Review + Movie Trailer: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures will make its big screen debut on February 2013. If you haven’t read the book and are intrigued by the movie, watch the trailer and read the Badass review to see what the fuss is all about!

Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Book #1 – Caster Chronicles
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy
Audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins

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.

D.G.’s Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  (B+)

This is one of the best audiobook productions I’ve listened. Not only was the narration spot on, but the use of special effects really added to the dark atmosphere. And that song! A few times when the song came on, I felt goosebumps down my neck, it so freaked me out (even if I couldn’t understand the lyrics because the singer’s vocalization was a bit muffled.)

The story was good but a bit protracted – I think I would have lost my patience with the back and forth between the characters if I hadn’t been captivated by the audio. I particularly liked having the book being told from the male perspective – isn’t it amazing that when we have male POV there’s no love triangle! Anyhow, Ethan was a great character all around – so polite, sweet and loving. A few times when he would say or do something particularly romantic, I let out a few ‘Awwwwww!’

I wished the authors would have found a different plot device to create a conflict than having the adults withdraw information from Ethan & Lena. This business of “I can’t tell you anything because you can’t handle the truth” was ridiculous. It’s like telling a woman who’s pregnant that they won’t talk to her about giving birth because you think she’ll freak out. It doesn’t matter whether she can handle it or not, she WILL HAVE TO FACE IT so isn’t it better if she has all the pertinent info when she can digest it instead that at the moment of truth?

I really enjoyed the tie-in with the Civil War and the Southern small town atmosphere, although I think the authors took ‘you’re not one of us’ a bit too far. I don’t know if they were trying to make a point or what but it seemed over the top.

Also, I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Nothing seemed to have been solved and it’s almost as if we’re starting all over again.

Kevin T. Collins rocked the narration. I’m not much for Southern accents but his voice for Ethan was really sexy (if you must know, sexiness in the main male character’s voice is a must have for me …I need to feel the guy! :p) His pacing, emotion and interpretation were all there. I will be definitely looking for other books narrated by him.

Definitely continuing the series in audio but I really hope the second book doesn’t disappoint.

Series Reading Order:
1. Beautiful Creatures
2. Beautiful Darkness
2.5 Dream Dark
3. Beautiful Chaos
4. Beautiful Redemption

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