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.
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Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 63/ 70
Cussing: Yes, occasionally.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Not where the main characters are involved.
Sexual Content: Suggestive in conversation, depends on interpretation.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Bloodiness in some scenes.
Aimed at: ages 12 and up.
Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl have crafted a brilliant start to The Caster Chronicles. The flow from scene to scene is seamless, even if time elapses between them. The uses of flashback and foreshadowing were well placed and very effective. And the plot! The plot was masterly constructed, its depth and believability was obvious from the first chapter. This book is 626 pages, but not one of the pages holds boredom for the reader.
The setting, a small Southern town, was unbearable at the beginning. But as soon as I got further into the novel, I realized it was supposed to be. Ethan didn’t like Gatlin; we didn’t like Gatlin. It was almost suffocating to read; which was exactly the effect that I think the authors were aiming for. As soon as Lena came, Ethan’s life changed, and though his outlook of Gatlin was the same, it was easier to bear because Lena was with him. This made it less of a burden for the reader, as well.
The characterization of the main characters was amazing. The secondary characters were very stereotypical, but this method helped to set the main characters apart and different than the rest of the town.
The themes incorporated into Beautiful Creatures were perfectly portrayed: that everything in life is balanced. Happiness is balanced with sadness, fate with choice, darkness with light, gold with green. This book will disappoint no one. As soon as you read this, you will be anxiously awaiting the second installment in The Caster Chronicles.
*I know that this book does not come out for a really long time, but I loved it so much, I had to share my thoughts with you now! I plan on reposting the review closer to the publication date to remind you its epic awesomeness.*