Monday, May 4, 2015

Beautiful Creatures // Margret Stohl & Kami Garcia

Hello Everyone!
May the 4th Be With You on this lovely May Day. I hope you all are enjoying the lovely weather we are having (and if you are not having lovely weather right now, I hope you will be enjoying it and I will put in a good word to send some sunshine your way). 
I'm just going to jump right into the discussion today and talk about Beautiful Creatures.
First of all let me say that this sat in  my #TBR pile forever! I tried to read it back around the end of summer 2013 and just could not get into it.  It took a bit but when I finally gave in, I wondered why I had waited so long. I guess my problem is that, in general witches just are not my thing. I like magic and I like Mages, but there is just something about the way any kind of witches are normally written that I can't get into.... with the exception of Harry Potter of course.
Getting back on point, once I got into reading it, I couldn't book the book down. One of the main reasons that I really liked this book is because the characters are smart. I may have lamented on this before but while there are some books that are fun to read like Twilight, they aren't very smart. I often find that it is somewhat difficult to articulate my meaning on this. Twilight gives it all to you and I think the popularity of the vampire lore in pop culture has taken away some of the need to be smart to understand what is going on. Beautiful Creatures has a little more edge and has done a little more digging into that world. I would almost say that Twilight has become a little superficial. You may argue with me, and that's fin, everyone can have their own opinion, but while Bella is smart because she reads and is ahead of her class, we are really shown the smarts of Lena and Ethan in what they do and what they say. That is not to say that I don't like Twilight, because I do, it's just that the Beautiful Creatures series require a little more thinking and depth.

Amazon DescriptionLena 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. WhenLena 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.

 I think that is a really great review and Amazon also included an Amazon Exclusive Interview with the Authors which is a super enjoyable read that you can check out Here.
Another reason I think I found this so hard to get into is that it is a kind of Southern Gothic story and that is another genre that I just have never had any interest in reading. I am from the south so it just makes me sick sometimes reading and listening to people talk about it. On the Beautiful Creatures Website Bios Kami does identify as being 'from the south.' But it also says that she grew up in Washington, D.C., I don't consider Washington to be in the South, not like Georgia and South Carolina are.
I will probably talk about this quite a bit more but I actually almost gave up listening to the audiobook version in Beautiful Darkness because of the terrible accents. The thing is that while there are a good many people that do speak like uneducated hicks, there are just as many people who speak fluently and sure we might have an accent but most places do and I don't think that our accents are any worse than some Jersey accents I've heard. I think there is a common misconception that if you have even the slightest accent (if I am talking to other southerners I don't have an accent, if I am talking to people from anywhere else, I do) that you are uneducated, otherwise why would you have an accent? This is simply not true. Sorry.

And that folks is my rant for today.
I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, I thought it was well written, smart, I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and I think you will all enjoy it as well. I am going to give it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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If you think you might enjoy reading this book I have put links throughout the article to places where you can purchase it.

Also, check out my Pinterest Board for Beautiful Creatures and the rest of the series!

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