Don't even know where to start with this one...
I picked this book up because this year I'm trying to read the books that have movies coming out, even if it's not something I'm usually interested in (ie my biggest exception -- the Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven), to branch out more. Well, the commercial for this movie definitely appeared to be right up my alley. After finishing this book, though, I'm more excited for the movie (and have already purchased book two, Beautiful Darkness). I just hope the movie does the book justice.
We start this little voyage into Beautiful Creatures by following the main character, Ethan Wate, through a town event -- the arrival of a new girl into town. As the storm that is Lena Duchannes blows into town, Ethan's small-town life is blown away to reveal the world of magic (called Casting) that actually exists, even in the smallest-of-the-small-Southern-towns Gatlin.
The writers have created a fantastic world of magic that blends with reality, just like in Harry Potter, where the magic exists and all you have to do to see it is peel back the very thin veil of disbelief.
As enthralling as Twilight and its ilk was, and as gripping as the Hunger Games, this novel will draw you in on Ethan and Lena's terrfyingly roller-coaster countdown towards Lena's 16th birthday, which, because of a family curse, will leave her forever claimed by either the Darkness or the Light.
Do yourself a favor. Pick up this book, read it to the end, and claim yourself. :)
Beautiful Creatures on Amazon.