Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released: Dec 1 2009
Hardcover, 576 pages
Recommended for: YA paranormal romance lovers
“There seemed to be nothing too unbelievable for this Gatlin. It’s funny how you can live somewhere your whole life, but not really see it.”
(pg 221, ISBN 978-0316042673)
My rating: 4.5/5
In the small southern town of Gatlin, nothing really happens. Everyone knows everyone, you are born there and you die there. Ethan’s whole world changes when a new girl, Lena, comes to town to live with her uncle…he recognizes her as the girl from his dreams. There is no way to avoid the connection they have and life in Gatlin becomes much more interesting as secrets surface, powers are developed and they uncover details of the curse haunting her family.
This is one book I had been dying to read, so I must admit I came in with high expectations. The story is told from the perspective of a guy, Ethan which was a refreshing change – I had to laugh as I changed the voice in my head as I read. I loved the dichotomy used throughout: old vs. new, popular vs. outcast, good vs. evil, destiny vs. free will. The one thing I wished for was more of a connection with Ethan & Lena. I found that the history & struggle to accept or change one’s destiny left me feeling like I missed out on a bit of the romantic connection. The plot contains so many twists and turns that it keeps one guessing what could happen next. The ending was phenomenal and, although the book is almost 600 pages, it leaves the reader wishing for more. I eagerly await the next book in the series due out next year!
Recently announced: Warner Bros. has picked up film rights to Beautiful Creatures. Congrats Kami & Margie!