Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
(Started: February 23, 2013; Finished: April 10, 2013)

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. (From Goodreads)
Review: 5 stars
As you can see, it took me almost two months to read this book but not for the reason that it was difficult to grasp or it was boring. It was because I was reading a few books at the same time. Anyhow, I actually love this book not because of the hype but the good story it brings to readers. It was very well-written that I have to commend Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for catching my attention from the first moment I laid eyes on the first few pages of the book. The story was so alive that my imagination worked altogether and created the world inside the book in my mind without trying too hard. It is one of the stories and/or books that you will never forget and will etch a mark on the minds of each and every reader. That's why I think it really deserved to be adapted as a movie to begin with.

Anyhow, plot-wise the authors made a wonderful world about magic, witches and other creatures intertwined with both love, the past and the future, and enveloped by the dark and light. Another point I have to say that I like was the fact that the genre they chose was so familiar and common to us but Stohl and Garcia was able to make it anew by changing some of the terms and innovated old fictional characters and creatures. It was a breath of fresh air. The verbiage was so clear that it can be easily understood and really well-narrated that you feel like you're in a trance because you will indulge yourself in it. The ending was such a great emotional blow that I did not expect it. I was torn to be happy and sad at the same time but the latter dominated. I was crying while reading the last two chapters. It was so heart-breaking but then again it brought hope as well which are themes I gladly appreciate. Speaking of which, I would also acknowledge other themes like bullying--or treating others as an outcast--which was addressed in the story. It showed how it can be used by the victims to feel stronger and love themselves more instead of losing the reason to live during the struggle. Love was also a great element that added thrill to the whole sequence of events. It did not focus solely on it but it was there which what also drew me to read it.

Moving on to the characters, they were all perfectly described by the authors which is helpful in visualizing them in our own imagination. It was easy to distinguish each and every character because they were all so unique and special that you will not forget them. They are Beautiful Creatures indeed. Here are some of them who really stand out from the beginning until the end and whom I love most. Though I used the movie posters for visual satisfaction, I haven't seen it yet. Maybe, soon.
Ethan Wate was this dorky, nerdy guy wrapped up in the body of a jock which makes him a deluxe boyfriend material. Aside from his sporty-side,--which means muscles here and there, and a total weakness of mine (LOL)--I love how he loves reading. It is a passion of mine and he has it, too, making him even more rare. I also love his map which is a terrific idea and it is a coincidence that I wrote a short story a year ago with a character that has the same map. Wow! These authors are brilliant! Great minds think alike then! LOL! Back to Ethan. When I learned that he loves book, too...BAM! That was it! He got me there. ♥
Next is Link. Don't judge. It's not because I love boys but he was really special. He can conform to the society or what his town dictates on who he should be but draws a line when those he love was already hurt. I love how he values friendship and respects Ethan in all his decisions, and supports him all the way when he needed it. He was there for him and you know he got his back. Oh, he was such a great friend. His humor was the cherry on top. He'll be definitely one of my favorite side-kicks!
NOTE: Here is the reason why I used the photo of Amma as Marian Ashcroft, "Marian Ashcroft's character has been cut from the film and has, instead, been combined with Amma's character in order to create one "elegant" character as confirmed by the director of the film." (Source)
Another character I love and whom I admire and hope to be like her someday, was Dr. Marian Ashcroft. Her love for books was extraordinary that I aspire to be like her. I would love to recite quotations like a song I knew by heart whenever needed and have one in each life situations.
In terms of fashion and style, Ridley would be the scene-stealer in Gatlin. She was so comfortable in all she was wearing and she embodies a woman who loves herself despite those who hates her for who she is. She accepted it and lived with it which was something I also admire. She could be a potential Caster fashion blogger for me, if there's such a thing. I love her choices and she excites me whenever she enters the scene because I knew she was trouble.
Also on the list is Boo Radley whom I adore because he reminds me so much of Sirius Black as an animagi and well, he's omnipresent.
Last but not the least is Macon Ravenwood. Oh he will be one of my favorites to date. Aside from the name, the impeccable style, manners, and also the love for reading, I love how he had a strong facade and fatherly figure to Lena. How can you not love him for his wits and spooky/mysterious characters. He was such a great character that I know I will never forget him. He also has a great heart and unconditional love that you will not expect on such a cold-looking character. Oh, I'm beginning to be speechless and let you get to know him more on your own. Overall, it was a great story and I'm dying to read the next book.

Here is the book trailer which I have seen just now! Enjoy!

Watch out for my Bookgasm post(s) for Beautiful Creatures. I have loads in store for you! Until the next post!

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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