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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rgz Street Team: Sarah reviews Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Sarah reviews Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl:

"Ethan Wate, who has been counting down the day until he can escape the small town of Gatlin, is haunted by a dream of a beautiful girl he has never met. Then Lena Duchannes moves into the oldest and most infamous plantation with her reclusive Uncle Macon. Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and is determined to uncover the connection between them.

"Lena is unlike anyone in Gatlin. She is struggling to conceal her powers and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and the graveyard of the south and the past, a secret cannot be hidden for much longer.

"Ethan and Lena were both amazing characters. Ethan was sweet, swoon-worthy, and protective of Lena. Lena was strong willed and caring. Ethan and Lena were amazing together. Uncle Macon and Amma were both interesting characters. I really enjoyed Ethan's great aunts Mercy, Prudence, and Grace -- also know as "The Sisters." They were hilarious. The plot was fast-paced and gripping. I could not put this book down. There were a few plot holes, but I think that they will be solved more in the next book. Also the pacing was off a few times, but it was still a great plot. Garcia and Stohl are an amazing writing duo. Beautiful Creatures is filled with gorgeous details and a charming setting. I highly recommend it; it will bring you into a world that you will never want to leave." --Sarah

Thanks, Sarah! Check out the Cover Story for this book, and Liz's Host report from a Kami & Margaret reading!


Melissa Walker said...

I can't wait to read this one, Sarah. Thanks!

Scott said...

It's a great look at small-town life in the south. Reminded me a lot of growing up in Texas. Awesome romance from a male POV too.