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Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing date: 01/12/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780316042673
  • ISBN: 0316042676


Ethan Wate is struggling to hide his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally--she has been in his nightmares for months). What follows is a smart, modern fantasy--a tale of star-crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern Gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world of magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours (and how many more you're willing to give up). To tell too much of the plot would spoil the thrill of discovery, and believe me, you will want to uncover the secrets of this richly imagined dark fantasy on your own. --Daphne Durham

Amazon Exclusive Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Authors of Beautiful Creatures

What does your writing process look like? Is it tough to write a book together? Did you ever have any knock-down drag-out fights over a plot point or character trait?

Margie: The best way to describe our writing process is like a running stitch. We don't write separate chapters, or characters. We pass the draft back and forth constantly, and we actually write over each other's work, until we get to the point where we truly don't know who has written what.

Kami: By the end of the book, we don't even know. The classic example is when I said, "Marg, I really hate that line. It has to go." And she said, "Cut it. You wrote it."

Margie: I think we were friends for so long before we were writing partners that there was an unusual amount of trust from the start.

Kami: It's about respect. And it helps that we can't remember when who wrote the bad line.

Margie: We save our big fights for the important things, like the lack of ice in my house or how cold our office is. And why none of my YouTube videos are as popular as the one of Kami's three-fingered typing…okay, that one is understandable, given the page count for "Beautiful Creatures."

Kami: What can I say? I was saving the other seven fingers for the sequel.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

Kami: I read almost exclusively Young Adult fiction, with some Middle Grade fiction thrown in for good measure. As a Reading Specialist, I work with children and teens in grades K-12, so basically I read what they read.

Margie: When I write it comes from the same place as when I read: wanting to hang out with fictional characters in fictional worlds. I identify more as a reader than a writer; I just have to write it first so I can read it.

What books/authors have inspired you?

Kami: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories" by Flannery O'Connor, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and "The Witching Hour" by Anne Rice. I also love Pablo Neruda.

Margie: I think Harper Lee is the greatest writer alive today. Eudora Welty is my other Southern writer kindred; I was obsessed with her in grad school. Susan Cooper and Diana Wynne Jones made me love fantasy, and my favorite poets are Emily Dickinson (at Amherst College, I even lived on her street) and Stevie Smith.

Did you set out to write fiction for young adults? Why?

Kami: We actually wrote "Beautiful Creatures" on a dare from some of the teen readers in our lives.

Margie: Not so much readers as bosses.

Kami: Looking back, we wrote it sort of like the serialized fiction of Charles Dickens, turning in pages to our teen readers every week.

Margie: And by week she means day.

Kami: When we were getting texts in the middle of the night from teens demanding more pages, we knew we had to finish.

Margie: As it says in our acknowledgements, their asking what happened next changed what happened next. Teens are so authentic. That's probably why we love YA. Even when it's fantasy, it's the emotional truth.

A lot of us voracious readers like to cast a book after reading it. Did you guys have a shared view of who your characters are? Did each of you take a different character to develop, or did you share every aspect?

Kami: We've never cast our characters, but we definitely know what they look like. Sometimes we see actors in magazines and say, "Lena just wore that!"

Margie: We create all our characters together, but after a point they became as real as any of the other people we know. We forget they're not.

Kami: I never thought of it like that. I guess we do spend all our time talking about imaginary people. Margie: So long as it's not to them…

Did you always plan to start the book with Ethan's story? Why?

Kami: We knew before we started that we wanted to write from a boy's point of view. Margie and I both have brothers—-six, between us-—so it wasn't a stretch. It's an interesting experience to fall in love with the guy telling the story rather than the guy the story is about.

Margie: We do kind of love Ethan, so we wanted there to be more to him than just the boy from boy meets girl.

Kami: He's the guy who stands by you at all costs and accepts you for who you are, even if you aren't quite sure who that is.

What is on your nightstand now?

Kami: I have a huge stack, but here are ones at the top: "Mama Dip's Kitchen," a cookbook by Mildred Council, "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan, "Shadowed Summer" by Saundra Mitchell, "Rampant" by Diana Peterfreund, and an Advanced Reader Copy of "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce.

Margie: I have Robin McKinley's "Beauty," Maggie Stiefvater's "Ballad," Kristen Cashore's "Fire," Libba Bray's "Going Bovine," and "Everything Is Fine" by AnnDee Ellis. And now I'm mad because I know a) Kami stole my "Rampant" and b) didn't tell me she has "Sisters Red"!

What is your idea of comfort reading?

Kami: If given the choice, I'll always reach for a paranormal romance or an urban fantasy. I also re-read my favorite books over and over.

Margie: It's all comfort reading to me. I sleep with books in my bed. Like a dog, only without the shedding and the smelling.

Have you written the next book already? What's next for Lena and Ethan?

Margie: We are revising the next book now. I don't want to give too much away, but summer in Gatlin isn't always a vacation.

Kami: I would describe book two as intense and emotional. For Ethan and Lena, the stakes are even higher.

Margie: That's true. Book two involves true love, broken hearts, the Seventeenth Moon, and cream-of-grief casseroles…

Kami: Gatlin at it's finest!

