There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
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’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick up this series. It has pretty much everything I like in a YA book – namely magic. I suppose we’ll just chalk it up to ‘so many books, so little time’ and leave it at that. I’m also not sure why I’ve waited so long to try another audio book. Beautiful Creatures marks only the second that I’ve listened to. I think if I had an affordable source for audios I could easily become addicted to them.
Beautiful Creatures is told from Ethan Wate’s POV. Since so many other people have mentioned in their reviews that it was a great change of pace to have a male voice, I had to go back and think about other books I’ve read. Maybe it’s because my taste is so eclectic, but I didn’t really think twice about whose POV the story was told from. A lot of the adult PNR books are told from a male POV, so maybe that’s why. Looking back though, most of the YA books that I’ve read are told from a female’s POV so I guess there is a point to be made. Regardless, I liked Ethan from the beginning. He was smart, witty, loyal, honest and when he needed to be, determined.
Lena started out being a mystery but since she spent so much time in Ethan’s head it didn’t take long to get to know her. She spent most of the book carrying the weight of the world…. or at least her immediate world’s… weight on her shoulders. He fate was sealed. She had to fight to be normal and Ethan tried to be her anchor. By the end of this story I had fallen in love with them both.
Beautiful Creatures took several twists and turns. It traveled into the past and twisted itself into the present. There were secrets, mysteries, danger, tears, heart break and yes, teenage drama fueled by a small town mindset. Since the angst wasn’t caused by but directed toward the main characters I can ignore that aspect. In essence, Beautiful Creatures was a love story… and …. well… beautiful.
Needless to say, I am now a fan of the Caster Chronicles and it won’t be long before I pick up Beautiful Darkness. I’m not sure when my next audio book will be listened to though. As much as I loved listening to it I think I discovered that I’m an easily distracted listener. I kind of get lost in the melodic narration and end up re-listening to chapters more often than not. I also discovered that I can’t listen to audio books at night. They put me to sleep – which requires more re-listening. Maybe if I get more practice? I do love the ability to work or drive while I listen though. That is a definite perk to audio books. I’m sure that my audio book guru, Felicia at the Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog can come up with all kinds of reasons to add even more audio books to my TBR list.
On a side note, almost immediately after I finished listening to Beautiful Creatures I watched the movie. (I have a non-official policy to not watch a movie until I’ve read the book – yes I know I have a serious problem… my children remind me of this constantly.) There were MAJOR differences between the two. I liked them both, but in very different ways. FYI – I see a future post in the making… stay tuned. 😉