Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Beautiful Creatures Saga / Review

Hello my sweethearts

It's been a long time since i post a review, I'm currently reading The Mists of Avalon, but i'll talk about it when i finish to read it (i read 79% of the book).
It difficult to read as i love when i have work, and specially when i'm writing, but even though, i try to make time for it, so when spring break came, i was super happy because my plans only involved to stayed home and read.
And what did i chose? well, the Beautiful Creatures saga of course. A lot of people had said that it's the new twilight, maybe because Stephanie Meyer and Kami Garcia/Margareth Stohl have the same agent, but even when i do love twilight, honest be told i wasn't a fan of shinny vampires. Beautiful Creatures is more darker, beside of be a love story, the characters are more richer in many aspects, so no, there not another Twilight, even when is a popular book.

Beautiful Creatures: 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.

I loved this book, i simply did it, Amma is one of my favorite character and Link is the crazy way that you would love to have as a friend. Ethan of course showed how no matter what, when you care for a person, you should be with this person, and it not only aply to the girl or the boy you like, but to your friends in general, just like Link showed them too.

10. Beautiful Darkness: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

I have to say that even when i liked the book, is the one that i liked less, i don't know, maybe because i don't like when a character change so much as Lena did, i know how much she was suffered, that was pretty clear, and that she was afraid too, but i know too that no matter what that's not a excuse to treat others bad or act like a total moron.
11. Dream Dark: When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning...

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won't be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin -- it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.

In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link's heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.

Dream Dark
 word count: ~10,000

This is a short story and it's about a little adventure that Link -one of my favorite characters- had, it's simple, it's funny, and i confess that i enjoyed reading Link's adventure so much.

12. Beautiful Chaos: Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

The only think that i could say about this one is that it was simply beautiful, i have to say that it was if not the best, the most emotive of all. The authors managed so well the end of the story, and they had me crying like a baby almost at the end of the book.

13. Beautiful Redemption: Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series

The last book was exactly as it has to be, and it was a very entertaining read.

And no, lets talk about the bad part of all this. I mean, i love then a book is transformed in movie, of course i do, but when i book is turned to pieces in a not so good movie...mmm, i don't know, maybe i should watch the movie first and then read the book.
Don't get me wrong, i liked the movie, love it? nope, i couldn't get to that point. The actors are great, but some characters are not exactly like the actors, and even when they did a great job, i kept seeing the characters as the book describe them, and the actors something bizarre. 
The fusion of characters was other thing that let me a bitter feeling, i mean Marianne and Amma? what is this Mariamma? not cool at all.
And the ending? i mean give me a break! seriously? i don't know if there's going to be more movies of the story, but i'm curious about who they're going to manage the story from now on.

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