Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009, 563 pages)
I decided to read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie, which came out in February of this year. The story takes place in Gatlin County, South Carolina, where Ethan Wate lives with his father and housekeeper, Amma. His life changes rapidly, when Lena Duchannes comes to town to live with her Uncle Macon, the town’s recluse. Readers are taken on a path of the metaphysical ranging from Casters to Incubuses all the while involving the history and mystery of Gatlin. I found this first book to be a page turner and fascinating, and it definitely is more a young adult romance. However, the authors do an excellent job of developing the plot outside of the romance that keeps the readers engaged. Worth the read for your summer reading list!