Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book with lots of depth. Paints a very accurate picture of how anyone who is different or doesn't belong is treated in small Southern towns.
Ethan Wate dreams of the day he can escape Gatlin and the town's obsession with the Civil War and family trees. He dreams of going away to college and making his escape from the boring small town his family has lived in for generations. Then his dreams are haunted by a beautiful girl and his life changed forever when SHE moves to town.
Lena longs to be a regular girl with a regular girls problems but her 16th birthday is looming close and the last thing she needs or wants is a boyfriend. But then she meets Ethan and everything changes. He convinces her that together they can find a way to break the curse on her family.
When they find the locket Ethan Carter Wate gave to Genevieve they catch glimpses of how the curse came to be and the role the "Book of Moons" played in it. Ethan is convinced that if they find the "Book of Moons" they can find a way to undo the curse. They find the book in Genevieve's grave but before they can find a solution the book goes missing.
Macon Ravenwood (Lena's Uncle) is willing to sacrifice everything to keep Lena safe and goes to extreme lengths to ensure she chooses the Light. But will history repeat itself or does Amma's help (the Wate family servant, and like a Mother to Ethan) change everything.
Beautiful Creatures ends with a lot of unanswered questions. Does Ethan and Lena's love survive and do they find a way to be together? Can Lena really not be claimed by either the Dark or the Light? And what is the "power" that Ethan has? Hopefully some of the answers can be found in the sequel Beautiful Darkness.
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