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In BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, spellcaster Lena Duchannes falls in love with the mortal Ethan Lawson Wate.
What intrigued me: I love everything witchy.
Great Southern Feel - but ultimately TOO much
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is your typical southern gothic with an eerie feel that plays into all the cliches you'd associate with the American South. Paired with an ounce of magic, this has the potential to become a fantastically unique and interesting series that puts a fun spin on the paranormal romance genre. But BEAUTIFUL CREATURES utterly loses itself in telling the story.
While I am a big fan of backstories and interwoven story lines, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has too much of that. We have the tragic story about Lena's and Ethan's deceased family members, their Civil War doppelgangers, Lena's family coming into town, Ethan's mother's best friend being tied into it etc. But none of the story lines is actually tied together with the ending, which ultimately mak. in my opinion.
I get that it's a series and it's supposed to make sense in the bigger picture, but BEAUTIFUL CREATURES simply lacks in structure. I found myself confused while reading this a lot and not understanding what was happening half the time. After finishing, I wasn't satisfied, I wasn't intrigued, I was simply confused.
Family Relations: TOO COMPLICATED!!
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES wants to be a character-driven novel. There are so many different people playing key roles, having a backstory of their own and whatnot - but it's just not thought through. By the end of the novel I STILL didn't get how everyone is related. What always annoys me with having so many characters is using family gatherings as an excuse for making the reader familiar with all characters. It's even worse to introduce them one after another. García and Stohl introduce a lot of technical terms related to witchcraft, from the specific names for every type of caster to stuff like the Sanguini's Circle, a type of witchy ritual, but resolve none of it. Again: I'm confused.
I skimmed a lot of this novel, I'm not going to lie. For the thin story line it's just way too long and Ethan and Lena don't have chemistry at all. It just couldn't keep my interest, despite it's undoubtedly rich world building and distinct atmosphere. It's certainly one of those books that are hit or miss, and for me? It's tragically a miss.
"Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?
In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming."