This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beautiful Creatures

AUTHOR: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
PAGES: 563
WEBSITE: http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/
TWITTER: @mstohl @kamigarcia

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.

I love the thickness of this book at 500+ pages I was expecting a great story, not full of fillers, and I got one. I loved the story, I loved the characters, and although 500+ pages is long, I wanted the story to continue. The book cover is beautiful too. I love that the book has two authors. I wasn't sure if the story would flow having different authors but it did.
I was raised in the South and my home town did the whole Civil War reenactment thing too, MTV was banned for awhile, and everyone knew everyone's business, and ghost stories weren't just fables, so I totally got this book. I think you'll get a little taste of the South reading it too.
Yes, you will wait Forever for Lena to turn sixteen,hundreds of pages you will be waiting, but that's what the whole story is centered around. Lena knows she will never be normal, but she wants to have as many teenage experiences as possible before it may be to late. Ethan needs Lena as much as she needs him. After the death of his mother, Ethan has been a little lost. Ethan and Lena find comfort, friendship and love in one another and they might just be able to conquer anything as long as they can hold on and not let go.
When you enter Ravenwood, where Lena lives with here shut in Uncle Macon, be prepared to leave reality at the door and let your imagination lead the way. Ethan may have thought Gatlin was a little strange before but things change drastically when he meets Lena's extended family. He discovers his odd family has been hiding a few secrets of their own.
Great read. The last paragraph caught me off guard, what a great twist.

"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures." {page 446}

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Book Odor Removal:

I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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