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.
My experience of a different series of books kind of ruined the YA Supernatural Romance genre for me several years ago, but when I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation for Beautiful Creatures at the beginning on the year, I found myself unexpectedly excited to see the film. Without knowing anything of the story, I went to see Beautiful Creatures when it came out, and I loved it. I was intrigued by the story, so much so, that it went immediately onto my TBR list.
While I enjoyed the storyline in the film, I was worried that I might find the writing style difficult to read. I decided to read the first few pages on Amazon and I was pleasantly surprised. It was very well written. I loved Ethan’s voice, and sympathised immediately with his ‘get the Hell out of Dodge,” attitude. It was refreshing to read about a main character who was not always the loner/weird kid but who was happy and popular, and is slowly realising on his own that he wants something different out of life.
The story was dark and Gothic and Southern and just plain cool. I appreciated the Casters being something a little different, and the inclusion of other strange and usually under utilisied creatures like the Incubus made the story even better. The the romance, family relationships and small town dynamics kept me interested, while the characters and the slow but steady world building kept me wanting more. Beautiful Creatures is the most enjoyable YA Supernatural Romance I’ve read, and has me excited for the rest of the series.