Adventures in Books… Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures Book Cover

“Is falling in love the beginning . . . Or the end?

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets.

There is a girl.

Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.

On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.”

I watched the movie for this before reading the book, which is something I don’t normally do. But this time it worked in my favour as I still really wanted to read the book after as I really enjoyed the story. Also it was nice to read it with the voices in my head, rather than the southern accents in the movie (I just found them distracting).

The book is similar, but not the same as the movie, which is great. I love it when they treat them as separate entities as what works in a book does not always work on screen and think in this case that is definitely true.

I really enjoyed the book. I loved the character development and how the story developed around them. I liked how the story unveiled magic as Ethan found out about it as it made it believable that the people of the town would not notice or ignore magical occurrences without realising. I liked the premise behind the book of whether you are claimed to be light or dark and not knowing until your birthday.

I found the book a bit slow to begin with as I knew the outline of the story from the film, but I wanted to read the series from the start. The pace picked up as we got to know the characters and we got closer to Lena 16th birthday. More and more interesting characters came into the story and it changed from the film enough to keep me guessing what could happen. The overall premise is the same, but they take two different routes there.

The end has left me in suspense of where the series is going and I’ve already ordered the next book from the library  🙂

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