Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Guest Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Enclave (Razorland, #1)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Paperback: 592 pages
Release date: December 1st 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Adult
Source: Bought
Amazon ││ Goodreads

Goodreads Summary: 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.


Three words: Thrilling, Exciting, ADDICTING!
Yes. This is the first book published from authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The story is about a boy, Ethan, who befriends and falls in love with a girl, Lena, whom Ethan eventually discovers as a powerful witch. Well, not clearly a witch but a supernatural being who can cast spells and have unique powers. Other main characters include Ethan’s housekeeper, Amma, and Lena’s uncle, Macon, who is a dream incubus. The characters were great, a little slow but not entirely. They are written perfectly by the authors that I always assume that maybe the authors based the characters from true persons. They were credible and vivid.
The story? Ethan and Lena discovers that they have a curse which was bound to them when Lena’s ancestor tried to do a spell to bring her love, Ethan’s ancestor, back to life. They embark on a quest to stop Lena from being a Dark witch. There were many problems, including Lena’s mother, and a couple of cousins.
My favorite character was Link, because he was hilarious, and his personality was quirky, ambitious, and a really good friend. Even though he learned that Ethan’s love, Lena, was a witch, he fully supported the two especially the lover’s most trying times. I could relate to Lena, the times when she was bullied by her classmates. We both felt the same, and we both ignored and just do what we do.
The book is one of my favorites, and the story, the characters, and the setting was bold. I mean, it was plain brilliant. My favorite part of the book was the confrontation of Lena and her mother. The tension was there, it heightens as it comes to the climax. If you ask me if there were any part of the book I don’t like, I would say nothing. IF there was something I would like to change, it would be the P.O.V. (The P.O.V. was written from Ethan’s, and he sounded pretty much older than his age.) But, overall, it was a really, really, great book to read. I recommend this to people who love to read Fantasy-Romance YA novels, and those who wouldn’t mind that this is written from a male’s P.O.V.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Hardcover: 352 pages
Release date: Sept. 27th, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen/McMillan
Goodreads Summary: 
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

 Why waiting for this book?

The story is quite interesting and I haven't read any books with faeries as the main characters so I'm really fascinated on wanting to read this one and the cover is also amazing, very mystical. 


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