Enticing 'Beautiful Creatures'

Beautiful Creatures
(Caster Chronicles 1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

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.

Before I read this book, I had seen it being mentioned around on the internet realm. I had it on my TBR but never got round to reading it until I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie. And I have to say, I loved every minute of it. The movie looks promising.

The book is set in the southern roots of the States, Gatlin, South Carolina. The book had me in its grip right form the first chapter/ prologue. The last five lines of that chapters were just kaboom. So, first things first, the cover. It is beautiful. Love the haunted trees going in the background. A road is leading to nowhere and the trees on both sides are arching towards each other. That is just so cool. Sets the mood of the book as creepy. The purple font of the title gives some color to the cover which is just awesome.

Now, this book is told solely from our protagonist Ethan Lawson Wate's POV. (When I first saw the trailer I thought the book is going to be from the girls POV, you know.)
Ethan lives with his nanny, Amma and his father who doesn't really show up alot in the book as he is coping with the death of his wife- Ethan's mum, obvi :p Then there is Link- his bestie, the other people form his school (his basketball peers), the boring girls of Jackson High. So when this new girl comes to the town everybody gets excited but when they find out she is the niece of Macon Ravenwood, it dampers there spirits.

Right from the start I was sucked into this world narrated by Ethan. It was just cool. So, we meet Lena when Ethan tries to kill her with his car. Not really. This is the same girl he has been seeing in his dreams. He is haunted by those green eyes- Lena's eyes. Ethan knows something is up with this Lena Duchannes but he can't put a pin on it. He can hear her thoughts- they can talk to each other in their minds. Which is kinda new for a non-caster. Lena finally tells him after an episode in the class that she is from a family of Casters and the connection they have has never happened happened before with a mortal. They embark on a journey to uncover the same dream the two are having and also the visions that come with a locket they found right off of the Ravenwood Residence. Don't forget they also have to count the days until Lena's sixteenth birthday when she will cast as either Light or Dark. We meet Lena's cousin Ridley who had gone Dark on her sixteenth birthday along with Lena's mother who is apparently the villain. Their love blossoms- they break up and all that drama that comes with it. When I was reading the book I knew she was gonna go Dark as the next book in the series is The Beautiful Darkness but somehow that isn't what happens. I liked the ending a lot to this book.

This is such a good start to an awesome series. All the characters have a purpose. The  Caster world created is just so enthralling. I have never liked the southern accent or roots whatever but I really like it now after reading the book and seeing the movie trailer and featurette. I loved Ethan and Lena's blooming tale. I loved everything about this book. Everything. A must read for those who haven't read this book. I say get to it before the movie is released.

I  have started the second book in the series. And am liking it so far. a lot has changed since Lena's sixteenth birthday. The last book in the series just released.

Have you read this book? Are you following the series already? Are you excited about the movie?
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