Back cover blurb (well, actually it's the Amazon blurb):
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
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.
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
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Beautiful Creatures was recommended to me by my aunt. I give it four out of five stars.
The biggest issue I had was that it was a romance. But it was a pretty clean romance, which is always a plus. I just like "Let's save the world!" plots more than "I love you and our parents will never keep us apart!" plots. That being said, this was pretty good. I liked the characters, and there's a chance that the story will develop into a "let's save the world!" story in later books. (Though I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series soon. I have a really big pile of books on my dresser that give me dirty looks every time I bring something home from the library.) The writing itself was good, and there are some great plot twist.
Currently I'm reading The Dark Hills Divide, book 1 in the Land of Elyon series, by Patrick Carmen. I'm over 100 pages in, and I still don't know what the plot is, but other than that it's pretty good. And it's short, so the plot is bound to show it's face soon.