This month at the YA Blogger Book Club hosted by Readers in Wonderland we read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
There was only one discussion because things are changing. It will be more interactive.
The wrap up is on Apr 28, there will be a linky with the reviews @ Readers in Wonderland.
*April is over and now is time for the spoiler free review
Want to join us? We're reading Clockwork Angel in May @ YABBC.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Beautiful creatures, I'm still not sured I completely understand the title. When I first heard about the name of the book, I thought it'd be about normal people in our world with real, regular problems, I didn't know it would be paranormal.
At first I didn't know where things were going, was it about him, was it about her, about their connection? There were so many questions throughout the book, most of them were answered in the end but there were still a couple of details that didn't get an explanation. I don't know if they were things we just had to accept or if we'll know more about them in the sequel.
I had a problem with the relationship, I'm not sure if there's a reason we still don't know, but it was even stronger than love at first sight. Their connection is very odd and it's not exactly explained, though I think you could assume certain things but still hope we'll get to see why.
During the first chapters I felt like there weren't that many characters. I mean we heard about them, but it was mostly him and the others weren't really there. About halfway through the story, we see new characters, very different with interesting gifts.
An interesting small town filled with very different, yet similar characters. Some were really frustrating at times, but is that really how we are? They called the others monsters but what sets them apart if their actions are similar?
In spite of everything that's happening, the two main characters are trying to live a normal life while trying to understand everything that keeps happening. This made me think of an episode where the alien asks the human girl "what's so great about normal?" But when things get too weird and dangerous, normal seems like the best thing.
I liked how Ethan, the main character, kept standing up for what he believed, even when he was the only one. He didn't let the threats change his mind, even when the whole town seemed to be turning against them.
Even though it's a small town and there aren't many places to see, some are magical and fun to imagine.
I like the alien references throughout the book
And the crossword puzzle words they kept mentioning