ISBN: 978-0316231657

Beautiful Creatures, written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is definitely a good depiction of what happens in small towns that most people try to hide. When you think of adventurous towns and cities what you likely think of is not Gatlin County. In fact, no one really thinks of Gatlin County because there’s barely anything there. And of course, nothing interesting ever happens in Gatlin. But things change the year Lena Duchannes moves there to live with her reclusive uncle in a big mansion on the hill overlooking town. There’s definitely something different about her uncle and there seems to be something interesting about Lena as well, at least that’s what Ethan Wate thinks when he first sees her in his school.


Who is Lena Duchannes?

Lena isn’t willing to be pulled into the normal life of the people of Gatlin however and she’s definitely not willing to be treated poorly by them. Strange things happen around her and the townspeople notice. But Lena doesn’t have a lot of control over the things that she does, at least until her birthday when she will be claimed by powers that are much stronger than she is and far more frightening as well. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do if she’s claimed by the dark side but she’s almost certain it’s going to happen, until she meets Ethan.


When Lena finally determines to give Ethan a chance she falls hopelessly in love with him just as Ethan falls in love with her. Together they are determined to beat the curse and find a way that Lena can choose her own fate. But fate is not so kind when a family has been cursed for generations. There is a debt to be paid to break the curse and Lena is not sure if she is capable of paying that debt. If she doesn’t however, she may be claimed by the dark and lost to her family forever.


To save the boy she loves and herself Lena will have to make some very difficult choices. Along the way she will learn much about her family and much about herself. She’ll also learn far more about her power and how she can control it to do what she wants. When Mother comes to town and a once beloved cousin who is now dark Lena has no idea what’s going to be in store for her next but she’s certain that it’s not a good sign. Something needs to be done and quickly or everyone she loves will be lost to her forever because Lena is not just going to be claimed, she’s going to be the death of half her family, literally.


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  • Angie Randall
    November 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl seems potentially intriguing to me. I grew up in a small town so I definitely understand the feeling of nothing ever happening. But sometimes that’s just the beauty. I’m very interested to read this book because I think I’ll be able to relate quite well to Ethan’s desire for pretty much anything different from what is happening already. I’m also a big fantasy fan so when you throw magic into the mix it makes me even more interested. Looking forward to picking this book up for myself and I think there’s a movie too so I’ll definitely be watching that if the book turns out to be what I expect.

  • Abby Clare
    November 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Beautiful Creatures seems like it would be an interesting book and Lena sounds like my kind of girl. I would definitely be interested to know her and would love to be able to do half the things that she can. Life in Gatlin County sounds like it would be pretty dull before she arrives but after it sounds like things get a lot better. I’m thinking this would be my type of book and this series would be something I could see myself spending time reading. I would love to know what Lena will choose to do and how she’s going to save herself and everyone else at the same time. This book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl sounds like something I would like to read.

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