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Beautiful Creatures

Garcia, Kami (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.
Authors: Garcia, Kami
Title: Beautiful creatures
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 563 p. :,22 cm
Summary: In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.
Additional Contributors: Stohl, Margie - 1967-�, -
ISBN: 0316042676
9780316042673
0316077038
9780316077033
Statement of Responsibility: by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl
Subject Headings: South Carolina History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction South Carolina Fiction Recluses Fiction Dreams Fiction Schools Fiction High schools Fiction Love stories Psychic ability Fiction Supernatural Fiction
Topical Term: Recluses
Dreams
Schools
High schools
Love stories
Psychic ability
Supernatural
LCCN: 2008051306
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563 p. (Gr 8-10) Loner Ethan is haunted by dreams of a mysterious girl and then she shows up at his school.

In a South Carolina town, 16-yr-old Ethan is drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her 16th birthday. (Part of a series)

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.


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Sep 25, 2014
  • BoltANicole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this series. Very easy to get lost in the world that the authors have created.

Aug 20, 2014
  • Imagine_That rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Based on the title, you’d think that the book ‘Beautiful Creatures’ was about unicorns, or some sort of animals. In reality, it is about people who are-mostly-human. Written from the viewpoint of a boy named Ethan Wate, this book is well written and descriptive, forming detailed pictures in your mind’s eye. Ethan lives in a town called Gatlin, your stereotypical small town filled with stereotypical shallow people. Don’t let this fool you though, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is not what I would call ‘Chick Lit’. Ethan wants nothing more than to finish high school so that he can leave Gatlin, but when a mysterious new girl shows up, she flips Ethan’s previously predicable life upside down. In the middle of snobby blond moms and daughters and their conceited problems, Ethan has much bigger things to worry about. As he learns about things that have existed under his nose since before he was born, Ethan is drawn into a beautiful and dangerous world, one where popularity is the least of his worries.
Unlike most books about magical beings, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ does not have very many fight scenes. It may not be particularly violent, but there is still a sense of danger looming over the characters in this book, and even though ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is not extremely fast paced, the problem facing Ethan and his friend is still interesting and difficult to overcome. I like how the author manages to fit in quiet time. Sometimes it can be irritating when characters run into so many problems you can’t distinguish the plot.
Overall, I enjoyed reading ‘Beautiful Creatures’. If you like fantasy, realistic fiction, or romance, you might too.

Jul 15, 2014
  • Jasmeet123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

l want to read this book so badly
it sounds good so l love it so much and l hope someone tells me how it is then when l go camp l can tell my brother scary stories and l hope the book is really REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY SCARY

Jul 15, 2014
  • Seema0541 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Jul 09, 2014
  • lauhginglexia rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it was ok..kinda drawn out but the end was good , i dnt think i'll be checking out the second book though

Jun 26, 2014
  • bilanyassin1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so much better then the movie!

Jun 20, 2014
  • Kdmullerspy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with it within the first couple of chapters. It's awesome! Ethan Wate is the sweetest guy ever!

May 06, 2014
  • MissDanaGilly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it, loved it, loved it! The absolute best series I have ever read! I'd certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a supernatural, romance with some very refreshing comedy. Loved it! If you're thinking of watching the movie I just have to say that it was a bit of a disappointment. It's in my opinion that if the movie had followed the book, it would have been excellent. Aside from that, bravo, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Sooooo much better then the movie....loved every minute of it....on my way to reading the last book....taking my time not wanting it to end :/

Apr 11, 2014
  • sibghaarshad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When supernatural comes with romance, its definitely a big hit so just read it and love it!

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May 04, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 15, 2013
  • MaryBar74 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • Blue_Buffalo_56 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 12, 2013
  • green_giraffe_387 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 27, 2013
  • LUNTUNE13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jan 05, 2013
  • summerAllora rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 23, 2013
  • white_crane_27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lena and Ethan are a nice couple Their troubling occasions want you to find out what happens this instant. It makes you want to jump into the book to experience the action going on at first person veiw.

