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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  296,621 ratings  ·  18,019 reviews
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....more
Hardcover, 563 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sep 09, 2010 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of teenage male protagonists acting like 35-year old women a la Shiver's Sam
Recommended to Tatiana by: huge internet buzz
Ugh, another overhyped paranormal YA creation. When will I learn not to buy into hype? Just like so many readers, I gave into the favorable internet buzz and opened the book with an expectation of it to be something special. Unfortunately, "Beautiful Creatures" was just another painfully boring overlong dud.

Having finally finished this book with a high level of irritation and disappointment, I decided to check out the favorable reviews to see what people liked about the story. Turns out the most...more

oh my god, shusshify with all the loving on this book! this is another example of the world conspiring to tell me untruths. like, that sarah jessica parker is really hot.

"yeah, i don't know, she's kind of got a weird face, i am just not attracted to her"

"no! she is hot!! look at her dress!!! look at her shoes!!"

"yeah, no - i get it - her clothing is expensive, but she's just so oddly skinny and she has devil eyes."

"noooo - she is hot - here i made you a drink. you will like it, it is like haw...more
Poop! Crap! Garbage! Crap!


Like, wow.

I never thought I'd try reading this book again. Last time I made an attempt at it, I was a lot stupider and I kind of disgraced myself, so I tried to erase this book from my existence.

It worked fine, until a few weeks ago my friend came up to me and went all teenybopper on my ass, telling me how ZOMG amazing this book is. I told her I'd tried to read it before and thought it was absolute shit, so she pulled out an Uzi and splattered my brains fifty feet d...more
"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."
Doesn't that line just give you the shivers?!?!?!?

I doubt that they are people who will read this and not have a big impression. What am I saying?! I mean a HUGE impression. You know when you read a book and just immerse yourself in it? I'm sure most of you know the feeling. I kept reading into the night having no semblance of sleep,and st...more
Emily May
Jan 23, 2013 Emily May rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: Young Adult Book Club January 2013

Phew, I am so glad that's over. I can't believe I actually made it through all those pages, I'm sure I wouldn't have done if I hadn't set myself the challenge of reading every monthly book club read chosen by one of my groups. Ugh. Seriously, just ugh. I have read some dismal books in the young adult paranormal genre, books that have been boring or annoying or have offended me, but I think I can honestly say this is up there with some of the worst books I've ever read. Everything about this boo...more
It has taken me a small eternity to write this review. I was down a hand for I had to use my left index finger to clamp down on my left eyelid in order to stop the twitching that began around page 65 of Beautiful Creatures. Meet the culprit.
“As I lay down, she sat up, I sat up, she laid down, I laid down. Awkward.”
Hell, now the right one is doing it.

To quote Hawkeye, from the 1991 movie version of Last of the Mohicans, Beautiful Creatures is “a breed apart and makes no sense” therefore making...more
Three words; unique, epic & addictive

Wow. I mean really, wow. I have no words. I really have no words. It's so much more easier for me to give reasons why I don't like something, rather than try to explain why I do. I mean, I don't know why I like something. I just do!

But let's see if I can explain this coherently. It took awhile for me to get into the story. Initially you get a lot of information, and I wasn't exactly sure where it all was headed. However, you needed that back story. You ne...more
Jul 15, 2010 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Annie
From some of the reviews I've read, I was sure the writing was going to be atrocious. It's not. Sure there are times when it's repetitive and there's quite a few inconsistencies (where someone would say or do something and then contradict it a few pages later) and there were times when I had no idea what was going on (like where Ethan maybe almost had a heartache I guess and I thought it was some psychedelic love scene until it was explained at the end), but there are also moments of brilliance,...more
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Even with two authors it failed to satisfy me. The story is overloaded with cliches. The characters are all... nothing. Ugh... I wish Goodreads had a "Hated it so much that a part of me just died" star. A "Didn't like it" star ridicules my feelings towards this... book.

Utter nonsense.
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
It's not often that a book has me cringing, wanting to throw it down in frustration and never to return to it again. Unfortunately, Beautiful Creatures was written so badly and unconvincingly so that's what I would have done, if not for a reading challenge I was trying to complete.

You'd think such an interesting and unique premise about witches and warlocks would be difficult to get wrong. Unfortunately, the book was written in such a bland, boring manner that it failed to grab me at all. Not t...more
How the heck is this book turning into a movie?! I'm telling ya, reading this THING is like walking through mud that has some sharp stuff in it. It's slow and painful.

But, before i'm gonna go all ballistic, and talk about how much i didn't enjoy reading Beautiful Creatures, i'm gonna say what this book is about for those who don't know. So the main protagonist is Ethan, he dreams of this girl that he doesn't know ( more like has nightmares). Then one day he goes to school, and hears there is a...more
Margaret Stohl
May 03, 2009 Margaret Stohl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is an emotionally charged, moody, and atmospheric novel that is very reminiscent of how YA fiction was in the 90's and early 00's, before Twilight came along. By that, I mean it is full of quirky, average, outcast-type characters who drive the plot line along through their unique and easily pictured personalities.

I've heard people complain that Ethan is unrealistic. That makes me upset because I relate more to Ethan than I ever have with any other male character in history. He tries his ha...more
Melissa Marr
My blurb (sent to the editors of the book): “Beautiful Creatures is gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original. I devoured it.”
I acquired a copy of Beautiful Creatures at ALA from a teen who was my super hero. She had an extra copy and gave one to me and so I have to say Thankyouthankyouthankyou to you (I'm sorry I don't know your name) for your random act of kindness that I will pay forward.

