“I love it I'm so excited for book two!”TrisP164 wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good read. I liked the twist to witches the book offered.”Jacque Greene- B wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A story of two lovers in a southern county. and how their love were filled with mysteries and magic.”Jaughn Ludwig (efic_pail) wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was a very good book but i thought it was focused more towards teenagers as it wasn't very appropriate for younger children.”Sarah wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a little uncertain as to how I feel about this book. While I didn't hate it, I also can't say I entirely loved it either. It's an odd feeling.
What I liked I think is the promise the story has. I rather like the world that's begining to take shape here- though we'll see if that holds in the following books. There's a lot of history and possibility in this universe, and I really hope that the others build on it and make it better. I want to know more about the different gifts and what they mean and how it affects what they can do as Castors. I'm strangly adoring of Macon - heaven knows why. I'm a sucker for a loving devoted protector I suppose. Lena I'm wavering on liking - I wish this was actually told from her view because I'd really like to get inside her head. Granted, I understand kind of why it isn't, because it would take away a lot of the mystery, but still.
What I dislike is harder to pinpoint. A lot of it is that I feel Ethan is a bit oblivious. There's a lot of things that he and the others should be questioning and they just aren't. The biggest is Ethan's mother and her connection to the Caster world - anyone else would be demanding answers, but Ethan just kind of rolls with it and doesn't question it. Actually, he does this a lot, and it's maddening for those of us who have the burning curiosity he doesn't. Then there's the mind speak thing. There's no push for answers, just this kind of acceptance. And there's a lot of filler in this book - it's a hefty 500 pages, but I feel a lot of time is wasted on random things- too much time wasted on the school petty issues when we could have been learning more about the Caster world. There's also some muddling and disjointed spots that don't flow well- I'm sometimes left wondering how someone suddenly appeared in the scene or how they're suddenly somewhere else when there's no real transition. The ending lacked some clarity too. Also- I'm kind of raising an eyebrow over Saragine and the knife- if she's the most powerful Dark Caster ever, why is she using a knife instead of some evil dark magic? I'm just kind of bewildered by this.
I don't know- I wish I could give this 2 1/2 stars because I liked but didn't at the same time. At least liked enough to give the second a try.”
“I usually do not like books that much, but the book Beautiful Creatures just made me want to keep turning the pages. It takes place in Gatlin, South California and it’s written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
This book’s genre is romance, supernatural and adventure. It is about a boy named Ethan who lives in a town where it is very unusual that somebody new comes to move there. A new girl comes and he finds out that she is the girl in his dreams he has been dreaming for the past year.
Ethan is the person writing the story, out of his perspective. I love the way he is so descriptive and the way he writes makes me feel like I am in another world , being him. Sometimes, the author writes a whole page about how certain things look like and it makes me really be able to see the things he sees.
The ‘new girl’ called “Lena Duchannes” has trouble fitting in because in a certain way, she is different. Lena duchannes is a Caster and she is five months away from her sixteenth birthday where she is going light or dark and the chances are high that she will go dark. Ethan and Lena find themselves being madly in love with each other. Ethan doesn’t want to lose Lena so they will try anything to keep Lena from being claimed on her sixteenth birthday.
I would recommend this book to romance lovers, but not old fashion book lovers because this book is very modern and also sometimes a little bit scary. The Message of this book is to not judge before you know what people are going through.
Margaret graduated of Amherst College and earned a master’s degree in English from Stanford University. Kami taught in the Washington DC area until she moved to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher & Reading Specialist for 14 years.”
“I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this really grabbed my attention! I look forward to seeing if they have it at the library. I've read the book details and I am already interested by the plot! Ooh!”Jennifer Smart wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What started off as a pleasant read soon turned to a shameless Twilight knockoff, complete with silly mystical fight scenes and lots of "I'm bad for you ... I will hurt you" angst. Perfect for the true teen reader, but unlike Twilight, too unsophisticated for a more discerning audience.”Sarah Williams wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““I had to hold on, but I couldn’t. If I let go, something terrible would happen
to her. But that’s the thing. I couldn’t let go. I couldn’t lose her. It was like I was in
love with her, even though I didn’t know her.” In Beautiful Creatures, by Kami
Garcia, taking place in Gatlin, South Carolina Ethan Wate, a regular guy, who goes to
Jackson High wanting to escape Gatlin until he could not let go or stop thinking
about a girl, Lena Duchannes, he has never met before. Lena who has never lived in
the same place long enough to call home has a secret not able to tell anyone, and
when starting a new school with having a family reputation makes her the outcast.
The first day of school when Ethan laid his eyes on Lena, he knew right
then and there that Lena was different, a mystery, someone who he could not live
without. After a rainy day driving home from basketball practice, Ethan almost hit
Lena, whose car broke down, offering her a ride home. Having a curse so strong the
day Lena broke a classroom window not able to control her powers, Ethan went
straight to her house, Ravenwood, after school making sure she was okay. From
that day on the two became closer and everything was going great until dark, evil
people and events started in the town of Gatlin beginning with Lena’s cousin Ridley,
the ultimate bad girl with a supernatural twist being able to love and hate her at the
same time. As Lena and Ethan begin to get closer, Ridley used her caster powers to
wield power over Ethan’s best friend, Link. However, time goes on where Lena is
blamed for doings that was not her fault, but Ridley’s, for Link is to hang out with
Lena and Ethan to secretly get them apart on one night, Lena’s birthday.
On the night of each casters birthday they are to claim themselves of whether
light or dark, good or bad and that is their fate; although, Lena is a different story
because her birthday falls on one of the most powerful moons in over a hundred
years. The boy of her life that is suppose to last forever depends on Lena and what
she claims herself to be, the light or dark, no matter what she chooses it could
destroy her family forever or worse herself and possibly Ethan. On the night of
Lena’s claiming on the sixteenth moon it takes a circuitous road, for in the end
someone dies and we see which side other casters are really on in the Duchannes
family. The night goes by where even with the unnatural thing of the moon missing
Lena is still claimed for she is a very powerful caster where the fate of the world
and family is decided by her choice. Either good or bad, light or dark it can become
unbalanced destroying everything, but with Lena the choices for her is divergent.
After losing someone so dear and close to Lena she can not take it for her sixteenth
was a chaotic one; thus, on the seventeenth moon she will be claimed and this time
it is not in the middle either one way or the other.
I would recommend Beautiful Creatures to others even though there is a
movie the two differ from each other. Beautiful Creatures is a book about adventure,
romance, fantasy and mystery. If you love genres like this I would strongly
recommend this book, however it is part of a series so once you finish the first book
of the series there are a handful of others to read. Throughout the book it has a lot of
romance but not like your typical romance more of a dark romance never knowing
what can happen with a powerful caster unable to control hers at time. All in all,
this book is a powerful one where you can get sucked in easily to read a lot more
than expecting, fall under the spell of the Duchannes in the novel by Kami Garcia
“It was not like I expected it to be, and that was good. It was entertaining and a nice read. It's not deep, but it's also not very shallow like some other books in this genre. Will read the second book. ”Savannah wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No