Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Age Group: Teen
Series: Beautiful Creatures, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Anyone looking for a fresh new fantasy to sink their teeth into will love this novel. (Sidebar: My husband loved it and normally he hates to read.)
Beautiful Creatures is a big, glorious Southern gothic drama, beginning in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina. Gatlin is a typical small town--close-minded, close-knit, and unwilling to accept anyone different from them. In the middle of all this is Ethan Wate, a boy who is suddenly having mysterious dreams about a girl, and he can't see her face. All he knows is that he can't lose her, feeling an unexplainable pull to her. Lena Duchannes comes to town, and she and Ethan form a fast connection.
Unfortunately, Lena is the niece of a known recluse in town, and she and her whole family are hiding a huge secret--a big enough secret to blow Ethan's small life--and Gatlin--to pieces.
(Sorry about the length, guys! I just don't want to give too much away if you guys decide to check it out!)