Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

author: Kami Garcia
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.77
book published: 2009
rating: 2
read at: 2014/08/01
date added: 2014/08/01
shelves: coming-of-age, fantasy, families, fiction, insta-love, no-sex, paranormal, supernatural, young-adult
review:
I had been meaning to read this for a long time. After seeing the movie (which wasn’t very good, but had a GREAT ending. Seriously, way better than the book.) I was convinced that I would love this series.

I was wrong.

This is going to be a quick review because I struggled to get through this book. I wanted to quit over and over again.

This book had so much going on- usually not a problem, but it is when it’s not explained very well. The world-building in this is awful. I don’t understand any of the rules.

It’s story driven and not character driven. The authors had a habit of telling not showing. I know that Lena and Ethan were in love because I was told they were, but did I feel it? No. Did I understand why? Absolutely not.

I do not feel like I know any of the characters. They were very poorly developed. I did not connect to a single one. Everyone in this novel was completely one-dimensional.

Ethan was a terrible character. You know the story about a girl who meets a guy and becomes completely infatuated with him to the point that she gives up everything she used to love for him? Then at the end she realizes that in order to really find love you have to be true to yourself? Ethan is the male version of this trope, except he doesn’t realize jack shit at the end.

Ethan gives up everything he likes; basketball, his friends- in order to be with Lena because they’re so in lurveeee. Who is Ethan without Lena now? His entire life starts to revolve around her as soon as they meet.

I was bored. I kept reading because I had anticipated reading this so much and convinced myself that it would get better. It didn’t. I will not be continuing the series.

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