3.5Mortals 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 I picked this one up when I spotted it in the charity shop after watching and enjoying the film adaption I thought the magic system was incredibly intricate and exciting, but I did have a few issues with other parts.Ethan has lived in Gatlin his entire life, a small South Carolina town full of small minded people After the death of his mother, Ethan s father shuts himself away, and Ethan can think of nothing but leaving Gatlin and never returningIt is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere The arrival of Lena Duchannes throws Ethan s entire world into disarray Niece to the mysterious Macon Ravenwood, of Ravenwood manor the local haunted house Ethan and Lena are drawn together right from the beginning, we soon find out that Lena is a caster , and on her 16th birthday she will find out whether she is dark or lightInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere Filled with history, secrets and magical powers I loved finding out about the Caster world and Lena s family I didn t like the way Ethan would talk about the other people in his town though Fat shaming, slut shaming and just generally looking down on them all, I didn t appreciate at all.I liked seeing the differences between the book and the film version view spoiler Lena s Uncle Macon dies because she chooses to bring Ethan back from death after he is stabbed, rather than in the film where Macon chooses to sacrifice himself for Lena Her cousin Larkin is also a dark caster in the book, and there are some extra family members we meet, such as her Gramma, and other cousins Reece and Ryan hide spoiler Teenagers Everything is so apocalyptic. Truer words have never been spoken.Ethan lives in Gatlin and which is just about the most boring town in existence Welluntil Old Man Ravenwood s niece shows up in the company of a wolf and driving a hearse Things suddenly got a lot interesting.There s just something soetherealabout Lena The way she moves, the way she talks, her hopes and fears and loves Ethan knows right awayLena wasn t just some girl you took to the last three rows of the CINEPLEX She was than thatWell, hot damn Isn t that a stunning endorsement Okay, okay Sarcasm aside, I was actually really taken with this story Within a few days Ethan finds himself falling hopelessly and helplessly in love I never loved you any than I do, right this second And I ll never love you any less than I do, right this second. But this isn t solely a love story Lena is a caster belonging to a magic race and there s a horrible fate looming over her On her sixteenth birthday, Lena will be claimed as either the light or the dark And if she goes dark, she s powerless to stop it 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. Unusual for YA lit romance, we have a love story from a guy s perspective And we are blessed with lines such as You re so full of crap, you could pass for a toilet. Utter brilliance Where do I even begin The rating is so low because it took me three tries to get through this novel and I m not going to go attempt it again.Ethan felt so over the top mellow dramatic that he actually turned a rather cool concept into something that needed to be slogged through There was so much emphasis on the will they won t they aspect of Ethan and Lena s relationship that I honestly completely detached and didn t care one whit whether they would ever get together.The only thing that kept me going was Lincoln Ethan s deeply southern best friend Lincoln made the entire book worth it and if he would ve starred in this novel, I would ve five starred it in a heartbeat He s off the cuff hilarious and provides a much needed break from Ethan s lovesick musings.Audiobook CommentsThe reader had the slowest southern accent I ve ever had the displeasure of listening to I ve stopped listening to this book twice now solely cause it was justdragggggingI had just about given up hope of ever finishingwhen I ve discovered that my newly acquired reading app lets me listen to books on 2x speed SuccessAnother note The song Sixteen Moons floats in and out of this book several times and the audiobook went above and beyond.I absolutely motherfreaking love it when I listen to audiobooks that takes lyrics and creates songs for us Now, every time I read the lyrics, the melody goes through my head Sixteen Moons, Sixteen Years Sixteen of your deepest fears Sixteen times you dreamed my tears Falling, Falling through the years The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book on your DNF listBlog Instagram Twitter 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 ForeverEthan 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 ThemIn A Town With No Surprises, One Secret Could Change Everything 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 creaturesDoesn t that line just give you the shivers I doubt that they are people who will read this and not have a big impression What am I saying I mean a HUGE impression You know when you read a book and just immerse yourself in it I m sure most of you know the feeling I kept reading into the night having no semblance of sleep,and staying awake on interest alone I could not believe my eyes when I looked at the window when I finished the book to see light peeking out Suffice to say I m hooked.This book is told through our male protagonist Ethan Wate, which was refreshing There isn t any real good way to describe him other than devoted I think Ethan lives in the boring southern town of Gatlin, where nothing changes and the Civil War is called the war of Northern Aggression