Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review + Swag Giveaway: Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures is a Southern Gothic novel of epic proportions. It is complicated and intertwines Civil War era history and paranormal activity in with a modern teen romance.

Ethan and Lena meet in a thunderstorm of nightmarish proportions. Ethan has just lost his mom and Lena has never known hers. They are a motherless pair, and the quickly become inseparable. But, Ethan is from one world and Lena is from another. Ethan's world is filled with Southern tradition, sports, and traditional Southern Belles. Lena's world is filled with mystery and magic. But, when these two get together, it's impossible to ignore the almost visible sparks.

The only thing that can keep these star-crossed lovers apart? The fact that Lena is turning 16. Seems innocuous, yes, but in Lena's world, 16 is an age where you find out whether you're Light or Dark. Either way, Lena and Ethan are not sure what the future holds for them.

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This plot is even more complicated than I'm making it out to be in this review. That's because this tale is masterfully told. It's like it's an historical novel, a murder-mystery, a paranormal tale, and a teen romance all woven together. It's awesome. And, the next book in this series, Beautiful Darkness, is out in stores. So, there's zero wait!

To win a Beautiful Creatures bookmark and a pin, simply comment on this post. Make sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you. Ends 10/26 at midnight EST. This bookmark is so gorgeous and I have a bunch, so I may even choose more than one winner! Fun!

11 comments:

  1. Started it this week - Right now I am so sad for Lena. . . . . .
    kjovus
    klovus.blogspot.com
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Awesome! Cool giveaway. :)
    basheemadory@yahoo.com

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  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    twigerina at hotmail dot com

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  4. I haven't actually read this yet, so I would love to win it :D
    Thank you so much for the chance to win Beautiful Creatures! :D

    Ambur
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com
    http://burningximpossiblyxbright.blogspot.com/

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  5. I just bought this at our Book Fair. I finally broke down and decided I needed to read this. I was put off by an early review and decided to judge for myself. The fact that you found it to be a complex plot makes me glad I am going to give it a try.

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  6. no need to enter me, just wanted to say this is a great review. I really need to check this book out. the authors are hilariously fun!!

    -Lauren

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  7. I loved this book. I can't wait to read Beautiful Creatures! And bookmarks, I want one!!

    Erin
    erin(.)dubrock(@)comcast(.)net

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  8. Thanks so much for the chance to win some swag! :)
    Can't wait to read Beautiful Darkness!

    totalbookaholic at hotmail dot com

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  9. Enter me please ...i'd love to win :)


    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

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  10. I'd love to win a bookmark! Thank you for the giveaway. I just bought "Beautiful Darkness," but want to reread "Beautiful Creatures" first.

    Sarah
    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. Could you believe that I still haven't read these books yet? But my librarian at school has a copy and will let me borrow it! I'm really excited to finally start learning how great this series is. Thanks for the chance to win this cool swag!

    Sarah L
    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

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