Ugh another overhyped paranormal YA creation When will I learn not to buy into hype Just like so many readers I ave into the favorable internet buzz and opened the book with an expectation of it to be something special Unfortunately Beautiful Creatures was just another painfully boring overlong dudHaving finally finished this book with a high level of irritation and disappointment I decided to check out the favorable reviews to see what people liked about the story Turns out the most appreciated aspects of the book were an original love story told from a male POV compare it to those other romances told from whiny Regression Analysis girls POVs truly original paranormal lore and small town Southern setting I personally found none of it particularly striking Allow me to elaborateThe story follows same old dead beat formula a paranormalhuman pairing uncovering of the mysterious partner s true nature teens drawn to each other for some unknown reason even my hope for some kind of reincarnation twist didn t uite work out constant i can t be with you cause it s dangerous back and forth the inability to be together physicallyMale POV is also not successful I think the book would have been better if told in 3rd person at least the writers inability to channel a voice of a 16 year old boy would have been somewhat concealedAs for Southern small town feel I am pretty sure even Charlaine Harris writes it better in her trashy vampire books In Beautiful Creatures it never rings true and is based on old tired cliches of narrow mindedness and drawlBut even all these issues aside the book is simply a too long often pointless concoction Yes the world of Casters witches is fairly new but it is never too interesting or believable and can t justify the book s 600 page lengthI am still willing toive the writers some credit for their apparent effort to write a better book than the majority of YA writers with a intricate back story and better developed characters but for me personally this book was just an excruciatingly long and boring read The chances of me ever reading the seuel are non existent Note to those who loved the book and feel compelled to leave me comments explaining to me why I am wrong disliking it Spare me I know exactly why you loved this book This is only my opinion and I have a right to express it I don t The Planeswalkers Guide to Alara (Magic: The Gathering Field Guide, go to your 5 star reviews and try to convince you you are wrong liking it Move on to your next paranormal romance instead I have a handy list for you of the books you are sure to loveShiver Hush Hush Ever Fallen Marked Blue Bloods Jekel Loves Hyde Personal Demons Angel Star HaloYou can thank me later Phew I am solad that s over I have read some dismal books in the young adult paranormal The Land Question in China genre books that have been boring or annoying or have offended me but I think I can honestly say this is up there with some of the worst books I ve ever read Everything about this book aggravated me in one way or another from the ridiculous length of it to the supposedly male protagonist I couldn t even concentrate on the story for the most part because I kept picturing Ethan as a thirty something womanThere are some things I moing to rant about that may not have bothered me several years ago before Twilight came along waving its cliche banners Well unfortunately I can only tell you what I thought of this book now not speculate on what I might have thought if I d read it a few years earlier So let s Welding Handbook get the whole this is like every other paranormal young adult book thing out of the way There were one or two additions to the witchy aspect of it that felt somewhat original but theeneral pattern of this novel with the romance and the carbon copy characters was predictable and boring No one likes a boring read and it s especially annoying when the book is nearly 600 pages long Shall I check the usual paranormal YA criteria off for you Small town check New Flatbush girl check Boring holier than thou protagonist check Everlasting love after a very small amount of time check I don t know if this counts as instalove but it certainly counts as instaweirdobsession full of laughable musings like there s just something about her that makes me know it s meant to be hopefully it s obvious that this is not a direct uoteI thought that this book might be a little original because of the uncommon choice to have a male protagonist but everything is still exactly the same Now though instead of airl next door type you have a boy next door type who sails along in his faultlessness constantly comparing himself to the less intelligent and morally uestionable beings he must interact with every day Ethan even treats us to a rare bout of what I can only call male slut shaming he criticises his male peers for having one track minds and wanting to The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates get off withirls when he is looking for something meaningful Satans Master good for him but why does that make him any better than the rest He is actually an exact male version of many paranormal YA protagonists who criticise the popularirls for being relaxed with their sexuality Not only that but he also insults the other members of his Southern US town The novel plays heavily on Southern stereotypes and portrays almost everyone