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Beautiful Creatures

"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."

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I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put it down. It was definitely long, but was not drawn out like I was worried it would be. Every chapter, every scene was relevant and gave you a little bit of insight to what was happening/going to happen. I think the length also made it hard to anticipate what would happen next, and for that I really enjoyed it. I like being surprised by what I read, not expecting the next move.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA urban-fantasy, especially those who enjoy Maggie Stiefvater's writing (I'm a big fan, hence being newly addicted to all YA urban-fantasy novels). Point being, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy Beautiful Creatures because it moved to a different type of supernatural (more demonic/witchy) but it still caught and held my attention and I sped through it.

Now I'm anxiously awaiting Beautiful Darkness, the sequel!!
My license to kill was revoked... problems at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details but than I'd have to kill you which I can't do because my license to kill was revoked.
- Shawn Spencer in Psych

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