Rating – 4/5
Now, I know that YA novels like Beautiful Creatures are said to not be worthy of all the hype. They are all supposedly cheesy and cliche. And I understand how people could say that about books like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Divergent. However, I don’t believe that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novel Beautiful Creatures fits into that stereotype. YA fiction novel follows Ethan Wate, a wanderlust-stricken high school sophomore who simply cannot wait until he can get out of his Southern hometown, Gatlin. But everything changes when he meets Lena Duchannes, a girl who is nothing like the rest of Gatlin. He soon discovers that she a secret, a curse that has plagued her family for generations. Beautiful Creatures is gothic, suspenseful, romantic, and magical, all in one truly amazing masterpiece.
The best part of this book is how unique it is. Normally in these kind of stories, the female is the protagonist, and she meets a mysterious boy with strange powers who saves her life. In this book, a normal boy meets a dangerous girl who is the exact opposite of everything else in his life. Also, this book is classified as a romance. However, Ethan and Lena’s love story is not the main plot of the novel. The main plot involves Lena’s impending doom, and whether or not she will come out Dark or Light. The romance adds a nice touch to the storyline, but it’s not the most important thing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy YA novels. I know I plan to read the sequels, Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos.