Sunday, August 18, 2013

Special Guest: Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Hey everyone! Today Author Ron D. Voigts (my Father) has written a book review for the book, Beautiful Creatures to share with my readers. I hope everyone will enjoy reading it. :)

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Published: December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover, 563 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reading Level: Young Adult

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

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, Beautiful Story...

I can tell whether I’ll like a book from the first few pages and this one grabbed me in the first paragraph. Set in the town of Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan Lawson Wate tells his story. Like most small towns in the South, the place is filled with curious characters, lavish settings and history, mostly Civil War.  But Ethan sees the place as the “epicenter in the middle of nowhere.”

Entering his life is the new girl at school, Lena Duchannes. While the other girls at school are cookie cutter versions of southern belles, Lena projects an air of mystery and darkness. Ethan sets out to become her friend despite her objections. Soon they discover an electricity between them (literally). Their lives are inexplicably linked in so many ways. Same dreams. Family history. Even their thoughts intertwine.

Everyone wants to break them up.  Amma, who takes care of Ethan after his mother’s death, warns him to keep away from Lena. Macon Ravenwood, her uncle, says their relationship will never work. The town, school, friends and family find ways to drive the two apart.

And the biggest problem in their lives is a dark curse  that threatens to claim Lena on her sixteenth birthday and turn her to the dark side of witchcraft. Lena is a Caster coming into her power.  Drumming up a storms with wind and rain and lightning are her specialty. But she has other surprises to offer. The only thing she seems not able to do is escape her destiny.

The story pulled me in and kept me captivated. Beautiful Creatures combines the thrill of magic, a doomed love, and a fated future into a captivating paranormal experience.

Ethan sums it up in the first chapter:

There was a curse.
There was girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

 Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

Special Guest: Book Reviewer:

Ron D. Voigts

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Ron D. Voigts lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and sometimes somewhere else. When back in Raleigh, he enjoys time with his family, watches old movies and shoots lots of pool. He has his own private writer's retreat in La Vale, MD where he spends lots of time working on his next novel while enjoying the mountains and eating ice cream.

Ron's NEWEST novel is called Claws of the Griffin - A Dark Mystery that will leave you guessing until the very last page!

Thank you Ron for sharing your review for Beautiful Creatures. (I SO need to read this book!) Sounds like the book was so much better than the movie? Of course aren't they always?!

I would love for my readers to leave Ron a comment about his review. :)


  1. Great Review! I want to read it too!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the book, Dad :) I loved it as well, and yes it was much better and WAY different than the movie. I actually consider them seperate stories entirely from each other because there's really not many similarities in the movie aside from the main character's names and the general idea. So anyone who saw the movie and didn't like it, I would still encourage to give the book a try because it really is a great story.


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