Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Book Review)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal |  Romance
Length: 563 pages
Published in September 2010 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (first published December 1st 2009)
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

borrowed from my library

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 watched the movie adaptation to this book years ago, when I found out it was a book I put it on my TBR list. It’s taken me approx 6 years to get here but guys, I have finally read this book!

I truly loved the world building, in this book and the history. It’s pretty much, what kept me engaged in the book, when I felt like just DNFing it because it’s sooooo long. Honestly, I feel like it could have been cut down by at least 100 pages, there was a lot of unneeded descriptions and dialogue.

Whilst I felt the pacing was at times slow, I became totally invested in the history of Lena’s world and the history of Lena and Ethan’s ancestors. Learning about the history of the families was interesting, being able to make the connections to the present day in the book too.

But I didn’t really get invested in Lena and Ethan’s relationship, I felt like it was just there for the sake of having romance involved. Nevertheless the ending to Beautiful Creatures has made me want to at least read book 2 at some point, so we’ll see if book 2 turns out any better than this one.

If you’re down for some history, world building and a different take on magic; then consider giving this book a try. Just keep in mind its long, and you may find it a little slow.


What did you think to the book if you’ve read it? Or have you only seen the movie? Or maybe neither. Let me know in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Book Review)

  1. I didn’t even know there was a movie oops 😂how am I so behind on all the things ahh?! But yes I do want to read this one at some point!! I have it…somewhere. haha. I’m so glad you ended up liking it, although pity about the pacing!

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  2. Fun fact: this was the first book I ever DNF’d. When you talked about the pace being slow…I felt that. wow. Glaciers look like NASCAR racers compared to this novel. All the same though, I am glad you did enjoy your time reading it! Here is to hoping you like the second novel better than this one! xD

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