but Ethan as being incredibly stupid Ethan sneers at everyone He is obviously smarter has his morals in the right place and is just downright awesome in comparison He makes it no secret from the very first chapter that he considers himself above them He even oes so far as to announce that he doesn t have an accent because he was raised by intelligent peopleAnd it was predictable We don t even need to meet Lena or even hear her name to realise that she is the one Ethan will end up with As soon as one of Ethan s classmates asks have you seen the new irl and Ethan begins to wonder if she ll be hot we know from that point where the whole thing is heading Sometimes I ll admit there s some fun to be had watching a couple angst it out together even though you know they ll be together eventually but before we even knew her name I can t even say that I stopped caring because truthfully I never even started This whole book was just not Nobody Else good Teenagers Everything is so apocalyptic Truer words have never been spokenEthan lives in Gatlin and which is just about the most boring town in existence Welluntil Old Man Ravenwood s niece shows up in the company of a wolf and driving a hearse Things suddenlyot a lot interestingThere s just something soetherealabout Lena The way she moves the way she talks her hopes and fears and loves Ethan knows right away Lena wasn t just some What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze girl you took to the last three rows of the CINEPLEX She was than that Well hot damn Isn t that a stunning endorsement Okay okay Sarcasm aside I was actually really taken with this storyWithin a few days Ethan finds himself falling hopelessly and helplessly in love I never loved you any than I do right this second And I ll never love you any less than I do right this second But this isn t solely a love story Lena is a caster belonging to a magic race and there s a horrible fate looming over her On her sixteenth birthday Lena will be claimed as either the light or the dark And if sheoes dark she s powerless to stop it Mortals I envy you You think you can change things Stop the universe Undo what was done long before you came along You are such beautiful creatures Unusual for YA litromance we have a love story from a Protecting Holly guy s perspective And we are blessed with lines such as You re so full of crap you could pass for a toilet Utter brilliance Where do I even beginThe rating is so low because it took me three tries toet through this novel and I m not Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, going too attempt it againEthan felt so over the top mellow dramatic that he actually turned a rather cool concept into something that needed to be slogged through There was so much emphasis on the will they won t they aspect of Ethan and Lena s relationship that I honestly completely detached and didn t care one whit whether they would ever Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition get togetherThe only thing that kept meoing was Lincoln Ethan s deeply southern best friend Lincoln made the entire book worth it and if he would ve starred in this novel I would ve five starred it in a heartbeat He s off the cuff hilarious and provides a much needed break from Ethan s loves. An alternate cover edition can be found hereLena 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 enerations But even withi.
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G because you know it really could never end another way Basically this is a story of a boy who loves a irl but it s with the extra touch of magicLater note Found out there is a seuel Check out Beautiful Darkness It looks like the first one is being made into a movie And on another later note here is a link to the trailer Looks smashing It has taken me a small eternity to write this review I was down a hand for I had to use my left index finger to clamp down on my left eyelid in order to stop the twitching that began around page 65 of Beautiful Creatures Meet the culprit As I lay down she sat up I sat up she laid down I laid down Awkward Hell now the right one is doing itTo uote Hawkeye from the 1991 movie version of Last of the Mohicans Beautiful Creatures is a breed apart and makes no sense therefore making it nearly impossible to describe It s a contradictory mess and filled with 600 pages of driveling hyperbole that attempts and yet fails miserably at being cerebral I ll take it from the top Ethan Who knew that 16 year old boys had so much in common with my reat randmother Big ranny could tell you everything there was to know about Southern style architecture felt the world would end if she ran a few minutes late and loved Gone With the Wind Coincidentally she and Ethan could have been soul mates Even amazing Ethan is popular Had he one to my school which was in a small southern town I might add he would have been beat both before and after school and mocked mercilessly during class Lena Can t really say anything about her she is that flat and dull Amma She must have fallen out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down She would dominate at a staring contest could probably teach me a thing or two about setting the eye on someone and if I ever needed to intimidate a The Quest of the Holy Grail guy by sharpening my pencil she d be the first person I would call But as a character