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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Audio Book Review

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hachette Audio
Read by Kevin T. Collins
Buy from Indigo

Description: There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

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.


 The Good Things
  •  Really enjoyed listening to this one. All dark southern gothic love story, so much fun. Lots of paranormal activity, southern settings and nothing better than a southern drawl for the telling of this story
  • Narrator was perfect for reading the story.  Made the story come alive
  • Just want to hug and squeeze Ethan - a little angsty for my taste, but I still fell in love with him
  • Fabulous use of humour
  • Story unfolds nicely.  Little secrets let out bit by bit which totally keeps you trying to figure out what is going
  • Secondary characters are fabulous. Looking forward to learning more about them. Loved Link, Macon and Amma
  • House is a lot cleaner because I wanted to keep listening to the story and this way I could without feeling guilty
  • One of the Characters is named Marion and yes she is a Librarian - how can you not love that (if you don't get it -- give me a shout I will explain)
  • Secret Libraries - hello - awesome - want me a job there!
  • As soon as the audio book ended, I immediately borrowed the next story from the library. Hooked!  Can't wait to find out more
  • Boo Radley (FYI he lives!! -- Sorry I know its a spoiler, but I have to know if an animal dies ok)
  • Nice to have a male p.o.v.
  • Loved the scenes that go into the past
  • Lots of positive messages about literature and libraries
 The Not So Good Things
  • Was a wee bit irritated by the constant mention of key plot points.  I get it Gatlin is small town, nobody leaves, my momma dies and my dad is stuck in his room.  Made me feel like author thought I was stupid for not remembering these things
  • A lot of angst scenes (just remember I am 43 and not the target audience)
  • Have a feeling I am going to get frustrated with the drawing out of the story over 4 books
  • Remember I listened to this -- I had that damn 16 moons song stuck in my head for days (Ok honestly not really a bad thing as I really enjoyed it)
  • Would have been brilliant with some more editing
Favorite Quotes

“Teenagers. Everything is so apocalyptic.” 


“So you are a vampire."
"I most certainly am not." He looked annoyed. "That's such a common phrase, such a cliche, and so unflattering. I suppose you believe in werewolves and aliens too. I blame television.”

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Just ask Ray Bradbury.” 

 3.75/5 Dewey's

I borrowed the audiobook from the Calgary Public Library

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