Monday, October 8, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

 As many of you might know, we launched our Hauntingly Beautiful Covers Giveaway last week, and the response has been amazing! If you haven't had a chance to enter, be sure to check out our rafflecopter below. For those of you that haven't read the first book in the series and would like to learn a little more about The Caster Chornicles, here's a taste of what it's about.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little Brown
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.
My Thoughts:
Beautiful Creatures is a Southern gothic tale that will take you on a captivating journey and not let go until the entire story has been told. The plot is engaging and the characters are carefully wrapped around a haunting story taking you deep into the swamps of the south where curses, casters, seers, and secrets are just part of the territory. Great book that will keep you reading late into the night.

About the story... Ethan Wate is counting down the days before he can leave the small, Southern town of Gatlin; the place where nothing extraordinary happens. However, lately something strange is happening to him and he keeps dreaming about a mysterious girl he’s never met. When the girl who has been haunting his dreams comes to town and moves into the Ravenwood plantation, the town’s haunted house, his life is changed forever. As Lena and Ethan become friends and she is shunned by the town, he finds himself struggling to protect her. Ethan soon realizes there are forces and curses she is struggling to conceal that have haunted her family for generations, that he can’t protect her from. He finds himself in a battle that will change his fate and reveal a town secret that can’t stay hidden forever.

I recommend this book to those readers who are looking for a gothic tale spiced with an element of southern flare. Great read!
5 Snowflakes 
Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter to qualify to win the first 4 books in The Caster Chronicles series!  The fourth book will be preordered for the winner and the first book is signed by the authors! Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I haven't read this series yet! Everyone seems to enjoy it though, so I might as well start it soon :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. The Diviners :] It seams really spooky. And have you seen the book trailer? wow
    Thanks for the giveaway :]

  3. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, keeping in my wishlist! As for a spooky book... I have no idea! I haven't thought that far ahead, though the Beautiful Creatures books are definitely on my mind=)

  4. I don't know right now.:) I have a lor of books on my wish-list! :))

  5. Anna Dressed in Blood:)

    Christina Rita Condomaros on Facebook:)

    Thank you:)

  6. This is one of those series that I always try to keep up with. I'm hopelessly waiting for Beautiful Redemption. I need to know what happened to Ethan! Eeeep!

    This is an awesome giveaway, btw!

    Thanks, ladies. <3

  7. Girl of Nightmares!!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance at this cool prize package :-)
    I love this series.
    I have the Gone series by Michael Grant on my spooky to read list. It looks awesome!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  9. Thank you so much for the fantastic giveaway! I've read the first book but I haven't read the next installments. I think my spooky book this month is Long Lankin. :)

  10. Thank you for the fun today. I have wanted to read this series for a while and my fingers are crossed. I am starting After Dark by Emi Gayle this weekend and looking forward to the read ;)

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!

    In the spirit of Halloween, I am currently reading Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies, then next is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs..then Gretchen McNeil's Ten...then Gretchen McNeil's Possessed...the hopefully Robison Wells's Feedback.

    I am one busy girl =).

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  13. I can't really handle super scary books, but I am excited to read Sweetly by Jackson Pearce, I heard it's a good one for halloween!
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  14. There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.


  15. You have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?