mixed with the suspense o the story was great

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the ever evolving story plot. It kept me intrigued

What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

His inflection in his voice, in conjunction with the different accents was great. He brought the characters to like.

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

Yes

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  • Tim
  • Jasper, GA, United States
  • 12-17-12

I loved this Story!

I grew up in a small town in the South and really can identify with the High School drama, hometown scandal and family conflicts. Adding superb mystery, humor, and teenage romance into the mix makes it a very compelling story you can't wait to hear more of.
The performance was excellent; the accents and manners of small-town SC are great.
Thanks Audible for introducing me to another great series.