Nothing of note happens and there aren t really any secrets but really nothing can be further from the truth This town is hopping with secrets, really really juicy ones Ethan doesn t come to realize this until a new girl, Lena, comes into town Now this is where our story beginsGosh there is so much to say but I doubt I could get it all done This book has mystery a lot of it , Southern culture a character in itself , magic like you have never seen before , and one of the best romances I ve seen lately no joke Can you tell I like parentheses a tad too much Don t answer that Any who I have to commend the authors of telling a story that I could no way tell it was written by two people The writing is seamless and draws you in no matter what is happening Reading this is a bit of an undertaking because it is a 500 some odd pages and has a lot of back story, but it s totally worth it My favorite character would have to be Amma Ethan s no nonsense fill in parent since his mother died What makes this story work is that there is such rich descriptions of the characters, their lives, the surroundings, and even the minor characters jump out at you One little teeny irk I doubt Ethan would notice way too much about what everybody was wearing, but I guess how else were we suppose to know The ending clearly indicates there will be a sequel, or there BETTER be one I kept trying to guess how to solve it, but I didn t get it till the end Some things I could see coming because you know it really could never end another way Basically this is a story of a boy who loves a girl but it s with the extra touch of magic.Later note Found out there is a sequel Check out Beautiful Darkness It looks like the first one is being made into a movie And on another later note here is a link to the trailer Looks smashing Three words unique, epic addictiveWow I mean really, wow I have no words I really have no words It s so much easier for me to give reasons why I don t like something, rather than try to explain why I do I mean, I don t know why I like something I just do But let s see if I can explain this coherently It took awhile for me to get into the story Initially you get a lot of information, and I wasn t exactly sure where it all was headed However, you needed that back story You needed to understand the history of the town the history of Ethan, otherwise the vibrancy of the story would be lost The history completely compliments and enhances the rest of the story, when you get to the end, you ll get it.The atmosphere of these book was incredible I had this insatiable craving for grits and sweet tea It really was like you were there, Garcia and Stohl cover even the smallest of details Characterization was phenomenal These characters were fantastically portrayed, three dimensional, I had very strong feelings toward each and every one of them and that s something that doesn t happen often Something that s not evident a lot in YA fiction, is family involvement The parents or guardians are always in the back ground, there, but not there Beautiful Creatures has a lot of family involvement, which I loved.Maybe I do know why I liked it Writing was outstanding, pacing was right on, I could not get through the pages fast enough The whole story was just fascinating, I just loved it, every small aspect It just worked.I can not wait to read I demand a sequel Which I m happy to report is coming It has taken me a small eternity to write this review I was down a hand for I had to use my left index finger to clamp down on my left eyelid in order to stop the twitching that began around page 65 of Beautiful Creatures Meet the culprit As I lay down, she sat up, I sat up, she laid down, I laid down Awkward Hell, now the right one is doing it.To quote Hawkeye, from the 1991 movie version of Last of the Mohicans, Beautiful Creatures is a breed apart and makes no sense therefore making it nearly impossible to describe It s a contradictory mess and filled with 600 pages of driveling, hyperbole, that attempts, and yet fails miserably, at being cerebral I ll take it from the top Ethan Who knew that 16 year old boys had so much in common with my great grandmother Big granny could tell you everything there was to know about Southern style architecture, felt the world would end if she ran a few minutes late, and loved Gone With the Wind Coincidentally, she and Ethan could have been soul mates Even amazing, Ethan is popular Had he gone to my school which was in a small southern town I might add he would have been beat, both before and after school, and mocked mercilessly during class Lena Can t really say anything about her, she is that flat and dull Amma She must have fallen out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down She would dominate at a staring contest, could probably teach me a thing or two about setting the eye on someone, and if I ever needed to intimidate a guy by sharpening my pencil, she d be the first person I would call But as a character, she sucked arse Plot Can t say much about it as there isn t one I ve seen it mentioned than once in various blubs, that Beautiful Creatures is a memorizing Southern Gothic tale To be frank, these women would be hard pressed to describe a south that didn t appear in Gone With the Wind This was truly driven home when another granny in the book stated that she wanted to be buried with her Bible so that she would have something to read once she passed Any southerner worth their salt knows that statement would never be uttered south of the Mason Dixon line for two reasons One, we all know that you will your battered family Bible to the