Since Twilight came out, there has been a multitude of books flooding stores that feature teens, vampires, witches, and monsters involved in some kind of struggle with love. Some of these books are good and some are horrible. Luckily, Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia was one of the good ones.
One of the things that drew me into this book were the interesting flashbacks and visions. The main two characters are constantly getting a glimpse of the past. But what makes all of this truly intriguing is that these visions aren't from the pasts of these characters, but rather the lives of their ancestors who lived during the Civil War. All of this portrays how ancestors do shape us.
Another thing I liked about this book was the setting. The novel takes place in a small town in North Carolina and since I lived in Kentucky for a while, I was reminded of the South when I was reading and missed it some. Having grown up in a small town too, I was even more able to connect with the setting because I know what it's like to live in a place where everybody knows everyone's business.
Honestly I cannot think of anything major that I didn't like about this book. It flowed nicely, there were a lot of excellent descriptions, and the characters were believable and interesting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy novels such as Twilight, Beastly, and the Vladimir Tod books.
A movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures has recently been made. I didn't think it came close to measuring up to the book. My husband who didn't read it though, enjoyed the movie.