You may remember my film review a couple of months ago of the same title and I mentioned I wanted to read the books as apparently they were meant to be quite different. So before I set off on my holiday in April (!!!) I made sure to have them downloaded onto my kindle.
The book is set in a small American town in the South, called Gatlin, where nothing ever seems to happen and they celebrate the Civil War every year with a reenactment. The town has a lot of the same characters you would expect to see from any small shut off town, overprotective mothers, men with drink habits, children who can’t wait to leave and a recluse.
The story of Beautiful Creatures is narrated by sixteen year old Ethan, who’s world gets turned upside down when a mysterious girl, the neice of the towb recluse, moves to town and starts at school. It follows the pair getting to know one another and overcoming more hurdles than typical teenagers would have to face, unless one of you possessed a magical gift.
I really enjoyed reading a story like this from a boy’s point of view. Stories like Twilight and Vampire Diaries amongst other chicklit books always have a female narrator so this was a nice change. The two main characters, Ethan and Lena were both quite likeable and I enjoyed reading how their relationship developed.
Although I had seen the film the book had me hooked and there were other levels to the story that the film missed out so I’m glad I read the book too. The book also references Harper Lee’s ‘To kill a mockingbird’ which I thought was very clever and having studied ‘To kill a mockingbird’ I enjoyed looking out fot the subtle references.
If you like teen paranormal type books such as the Twilight series I would imagine that you would probably enjoy these. Yes, these books are probably aimed at teens ten years younger than me, but it was such an easy read that I couldn’t put it down. There’s four books in the series so I’m interested to see how the story develops.
What kind of books do you enjoy?