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The Beautiful Creatures Complete Collection

(Beautiful Creatures #1-4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  8,919 ratings  ·  323 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
Hardcover, 2035 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2012)
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Christopher Godsoe
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kayla Marie
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series I've ever read.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna Kis
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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!
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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?
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 .
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Marion Wilhelm
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Victoria Woods
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series, totally didn't have it on here until someone reminded me by lending me a copy of the first book how much I loved reading them. You fall in love with the characters and want to keep reading until it's all finished.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Chloekitty811 .
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite book series that I have ever read. I love how this story has so many twists and turns, and surprises that leave you breathtaken. The love that Lena and Ethan have for each other is something immeasurable, and you can feel it within yourself when you read how Ethan expresses it. Every page you turn leaves you wondering what more will happen, and believe me, much more does happen. It never becomes dull, touches your heart, and makes you understand life in a beautiful way. Like ...more
Anandi Puritipati
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Zachary Ruffcorn
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like the series but at the end of the day it's just your average series about melodramatic teens who deal with young love and who escape danger too easily. Nothing stuck out for me. But there is good character development and interesting personalties.
Nickki Blanchette
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Frances Braddy
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Morgan Juel Russell
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
These books are amazing. They were suspenseful, romantic, and chaotic. They definitely kept me on my toes. Must read!
Samantha N. Morales
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this series after reading the first book. After I finished the series I found myself missing the characters!
Elizabeth Ann
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
A wonderful premise and a lovely setting, but I don't believe it lived up to it's potential.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
After stumbling across the movie, I imagined the YA novel could be an equally beautiful hot mess. And it did not disappoint.

What a mess. I am a sucker for ridiculous YA supernatural novels and have no pretense about them being quality writing, but man this series is a hot mess.

The major issues:
2000+ pages: The tedious length became unbearable after book two, so I switched to audiobook at book 3, which had cringe-worthy Southern accents, including Amma's Creole accent. Her characterization is
Ellie Willis
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-series
I have never wanted to like a book as much as I did 'Beautiful Creatures'. But I just couldn't. At some stage I'll have to go back and reread them, so if I change my review don't murder me, just because I want to enjoy them so badly. I don't know if it was the fact that these were the first books I read after an extremely long reading hiatus but it took me near on 9 months to read the entire series, which for me is obscene. I just couldn't get into these books. I wasn't engrossed. I wasn't ...more
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Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages, with over 10 million copies in print. In 2013, Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers. Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo ...more

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