10 February 2013
Beautiful Creatures v. Birthmarked...oh and Timeless
Anyway, for the maybe two of you out there who haven't read this yet, Beautiful Creatures is a young adult paranormal romance novel about Ethan, a small town boy with dreams of a bigger life, and Lena, a magical girl dreading her 16th birthday. Only one week after reading this novel, all I can really remember are two things: 1) small town idiocy and bigotry and 2) when normal humans and paranormal humans mate, the normal humans may die (this is oddly prevalent in YAL; it's like we aren't sure if we want to be kissed or killed...or maybe both as long as it is intense and passionate). Anywhos, my big problem with the book was the lack of action - I am still trying to figure out what's going to happen in the film. The majority of the book feels like a focus on the narrow-mindedness of small towns. The bulk of the action in the book revolved around high school kids being mean to Lena, the outsider. At least, that's what it felt like to me.
That is not to say I didn't enjoy the book; it just didn't live up to my expectations. While I have the next two installments of the series on my shelves, I'm going to hold off on reading them.
The world building is exceptional, the characters are unique and fascinating, and the action is non-stop. And to top off my happiness, there is no love triangle, the two main characters do not fall hopelessly and passionately in love at first sight, and real tragedy and loss are dealt with without sugar-coating. Yippee! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series which I promptly bought on my nook approximately 20 seconds after finishing the book. Unfortunately, I forgot to download the freaking books to my iPad, and hence, was unable to start reading on the plane as I would not pay for Wi-Fi. Idiot me.
Now then, off to scrap together some more time for reading and blogging.