she sucked arse Plot Can t say much about it as there isn t one I ve seen it mentioned than once in various blubs that Beautiful Creatures is a memorizing Southern Gothic tale To be frank these women would be hard pressed to describe a south that didn t appear in Gone With the Wind This was truly driven home when anotherranny in the book stated that she wanted to be buried with her Bible so that she would have something to read once she passed Any southerner worth their salt knows that statement would never be uttered south of the Mason Dixon line for two reasons One we all know that you will your battered family Bible to the least liked family member so that they are coerced by post mortem Dead Taboo guilt to display it among their treasures once they have written your death date in it with a 10 cent pen they find buried in the back of a drawer and second becauserannies don t read Bibles they just uote from them in order to brow beat you into submission Basically this entire book spits out clich s cites works of literature that far surpass this one Lena worries that she is evil and she and Ethan hunt for a book that is rendered useless I wish I could have told Lena not to fret because the real spawns of Satan are the people who are responsible for publishing andor advertising this book Beautiful Creatures was blogged blurbbed and podcasted for at least 6 mos prior to its release I d Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, given them props if I weren t so mad at them for their treachery Had I been in their shoes I would have uoted Bill Nighy from Love Actually Please boys andirls buy this festering turd of a book so that someone can finally knock Stephanie Meyer off the best seller list Lastly for those of you who read my review thus far I must apologize I have pulled a Garcia and Stohl and have The Subtle Beauty gone on too long I bid you my blurb Beautiful Creatures is freakishly weird nonsensical and plot less tome that will leave your eye twitching long after you have turned the last page This is an emotionally charged moody and atmospheric novel that is very reminiscent of how YA fiction was in the 90 s and early 00 s before Twilight came along By that I mean it is full of uirky average outcast type characters who drive the plot line along through their uniue and easily pictured personalities I ve heard people complain that Ethan is unrealistic That makes me upset because I relate to Ethan than I ever have with any other male character in history He tries his hardest to treat others with dignity and respect doesn t use women for sexasp You don t say has a strong sense of fairness and compassion and a passion for old fashioned things such as literature You can almost call him an old soul in a way I fail to see what s so unrealistic about him Plenty of Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, guys are like this Everyone is different You can t categorize people into little boxes because of theirender I m a 19 year old male and I found their portrayal of an insightful boy with When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, good morals who was raised to be polite and courteous to be refreshing and realistic Meanwhile if I would dare to say that Katniss was unrealistic becauseirls aren t that tough and don t usually enjoy hunting I would be called a sexist But saying Ethan is not a The Billionaires Runaway Bride guy because he likes reading and acts chivalrous isn t Talk about a double standardLena is another intriguing character as are her family They re Casters and many of them are full of life and zing Like her time traveling Aunt Del or Macon who behaves as if he belongs in a Tim Burton film Link is also easy to like I like how loyal he is to Ethan and I also like his postrunge personality sense of styleThe story itself is steeped in Southern decadence and eeriness At times the story was slightly biased in its attitude towards Southerners and Christians but I understand why the authors wrote the town in this way they were trying to tell a story of what it is like to be an outcast to be hated and feared for what you are The Sisters are deeply religious and so is Marian and they are all portrayed in a very positive light are shown to have a profound influence on EthanThe only pet peeve I had was the way the authors sort of threw in Sarafine near the end without much of a warning as to what was Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover going to happen I would ve appreciated if we wereiven of a feel for her character Overall Beautiful Creatures is tied with Mortal Instruments as my favorite YA series of all time If you want to et lost in a story with vivid characters and powerful imagery with meaning then I would strong suggest reading this novel and its seuels Can t wait for Beautiful Redemption and the movie The right thing and the easy thing are not always the same 35 Mortals I envy you You think you can change things Stop the universe Undo what was done long before you came along You are such beautiful creatures I picked this one up when I spotted it in the charity shop after watching and enjoying the film adaption I thought the magic system was incredibly intricate and exciting but I did have a few issues with other partsEthan has lived in Gatlin his entire life a small South Carolina town full of small minded people After the