Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Pub Date: March 31, 2001
My Copy: eBook, 395 pages
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 inexplicable drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Beautiful Creatures was, overall, a good book. I think that a lot of people would like it. However, I, myself, didn’t care for it. I just couldn’t get into it, even though I could tell it was good. Therefore, I am really struggling for what to say about it for this review.
The story was good. It was interesting and developed well. Garcia and Stohl did an excellent job with the setting of the story. They gave a thorough description of what the town and the people in it were like; it felt like it was a real place. But, then there’s magic in this ‘real’ town, which mixes things up a bit.
The characters, Lena and Ethan, were also well-developed. I felt like I knew them well and they were likeable enough. I wasn’t really able to connect with them as much as I would have liked, though. Lena is a Castor, which is something like a witch, so she can do magical things. She is the new girl in town and lives with her uncle, who is known as the town shut-in. These aspects cause most of the townsfolk to dislike her and treat her as an outsider. Throughout the novel, Lena struggles with this along with the fear of what will happen to her on her sixteenth birthday. Ethan is the only person in Gatlin who is nice to Lena. Ethan is the narrator of this novel. He is a pretty plain character, all-in-all. There’s nothing very memorable or special about his character, other than his strong connection with Lena and the fact that he is nice to her.
The writing was very good. Good style and good quality. I didn’t find anything wrong with the writing at all.
There were a couple of things that I found frustrating in the story. I thought it was odd and unrealistic that Ethan would be totally cool with hearing Lena talk to him inside his head. It’s like it was nothing unusual at all to him that they could have conversations without talking, even when they weren’t in the same room…or the same building. He just accepted it and moved on. Weird. I was also frustrated by the fact that Macon and Amma wouldn’t tell Lena what exactly they knew about the situation on her birthday. Things would have been easier, I think, if they would have just told her! Withholding the information did more harm than good.
As I said above, I didn’t really care for this book. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t! A lot of people have given this book great reviews. I was bored throughout most of it, though. I was bored at the beginning, then near the middle it started to pick up and began to capture my interest, but then it went back to boring. I don’t think I will read the rest of the books in this series; the interest isn’t really there for me. I’m not sure why I couldn’t get into it…