Ethan Wate has lived in the same town his entire life, just like everyone else in Gatlin County. Nothing ever changes in Gatlin County where they still think the wrong side won the Civil War. Then Lena Duchannes, niece of Old Man Macon Ravenwood, arrives in town, and suddenly everything is changing.
Beautiful Creatures has been on my tbr list for awhile now, though I couldn’t remember how it had found its way there or what it was about. However it got there, I’m glad that it did.
I’ve been a little bit in love with the gothic novel ever since I read The Mysteries of Udolopho. Modern gothics don’t seem to be as popular, especially those that aren’t more horror than gothic, but Beautiful Creatures filled the hole inside my heart that I didn’t even realize was there.
The characters in this novel don’t necessarily feel realistic to me, but then again I’ve never visited down South. While they don’t feel realistic, they do feel REAL. I know this may seem like an odd distinction, but try to stick with me. I’ve never met someone like Amma Treadaue or the other residents of Gatlin County, but I think that if I were to, they would be exactly as described in this novel.
The setting is like a character all onto itself. Gatlin County. The South. The setting is so vibrant and alive I felt like I had travelled to another place. As much as we’re told that reading can transport you, unless a book is well-written it rarely does so. Beautiful Creatures definitely transports.
My one complaint is that the ending left quite a bit to be desired. The end of the book left me feeling cheated. I don’t mind being tricked. In fact, I LOVE being tricked, but the end wasn’t a clever trick. It felt more like a lie that was used simply to continue the story. I would have much preferred if this had been a standalone book with slightly more of a resolution.
Books with similar aspects
Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
recommended to gothic fans, romance fans, lovers of great settings and characters that will stick with you
not recommended to those who prefer shorter reads; this one has some length to it and it doesn’t push you along
Don’t just take my word for it!
“The writing of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is delicious. I felt while reading it that I could just smell Amma’s biscuits!” April @Good Books and Good Wine
“All in all, this book takes a bit of dedication to finish, but is easy to be absorbed into, and all in all is a good book, filled with symbolism, great characters, and original ideas.” Reut @ Reut Reads