Thursday, January 9, 2014

Beautiful Creatures

Technically, I didn't read this book, I listened to it on a long car ride to and from Florida. I almost forgot that listening to an audio book counts just as much as reading!

This is a romance with magical properties thrown in. Not sure where you categorize that. Fantasy with romance or romance with fantasy?

Anyways, it's really good. If it hadn't been, I wouldn't have spent 17 hours or so listening to it!

We're in the deep south, little town, elements of To Kill a Mockingbird going on. Great characters! So many great characters, full of life, each with their own voice. The setting is an excellent addition. Love the magic going on but most importantly the romance is told right. This is better than Twilight. I've got a girl with a spine and a boy too. Nice. We've got all kinds of creatures going on. The battle between light and dark, deciding your own destiny. Paying the price.

I could go on, but really, just read the book. I'd like to pick up the sequel for my next car ride, especially if it's to Florida.

I'd also like to see the film. I'm totally curious how they transferred it to film and of course what they had to leave out.

Best of all, I love that these two women came up with this idea over lunch one day and started sketching it out on a napkin. True story. Awesome.

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. WhenLena 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.

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