death of his mother Ethan s father shuts himself away and Ethan can think of nothing but leaving Gatlin and never returning It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere The arrival of Lena Duchannes throws Ethan s entire world into disarray Niece to the mysterious Macon Ravenwood of Ravenwood manor the local haunted house Ethan and Lena are drawn together right from the beginning we soon find out that Lena is a caster and on her 16th birthday she will find out whether she is dark or light Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere Filled with history secrets and magical powers I loved finding out about the Caster world and Lena s family I didn t like the way Ethan would talk about the other people in his town though Fat shaming slut shaming and just enerally looking down on them all I didn t appreciate at allI liked seeing the differences between the book and the film version view spoiler Lena s Uncle Macon dies because she chooses to bring Ethan back from death after he is stabbed rather than in the film where Macon chooses to sacrifice himself for Lena Her cousin Larkin is also a dark caster in the book and there are some extra family members we meet such as her Gramma and other cousins Reece and Ryan hide spoile. 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 themIn a town with no surprises one secret could change everything.
Ick musingsAudiobook CommentsThe reader had the slowest southern accent I ve ever had the displeasure of listening to I ve stopped listening to this book twice now solely cause it was just draggggging I had just about Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, given up hope of ever finishingwhen I ve discovered that my newly acuired reading app lets me listen to books on 2x speed Success Another note The song Sixteen Moons floats in and out of this book several times and the audiobook went above and beyondI absolutely motherfreaking love it when I listen to audiobooks that takes lyrics and creates songs for us Now every time I read the lyrics the melodyoes through my head Sixteen Moons Sixteen Years Sixteen of your deepest fears Sixteen times you dreamed my tears Falling Falling through the years The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book on your DNF listYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Three words uniue epic addictiveWow I mean really wow I have no words I really have no words It s so much easier for me to Arabian Nights give reasons why I don t like something rather than try to explain why I do I mean I don t know why I like something I just doBut let s see if I can explain this coherently It took awhile for me toet into the story Initially you Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place get a lot of information and I wasn t exactly sure where it all was headed However you needed that back story You needed to understand the history of the town the history of Ethan otherwise the vibrancy of the story would be lost The history completely compliments and enhances the rest of the story when youet to the end you ll Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss get itThe atmosphere of these book was incredible I had this insatiable craving forrits and sweet tea It really was like you were there Garcia and Stohl cover even the smallest of details Characterization was phenomenal These characters were fantastically portrayed three dimensional I had very strong feelings toward each and every one of them and that s something that doesn t happen often Something that s not evident a lot in YA fiction is family involvement The parents or Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, guardians are always in the backround there but not there Beautiful Creatures has a lot of family involvement which I lovedMaybe I do know why I liked it Writing was outstanding pacing was right on I could not Always You get through the pages fast enough The whole story was just fascinating I just loved it every small aspect It just workedI can not wait to read I demand a seuel Which I m happy to report is coming Gorgeous dark lush andothic It s so refreshing to read a paranormal romance told from the point of view of the Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, guy and Ethan is a fantastic narrator Through his eyes Gatlin comes alive in all its small townlory full of whispers and secrets and prejudices the Civil War tidbits are so interesting Ethan Lena makes for sexy and sweet romance Amma Ethan s no nonsense Lucy Carmichael grandmother is an awesome character And this lineives me Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti goosebumps every time I read it Mortals I envy you You think you can change things Stop the universe Undo what was done long before you came along You are such beautiful creatures Agh love 3 oh myod shusshify with all the loving on this book this is another example of the world conspiring to tell me untruths like that sarah jessica parker is really hot yeah i don t know she s kind of One-Click Buy got a weird face i am just not attracted to her no she is hot look at her dress look at her shoes yeah no iet it her clothing is expensive but she s just so oddly skinny and she has devil eyesnoooo she is hot here i made you a drink you will like it it is like hawaiian punchbut this time i am not drinkinghere s the deal two authors one book rarely