Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia + Margaret Stohl
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 don’t usually go for the paranormal romance books, especially after Twilight hit bookstores and became the new standard. But this one is completely different from any I’ve read or heard about. I love the way the authors created the town, as rife with secrets as the families who live inside it.
Beautiful Creatures is incredibly layered; there are a thousand stories weaving beneath Ethan and Lena’s, which is more like the way things really happen than most books will tell you. Because of this, the book is really long, but not a sentence is wasted. By the time you reach the end, you will be holding your breath and biting your nails, desperate to know Lena’s fate.
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