Friday, 31 May 2013

REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures

Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Pages: 563

Summary: 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.

Stars: 1/5 (I'm not even sure about this. Maybe more like zero.)

Okay, so, trying to read this book is like a torture. No, wait, it is a torture. I can't describe it. From the first line it was just... dull. Boring. And I wanted to die. I almost fell asleep while reading it, even though I wasn't tired. I got around page 100 until I finally gave up because there are so many good books to read and reading a bad book is just a waste of time. It's a good thing I didn't buy it because my money would just go to waste. That's why we have nice, little library. It's good for books that I'm having certain doubts with. Mixed reviews are the only reason I even picked it up.

Back to the point. The main character, Ethan, believe it or not, sounds like a middle-aged man, as many nice people pointed it out already. I couldn't even picture him as a 16-year-old teenager. Moreover, I didn't get a clear picture of him. All I knew was that his hair needs a haircut and that he's tall. I like to have a character in my head. It's easier for me to follow a storyline, to imagine everything that's going on because when I have unclear, blurry face, it's not as enjoyable. I don't know, maybe he's described more as the novel goes on, but I'm sure as hell not going to continue it to find out.  

In conclusion, it was incredibly boring. Writing style didn't captivate me at all and nothing caught my attention enough for me to raise my eyebrows and continue reading the book with more enthusiasm. I wouldn't even recommend it to my biggest enemy. I feel like this shall be burned or maybe rewritten (I'm trying to be nicer). If it was about 200 pages shorter and if there were maybe one author and if maybe that same author knew how to write a male teenager, then I'd consider finishing this. Did I also mention that this town sounds like the one from the very long past? I'm not near familiar with southern, American towns, but I doubt they barely have  electricity and some food. I wish it was described more vividly and truthfully. This irked me too much, even more than Forks. All things considered, if you're a fan of boring, I'm-going-to-die books then go ahead! Maybe you'll like it more than me.

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