Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margarat Stohl

Huh. What to say about Beautiful Creatures? Having literally finished it minutes ago, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this book overall.

First things first; it was too long. Much longer than it needed to be because many parts were really slow and, in my opinion, not integral to the story. I often found my attention wandering. That being said, I did find many individual parts incredibly enjoyable, especially the last 100 or so pages, which made the book worth the read.

The story was definitely unique and the male POV was very interesting although I’m not quite sure I fully believed that it was a male voice during certain events.

The relationship was really well written and I really believed in the connection between Lena and Ethan. I also really enjoyed Lena as an individual character. She was very… “emo” and I bought it. And Amma? Everyone needs an Amma in their life. All of the secondary characters and plot lines were interesting and I totally dug the setting. I love the new-old south- stuck in their ways and happy about it.

As for the ending, it didn’t at all turn out how I expected. That’s not necessarily a good thing though. I was hoping for a resolution that would leave this story as a singular book. Unfortunately, it’s wide open to continue on. I finished with a feeling of being left with a lot of loose ends.

Although it took me a month to finish this book (stopping once to get a short borrow library book finished), I did enjoy it enough. If/when the sequel is released, I will certainly pick it up and I would recommend this book to any paranormal romance fans as it’s definitely a unique story that doesn’t feel like the “same old”.

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