Hollie Brittle reviews one of the hottest books of 2013
In Ethan's home town of Gaitlin, there are three things. There is a girl, there is a curse, and in the end, there is a grave.
The girl is Lena, a beautiful but mysterious girl that Ethan finds whilst driving home one day. Automatically, he is drawn to her but is unaware of the power she holds in her grasp.
The curse has been haunting Lena's family for generations and now she has to await her fate. On the sixteenth moon, on the sixteenth year, Lena will be claimed. And then there's the grave...
First thoughts - if you were going to judge a book by its cover, what would you think?
My book has the motion picture cover which automatically enticed me (yeah, there's gonna be a movie!?). The cover has mystery to it which I love, and doesn't give anything away which made me want to read it more.
What's the story? Who is it about and where and when is it set?
'Beautiful Creatures' is set in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina where our narrator and hero Ethan Wate tells the story. On what he thinks is an ordinary day he meets an extraordinary girl, Lena Duchannes who moves to town to live with her Uncle 'Oldman Ravenwood' as he's known by the Gatlin folk. Theres a storm brewing in Gatlin, and Ethan is driving home when he sees a figure in the middle of the road. He stops, it is Lena. Ethan soon realises that there's more to Lena than just being the girl of his dreams (literally) and he's not wrong. Lena is a Caster, she is magic and she'll be claimed, but will she be Light or Dark...
What did you like about it?
I am a big fan of fantasy novels so this was really for me. I think the story was imaginative and new, rather than the same old vampires and werewolves (boring) it's all magic which is something (now the Harry Potter films are finished) we all want to get back into.
Were there any bits you didn't like or thought didn't really work?
I really really liked the book, however the only thing I'd say is part way through it goes a little flat. Having said that, the book was superbly written, set in a small town (everyone will want to live in Gatlin once they've read it) and has interesting, unique characters.
What kind of read was it - something that kept you up all night or does it take you a while to get into?
The beginning of the book is great, you get hooked immediately. Although it does go a little quiet part way through, once you've got past it you won't look back, you'll be waking up at 6 am to read it.
How did you feel when you finished it?
I felt sad...UNTIL I realised there were three more books to keep me going!
More importantly are there any fitties to keep an eye out for? Could they give the Edward Cullens and Ron Weasleys of the literary world a run for their money in the fitness stakes?
Ethan and Link. Nuff said.
Who would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?
I imagined it slightly differently to the cast they've picked for the upcoming movie... Ethan - Douglas Booth, Lena - Lily Collins, Mason - Michael Fassbender, Amma - John Travolta (like he is in 'Hairspray'), Ridley - Jennifer Lawrence, Link - Rupert Grint
Give it a rating out of 5?
4/5 - Awesome read.
What do you think of Hollie's review? Are you going to be reading Beautiful Creatures? Let us know!
Fancy seeing the film now that you've read the book? It hits cinemas on February 13th!