Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

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 ...


Details Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

TitleBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
ISBN9780316042673
Author
Release DateDec 1st, 2009
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Magic, Fiction, Supernatural, Witches, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Reviews Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

  • Tatiana
    2009-09-19
    Ugh, another overhyped paranormal YA creation. When will I learn not to buy into hype? Just like so many readers, I gave 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 dud.Having finally finished this book with a high level of irritation and disappointment, I decided to check out the favorable reviews to see wha...
  • karen
    2010-10-12
    oh my god, 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 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 - i get it - her clothing is expensive, but she's just so oddly skinny and she has devil eyes.""noooo - she is hot - here i ...
  • Emily May
    2012-12-22
    Phew, I am so glad that's over. I can't believe I actually made it through all those pages, I'm sure I wouldn't have done if I hadn't set myself the challenge of reading every monthly book club read chosen by one of my groups. Ugh. Seriously, just ugh. I have read some dismal books in the young adult paranormal 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 wors...
  • Cara
    2009-10-21
    "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 give you the shivers?!?!?!?I 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 ...
  • Heather
    2009-05-01
    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 it.To quote Hawkeye, from the 1991 movie version of Last of the Mohicans, Beautiful Creatures i...
  • Kristi
    2009-04-09
    Three words; unique, epic & addictiveWow. I mean really, wow. I have no words. I really have no words. It's so much more easier for me to 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 do!But let's see if I can explain this coherently. It took awhile for me to get into the story. Initially you get a lot of information, and I wasn't exactly sure where it all was heade...
  • Corey
    2012-03-08
    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 quirky, average, outcast-type characters who drive the plot line along through their unique and easily pictured personalities. I've heard people complain that Ethan is unrealistic. That makes me upset because I relate more to Ethan than I ever have with an...
  • Haleema
    2010-11-24
    This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Even with two authors it failed to satisfy me. The story is overloaded with cliches. The characters are all... nothing. Ugh... I wish Goodreads had a "Hated it so much that a part of me just died" star. A "Didn't like it" star ridicules my feelings towards this... book.Utter nonsense.
  • Annalisa
    2010-07-10
    From some of the reviews I've read, I was sure the writing was going to be atrocious. It's not. Sure there are times when it's repetitive and there's quite a few inconsistencies (where someone would say or do something and then contradict it a few pages later) and there were times when I had no idea what was going on (like where Ethan maybe almost had a heartache I guess and I thought it was some psychedelic love scene until it was explained at t...
  • Marie Lu
    2011-07-25
    Gorgeous, dark, lush, and gothic. It's so refreshing to read a paranormal romance told from the point of view of the guy, and Ethan is a fantastic narrator. Through his eyes, Gatlin comes alive in all its small town glory, 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 grandmother, is an awesome character. And this line gives me goose...
  • Margaret Stohl
    2009-04-30
    :)
  • Emilija
    2011-02-06
    Fuck you, Beautiful Creatures, and everyone that is in this stupid ass book. Let’s start of, with our beloved Ethan. I can’t stand him. I want to rip his balls off because he doesn’t deserve them. He’s not even a Gary Stu, he’s a fucking Mary Sue. No, I’m not kidding. It took me 40 pages into the book to realize that the main character is a dude. This is such a huge fail that it makes me want to claw my eyes out. His thoughts and they...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2011-12-20
    It's not often that a book has me cringing, wanting to throw it down in frustration and never to return to it again. Unfortunately, Beautiful Creatures was written so badly and unconvincingly so that's what I would have done, if not for a reading challenge I was trying to complete. You'd think such an interesting and unique premise about witches and warlocks would be difficult to get wrong. Unfortunately, the book was written in such a bland, bor...
  • P
    2014-03-18
    “The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.” I don't know why I read this book. Beautiful Creatures sounds promising at first just like Twilight, a forbidden love story where two souls find each other in the darkest moment of their lives. But I didn't like Ethan, he's uninteresting and can't even deliver the story properly. That made this book so boring and I didn't want to continue around the half way through it. Anyway, I wante...
  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    2014-11-12
    4 stars!!This is another one of those cases where watching the movie motivated me to read the book. I loved that this book didn’t have the typical paranormal creature (vampire, werewolf, etc…) and I was even more intrigued by the deep family and town history that played a huge role in the story, so needless to say I had to read this one. Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely, and I found the two main characters to be endearing, down-to-earth...
  • Sandra
    2012-08-23
    How the heck is this book turning into a movie?! I'm telling ya, reading this THING is like walking through mud that has some sharp stuff in it. It's slow and painful. But, before i'm gonna go all ballistic, and talk about how much i didn't enjoy reading Beautiful Creatures, i'm gonna say what this book is about for those who don't know. So the main protagonist is Ethan, he dreams of this girl that he doesn't know ( more like has nightmares). The...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2016-04-07
