Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Book Review

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlEthan Wate is an accepted member of the Gatlin, South Carolina community.  Though his family may be dismissive of “The War Between The States” and Civil War re-enactments they are still viewed as part of the establishment of which Ethan has grown weary.  From Ethan’s vantage point as a star on the basketball team- knee deep in the in-crowd- everything is the same as it ever has and ever will be.

Ethan wants to meet someone new and different and in fact he has been dreaming about just such a girl, but when she shows up he has to be willing to embrace her- even when it means breaking away from the security of the life that he has always known.

A wonderful odyssey from the first page to the last I was immediately enthralled with Beautiful Creatures.  Ethan’s voice is a joy to listen to as wit, self-doubt and humor curl into each other among carefully observed assessments of his family and friends.  Without Amma, his guardian/housekeeper, Ethan would be on his own (his father has been out to lunch since his mother died), but luckily she makes looking out for him her number one priority.

Beautiful Creatures is essentially a strong and thoughtful coming of age story.  The supernatural elements of this novel wonderfully lend themselves in the exploration of being an outsider wanting to belong, and coming into your own power and identity amidst scary physical and emotional changes.

Ethan has to find out whether he can stand on his own while Lena Duchannes, his bewitched beloved, has to stop trying to fit in long enough to come into her own- and they both have to work at this while discovering the nature of the bond between them before they are destroyed by it.

The novel is filled with characters both intricate and quirky and I had more than one favorite among the bunch. Uncle Macon and Amma were kickers to be sure, but my absolute favorite was Kitchen- and who can resist a wolf dog called Boo Radley? Populated with memorable people, this one had me rushing to turn the page until I reached the very last one.

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18 thoughts on “Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Book Review

  • January 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    This one keeps popping up around the book blogging world. Definitely one I want to read. I wonder if hubby would be mad, if I bought some new books just after Christmas!
    .-= vivienne´s last blog ..Three Mini Reviews =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    I gave this book to my husband for Christmas mostly so that I could read it, too (it was on his wishlist though). Really looking forward to it.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesdays =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    I’m slightly embarrassed because, even after all the reviews of this book posted recently, I didn’t know it was set in the South! Or maybe I knew and forgot? I had a vague notion of it being European… oh, dear. Still sounds excellent to me, though!
    .-= Aarti´s last blog ..A Rant Against Victorian Women =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 2:18 PM
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    I didn’t realise it was set in the South either! I live in the UK and for some reason I thought it was set in Wales!! I wonder if Aarti and I are getting confused with another book? Either way this sounds great and I’ll have to try to get hold of a copy.
    .-= Jackie (Farm Lane Books)´s last blog ..The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    I was hooked into this story by the first chapter. I loved the character of Ethan, the Southern Gothic feel and the use of To Kill A Mockingbird within the story.
    .-= Katiebabs´s last blog ..Gentleman Prefer Succubi Book Review *Jill Myles* =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    My one real life bookish friend read this and has been raving about it ever since. It sounds like a must read for me.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Cleaving =-.

  • January 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM
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    I’ve read a lot of great reviews about this book, and I can’t wait to read it!
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

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  • January 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    Well, you’re right: I don’t think I can resist a dog named Boo Radley!
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..WTF Wednesday =-.

  • January 6, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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    Great review! I have heard much good about this book so far, I definitely want to read it too.
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Review : The Season =-.

  • January 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    I read a write-up of this somewhere and it was raved about. Can’t remember where but I like quirky characters and your review certainly piques my interest.
    .-= Ti´s last blog ..You’ve Won When She Flew! =-.

  • January 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    Another one that I’ve heard so much about. Glad it’s living up to expectations. I think the setting souns perfect for the plot. I’m definitely picking this one up. Thanks again.

  • January 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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    So glad this was a winner for you because I’ve been wanting to read it. Oh really, I need more time.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Bloggiesta: Wrap-Up =-.

  • January 16, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    Loved this book. LOVED it.

    I was struck by how much I enjoyed the Southern Gothic feel of it all. Then with the story and characters it really was a slam dunk for me. Glad you enjoyed it as well. I’m very much looking forward to book two when it comes out next year.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Book Blogger Con is On! =-.

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