Beautiful Creatures

By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Read by Kevin T. Collins

The Beautiful Creatures Series: Book 1

17.55 Hours 12/01/2009 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781600248474

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.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A 2011Audie Award winner

A USA Today Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A smart, modern fantasy—a tale of star-crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world of magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Here’s a story that stays with you long after you put down the book. The setting is haunting, and Lena and Ethan are supported by a rich cast of family members, friends, and enemies. The plot has enough going on that this is more than just a ‘boy meets girl—who might become evil and destroy everything’ story.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Readers who like angst-filled teenage romance will be swept up by the haunting and detailed atmosphere, the conventions and strictures of southern life, and a compelling and dimensional mythology.” Publishers Weekly
“There’s plenty teens will like: romance, magic, hauntings, and the promise of more to come.” Booklist
“Narrator Kevin Collins is eminently likable as Ethan Wate…Listeneres will be charmed by the setting and story elements—call it southern gothic meets contemporary witchcraft—and by Collin’s skill with all of it.” AudioFile
“This book has it all: a creepy setting, a deadly curse, reincarnation, spells, witchcraft and voodoo, plus characters that simply will not let the reader put the book down until finished.” VOYA
“In the gothic tradition of Anne Rice, the authors evoke a dark, supernatural world in a seemingly simple town obsessed with Civil War reenactments…The intensity of Ethan and Lena’s need to be together is palpable, the detailed descriptions create a vivid, authentic world, and the allure of this story is the power of love.” School Library Journal
“[A] smart, textured, and romantic southern gothic…Ethan’s wry narrative voice will resonate with readers of John Green as well as the hordes of supernatural-romance fans looking for the next book to sink their teeth into.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Legion series, which is being developed as a major motion picture. She is also the coauthor of the Dangerous Creatures and the Beautiful Creatures novels, of which the first book was made into a major motion picture by Warner Brothers, directed and adapted by Academy Award–nominated writer Richard LaGravenese.

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Author Bio: Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video-game designer, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, which is now a major motion picture.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.55
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English