    So I'm giving this the 4 stars I think I would've given it if I had read this book before I saw the movie. The pacing was kind of slow for me, but I think seeing the movie before reading the book really affected how the story played out. There really wasn't any mystery or suspense since I knew most major plot points. (This is WAY better than the movie, though). But I still enjoyed this story!It took me a long time to get to these books because I ...
  • Melissa Marr
    2009-04-17
    My blurb (sent to the editors of the book): “Beautiful Creatures is gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original. I devoured it.”
  • mark monday
    2010-07-25
    MOVIE UPDATEso i just watched the movie adaptation last night and i liked it! certainly superior to the book, and way better than the Twilight adaptations. i wonder why the movie was so unpopular? it was cute, the effects were good, the sets for the magic mansion were pretty cool, and the whole thing flew by and was over before i knew it. Viola Davis & Jeremy Irons were amusing. the lead actor had the corniest, most syrupy Southern accent possibl...
  • Marnie Krüger
    2017-10-20
    This was FUN!I vaguely remember seeing the movie many, many years back. Thinking the primes was awesome I got myself all four books; but never got around to reading them.Now I'm kind of glad it took me so long to get around to them. I know, most people say the opposite thing, but I'm glad I can't recall everything form the movie, it made the book so much more interesting. I knew the ending, but all the other details were fussy, so this was kind o...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2013-01-01
    Really liked this book! Such a cool world & magic system, with great characters and a rich, vibrant setting! It took me a little while to really get into the story, and the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but I'm very much looking forward to continuing the series! I really enjoyed the relationship between Ethan and Lena and I can't wait to see where it goes next!
  • Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
    2017-01-21
    They made a schlocky movie out of an equally schlocky book and you guessed it right--
  • Kerry
    2009-07-15
    I acquired a copy of Beautiful Creatures at ALA from a teen who was my super hero. She had an extra copy and gave one to me and so I have to say Thankyouthankyouthankyou to you (I'm sorry I don't know your name) for your random act of kindness that I will pay forward. I haven't been able to put this book down. It's absloutely fantastic. The combination of tension, humour, mystery and the paranormal have made this a real page-turner. I love the st...
  • Kimberly Derting
    2009-05-18
    It took me longer than it should have to read Beautiful Creatures, mostly because I kept re-reading passages (and sometimes entire sections) just to savor that southern *feel* that the authors captured so incredibly well. From the language to the characters to the settings, I felt like I was part of Ethan and Lena's journey as they navigated their way toward her 16th birthday. I relished every moment I spent with this lush gothic tale.
  • Kristen
    2010-01-10
    Got to page 110. Here's my beef.Ethan sounds like a woman--or a very, very, feminine man. He notices things like pink finger nails, too dark tans, whether someone is too fat for their skirt, or what kind of purse she has. And, tell me, what 17 year old boy has a thing against blondes? Now, I'm not a guy myself, but I really doubt teen boys are that observant. To me, he sounded like a petty woman. Ethan hangs with old ladies. I understand he has t...
  • Alethea A
    2009-07-29
    SUN, APRIL 18 at 2 pm - Meet Kami & Margie at Borders Glendale (CA)RSVP here: http://bit.ly/grbeautifulcBeautiful Creatures is exactly what I aspire to be as a human being: pretty, funny, and smart all in one package. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a seamless and utterly absorbing tale of a cursed romance: a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl in a small Southern town. Meaningful thoughts about love, loyalty, and prejudice unfold ...
  • ellemaddy
    2014-09-11
    So i started reading this book because i watched half of the movie and i was like? Could it be as bad as the movie? And it has like so many books in the series, so it might be good. Lets try this. Oh man, I regret it. I am so pissed. I spent like one day and a half to finish reading this when i could just read something else more fun and less cringey. What a waste of time! I think narrator wise it's a bit of fresh air since it's a teenage guy ins...
  • Kasia
    2009-12-01
    Southern Gothic, huh? Haunted mansions, prejudiced folk and proper manners. Well it's all that alright. And makes a damn good debut, I'll tell you as much. It's being sold as the next Twilight and as of now it does too deliver on that front, although time will eventually show if it is indeed so. The prognosis is favorable with plenty of rave reviews, not as rave as the Edward-Jacob-fans, but still, rave enough to make me wary. I was a little susp...
  • galleycat
    2010-03-23
    Your average, ordinary, overhyped debut. For starters, too long. Coulda been a tighter, stronger story in half the 600-plus pages. Lots of backstory at the front end, so the story is slow to get going. And even then, it's not a page-turner. I found myself skim-reading through much of the book to get to the finish, probably because 1) I didn't really care that much about Ethan and Lena, either as individual characters or as an 'item,' and 2) I had...
  • Thomas
    2010-03-30
    Beautiful Creatures was a fascinating first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The focus of the story was the romance between Ethan and Lena - a mortal and a Caster, two star-crossed lovers separated by their predetermined fate and a small southern town trying to tear them apart.The last hundred pages or so of this novel were amazing. The writing was beautiful and the pacing was tight. I absolutely loved the descriptions and how everything ...