Title: Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genres: Science Fiction / Young Adult
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
At first, everything’s just as normal as they seem. Ethan has always wanted to get out of his childhood town, Gatlin. He thinks that everything is just always the same, the happenings, the people, the place, everything. He wanted to fly out and study for college. His mom died in a car accident and he was left with his dad, who seemed to be stuck with his wife’s death, and couldn’t move on and became an introvert, a shut in.
He already has a plan of leaving until a mysterious girl moved in the town’s shut it resident, Macon Ravenwood. Rumors have spread about him but he doesn’t care. He stays inside his house all the time and never leaves. His niece, Lena Duchannes, moved in with him and studied in Jackson High. She’s peaceful and calm up until Savannah and Emily (cheering squad) makes a mess out of her school life and bullies her. Lena is physically attractive; she’s drawn too much attention when she came to school. The only problem about her, according to the jocks and other students, was being the niece of Macon. They assume that she’s as weird and as creepy as he is.
Day by day, Ethan finds himself wanting to know Lena. He is inexplicably drawn to him in a way, he never experienced with anyone before. They became close and Ethan became Lena’s only friend in school. They spend time with each other and fell in love.
Obviously, Lena has a secret and it’s not for Ethan to know about it. It’s a complicated and a hard-to-explain secret but Lena knew she trusts Ethan more than anyone. She knew he had to tell him and he’ll understand. She did, telling him she is “caster”, someone that has magical powers and control things with her mind. Ethan was shocked about the revelation but this is exactly what he’s looking for. Adventure, a different thing happening. He knew this was coming. At the very beginning, he was dreaming of Lena, falling and letting go. He couldn’t see the face of the girl in his dreams but he knew it was Lena. This is fate and it’s happening. Her uncle, Macon, was an incubus, a blood sucker and is also in the dark side but he never wanted to be on that side so he’s living and locking himself up to do non-malicious things.
There’s a lot more to the story than a simple “I-am-a-caster-and-you-know-so-you-should-accept-it”. Lena shall be claimed on her sixteenth birthday and it isn’t coming any later. It is soon. That’s the reason why Lena doesn’t want to make friends in school. She knows she’ll change but she doesn’t know if she’ll turn good or evil. Every girl in her family gets claimed at sixteen and has no other choice. If bad then they have to live with it, same if good. Lena is scared. Her mom turned evil, her cousin who is also her best friend, turned dark. She doesn’t want to be claimed at all because if she did, she couldn’t be with Ethan. It’s a curse. They should only be with the same kind of their own.
Riley, her cousin, spies for Sarafine, Lena’s mother. She wanted Lena to turn dark and she’ll do everything to get her and make Macon the bad guy.
Before everything, before Lena and Ethan, there was Genevieve and Ethan. Ethan was a confederate soldier and present Ethan’s great-great-great-great-uncle while Genevieve was Lena’s great-great-great grandmother. They loved it each other and would do anything to save each other. War came and Ethan was shot. Genevieve tried to revive him back by using the Book of moons. It was a forbidden caster book will black magic spells. The book was a bargain; it takes anther if you ask for something. Genevieve asked for Ethan’s life and it came, for only a short while. The book cursed her bloodline in return and all of the Duchannes shall be claimed on the sixteenth moon. Everything else was history.
Came Lena’s sixteenth birthday and there was a concert outside, organized by Riley and Link, Ethan’s best friend. They lured her out so that Macon wouldn’t be able to do anything. Sarafine, came on Lena’s birthday and told her that she has a choice. She can choose between turning good and evil, there’s an exemption to her but there’s a catch. If she picks to be good then all her dark relatives will die. Sarafine, Riley, Larkin, Macon. And also if she picks out to be dark, she’ll kill all her good relatives. Aunt Del, Reece, Ryan. She couldn’t choose but Macon wants her to be on the good side. He’s ready to sacrifice himself to stop Sarafine and the other evil relatives but Lena doesn’t want to lose Macon, she couldn’t bear to lose her only father-figure and so she can’t choose.
Ethan was shot by Sarafine and he died, just like the other Ethan in their vision and just like Genevieve, Lena couldn’t accept it and got the Book of Moons. She doesn’t care about the bargain; all she cares about is reviving Ethan back to life. And so it happened, he got back to life. On the other side, they found Macon lifeless. The book took his life.
Lena blamed herself for his death and couldn’t move on. Macon was buried and she tried to continue living normally without Macon’s supervision.
This is a really good book, I must say. I enjoyed reading it and I couldn’t put it down. Despite of its thickness (I like thick books); I finished it within 3-4 days. I couldn’t put it down. Its story is also unique, in a way that casters are not merely used as characters, other than Harry Potter, all other fictional characters are vampires and angels. It sure is nice if you guys read it too. It has a nice story.
Plus, it made a difference that the author made it from a guy’s point of view. Ethan is a male and so we expect him to tough and all so we see him face his everyday problem like his father with not so much difficulty. It’s nice to read a story from a guy’s pov. Most of the books I’ve read are girls. This made a difference. 🙂