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The Beautiful Creatures Complete Collection (Caster Chronicles #1-4)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  4,821 ratings  ·  229 reviews
"There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that's what I thought. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
"Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful S...more
Hardcover, 2035 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Christopher Godsoe
This is an amazing series. I'd love to go into more detail, but why use 100 words when 5 will do? The characters are so well fleshed out, that when the time comes to say goodbye to them you will feel as though you are saying goodbye to friends. After reading the first book in this series, I devoured the remaining three over a week and a half (Audiobook versions).

There are parts that become repetitive, and my only complaint is that none of the main characters (except for Link) seem to be able to...more
I fell in love with this series as soon as I read the very first book. Its one of my favorite book series. I think its an amazing love story. (My first book rating, be gentle..)

The characters and their supernatural powers are very original and innovative. The book embraces southern heritage and paranormal myths and legends. I enjoyed how the series switched from Ethan's and Lena's points of view. The story is cleverly written that keeps with southern history. The book also has suspenseful parts...more
This series started with the movie (which I was not a fan of). However, I kept thinking there has to be a good story somewhere and I'm so glad the movie lead me to these books. I couldn't put them down. I haven't found a series that drew me in like the Caster Chronicles in quite sometime.

Beautiful Creatures book #1 is about young Lena Duchannes who has moved in with her Uncle in Gatlin, South Carolina. Ethan Wates is a young man from Gatlin who has been dreaming of an unknown girl. When he meet...more
I cannot even begin to explain my love for this series...
It's been a long time since I've found a series of books that I literally fell in love with. This series is always on my mind so much to a point where I can't sleep for hours, that's probably not healthy. The characters are fabulous and the writing is beautiful. I'm actually completely in love with Ethan Wate he's perfect. Lena as much as she can be stupid in the second book is also very likable and relatable despite the fact the she is a...more
After awhile I would skip the details yearning for more conversational points. I'd like Lena to have more character. I found her distant and detached. I am looking forward to the movie. The series kept me intrigued enough to finish them all. Thanks to my little sister for the suggestion!
Wow. Just wow! I got these four books on my Kindle on the 16th and couldn't put them down until they were finished. The character build is fabulous. I absolutely fell in love with the Ethan and Lena love story.

I enjoyed reading this series. I'm not a teenager and haven't been for quite some time but I was hooked.

From book to book - the authors' voice was very strong and clear. I could really feel Gatlin as if it were my home town.

The end of book three made me cry and I found myself crying throu...more
Mei Ling
I read the whole series because I'm one of those people that can not stop reading something I've started unless its absolutely terrible. I'm a sucker for having to know how something ends. I almost just googled a synopsis but I pushed through. I reserve a 1-star cause you can't give 0-stars) review for utterly atrocious and could not even finish, 2- stars are barely finishable. This series had its moments but it was SO cliche and predictable!!
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So I realize I sorta missed the boat with this series as I believe the first one came out in like, 2009. But whatever. I am not really going to talk much about the plot, mostly because throughout 4 books of at least 500 pages each, THERE IS SO MUCH OF IT. However there might be Spoilers, But I’ll make sure and say so before.

I think the thing about these books is that they were pitted to be “the next twilight” or “the next Harry Potter” but truly it’s a mix of both, and deserves to have a name of...more
Although moderately entertaining, Beautiful Creatures ended up being full of clichés and stereotypes. A lot of it felt contrived: the dialogue between characters, the high school dynamics, the forced-sounding nicknames of people and things... you get the idea. The characters themselves often fell flat as well.

