I have to admit, I almost didn’t read this book. There were several reasons involved in this: when it came out, it was during the time where every single book was about VAMPIRES. Read the description. The ‘secret’ could easily be vampires, right? Second; it’s LONG. I LOVE long books, because as long as a book is good it can go on forever and I’ll be happy about that. But, despite people saying good things about it I thought it was about vampires and I’d read enough of those.
Fast-Forward to 2 weeks ago at the library. I saw this book sitting on the shelf and read the description again. I recalled thinking it was about vampires, but realized it never said that, and a couple of my friends are really into this book and had recommended it to me. I decided I’d read it and if it was bad or about vampires or it was Twilight with a different cover, I wouldn’t finish it.
I finally got around to picking it up and oh. my. god. It was so good! I loved how it was paranormal and a paranormal romance but it wasn’t vampires. It wasn’t poorly written- in fact, it was SUPER-written. It was 566 pages of AWESOME. It was a long book- but even after reading 566 pages of it I found myself not wanting it to end. Why? Read on.
First: Setting. This novel is paranormal and it’s in the modern world, but it’s set in the South in an area with constant Civil War reenactments and a lot of history. I think this is the first book that I’ve ever read that was a Contemporary/Paranormal/Historical/Romance all at the same time, without a lot of over-empowerment from any of those.
Characters. I loved Ethan. He seemed really cool. I haven’t actually read that many books that I’ve enjoyed that are narrated by guys, and I definitely liked this one the best. I also just liked him as a character. Lena was really cool, obviously, and she was just unique all around.
Casters. The whole witch-type-of-thing-but-not-quite was pretty unique and I really liked it.
I’m not going to go on much more because I’ll get overly gush-ish and I’ll probably spoil everything for you, but all I can say is that if you’re not afraid of large books (with equally large sequels, Beautiful Darkness is just as long), with cool writing, interesting characters, a great setting, and overall a book that I’m calling Contemporary/Paranormal/Historical/Romance, then I recommend picking up Beautiful Creatures.