With the film coming out next week I decided to read “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I was pleasantly surprised how much I actually enjoyed this book. It takes place in a very small town in South Carolina. The town itself is just a few stop lights and if you blink you would miss it.
We are introduced to our narrator Ethan in the middle of a kind of nightmare involving a girl he’s never seen and a song that seemingly disappears from his iPod when he seeks it out. With his father now a recluse since his mother’s passing, Ethan has found life more difficult than it once was, and it’s about to get a bit more complicated. When Ethan hears talk of a new girl in his high school (something which never happens) he is shocked to find that she is the girl from his dream.
Something strange is happening in this town of Gatlin upon the arrival of Lena Duchannes but no one could suspect what was being brought with her. With rumors flying through the small town, Lena becomes an outcast with Ethan the only one drawn to her. He sees something in her and is so drawn to her it’s like a mental lock on this strange girl. He learns that she is a part of a very old family that has lived in the town since before the Civil-war, which only brings more speculation to who this girl really is.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, that was the fun in reading this with little knowledge of what was going to actually happen. Lena’s story gets unfolded piece by piece and you start to realize that the prejudgments of everyone have a powerful effect on the world around her.
I found that reading the story through the point of view of a teenage boy was not as difficult as I first thought. The book itself is fast paced and very easy to get wrapped up in the story as well as the old folk lore that runs this small town. A classic star crossed lovers theme still holds strong and with lots of angst filled high school drama. This is the first book in a series of four and I will not hesitate to pick up the second “Beautiful Darkness” and read it with such fervor that I did the first. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have read it and how you liked it!