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[[ Read Book ]] ⛓ Beautiful Creatures º 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. Consumed and she s struggling to conceal her power Rules and Data for the Steam-Engine, Both Stationary and Locomotive: And for Railways, Canals, and Turnpike Roads (Classic Reprint) and a curse that has haunted her family for generations But even within the overgrown gardens Auditing Markets, Products, and Marketing Plans murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South The Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index--the Groundbreaking Medical Discovery a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate Vault/Seo Guide To Minority Investment Banking Programs, 2008 Edition (Vault Career Library) who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin The Holocaust Lessons on Compassionate Parenting and Child Corporal Punishment is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met When Lena moves into the town s oldest and most infamous plantation دیوان بلخ Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.In a town with no surprises 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why Itjust Might one secret could change everything. 3.5 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 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 returning It 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 light Injustice 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 Ugh, another overhyped paranormal YA creation When will I learn not to buy into hype Just like so many readers, I gave into the favorable internet buzz and opened the book with an expectation of it to be something special Unfortunately, Beautiful Creatures was just another painfully boring overlong dud.Having finally finished this book with a high level of irritation and disappointment, I decided to check out the favorable reviews to see what people liked about the story Turns out the most appreciated aspects of the book were an original love story told from a male POV compare it to those other romances told from whiny girls POVs , truly original paranormal lore, and small town Southern setting I personally found none of it particularly striking Allow me to elaborate The story follows same old dead beat formula a paranormal human pairing, uncovering of the mysterious partner s true nature, teens drawn to each other for some unknown reason even my hope for some kind of reincarnation twist didn t quite work out , constant i can t be with you cause it s dangerous back and forth, the inability to be together physicallyMale POV is also not successful I think the book would have been better if told in 3rd person, at least the writers inability to channel a voice of a 16 year old boy would have been somewhat concealed.As for Southern small town feel, I am pretty sure even Charlaine Harris writes it better in her trashy vampire books In Beautiful Creatures it never rings true and is based on old tired cliches of narrow mindedness and drawl.But even all these issues aside, the book is simply a too long, often pointless concoction Yes, the world of Casters witches is fairly new, but it is never too interesting or believable and can t justify the book s 600 page length.I am still willing to give the writers some credit for their apparent effort to write a better book than the majority of YA writers, with a intricate back story and better developed characters, but for me personally this book was just an excruciatingly long and boring read The chances of me ever reading the sequel are non existent Note to those who loved the book and feel compelled to leave me comments explaining to me why I am wrong disliking it Spare me, I know exactly why you loved this book This is only my opinion and I have a right to express it I don t go to your 5 star reviews and try to convince you you are wrong liking it Move on to your next paranormal romance instead I have a handy list for you of the books you are sure to love Shiver, Hush, Hush, Ever, Fallen, Marked, Blue Bloods, Jekel Loves Hyde, Personal Demons, Angel Star, HaloYou can thank me later. 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 name I can t even say that I stopped caring because, truthfully, I never even started This whole book was just not good.