Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Beautiful Creatures
563 pp. Little, Brown and Company 2009 ISBN 978-0-316-04267-3 $17.99
“There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave. I never even saw it coming.” Ethan Wate lives in a small, southern town where nothing exciting ever happens. That changes when Lena Duchannes arrives in town to live with her uncle, the town recluse. Ethan is inexplicably attracted to Lena, and soon discovers that they share an unusual bond. I decided to read this William C. Morris Honor Book when one of my students told me that Beautiful Creatures is better than Twilight. The different story lines make it difficult for me to fairly compare the two novels, but this is definitely one of my favorite paranormal fantasy novels. The southern setting adds an intriguing gothic element, and it’s refreshing to read a paranormal fantasy from a male protagonist’s point of view. Garcia and Stohl have created a richly layered story with wonderfully developed characters. I am eager to read the sequel, Beautiful Darkness, which is set to release in October. S.A.