Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Well this is the series that started this latest burst of reading off.
To be honest when I started reading this series I was purely being nosey because I wanted to see the movie.

I've been testing a rule that I don't watch the movie until I've read the books. This rule has not worked for me (Think I've mentioned this before) as I've done this twice now and have been horribly disappointed with the movies (The Help was the other one I did this with. I waited almost 1yr before I found time to read it and had made myself wait until I'd read it to see the movie. You can imagine my disappointment after waiting that long the movie didn't live up to my expectations. It was a good movie but yeah.....................).

Anyway I'm getting sidetracked here. As I said I read this so I could watch the movie. Well I fell straight in love with Ethan Wate and the whole crew that I promptly read the other 3 in the series (Just as well I brought the lot when I went through Amazon to put them on my kindle).

The first book is obviously Beautiful Creatures



This book's setting reminded me of the small town southern America you see in the movies.
Synopsis goes like this

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.

This booked wasn't your typical "She's a witch book". The way Kami and Margaret have created this whole mythology while still using the basics from original mythology is very cool. I was immediately taken through a "Yeah I know whats gonna happen because he's a this or she's a that" to "Oh so they are playing by modified rules in this book" which was very cool. I liked that it wasn't as predictable as say your Fantasy/Paranormal book.

"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."


One of my favourite characters was Amma. She was well written. I could see her clearly and I loved that she had a touch of Southern Magic all her own as well as a touch of over protective crazy :).

"You watch youself. One day you're gonna pick a hole in the sky and the universe is gonna fall right through.  Then we'll all be in a fix."


Oh and Ethan's best friend Link is quite a laugh to. His character gets better as the books progress.

The other book in the series are Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption


 

I don't want to ruin the story for anyone so I won't go into the other books.

After this series there was little ebook (75 pages) that was released that fits in between Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos - Dream Dark telling some of  Link's side of the story.



FYI though I couldn't put this series down and read them all back to back. Loved every minute of being in the "Caster world".

Click here to find the Beautiful Creatures series on Amazon

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