Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date:  September 14, 2010
ISBN:  978-0-316-04267-3
Pages:  592
Cover Design:  David Caplan

Set in the small southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina; this story made me feel the humidity - the history - the Southernness - of it all.

It's a love story that spans 100 years and two couples from very different families.  A modern type of Romeo and Juliet.

It's hard to be the new girl in any town, harder in a small town and ridiculous in a small Southern town.

Lena Duchannes (rhymes with rain) is the new girl.  She's also the niece of the town hermit.  She drives a hearse. She has a large wolf dog that follows her everywhere.  She dresses "weird".  Ethan Wate is captivated by her. It doesn't hurt that she's the girl of his dreams...literally.

The more Lena and Ethan come together, the more people try to keep them apart.  When they figure out that two of their ancestors fell in love and one died tragically (Ethan's named after him), the mystery deepens.  Add to that Lena's strange powers over the weather and there's quite a lot going on here.

The story is excellent, some authors have trouble keeping several storylines going, but these two authors are amazing.  I was on the edge of my seat and half in love with Ethan and Lena myself.  I really felt that Lena and Ethan could be real teenagers; they seemed to be caught up in the paranormal, yet all they want to do is have the fun that they should have as teens.

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