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Beautiful Creatures: Book 1

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dreamy, lyrical supernatural Southern romance.

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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Great read for preteens/teens

I love it and recommend it to teens. It teaches abou the negative effects of stereotyping other people and repercussions that can follow!!!! So much education in terms of literary elements that 8th grade students encounter in class.

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age 15+

i love this books.

Genevieve. she was only partially materialized, a mix of cloudy haze and light, fading in and out as the air moved though her ghostly form, but there was no mistaking it.It was Genevieve,the woman in the painting . she had the same golden eyes and long ,wavy red hair. her hair blew gently in the wind, as if she was just a woman sitting on a headstone in a graveyard. she was beautiful, even in her present state, and terrifiying at the same time .

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (56 ):

Ethan and his male friends are well written, and if the adult characters seem unoriginal, they are at least reliable and likable. There are many stock characters, both teen mean girls and powerful, intense older women alike, but the sweet romance, dark danger, and supernatural battles that sweep across a well-romanticized background of Civil War deaths and teen parties will entrance teen readers and maybe as many adults as the Twilight Saga did. Ethan and Lena both write poetry -- and it all sounds like poetry by teens -- and song lyrics also play a large part in the story. Lena and Ethan are both somewhat tragic characters, innocent, upright, and well-intentioned.

The book opens with some lovely, lyrical writing and it's hard to believe it was written by two authors collaborating. There were a few too many new characters thrown into the final battle, but readers can look for them in the sequel. Teen readers will likely appreciate the length of this gothic, Southern epic and be very happy to return to the sultry small town of Gatlin as soon as possible.

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