Thank you thank you thank you Hachette for sending me this book!!!!
Once I started this, I found it completely addictive. I wasn?t sure what to expect when I opened it up, but then I found myself pulled into the world that the two authors created. I thought that both main characters, Ethan and Lena, were well-written, and well-rounded (no cardboard characters here, thank you very much!). It was nice to have a story like this narrated by a guy ? it seems like most of the time, things are all from a girl?s point of view, and that alone made this book refreshing. I also felt like Ethan was very realistic ? dialogue (and dialect) were on point, as was the relationship between Ethan and Lena. I didn?t have a pause at any point in the story where I felt it didn?t make sense to the characters (does that make sense?).
I also felt that the authors did a wonderful, masterful job of creating the Caster world ? what a fantastic idea! I had moments with Lena?s family that made me think of Ray Bradbury?s From the Dust Returned, with the unusual family members. However, I also felt that the authors did something that I especially like in Bradbury?s stories: crafting beautiful sentences. Beautiful Creatures had several points where I paused to read a sentence again, just to admire it.
I cannot wait to order this for our library?s collection, and have already started talking about it to a few people (and if they?re nice, I might just lend them my copy......). Put this one down on the list of another good book to push. I think it?s going to be quite popular!