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Beautiful Creatures ~ Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

March 16, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fictoin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
592 pages
ISBN: 9780316077033
Source: Bookstore

Oh, there are few things I like more than a little ditty about a southern town. One of those few things is a nice novel about a southern town with dirty secrets. Who knew my favorite thing, at least in a book, this side of 2011, would be a thick, chunky story about a nice southern town where the secrets to hide have to do with seriously dark magic? Oh, well now I do, guess.

Man, I can’t believe I held out on this series for so long. A lot of my trepidation probably stemmed from this stupid quote on the back of the book comparing the stories to Twilight and True Blood. As if! It’s so far from either of those (aside from having romance, as I suppose Twilight does and being located in the general south, as I think True Blood is) that I sort of want to pinch the “publicist” who decided to slap that on the book (and website for Heaven’s sake!).

A well written, intelligent assessment of small towns, everywhere, but spot on for tiny southern hamlets, Beautiful Creatures is so much more than a simple paranormal teen romance. Ethan (of the Basketball Team) and his newly befriended lady, Lena (of Is Hot But No One Will Talk To Her Because She’s New and Her Uncle Is the Town Recluse) have more than the average teen horrors to contend with (though the cheerleaders and DAR do their darndest). As it turns out, Lena’s family has the darkest secrets any town could hide and they’re about to come spilling out.

This is a hard one to talk about since there is so much that needs to be revealed while read. All I can say is that this is no Twilight. Humph! I’d say, it’s more for folks who enjoyed Harry Potter, the later years, and Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy.  It’s magic, albeit dark magic, not monsters and for that I thank the two lovely authors.

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