Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
(Teen Paranormal Romance)

Lush, hot magic.  Swamp voodoo. Doomed love. Ethereal and menacing ghosts. The civil war.  Vampires, werewolves and beasties.  What's not to love about this book?

Ethan Wate has lived in the same small South Carolina town his whole life and thinks nothing exciting will ever happen.  That is, until Lena DuChannes comes to town.  When Ethan meets her, he realizes she's the girl that's been haunting his dream.  Now, he just has to figure out why the two of them have such a connection, one that seems to transcend even time.  He'll also have to confront ghosts, vampires, haunted mansions and the mystery of his mother's death.  Don't feel sorry for him, though.  Lena has it a little bit tougher.  She'll have to decide, on her sweet 16, if she wants to destroy the human race or not.  With just a few weeks in between, these two star-crossed lovers will take the reader for quite a thrill ride.

It is always such a delight to stumble across a book like this--one that hits all those little details that make it almost magical to read.   As an author myself, I absolutely marvel when I read a book that is obviously so carefully planned out.  From the very first page until the very last, the master plan unfolds like seeing the architectural underpinnings of a majestic cathedral.  I love it when that happens!  It's the kind of book you want to read again and again, because you know you've missed a nuance along the way.  To say nothing of the fact that it's a series....I love that too because it's also a story that you just don't want to end on the last page.

While teenage fans will absolutely devour this book, it also holds a draw for those of us who just love an old-fashioned, ghost/love story.  It's a book that has it all--all the bells and whistles for those of us who anxiously await the next great paranormal romance tale.  Look no farther-this is it.

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