Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
🌪"Sixteen moons, sixteen years; Sixteen of your deepest fears; Sixteen times you dreamed my tears; Falling, falling through the years..."🌪
Summary: Ethan Wate has spent his whole life in Gatlin, a tiny uneventful, traditionalist town in South Carolina where generations of his family have always been. It's said there are only two types of people in Gatlin, "the ones too bound to stay or too dumb to go, everyone else finds a way out". That is, until a new girl called Lena Duchannes moves into town, the mysterious niece of the legendary town shut in Macon Ravenwood. It doesn't take much to discover Lena is no ordinary mortal. Gatlin quickly falls to chaos as it becomes host to the most consequential curse of Lena's life, the caster's claiming, and centuries of secrets - involving him and not - come unbound to Ethan.
Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 -
Review: Regardless of how suited it was or wasn't to me personally, I can say with certainty that this is a good, well written and exceptionally creative book.
The first in its series of four, Beautiful Creatures introduces readers to an entire world hiding within the one they live and breathe. This is an extremely emotive story, putting a great deal of emphasis on the anger we feel and have within us to use when we're hurt by loss or fear. Through the use of exploring spells, spirits and so many other concepts that so many people doubt are real these two authors - Garcia and Stohl - managed to make people think about so many things that are. About family ties, needed and not. About whether death really means the end of life altogether. About admitting when we need help. About the authenticity of love we think we feel.
I have to say it is strange to me to be older than the characters I'm reading in some YA, especially when a romance story is involved. Does anyone else feel that? I didn't adore this book as I have others but I would nonetheless recommend it, I think it is an important coming of age story that highlights a lot of things I wish I thought about more in my life before now. I have small cousins and I hope that one day I can interest them in this to give them part of the help I feel I found a little too late.
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