Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl

I am a Southern girl. When I say I have a thick Southern accent, ah meen ah hayve ah theek Suthern axcent, that no amount of education has been able to rid me of. Reading this book brought out some Southern in me I didn’t even know I had and Lawd-a-mercy I loved every minute of it.

Ethan Wate is sixteen, star player on the basketball team and best friends with Link.  He’s never really had a girlfriend.  He’s smart.  He’s cute.  And he has been dreaming horrible dreams for months about a mysterious girl he’s never met.  So when he meets Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams – literally – he falls hard and fast.  What follows is an intelligent, modern fantasy and an original tale of star-crossed lovers, one of whom has a dark, dangerous secret that could get them both killed.

Beautiful Creatures is a delicious, lush, and haunting Southern gothic tale of some of the most memorable Southern characters, I’ve ever met.  And I’ve read Faulkner and lived to tell the tale.  Garcia and Stohl draw the reader into a dark world full of magic, voodoo, and create a gorgeously crafted Southern stew of which you will never get your fill.

I really like what Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth said about the book:

“Like a thick, hot Carolina summer, this story seeps into you until it’s all you can think about.”

for while I was reading this book, it was all I could think about, and for several days after.  And if you have ever been in North or South Carolina during the summer, y0u know just what it feels like.  Thick.  And hot.   That feels like an apt description of this book.  Beautiful Creatures stays with you, which in my opinion, is saying a lot about a current Young Adult book. This is what I love about Young Adult literature.  Writers can take the fantastical and make it feel real, feel normal, and feel relevant.  While there is magic and the supernatural here, there are many important issues (not only to teens, but to adults as well either as parents or as suffers themselves) like dealing with the death of one parent, the abandonment of the other one, discrimination, looking for acceptance, and just the growing pains of growing up.  I’m in my thirties, but I’ve already dealt with the loss of both my parents, grandparents and always deal with the pain of growing up!   I highly recommend to anyone who likes YA and especially those who enjoy a little more depth in their YA reads.

I can hardly wait for the sequel.

Beautiful Creatures
Written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)

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I received this book from a kind friend who sent me her copy to read.

13 thoughts on “Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl

  1. I am so glad to know this one was good. I feel like I've seen it everywhere but have not had a clear idea of what others actually think about it. I love the cover too!

  2. What a lovely way of describing exactly what I felt about this awesome book. I think despite the otherworldly elements in the plot it all seems so very realistic. Like I could walk through this wonderful South Carolinian burg and magic would just happen to be there. I'm right there with you on being supremely excited to get my hands on the second book.
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