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is set in fictional Gatlin, South Carolina. The novel is told by protagonist Ethan Wate who lives with his writer father and housekeeper Amma who is “more like [Ethan’s] grandmother.”[2] The story begins on the first day of Ethan’s sophomore year when he wakes up from a recurring dream he’s been having about a girl he doesn’t know. That morning he finds a “creepy- almost hypnotic,” [3] song called Sixteen Moons on his iPod and also notices the smell of rosemary and lemon. At school Ethan find out there is a new girl this year which is surprisingly because Gatlin “hadn’t had a new girl in school since the 3rd grade,”[4] the new girl is “old man Ravenwood’s niece.” [5] Macon Melchizedek Ravenwood is the town shut in and is often compared to the character Boo Radley from To Kill A Mocking Bird in the novel. Ethan later hears Lena playing Sixteen Moons in band.
When Ethan drives her home he almost runs over Lena who is standing on the road in the middle of the storm looking for someone to help with her broken down car. When Ethan notices she smells like lemon and rosemary he realized that Lena is the girl from his dreams. He soon learns that Lena is a Caster, a person who can use magic, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed for either Light or Dark. Ethan tries to find a way to save Lena from going Dark and solve the mystery of how he is connected to Lena. At the same time Lena is trying to handle the whole town turning against her “we don’t take kind to strangers [in Gatlin].”(Garcia 123) Lena and Ethan discover that they are connected through years of Gatlin and Caster history.

May 07, 2010
  • Mahala rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this book. It was interesting, the paranormal aspects were fairly unique, and I love a story with a long family history like this one has.
But I just liked it. It never grabbed me and demanded that I keep reading. I think, mostly, this was because the pacing was off. There was too much time during the story when I was relaxed and not worried about whether the characters were going to get out of trouble. Sure, there were intense moments when I was glued to the pages, but then things slowed down too much and I was lulled into a strange sense of security. This made it too easy to set the book down.
Beautiful Creatures is a good story. I think it could have been great if it had been shorter, which would have increased the tension and kept the reader glued to the pages through the whole story. Or, at least, if it had a bit more depth to it with the characters and setting.
Overall, the only thing that really set it apart was the paranormal aspect, which was really interesting and unique. Unfortunately, it's not enough.

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May 04, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Wouldn't want to read if you're uncomfortable with this, but not too bad, just inspiring, mostly.

Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date February 14, 2013 (USA)

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"You're not the only one falling."

"You're so full of crap you could pass for a toilet."
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Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“We are given to the great, for great purpose, to great ends. We are given to the grave, for grave purposes, to grave ends.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“The days we spend apart bleed together until time is an obstacle we must overcome.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“We are given to the great, for great purpose, to great ends. We are given to the grave, for grave purposes, to grave ends.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Pete et Invienies.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Even though I couldn't remember all of it, the part I remembered was always the same.The girl was falling.I was falling.I had to hold on, but I couldn't.If I let go, something terrible would happen to her.But that's the thing.I couldn't let go.I couldn't lose her.It was like I was in love with her, even though I didn't know her.Kind of like love before first sight.Which seemed crazy because she was just a girl in a dream.I didn't know what she looked like.I had been having the dream for months, but in all that time I had never seen her face, or I couldn't remember it.All i knew was that I had the same sick feeling every time I lost her.She slipped through my fingers, and my stomach dropped right out of me-the way you feel when you're on a roller coaster and the car takes a big drop.I couldn't help it.I always thought about her.I kept coming back to that same dream, even though I couldn't exlain it.I was falling in love with a girl who didn't exist, and I was slowly losing my mind.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Old paper, which my mom used to say was the smell of time itself.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“moments bleed together, no span to time”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Claim yourself.”

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Beautiful Creatures Feature Film Trailer - Releases February 13, 2013

Aug 12, 2011
  • NicholeJennifer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sixteen Moons

Song from "Beautiful Creatures", written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Performed by Michele McGonigle

Beautiful Creatures Book Trailer

"Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Available December 2009 from Little, Brown and Company www.BeautifulCreaturestheBook.com

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