Literary Friday: Beautiful Creatures

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

"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.Ethan never even saw it coming."


This book sells itself as a Southern gothic paranormal romance. Or at least, it tries to. I'm not even going to include an affiliate link to the book for you to check it out on Amazon. This one? Definite pass.

The flaws:
Why do we care about the female love interest? All she does is whine about how helpless she is, and do nothing to solve her problems. Ah, no, wait- I meant to say she solves her problems by crying for help from her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend had the only authentic voice in the entire book, but it's hard to respect a character who falls in instalove with a girl because....what? she always needs you to reassure her and do all of her thinking for her? 

OMG do the authors hate the D.A.R. Shut up already about the South- we get it, it's not clever after the 300th time.

Plot inconsistencies.

Turns of phrase that get used so often, I noticed them (despite it taking me a month to get through this one).

Drawn-out rising action, to the point of boring.

A really lackluster climax, which resulted in 0% growth for any character. Oh, except somebody died.

An ending that is clearly meant to be a cliffhanger so they can sell a sequel. Meh- don't care about any of these characters.

Villains of the mustache-twirling, shallowest, unbelievable type. Stop with the Snidely Whiplash, authors- it kills your story.


On the plus side....
This book is now a movie. Apparently it stinks, but it's the first time I ever thought "oh yeah, this book is so shallow it'll work great as a movie!". So instead of slogging through this wheezy tome of juvenile author wish fulfillment, you can rent the DVD and be just as disappointed in a fraction of the time!

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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