least liked family member so that they are coerced by post mortem guilt to display it among their treasures once they have written your death date in it with a 10 cent pen they find buried in the back of a drawer and second because grannies don t read Bibles, they just quote from them in order to brow beat you into submission Basically, this entire book spits out clich s, cites works of literature that far surpass this one, Lena worries that she is evil, and she and Ethan hunt for a book that is rendered useless I wish I could have told Lena not to fret, because the real spawn s of Satan are the people who are responsible for publishing and or advertising this book Beautiful Creatures was blogged, blurbbed, and podcasted for at least 6 mos prior to its release I d given them props if I weren t so mad at them for their treachery Had I been in their shoes, I would have quoted Bill Nighy from Love Actually, Please boys and girls, buy this festering turd of a book so that someone can finally knock Stephanie Meyer off the best seller list Lastly, for those of you who read my review thus far, I must apologize I have pulled a Garcia and Stohl and have gone on too long I bid you my blurb Beautiful Creatures is freakishly weird, nonsensical, and plot less tome that will leave your eye twitching long after you have turned the last page. This is an emotionally charged, moody, and atmospheric novel that is very reminiscent of how YA fiction was in the 90 s and early 00 s, before Twilight came along By that, I mean it is full of quirky, average, outcast type characters who drive the plot line along through their unique and easily pictured personalities I ve heard people complain that Ethan is unrealistic That makes me upset because I relate to Ethan than I ever have with any other male character in history He tries his hardest to treat others with dignity and respect, doesn t use women for sex gasp You don t say , has a strong sense of fairness and compassion, and a passion for old fashioned things such as literature You can almost call him an old soul , in a way I fail to see what s so unrealistic about him Plenty of guys are like this Everyone is different You can t categorize people into little boxes because of their gender I m a 19 year old male and I found their portrayal of an insightful boy with good morals who was raised to be polite and courteous to be refreshing and realistic Meanwhile, if I would dare to say that Katniss was unrealistic because girls aren t that tough and don t usually enjoy hunting, I would be called a sexist But saying Ethan is not a guy because he likes reading and acts chivalrous isn t Talk about a double standard Lena is another intriguing character, as are her family They re Casters, and many of them are full of life and zing Like her time traveling Aunt Del, or Macon, who behaves as if he belongs in a Tim Burton film Link is also easy to like I like how loyal he is to Ethan, and I also like his post grunge personality sense of style.The story itself is steeped in Southern decadence and eeriness At times, the story was slightly biased in its attitude towards Southerners and Christians, but I understand why the authors wrote the town in this way they were trying to tell a story of what it is like to be an outcast, to be hated and feared for what you are The Sisters are deeply religious and so is Marian, and they are all portrayed in a very positive light are shown to have a profound influence on Ethan.The only pet peeve I had was the way the authors sort of threw in Sarafine near the end without much of a warning as to what was going to happen I would ve appreciated if we were given of a feel for her character Overall, Beautiful Creatures is tied with Mortal Instruments as my favorite YA series of all time If you want to get lost in a story with vivid characters and powerful imagery with meaning, then I would strong suggest reading this novel and its sequels Can t wait for Beautiful Redemption and the movie The right thing and the easy thing are not always the same. Gorgeous, dark, lush, and gothic It s so refreshing to read a paranormal romance told from the point of view of the guy, and Ethan is a fantastic narrator Through his eyes, Gatlin comes alive in all its small town glory, full of whispers and secrets and prejudices the Civil War tidbits are so interesting Ethan Lena makes for sexy and sweet romance Amma, Ethan s no nonsense grandmother, is an awesome character And this line gives me goosebumps every time I read it 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 Agh, love 3 oh my god, shusshify with all the loving on this book this is another example of the world conspiring to tell me untruths like, that sarah jessica parker is really hot yeah, i don t know, she s kind of got a weird face, i am just not attracted to her no she is hot look at her dress look at her shoes yeah, no i get it her clothing is expensive, but she s just so oddly skinny and she has devil eyes noooo she is hot here i made you a drink you will like it, it is like hawaiian punch but this time i am not drinking.here s the deal two authors, one book rarely works in practice one lady said i want to write a paranormal romance the other lady said i want to write a civil war era southern love story well, let s smooosh them together it is a great idea it s not a great result it is a huge book that is very densely plotted, for teen fiction, which would ordinarily be a good thing if it weren t so shallowly conceived it seems bloated with plot, but shy on the details i had several wait, but what moments.and much of it seemed so familiar two