Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review... Caster Cronicles No. 1

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures

By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover 563 Pages
Cover Art: Simply Gothic and Beautiful
Tags: Dark Fantasy Paranormal, Southern Gothic, Cover Love, Young Adult

Caster Chronicles Feature Week!!

Concoction of  a Review:

Haunted mansions, Gothic, creepy, death, spell books, southern charm, chicken bones, intense storms, swamp rafts, public trials, tombs, underground library, prejudiced people, fat cops, hot dark casters, crazy psycho father, mother that comes to you after death and a beater car with a weird friend are all things that rush to me when I think of Beautiful Creatures. This book has everything all rolled into a unbelievable book.

This book is based in Gatlin, South Carolina.  *swoon*  I just love the south; Spanish moss, southern home cooking, and history. The story is told through a young man Ethan Wate, which is a exceptional literary feat for our lovely authors. Everything in his life seems normal and boring. Except for his crazy dreams that seem to be a tad bit more then anyone normal would like.  In the middle of nowhere nothing happens, dear Ethan waits for his chance to leave. 

*Whoosh* (did you like that sound effect?)  *Whoosh* in comes one thing and his whole life is now changing before him in more then one way. Lena Duchannes moved in with her grandfather. Of course, he is the towns crazy old man that lives in the haunted house (Gotta love small southern towns) who no one has seen for years. However, It is kind of cute because he is going through his awkward development stage and he isn't quit sure how to act around Lena.  Too bad wee lads are not born gentlemen. 

Ethan finds out that Lena is a caster.  Oh yes, a Caster, isn't it just too exciting!?!  Except by that time he knows that he can't walk away from her. *cute sigh*  Will the girl of his dreams, from his crazy dreams, become something dark and unknown in such a short period of time?

Beautiful Creatures is defiantly full of twists many of which the Mad Scientist didn't see coming. Darn goggles must of been smudged up by Noah!  I enjoyed the darkness of the plot without it over taking the whole story. 

I do have one grip about this book. It isn't major but I couldn't stand how every time there was supposed to be a "of" they put an "a". All people in the south do not speak like this and neither should all of the characters. This book would of been more enjoyable if only one character had this annoying speech impediment.  I was into the plot and forgot how much it irked me after the first 100 pages.  And the book doesn't sound southern just because of a one word change throughout the whole book. *Ugh* Eventually I got over the irritation.  This book would of been more enjoyable if only one character had this annoying speech impediment.  I was into the plot and forgot how much it irked me after the first 100 pages.

4.24 Blasts


  1. Great review of this one! I didn't LOVE BC, but I certainly enjoyed it, and the setting was fantastic :)

  2. Great review. I loved the whole town connection things going on.

  3. I've had this one (and Beautiful Darkness) for AGES, so I'm going to read at least BC for The Introverted Reader's southern lit challenge next year. Here's to hoping I'll like it, though I'm a little dubious.

  4. I SO gotta try this.

    Side note: I'm visiting SC right now ;)

  5. Awesome review, I am so wanting this, wonder if Santa is listening lol

  6. Wonderful review! I haven't read this one yet, although as I was doing some Christmas shopping this evening, this was one of the titles that I picked up and almost bought, before I remembered that I had to buy gifts for OTHER people, not myself. I AM going to get this one though, I love books that are dark and with that unique southern vibe. (I live in NC myself) I did however, just find this on so I may go ahead and listen to the audio this week so that I can put one of your wonderful "save a tree" stamps on my review!

  7. This book showed up on the YALSA top ten list for 2010 (as voted by teens)...must be good. THanks for the review.

  8. Great review! I've been thinking about reading this series now, but just haven't gotten around to it because of finals. I'll have to bump it up to the top of my TBR list!

  9. Love, Love, LOVED this book. There's just something about a creepy southern gothic that I find very appealing. Great review!

  10. Oooh! I'm even more interested in the book now! I haven't heard much about it, other than it's good, but I like the creepy cover, and it's good to know you enjoyed it!

    Although, now I'm a little leery of the of/a thing...

  11. so this is the book. I wish any local publisher will buy the right

  12. Your review made the book sound very intriguing, I have been wanting to read some gothic kind of books, but haven't found any that interested me until now.
    I will have to give this one a try.


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