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  • interesting book
    From Amazon

    I liked the book and was surprised that it was so hard to put down. However, I don't like cliff hangers and that's what the ending was. I also felt like the ending of the book was a bit rushed and I wished there was more finality to it...although I've heard there will be a sequel..

  • Good read.
    From Amazon

    This was a good mindless read. Not as great as other books in the same genre, but I would probably read the next in the series when it comes out.

  • Liked it, but didn't love it.
    From Amazon

    This review contains *spoilers*. This book was not fantastic, but it was not terrible. I loved many of the characters, like Amma, the Sisters, Ridley, and even Lena a bit. I didn't like Ethan though, because the kid never seemed to think about a damn thing. Weird stuff happened, and he didn't think about the weird stuff, he just obsessed over the extremely gorgeous girl. I can't think of all the instances right now, but for example, if someone I was not familiar with was communicating telepathically with me, I'd ask how they were doing it and why they were doing it. I kept wondering why Ethan took so damn long to ask Lena this, and why it was so easy for him to easily accept it. Same for things like the door getting stuck when Mrs. Lincoln brought over brownies. He knew something weird was up, but he didn't say anything the day after or investigate things any further... who does that? I do love that unlike many other YA books, when these two teenagers say they care about certain people in their lives they actually show it. It's one of the things that bugged me with Bella and Edward from Twilight- you'd hear Bella go on and on about how her mother was her best friend but her mother was almost non-existant throughout the series. In Beautiful Creatures, I really enjoyed Ethan and Lena's connections to Amma and Macon respectively because I think that made them much more realistic characters, and it steered away from that I-Don't-Need-Adults-To-Care-For-Me mindset that's found in Twilight-esque books. I have to say that that ending probably got this book down to a three for me, because it made me feel like absolutely nothing was resolved. Also, I'm not entirely sure what the authors are aiming for when it came to that whole thing with Casters being Light or Dark, because Ridley was clearly not entirely Dark. Save for what she was doing with Ethan's dad, she wasn't outright walking around and being evil. Some of the stuff she was doing was actually nice, it's just that she was doing it the wrong way (getting revenge on the people at the dance for embarrassing Lena, for example. It's misguided, but it's not evil). Are the authors saying that ultimately you can come to a middle ground, or even change? Ridley, after all, seemed to show some regret over some of her bad behavior, but the authors didn't seem to really bother exploring this, so I'm not sure what they meant for me to think by the end of the book. But back to the ending- How is it that we went through the entire book thinking, "Oh noes, Lena's birth date is coming closer and closer! We're all doomed!" and then just as that happens, we get this quick action scene, and then what seems to me to be a total cop out on the authors' part. If I'm remembering correctly, the moon is supposed to affect Lena's transformation, yet she manages to then block out the moon, thus saving herself from a life-altering decision for one more year. I feel like if I read the second book when it's released, I'll probably be re-reading the first book, because it just comes right back to the same idea: Will Lena end up on the side of Good or the side of Evil? I'll read the next one, maybe, to see if Stohl and Garcia twist it up into something exciting, but if they don't I probably won't bother after that.

  • One of my favorites!
    From Amazon

    Fiquei sabendo deste livro na lista dos melhores do ano no Li a sinopse e decidi ler porque eu adoro hist?rias diferentes e de ficç?o. E para quem n?o lê em inglês tenho uma not?cia boa: Beautiful Creatures ser? lançado ainda esse ano pela Galera Record. Agora podem ler e sorrir felizes. *al?vio* hahahha Esse é um dos melhores livros que j? li. Me prendeu do começo ao fim e nunca ficou cansativo. Gostei de todos os personagens e adorei como as duas escritoras o escreveram. Apesar de o livro ser muito grosso eu li muito r?pido e a hist?ria nunca cansa...fiquei impressionada, porque praticamente todos os livros tem aquela parte que n?o gostamos muito. E uma linda hist?ria de amor, acho que uma das mais lindas que eu j? li. O mistério é constante e você n?o consegue parar de ler até descobrir tudo que você quer e precisa saber. Eu recomendo 100% e tenho certeza que muitas pessoas v?o gostar dele também. Estou esperando que Beautiful Creatures vire filme, eu iria adorar. E espero ansiosa pela continuaç?o. A resenha foi curta porque é isso mesmo, o livro vale a pena e para mim é um dos melhores e um dos meus favoritos.

    From Amazon

    I really enjoyed this book. The development through Lena and Ethan that you are able to see along the way really lets you into who they are and what they care about. I felt like this book hooked me because the way that it changes point of view between Lena and Ethan. I liked hearing his side of the story because that is so rare in YA books, you always hear what the girl is thinking. This book kept you interested up until it ended. I loved the twists and turns that it took along with the ton of new information that Lena was constantly finding out about who she is. The book was written well on all levels, yes it was long, but there was so much that happens, it feels like a 1000 page book :) The only thing that kept me from giving it all the stars was the way it completely sets you up for the next book. I liked the ending but I wish there was a little more explanation of what happened, because it is a huge thing. This book was great and I would recommend it to all YA readers.

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