This was one of the books I read for my Young Adult Literature class this semester. I actually rated it as my least favorite book from the course! I was enjoying the book, until the ending.
Ethan is a high school boy in Gatlin, SC (loved the Southern Gothic setting). His mom recently died, his father has become a recluse, and now Ethan is determined to get as far away from the small town he grew up in as possible. Until he meets the mysterious new girl Lena, who is a “caster”. The book counts down to Lena’s 16th birthday when it will be determined whether she goes “light” or “dark”. Lena and Ethan are in a race against the clock to do what they can to make sure that she has a say in her future and that they can find a way to be together.
Verdict: 2 out of 5 stars! *SPOILER ALERT* I read all 563 pages only to discover that at the end, the authors use the biggest literary cop-out ever. Now, Lena has until her 17th birthday! So there will be one more year of waiting and agonizing. A novel should be able to stand on its own and have closure (such as The Hunger Games and Life as We Knew It), even if it is to be the first in a series. Beautiful Creatures certainly does not and therefore felt like a waste of my time.