166 – Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful CreaturesThis was the March read for my In-Real-Life (IRL) book club.  We chose it based on the fact that the movie just came out recently and we’d all had it on our to-read lists.  Here’s the Goodreads summary.

“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.”

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great pick by my book club and I’m hoping to get to see the movie once it comes out on DVD.

I really liked the two main characters, Lena and Ethan. Their chemistry and relationship in general brought an interesting dynamic to the story. Not to mention the way they could communicate with one another.

I liked Macon, Link, Amma, and Marian as well. They were great secondary characters and brought a lot to the story.

The overall story itself was interesting. I thought the Caster world was intriguing and I liked that their powers were so different and, especially Lena’s, changeable.

The Southern piece of this story was interesting to read about. It was fascinating to read about the tight-knit community that really didn’t like outsiders. I also loved reading about the Southern history.

Overall, I really liked this story. I liked what happened and, honestly, the ending was different than I expected it to be…which I also liked. I plan to read the next in the series, but I will wait a while to read it.

Good book.


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