Publication Date: 2010 (2009)
Source: Bought Copy
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. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I loved Beautiful Creatures from start to finish. I enjoyed how the tale was told from Ethan's point of view rather than Lena's (as would happen in many other such books) as it added to her mystery and the reader discovered the truth about her and her family bit by bit, along with Ethan himself.
The characters all really came to life on the page and the story was intriguing and well executed, with good, descriptive prose, excellent pacing and a cliff-hanger ending that made me want to get the second book as soon as possible. I think I liked Macon's character best, but perhaps that's just because Ethan's a bit young for me and Macon is older and mysterious!
This book has been on my wish list for a while and when I saw the film was coming out, I hurried to get to it. I'm glad I did. I will certainly continue reading the series and now I am looking forward to the film later this month too.