Ethan - The narrator, described as being a popular jock, despite the fact that he behaves more like a 90 year old woman than a 16 year old boy. His great aunts had more pizzazz than he did...more
Marion Wilhelm
I thought this would be Twilight-esque as it is considered a "young adults" read but I REALLY enjoyed all four of the books. The authors have put a new spin on what has become an overworked genre of supernatural boy meets mortal girl or vice/ versa, etc. it is a sweet but lively series with a lot of unpredictable turns and twists. More than anything it is a good vs evil and, as I do not want to throw out a spoiler, you will have to read them to decide what is really evil and what is truly good.
The series left me with a lot of questions. Why didn't Link ever complain about the pain touching Ridley caused him before he turned? Didn't his car crash during the 18th moon? What happened to Macon's father, Silas? How did Ridley get John in the Archlight? Why did Edward Snakehands write a page in the chronicles for Ethan, just because Angelus said so?
Loved the books. Started off quickly and you get attached to the characters. At the end of the 3rd book, I had to go to work the next day with swollen eyes. Not going to spoil it for you. I really enjoyed reading the adventures of the Gatlin above and below ground. A great, easy, fun read!
I read this entire series in a few days great amazing it always kept me on the edge of my seat. In the middle of the day I just start thinking about Ethan,Lena,Ridley,Link,John,Liv,Macon,Amma,and Marian andi have to tell my self its just a book .
I really enjoyed this series. It is a YA/paranormal romance series, like so many that are popular these days. But, it isn't a "canned" series by any means. I appreciated the various struggles that the characters went through - and that there was depth and complexity to the characters and many of the situations they faced. For example, the relationship between Lena and Sarafine is ANYTHING but simple. You want to think it's black and white - that Sarafine is just evil and that's all there is to i...more
Anna Kis
Aug 08, 2014 Anna Kis rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Anna by: internet
I personally did not enjoy this book series at all. I had to force myself to finish reading all four books; I had wanted to give up after the first few pages.
The writing is incredibly bland, the characters 2d, and not only are you completely unable to relate to them, make a connection with them at any given time, you feel like punching them because of multiple reasons, one of them being their inability to express their feelings and explaining exactly what is going on with them. It would save so...more
Eddie James
"There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that's what I thought. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
"Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations.
Mysterious, suspenseful, and romantic, "Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness," "Beautiful C
BOOK 1: I quite enjoyed the book. I enjoyed it for its similarities to the movie (which was how I even learned of the BC series) as well as for being almost a completely different story than the movie. Don't take that amiss, both worked for me, but I am glad I saw the movie first, because I didn't miss the huge number of things that were missing -- I could enjoy the movie with a fresh eye, without preconceptions. If I'd read the book first, I think I would not have like the movie as much. It rea...more
I really enjoyed this series although for me the first book had all the impetuous and the subsequent books were just for the fun of hanging out with the characters in a very well-realized setting. There are some plot quibbles (it's never explained how a supernatural could become mortal and then non-mortal again, magic wand waving, do not look behind the curtain) but if you want to sink into some southern gothic YA, this is for you.
Zachary Ruffcorn
Enjoyed these from start to finish and wish they didnt go away so quickly once i started i found myself unable to stop until one book was done into the next and another and another until i came to the end with much dismay
Nickki Blanchette
Loved this series. Was an easy read and unexpected things happened around every corner. Had a hard time putting the book down. The characters are so personal and easy to get attached to. Fun reads.
Fifi Shepherd
I feel like I read this aaaaaages ago. I sill love it.

I read the first one when the film came out because I like to read the book before seeing the film. I don't know why I always do this because 9/10 times the film doesn't live up to the book. In this case that is also true.

I'm glad I didn't see the film first in this case because I probably would have been put off. To those people who have yet to read it and have been put off by the film, please just treat them as separate things because thi...more
Frances Braddy
So engrossed in this quirky series that I have already bought the whole series! I feel as though I am walking along with these people, haven't had this to happen in way so long.
Puscas Mircea

I loved the series from start to end . I really liked the relationship between Lena and Ethan . The characters are well described and the action is very well structured . Caster Chronicles is clearly one of the best book series I have ever read. I have read all four books one after another and I can't even tell which one i enjoyed the most . The books are very good , I never get bored while reading them .

The romance and the mystery come together harmoniously to make you excited to find out what

Elizabeth Ann
A wonderful premise and a lovely setting, but I don't believe it lived up to it's potential.
The Castor Chronicles series revolves around the protagonist Ethan Wate and how his life transforms from wanting to get out of the town of Gatlin, to wanting nothing else but to stay in because of a girl he's been having dreams about before he actually met her; Lena Duchannes.

The Ravenwood plantation is known to be scary, dark, and a piece of the devil to the people of Gatlin, but when the niece of Old man Ravenwood moves in with him, and attends high school, everything starts to change. Lena be...more
Chelsea (Books for Thought)
I personally did not really enjoy this series. The plot and stuff wasn’t too bad but it was kinda lame. I found that a lot of the time the words the characters said and the things they did seemed really forced. Like the author wasn’t really sure what was going to happen. Many things that were important in the series were never explained properly like Linkubus and the Caster’s powers. Another thing I didn’t like was how the town of Gatlin was a HUGE southern cliche. I’m not from the south so I do...more
Rory Bennett
I very much enjoyed these four books and fell in love with the main character of Ethan. His unwavering and undying love and complete devotion to the love of his life - Lena even when it looked like she was turning dark, found another, and was pushing him away was so endearing. He continued to believe in her and their love, risking his life over and over for her. It was beautiful; it truly was. I went to the movie version of Beautiful Creatures and although as a stand alone piece it was a pretty...more
Beautiful Creatures—book one Read: March 2013
By: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
2009 563 pages

It may be present day in Gatlin County, South Carolina, but the town is tied to the past like two apron strings pulling hard to the back, one string to mortals and the other to castors (witches). Ethan Wate is bored with the smallness of the town and the dullness of the citizens, so the new girl in school takes his breath away. Lena Duchannes will be turning 16 and at that time she will be claimed by...more
Laura Camprubi
I've read the whole series in a short time and I loved it! I have read a lot of fantasy and I find it more and more difficult to be surprised by new books/plots/creatures and characters.
But Kami Garcia invented a nice and magical parallel universe beneath (and among) the real world – I enjoyed her point of view of our world, the magical one and the worlds in between. And, of course, I was really touched by the love story. It is not a new concept, that love conquers it all, but every writer can a...more
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