I haven't been able to put this book down. It's absloutely fantastic. The combination of tension, humour, mystery and the paranormal have made this a real page-turner. I love the style of writing and the authors have created charac...more
mark monday

so i just watched the movie adaptation last night and i liked it! certainly superior to the book, and way better than the Twilight adaptations. i wonder why the movie was so unpopular? it was cute, the effects were good, the sets for the magic mansion were pretty cool, and the whole thing flew by and was over before i knew it. Viola Davis & Jeremy Irons were amusing. the lead actor had the corniest, most syrupy Southern accent possible yet was a goofy delight to watch - that kid...more
Alethea A
Apr 09, 2010 Alethea A rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: post-Twilight YA readers
Recommended to Alethea by: Kristen Harvey
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Beautiful Creatures is exactly what I aspire to be as a human being: pretty, funny, and smart all in one package. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a seamless and utterly absorbing tale of a cursed romance: a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl in a small Southern town. Meaningful thoughts about love, loyalty, and prejudice unfold from this intricately parsed novel: those who...more
Kristen "Kirby"
Feb 09, 2010 Kristen "Kirby" rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody.
Recommended to Kristen "Kirby" by: Hype
Got to page 110. Here's my beef.

Ethan sounds like a woman--or a very, very, feminine man. He notices things like pink finger nails, too dark tans, whether someone is too fat for their skirt, or what kind of purse she has. And, tell me, what 17 year old boy has a thing against blondes? Now, I'm not a guy myself, but I really doubt teen boys are that observant. To me, he sounded like a petty woman.

Ethan hangs with old ladies. I understand he has to take them to church and all, but why does he com...more
Marie Lu
Gorgeous, dark, lush, and gothic. It's so refreshing to read a paranormal romance told from the point of view of the guy, and Ethan is a fantastic narrator. Through his eyes, Gatlin comes alive in all its small town glory, full of whispers and secrets and prejudices (the Civil War tidbits are so interesting). Ethan + Lena makes for sexy and sweet romance. Amma, Ethan's no-nonsense grandmother, is an awesome character. And this line gives me goosebumps every time I read it: "Mortals. I envy you....more
Kat O'Keeffe
Really liked this book! Such a cool world & magic system, with great characters and a rich, vibrant setting! It took me a little while to really get into the story, and the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but I'm very much looking forward to continuing the series! I really enjoyed the relationship between Ethan and Lena and I can't wait to see where it goes next!
Kimberly Derting
It took me longer than it should have to read Beautiful Creatures, mostly because I kept re-reading passages (and sometimes entire sections) just to savor that southern *feel* that the authors captured so incredibly well. From the language to the characters to the settings, I felt like I was part of Ethan and Lena's journey as they navigated their way toward her 16th birthday.

I relished every moment I spent with this lush gothic tale.
Southern Gothic, huh? Haunted mansions, prejudiced folk and proper manners. Well it's all that alright. And makes a damn good debut, I'll tell you as much. It's being sold as the next Twilight and as of now it does too deliver on that front, although time will eventually show if it is indeed so. The prognosis is favorable with plenty of rave reviews, not as rave as the Edward-Jacob-fans, but still, rave enough to make me wary. I was a little suspicious of the buzz, not wanting to waste time on y...more
Jan 24, 2014 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara
Paranormal has always been kind of sticky with me. Witches, werewolves, and vampires aren't what I usually read but I decided to try this one after hearing such great things about it.

One thing that surprised me was the length of the book but then I found out it was written by two authors. I guess that could be a contributing factor.

I enjoyed near every aspect of the book from the characters who are more than what they seem, the town itself, to the caster world that is being presented. Ethan is...more
Your average, ordinary, overhyped debut.

For starters, too long. Coulda been a tighter, stronger story in half the 600-plus pages. Lots of backstory at the front end, so the story is slow to get going. And even then, it's not a page-turner.

I found myself skim-reading through much of the book to get to the finish, probably because 1) I didn't really care that much about Ethan and Lena, either as individual characters or as an 'item,' and 2) I had a hard time buying into Ethan as the book's belie...more
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Laura Kreitzer
*UPDATE* After much evaluation of the novel, I've decided to be truthful. It hurts. I suck. But I am honest, and that's all I care about.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This sucker is 563 pages of insipid crap. The authors have no idea what they were doing when they wrote about the south. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure they used every cliché in the book. No, not every southerner sits on their porch, drinking sweet tea, and licking their one and only tooth. The book i...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. I picked up Beautiful Creatures thinking that I might want a refresh before the movie comes out.

I couldn't get past the first few pages. This is not the right type of book for a re-read. Honestly, the book was fine the first time around, but I was pushing my luck by trying to go back over it. Originally, I gave Beautiful Creatures a three star rating for being interesting enough, but not really a grabber. I realized upon trying again for a second time, that I was being far too genero...more
Jun 01, 2010 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Thomas by: Shilpa
Beautiful Creatures was a fascinating first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The focus of the story was the romance between Ethan and Lena - a mortal and a Caster, two star-crossed lovers separated by their predetermined fate and a small southern town trying to tear them apart.

The last hundred pages or so of this novel were amazing. The writing was beautiful and the pacing was tight. I absolutely loved the descriptions and how everything prior to the climax came to a point; it pretty muc...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I really liked this. :) I picked it up expecting the usual paranormal romance – you know, a lot of lovey-dovey stuff and some guy with some sort of supernatural powers … But in this case: first of all, it was the girl who was the "dangerous"/supernatural one, which I thought was awesome. And she wasn't the typical vampire/werewolf/witch/etc. I liked the idea of Casters, how they were kind of like witches/wizards but … not. And I loved the idea about being Claimed and all that jazz. The further t...more
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Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). Beautiful Creatures has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The Beautiful Creatures movie released in theaters on February...more
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