I really, really enjoyed this book. From the very beginning it was addicting and I was more and more intrigued as I dove further into the story.
Ethan and Lena's relationship was so sincere and sweet, my heart got fluttery and my eyes teared. The Southern atmosphere was a magical and perfect setting for the story and honestly there was not a character I disliked.
Well... Unless they were intended to be disliked, like Sarafine.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's writing meshed together so beautifully, it's truly impossible to tell who's writing what. I've seen many interviews with the two authors and their friendship is so sweet, it made me love their book ten times more than I did before!
When it comes to YA, I have a hard time adjusting to female characters. Often times I find them self-centered, whiny, too focused on the boys and drama around them and just plain irritating. But with Lena Duchannes, I found myself wanting to be friends with her, be there for her when she's sad, help her defeat Sarafine and overall hang out with her.
It was so refreshing to read a YA book with a male narrator, written by women, who falls for a strong female character. Its haunting plot, its humorous scenes, relatable teen characters and page turning suspense made this story irresistible.
I highly recommend Beautiful Creatures to everyone (especially to moms and young women who are searching for a strong heroine) and I can't wait to delve into the rest of the Caster Chronicles.