Beautiful Creatures was slow going until about 18% in. If I were to judge the book on the first 18% I'm not sure I would have finished it. BUT it getsBeautiful Creatures was slow going until about 18% in. If I were to judge the book on the first 18% I'm not sure I would have finished it. BUT it gets good, not amazingly good, but solidly good, good enough to continue. After 60% in, it's the kind of book you wish you could put your life on hold, ship the kids off grandma, and just get lost in the story until the end.
I can usually call the end of the book, way before I get there. Not so much the case with Beautiful Creatures. I had no idea things were going where they went. I'm not sure you would even think about things going that way. To be honest I went into the book not knowing a thing about it. I saw the preview for the movie while there to watch Mama and thought it looked interesting. I still had no idea what the story was about. I picked up the book a week or so later without reading the blurb or a review. I had no idea before reading page one that the book takes place in the South, just happened that I have been on a Southern fiction book kick lately, go figure. Before the end of the first 18%, I would switch between believing the book was about vampires, to witches, to vampires, to I have no idea what the hell these people are. I liked that. I liked the guessing game. I like what they ended up being. I liked everything about the story.
My only disappointment is that I can't just dive into the next book, and after that ending, I REALLY want to dive into the next book. I have a book club selection to get through first and it's going to be a long one. I wonder how I will get Lena, her family, and Ethan out of my head long enough to enjoy another book? I'm sure I can do it, but I'll be waiting jump back into Lena's life. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Some of my favorite quotes:
...my mom used to call it going dark-religion and superstition all mixed up, like it can only be in the South.
The unexplained was sort of a given in the South.
And if there's one thing a Southerner knows, it's their family tree.
You couldn't take two roads. And once you were on one, there was no going back.
"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was don long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."
Okay, so my dad was certifiable, and my mom was dead, sort of, and the woman who raised me knew a thing or two about voodoo. I was okay with all of that. It was just, standing there, surrounded by the actual card-carrying, candle-bearing Casters, it felt like I needed to know about a lot more than living with Amma had prepared me for.
No, it did not really take me six days to read this book. Other than the 2 hours my daughter read to me while I drove, it only took me 2 days to readNo, it did not really take me six days to read this book. Other than the 2 hours my daughter read to me while I drove, it only took me 2 days to read this....and only 2 because I did not want it to end so I made the last 10% of the book drag out a little.
First things first, why did the series end? I mean, there was so much introduced in the last 3rd of the book that the series could go on and on. I became very interested in the world of the vampires and all the histories and frankly, I'd like a few more books in the series. The wolves could have a series of their own. ...more
Other than the fact that this book isn't finished, it is my absolute favorite of the series. Seriously, Meyer needs to finish this book and then writeOther than the fact that this book isn't finished, it is my absolute favorite of the series. Seriously, Meyer needs to finish this book and then write the other books from Edward's point of view! Being a vampire fan and not a big fan of paranormal romance, I was thrilled to see Edward become a "real" vampire in this book. Midnight Sun made all the dialog I thought was so incredibly cheesy in Twilight really come to life for me. I liked knowing what the vampire thought and felt. I also really liked that he is what I thought a vampire should be...kind of dark and a little scary and more than a little obsessive. And as always, a vampire book will always get kudos from me if Anne Rice is mentioned =) If this book would have been finished, I would more than likely have given it 5 stars.
As far as the reason Stephenie Meyer's gives for not finishing the book, all I have to say is, "get over it". Your book was leaked, you feel betrayed by someone you trusted. Yeah, I get it. But she is failing to see that she is betraying her fans by not finishing the book. Posting this portion of the book is like a tease. Lots of authors put sample chapters out there or send out advanced reader copies for reviews prior to release. Even if those advanced reader copies are sent out to more people than were intended, I honestly do not believe it has any real affect on sales. For example, my teenage daughter owns the Twilight collection, she has them displayed on a shelf in her room as is proud to show them off. The books say something about her. Even if she were to have a free copy of any of the books, she would still want a copy to sit on her shelf. I'm the same way with my favorite authors. Honestly, how many people that have the other Twilight books would forgo owning this book just because they read part of it for free? I'm betting, not too many. Perhaps Ms. Meyer needs to have a little more faith in her fans. Then again, I'm just pissed off that this book wasn't finished and I really want to get to know the sparkly vampire I despised in other Twilight books....more
**spoiler alert** Yeah, I thought Twilight was "universal" because I felt it connected to something all women had gone through. This one, I felt got a**spoiler alert** Yeah, I thought Twilight was "universal" because I felt it connected to something all women had gone through. This one, I felt got a little personal. Honestly, I didn't know other people played the name game. You know, treating the person that shattered your heart like Voldemort. The mere mention of his name threatened the scraps of sanity you had left so severely that not only could you not bare to speak it, but others did not dare speak it in your company. Who knew that was universal too? Then there is the danger junkie thing. A little filling of the void type of thing. I get it, walking the edge just to feel something. I don't know about the rest of you, but Bella had me beat. I never cracked to the point of hearing pleas to not do something I shouldn't. Perhaps for some of us, we can come to terms with the fact that gone is gone. Oh yes, those are bitter moments this book brings to the surface.