works in practice one lady said i want to write a paranormal romance the other lady said i want to write a civil war era southern love story well let s smooosh them together it is a Redeeming Claire great ideait s not areat result it is a huge book that is very densely plotted for teen fiction which would ordinarily be a Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles good thing if it weren t so shallowly conceived it seems bloated with plot but shy on the details i had several wait but what momentsand much of it seemed so familiar two teens in love but both of their families are trying to keep them apart because of some ancient and unresolved family suabble but also because she has powers this is the part shakespeare dropped the ball onpowers which might complicate her relationship to a mortal boy but when they are together their kisses are like thunder and their embraces cause furniture to break and a teenage heart attack cured by supernatural means though phewi worry for kidsrowing up on the new crop of teen fiction the relationships always seems to have one paranormal participant and it s hardly fair for actual teens how can they compete with these do kids Fractured Memory get all sad after they lose their virginities and it is not as magical as they have been led to expect when beds do not rotate and literal sparks do not fly and they are not transported to the past it just seems like a lot of pressure to be put on themon the one hand it is cool to have a male protagonist in a teen love story most of then ones i have read are stilloofy Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love girls pining after unworthy boys this is also the second book i have recently read in which telepathy occurs between the lovers see this i think is a bad idea especially in teen lovers i don t care how in love i am once i find out you have the ability to read my mind i am out it is too creepy no one will steal my inventionsthis is such a popular book and it has such attractive cover colors i want to understand its appeal conceptually i thought it was areat idea and with some adjustments maybe it could have been better i just thought there were too many loopholes too many missed opportunities and i hate this title i kept calling it a combination of i know i am no longer supposed to use pictures in my reviews because it makes them too awesome butcome to my blog Mortals I envy you You think you can change things Stop the universe Undo what was done long before you came along You are such beautiful creatures Doesn t that line just Make-Believe Family give you the shiversI doubt that they are people who will read this and not have a big impression What am I saying I mean a HUGE impression You know when you read a book and just immerse yourself in it I m sure most of you know the feeling I kept reading into the night having no semblance of sleepand staying awake on interest alone I could not believe my eyes when I looked at the window when I finished the book to see light peeking out Suffice to say I m hookedThis book is told through our male protagonist Ethan Wate which was refreshing There isn t any realood way to describe him other than devoted I think Ethan lives in the boring southern town of Gatlin where nothing changes and the Civil War is called the war of Northern Aggression Nothing of note happens and there aren t really any secrets but really nothing can be further from the truth This town is hopping with secrets really really juicy ones Ethan doesn t come to realize this until a new Major Attraction (Harlequin Blaze girl Lena comes into town Now this is where our story beginsGosh there is so much to say but I doubt I couldet it all done This book has mystery a lot of it Southern culture a character in itself magic like you have never seen before and one of the best romances I ve seen lately no joke Can you tell I like parentheses a tad too much Don t answer that Any who I have to commend the authors of telling a story that I could no way tell it was written by two people The writing is seamless and draws you in no matter what is happening Reading this is a bit of an undertaking because it is a 500 some odd pages and has a lot of back story but it s totally worth it My favorite character would have to be Amma Ethan s no nonsense fill in parent since his mother died What makes this story work is that there is such rich descriptions of the characters their lives the surroundings and even the minor characters jump out at you One little teeny irk I doubt Ethan would notice way too much about what everybody was wearing but I Carlos and Diego (Story World) guess how else were we suppose to know The ending clearly indicates there will be a seuel or there BETTER be one I kept trying touess how to solve it but I didn t More to Love get it till the end Some things I could see comin. N the overgrownardens murky swamps and crumbling Nell (Governesses Trilogy, graveyards of the forgotten South a secret cannot stay hidden foreverEthan Wate who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin is haunted by dreams of a beautifulirl.
Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times USA Today and international bestselling author She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages with over 10 million copies in print In 2013 Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo