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Tuesday, March 6

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

 Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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.

 Ethan, a sixteen-year-old boy lives in a small town of Gatlin!!! To Ethan, Gatlin is as good as a prison. The town holds no real excitement for Ethan. To his horror everything in his life is pretty much predictable. Ethan is also dealing with his mother’s recent passing, and his father’s retreat/depression. Basically, with his parents nearly gone, Amma, his nanny is his new parental unit. What Ethan doesn’t know is that Gatlin is full of secrets and he is about to find out.
 Ethan has also been experiencing vivid dreams about a girl he hasn’t met and doesn’t know, all he knows is that he’s utterly in love with her.  How do you love someone you haven’t even seen? Then a peculiar new scholar shows up at Gatlin’s only high school, the niece of Old Man Ravenwood AKA the town’s weirdo!  OR “is he”???. When Old man Ravenwood’s niece Lena arrived, she was branded as an outsider, she didn’t quite fit in! She was bullied, laughed at and almost expelled! Except Lena is the girl Ethan has been dreaming about. The populace of Gatlin chooses not to put up with anyone different. Except for Ethan. Lena on the other hand tries to push Ethan away; a family secret is keeping her from telling Ethan how she really feels about him! Should she tell Ethan her secret? Or face her sixteenth moons, the day she has dreaded her entire life alone? “Beautiful creatures” is the debut book by Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl…This book will keep you up at night wondering! It’s a little creepy and dark but,  LOL funny!  I like the twist and warm action the authors imparted in this book.  I also like the thrill I got from reading the book! There are some tragic scenes but all good love stories do come with a little tragedy making the story even more potent. 
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 Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicle #2) By Kami Gracia, Margaret Stohl  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-endingTogether 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.
 In this continuation to Beautiful Creatures, Lena wasn’t claimed on her 16th moon! However the unexpected happened.  Lena feels culpable over the death of her uncle/ father Old man Ravenwood! Plus she still fears her 17th moon, because while she hadn’t been claimed by the Dark on her 16th moon, she doesn't fully belong to the Light either! Beautiful darkness starts off pretty much where the last book left off -which was a bit tragic! In this installment, Ethan is trying to understand the Gatlin he now knows, while trying to help Lena cope with the pain of the recent death she is experiencing. But, Lena doesn’t want to see Ethan because his sight is a constant reminder of the choice she had to make, which was saving his life rather than her fathers/ uncle- old man Ravenwood.  Ethan begins to have visions and a new song (seventeen moons) begins to taunt him  (as usual), and that could mean one thing!!!! Something big is about to happen on Lena’s seventeenth moon. Ethan and Lena begins to loose their love and relationship. Ethan chose not to give up on her even after he meets Liv the new assistant to The Librarian Marianne.  In this book, we discern new revelations that are so important for Ethan and Lena! Worst, Lena is so guilt ridden and depressed that she ran away with her dark cousin Ridley and new enigmatic hot guy named John. Ethan with the help from Liv, Link, his aunts, Amma and his dead mother set off to save and protect Lena from the perilous journey she has unknowingly chosen. With her seventeenth moon so close and her family’s future so dependent on her claiming and her unstable mind due to the death of her uncle/father, will Lena survive the claiming?  DRAMA!!! I loved this book! If you ask me, I would say it was better than the first!!! And the cliffhanger is mind blowing!!!  I can’t wait for Beautiful Chaos
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Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles #2.5)By Kami GarciaWhen 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.

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicle #3) By Kami Gracia, Margaret Stohl
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.


Billy said...

I have books 1-3, but I never heard of Dream Dark and I wasn't aware of the upcoming Beautiful Redemption. Thanks for postings this.

Dawn and Wini book lovers said...

Sure, anytime… There is also a movie coming out… I think next year.

Ελλάδα said...

Beautiful Creatures is a compelling story that grabs your attention and sucking you into the lives of Ethan, Lena and others who live in Gatlin. Though I do not normal enjoy paranormal novels, I was intrigued to keep reading and dive in to this amazing world. Kami and Margaret are inspiring writers, who have written an amazing and charming novel.

Dawn and Wini book lovers said...

It is! which is why I wasn't surprised about the movie deal...

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