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Beautiful Creatures

‘In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets…
There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head… Green eyes, black  hair. Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse. On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year, the book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.’

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in the series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I picked this up excited and  really wanting to enjoy it, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Sure, there are some mildly exciting moments, but for the most part this book is just really boring. 99% of the characters annoy me, and most of the plot is Lena and Ethan telepathically communicating and reading a book that will ‘decide Lena’s fate’ but NEVER SEEMS TO HAVE ANYTHING HELPFUL WRITTEN IN IT.

There are no thrills, no plot twists, no sentimental moments- just an angsty teenage girl, a clingy boyfriend, and everyone else is seemingly irrelevant. There is nothing to move the plot along. I bought this book a few months ago (February-ish) and I still haven’t finished it- it’s just really boring.

I do like the powers that the Caster family has, and I like the house that shifts to the emotions of Macon and Lena, but eventually these just become tacky and overused. ‘Oh look, I’ve come to see Lena and the house is all red. She must be angry. I better go cuddle her to make her feel better.’ Ugh. The Ethan/Lena pairing just seems like that one irritating couple that shoves the unbreakable-ness of their relationship in everyone’s faces.

3/10.

– abnormalbookgeek

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