teens in love, but both of their families are trying to keep them apart because of some ancient and unresolved family squabble but also because she has powers, this is the part shakespeare dropped the ball on powers which might complicate her relationship to a mortal boy but when they are together their kisses are like thunder and their embraces cause furniture to break and a teenage heart attack cured by supernatural means, though phew i worry for kids growing up on the new crop of teen fiction the relationships always seems to have one paranormal participant, and it s hardly fair for actual teens how can they compete with these do kids get all sad after they lose their virginities and it is not as magical as they have been led to expect when beds do not rotate and literal sparks do not fly and they are not transported to the past it just seems like a lot of pressure to be put on them.on the one hand it is cool to have a male protagonist in a teen love story most of then ones i have read are still goofy girls pining after unworthy boys this is also the second book i have recently read in which telepathy occurs between the lovers see this i think is a bad idea especially in teen lovers i don t care how in love i am once i find out you have the ability to read my mind, i am out it is too creepy no one will steal my inventions.this is such a popular book, and it has such attractive cover colors, i want to understand its appeal conceptually, i thought it was a great idea, and with some adjustments, maybe it could have been better i just thought there were too many loopholes, too many missed opportunities and i hate this title i kept calling it a combination of i know i am no longer supposed to use pictures in my reviews, because it makes them too awesome, butcome to my blog Phew, I am so glad that s over I have read some dismal books in the young adult paranormal genre, books that have been boring or annoying or have offended me, but I think I can honestly say this is up there with some of the worst books I ve ever read Everything about this book aggravated me in one way or another, from the ridiculous length of it to the supposedly male protagonist I couldn t even concentrate on the story for the most part because I kept picturing Ethan as a thirty something woman.There are some things I m going to rant about that may not have bothered me several years ago before Twilight came along, waving its cliche banners Well, unfortunately, I can only tell you what I thought of this book now, not speculate on what I might have thought if I d read it a few years earlier So, let s get the whole this is like every other paranormal young adult book thing out of the way There were one or two additions to the witchy aspect of it that felt somewhat original but the general pattern of this novel with the romance and the carbon copy characters was predictable and boring No one likes a boring read and it s especially annoying when the book is nearly 600 pages long Shall I check the usual paranormal YA criteria off for you Small town check New girl check Boring holier than thou protagonist check Everlasting love after a very small amount of time check I don t know if this counts as instalove but it certainly counts as instaweirdobsession, full of laughable musings like there s just something about her that makes me know it s meant to be hopefully, it s obvious that this is not a direct quote.I thought that this book might be a little original because of the uncommon choice to have a male protagonist, but everything is still exactly the same Now, though, instead of a girl next door type, you have a boy next door type who sails along in his faultlessness, constantly comparing himself to the less intelligent and morally questionable beings he must interact with every day Ethan even treats us to a rare bout of what I can only call male slut shaming he criticises his male peers for having one track minds and wanting to get off with girls when he is looking for something meaningful good for him, but why does that make him any better than the rest He is actually an exact male version of many paranormal YA protagonists who criticise the popular girls for being relaxed with their sexuality Not only that, but he also insults the other members of his Southern US town The novel plays heavily on Southern stereotypes and portrays almost everyone but Ethan as being incredibly stupid Ethan sneers at everyone He is obviously smarter, has his morals in the right place, and is just downright awesome in comparison He makes it no secret from the very first chapter that he considers himself above them He even goes so far as to announce that he doesn t have an accent because he was raised by intelligent people.And it was predictable We don t even need to meet Lena or even hear her name to realise that she is the one Ethan will end up with As soon as one of Ethan s classmates asks have you seen the new girl and Ethan begins to wonder if she ll be hot, we know from that point where the whole thing is heading Sometimes, I ll admit, there s some fun to be had watching a couple angst it out together, even though you know they ll be together eventually, but before we even knew her nameI can t even say that I stopped caring because, truthfully, I never even started This whole book was just not good.
Kami Garcia is a 1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages, with over 10 million copies in print In 2013, Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo
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- Beautiful Creatures
- Kami Garcia
- 08 July 2019 Kami Garcia