Let us all now thank the deity of our choice for the Jacobs of our lives. Unless you have been living under a rock, you already know how the series plays out. I'm sure you've already watched all of the wretched movies. But it doesn't matter when your nose is stuck in the story. You are pulling for Jake. You like how he makes things better just by smiling. The touch of his hand makes your heart er Bella's heart beat once again. The entire book, you are screaming, "Just kiss him damn it!" For the love of the above said higher deity, this boy LOVES YOU! He isn't going to leave you! He's hot, he's good to you, he is madly in love with you, and he's got that monster thing you like going. What the hell is wrong with you?!?
And just when you think things are going to work out. That the big bad wolf is going to get the girl and life is going to be good. That's when the f'ing vampire shows up to mess it all up again. And no matter how much you scream at Bella, the little idiot runs off and ruins everything. For what? To save that SOB vampire that ripped her heart out. Seriously, it was enough to make me want to drive a stake through his sparkling chest. Ugh.
So all is forgiven? No big deal? Oh I love you! And the story turns to mush....disgusting mush to be quite honest. Then there is poor discarded Jake. To bad, dude, my boyfriend loves me again and we can't even be friends...and I'm cool with that. Honestly, grow a spine Bella!!!!
I hated this story. No, I liked the story, but I hated Bella in this story. Someone needed to slap some sense into her. This is why she couldn't have any real girl friends in this book. A friend would have told her what a freaking moron she was being and to dump the sparkly brat.
Yeah, so New Moon pissed me off. It made me so mad, I gave it my 4 stars and dove right into the next one. And I dare her to keep hurting Jacob (an yes I know how it all works out already). Bella just needs to understand that I'm very protective of my wolf friend and I'm going to give her a piece of my mind if she hurts him one more time.
Yes, the Anne Rice die hard fan gave this 4 stars. I finally gave in to pop culture and some insisting from my 16 year old daughter and read this bookYes, the Anne Rice die hard fan gave this 4 stars. I finally gave in to pop culture and some insisting from my 16 year old daughter and read this book. It wasn't the first time I've picked it up to read, not the second or even the third, either. I admit I was a vampire snob. There was no way in hell I was going to give in, to what no one can deny is not the greatest novel ever written. Nope, not even the greatest love story. In fact, the first 50 pages or so are so poorly written I pretty much had to force myself to keep reading. And yes, getting to hide behind my kindle makes diving into this kind of book a lot easier than having the cover of a hard back book out there for everyone to see.
I've watched all 3 movies to date...yep sat through hour after hour because my darling daughter asked me to. Let me just say, I was far from impressed. I even went to the midnight showing opening night for that last one and have promised to go again for the final movie. And I sat there having never read one of the books wondering why all those women were gushing and even crying at points. After all, they read the books, they knew every little thing that was going to happen. And I even caught myself thinking, "Not too bad there Jake." Yeah, I enjoyed the bad movies. But why?
Now I've read Twilight and it was a thousand times better than the movie (come now, we all know the movie was bad). I think I finally get it. The book is so universal that every woman that reads it feels like it is completely about her and her greatest love affair. I completely fell for it myself, I wasn't immune to it any more than anyone else that has read it (and I mean honestly read it, not glossing over each word to so you have a right to ridicule it later---like I wanted to do). I suggest reading it to enjoy the story. I highly suggest pretending (as I did) that Edward and his family are not vampires, but some other kind of paranormal creature (it helps). It's a good romance, I said it, I'll stand by it. If you've ever been young and in-love, you will wonder if Stephenie Meyer had somehow stolen your memories or if she were there observing your very private moments. And I guess in a way, she was because she too has felt the emotions somewhere along the way. I enjoyed the story. I could relate to the story. I didn't want to put the story down to do other things. Whenever I got the chance, I read a few more pages. I honestly cared about Bella, Edward, Alice, and even Charlie. And that my friends is the reason I gave a poorly written book 4 stars.
I do have a complaint and I know we've all heard it before, but I just cannot leave this review without putting it out there. Why the glitter? Why does our vampire family have to shine in the sun like a million brilliant diamonds? Oh, and at my brother-in-law's request, I must ask, why did the vampire novel have to end with the prom? I have to agree, couldn't it have been one or the other? Did it have to be glitter and prom? Really? Damnit I guess it did....and I can almost hear somewhere in the distance, Lestat's smirk. The brat prince himself would get a serious kick out of glittering skin.
Now before it gets too late, I've got to go dive head first into New Moon (on my kindle)....more
My favorite HON book so far. I feel the authors could easily take on an entire new series of books from certain areas introduced in this book. AwakeneMy favorite HON book so far. I feel the authors could easily take on an entire new series of books from certain areas introduced in this book. Awakened, thankfully has a better flow than the other books in the series. I find myself longing to know how things work out for Rephaim, Stark, and Kalona in the next book. Thankfully the authors have discovered that their audience has already read the 7 other books and no longer need 2 chapters of recapping in Awakened. It's an easy, quick read, but it is very enjoyable and the characters are very realistic. My oldest daughter and I have become huge HON fans and the latest installment has us looking forward to November with much anticipation....more
**spoiler alert** It was slow going and I had to stop and start this book many times. But I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of**spoiler alert** It was slow going and I had to stop and start this book many times. But I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of the series. Once I got halfway through the book I honestly did not like putting it down. I didn't know there were beings other than vampires in this series and was pleasantly surprised. Can't wait until I finish my current stack of books and can reenter Sookie's life. ...more
Some day when I have a lot of time on my hands, I will finish this book. Just not something I can read while trying to get through two very crazy seasSome day when I have a lot of time on my hands, I will finish this book. Just not something I can read while trying to get through two very crazy seasons of the year for me....more