Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beautiful Creatures + Giveaway!


Ethan lives in the sleepy southern town of Gatlin where nothing ever changes, until Lena shows up at school.  The niece of the town shut-in she is immediately shunned for being different, but Ethan is drawn to her anyway.  What mysteries lie at her uncle's house and what is the connection between Lena and Ethan?  As the weather rages in Gatlin, the two of them must figure out how to save Lena from her fate.
It had been a long dull day at Jackson without Hurricane Lena, and I was starting to wonder how I ever got through eight periods without all the trouble she caused me.  Without all the trouble she made me want to cause myself. p.132 ARC


After suffering from some slow starters, Beautiful Creatures sucked me right in and all I wanted to do was read it.  It was a real page turner.  It was interesting that it was told from the boy's point of view so there is a lot he is not privy too since he is not the one dealing with the magic.  Ethan is such a 16 year old boy and the emotion you get from him isn't how you expect a boy to feel.  But it was funny because he would have these intense emotions and on the outside just act chill, like it was no big deal.  If I was reading from Lena's POV I doubt I would have loved Ethan as much as I do.  Of course, I might have liked Lena more if it was her POV.  But she grew on me and, at the last, I understood more about her.  Oddly enough, it was her cousin that I found the most interesting even though she is just a bit part.  But I wish there had been more explanation about Ethan's abilities.

In ways, this book was the perfect book for me.  Magic, romance, crazy relatives, a dog like creature wolf thing, the creepy South; all of this spells Andrea.  But there was so much book involved that I kept losing details and wondering are they important and, yes they are, no they aren't, WTF, what just happened.  WHY won't anyone answer a damn question?  WHY!!?  Everyone is so cryptic and they are all just running around not answering questions and then it is the big OMG moment at the end and I'm going well, if you had just answered one freaking question then we'd all be in a better place.

Despite that, it was well worth my time and a good read.  It really moves at a great pace and makes you want to find out what happens next. And the emotion is so real.  I got a little teary at the end.  The visuals I got from the prose were great and I could see the entire thing.  I could even hear the soundtrack. It was nice to read a good book that wasn't a series for a change.  I miss standalones and this was definitely a good one.

ETA: I'm using this for the R.I.P. Challenge


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So I'm giving away my (gently read) ARC* copy of Beautiful Creatures.  If you are interested, please leave a comment below with your e-mail or Twitter name if you have one and don't want to give out your e-mail.  Contest open to US and Canada and ends on October 31, 2009.  Winner will be chosen at random.

*an ARC I received from The Tome Traveller's Weblog

54 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very interesting read. Please enter me
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I want it! hmsgofita at hotmail dot com

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  3. Oh, oh! Please enter me! :)

    celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Sounds like a fantastic read, glad you enjoyed it.

    Sassy
    :)

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  5. This doesn't sound like something I'd want. I mean, it sounds interesting, but I've become very wary of this sort of book lately after a few disappointments. Since I'm cutting back on my reading, I should probably not enter the contest or anything. :)

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  6. Please enter me!

    jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

    @jpetroroy

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  7. I've heard a lot of good things about this book and your review just tipped me over the edge. I need to give it a try.

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  8. Dying to read this one! Count me in.

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  9. This book sounds so good!

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  10. a good read and a stand alone! wow that's rare! put me in!

    DesLily@aol.com

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  11. Oooh! I love creepy southern novels. They are just perfect for the Halloween season.

    It's so frustrating when questions aren't answered and it's obvious that they are purposefully being withheld!
    Ugh.

    Please enter me! ecaramil at gmail dot com

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  12. I soooooo want this one!

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

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  13. Please enter me! I really want to read this.

    neverendingshelf@gmail.com

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  14. Would love to read this.

    Zia
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  15. I'd love a chance to read this! Thanks so much =)

    P.S. I think your blog layout is very cute. I love the worm!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I'd love to be entered, thanks!
    rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

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  17. Great giveaway! Count me in.

    Megan
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  18. Enter me, please!

    -Rylie
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  19. sounds like a great read, pls enter me! thanks
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  20. I would love to read this!

    Raelena
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  21. This sounds like a good book! Count me in ;)

    Justine
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  22. I would absolutely love to be entered! I'm dying to read this!

    :) Erica
    thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

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  23. I am very interested in reading this book. Great giveaway.

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    Elie (Ellz Readz)

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  24. I would LOVE a copy of this book. I've been dying to read it :)

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  25. Ooh sounds great!
    Please enter me :)

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  26. Eee! I'd love to win this.

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  27. Enter me please!

    @SabriHorande
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  28. Great review! Please enter me.
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  29. This book sounds amazing, please enter me =)

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  30. I'm interested, please enter me. I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book.

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  31. Please enter me, thanks!
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  32. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Enter me. :)

    -Brittany (brttmclv@aol.com)

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  33. I'm crossing my fingers! stazimel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I'd love to be entered! Thanks!
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  35. I'd love it if you'd count me in. Thanks. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  36. I'd love to win this,please enter me in the giveaway
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  37. Please enter me. I really want to read this book. =)
    mdondero@sprynet.com

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  38. Please please please enter me! I'm dying to read this! And your review made me want it even more!

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  39. I've been dying to get my hands on this one.
    Thanks!

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  40. I would love to enter!!!

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  41. I really want to read this book. I've been hearing a lot of good things about it. Thanks for having the contest.

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  42. I have been hearing so many good things about this book. I also heard it's massive.

    I'd love to win it :D

    Thanks,
    Nikki

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  43. count me in!

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  44. Please include me.

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  45. Awesome contest! I really want to read this one, count me in :)

    Thanks!
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  46. Count me in!

    Thanks.
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  47. Sounds great! Please enter me. Thank you!

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  48. I am very interested!

    Dey@mts.net

    thankyou!!

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  50. Sounds awesome. Enter me, please. :)

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    -Katie

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  51. This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

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  52. would enjoy reading this book...thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k
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  53. I would love to read this!

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