Review: Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

on Nov 24, 2013
Blurb: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gaitlin 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 Gaitlin, 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.

Genre(s): Young Adult / Paranormal / Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

I first heard about this book at work, I do in fact work at a library, but I was disappointed, especially after the hype surrounding the novels and movie.

To be honest the book was alright. It was neither very bad, nor was it very good. It reminded me in many ways of Twilight. It seemed expertly written for teens, with the easy, well-flowing writing and teens that never really seem to act like actual teenagers.

I enjoyed that this book was written from the male point of view. Ethan is an interesting main character, he has always been popular but has never felt fulfilled by the clique politics of Gaitlin high school. But that also brings me to the abundance of stereotypes in this novel, it lead to very flat characters, even Ethan and Lena were so predictable at times. I know it is a common complaint of girls in YA fiction but for goodness sake Lena never seemed to be able to make up her mind about anything.

I guess to sum it up this book was nothing special to me. If I hadn't had to watch the movie at my 'real life' job or if there wasn't quite a bit of hype surrounding the movie release then I would never have read this novel. Another novel that's an easy read for teens but has very little substance.

Spiolers: Near the end of the book we discover that Lena was destined to make the choice all along, and for some reason, that this reviewer has yet to decipher none of her relatives would tell her that. That's all fine and good but instead of choosing good (kind of obvious wouldn't you think?) she becomes both good and bad??? This felt like a cheap way to ensure there would be a need for a second book. The whole novel builds on her fear of becoming evil, and yet at the end she's somehow perfectly fine with being half evil...say what!?!

One final note, if you are considering watching the movie, I would strongly discourage it. Beautiful Creatures (the movie) or as I like to call it "Trueblood Lite" is just as ridiculous as the comparison suggests. Filled with all the stereotyping, racism and meaningless sexual encounters and/or innuendos of the HBO show, yet directed towards teens. Especially disturbing given that the two main characters spend the majority of the movie being FIFTEEN. Yeah, the movie was bad, like 'beg for those two hours of your life back' bad.

About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and ardently shipping RumBelle. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


poetsforpeanuts said...

Oh man! I had really high hopes about this book. Good to know your thoughts Mel!

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