Library Day Fridays, NaBloPoMo 2013

What I’m Reading – Beautiful Creatures

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Okay, so today’s post was supposed to be my Stacking the Shelves October post (the one where I tell you what new books I either bought, borrowed or took out of the library). Unfortunately today turned out to be a bit busier than anticipated and I didn’t quite find the time to sit down and write that one (though in theory it should be a pretty quick write up.) Since it is NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month for those who don’t know), and since I don’t really want to fail by missing the first days post, I have come up with an alternative post. Stay tuned in the next couple of days for Stacking the Shelves.

Sticking with the Library Day Friday topic, I thought I would tell you a little bit about the book I am currently reading. I’m going to try to not include any major spoilers (and really I’m only about halfway through so I definitely can’t spoil the end). <Note: if you like this post and would like to see more similar let me know in the comments>

As I mentioned in the title, I am currently reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. If I remember correctly, this book was recommended by one (or possibly many) of the BookTubers I follow. I picked it up from the library the end of September or so (yes, I’ve had to renew it) and for some reason I kept passing it over when it came to picking a new book. Part of this probably had to do with the number of horror/creepy novels I had picked up to read in October <Note: I can’t wait to tell you what I thought of The Monstrumologist> and for some reason I began to wonder if I would actually enjoy Beautiful Creatures. Now that I’m into the book I am so glad I decided to give it a chance and not just return it to the library, which I actually considered.

Beautiful Creatures is a YA-novel, which one of the reviews on the back cover describes as a “southern Gothic.” The story takes place in a small Southern United States town that has never “got over” the Civil War, is distrustful in the extreme of outsiders, and owes it’s very existence to the Ravenwood family who, incidentally, they also ostracize and strongly dislike. According to the main character, Gatlin is the kind of small town that no one ever leaves. If you were born there, chances are very good you are going to die there. It’s the main character’s sophomore year (if I remember correctly) and other than some strange dreams he’s been having, the school year seems destined to be about the same as always. Enter: the new girl a.k.a Lena a.ka. town shut-in Macon Ravenwood’s niece. What do you suppose ensued? You guessed it, all kinds of drama.

“But Megra,” I hear you complain, “where is the gothic? All I see is typical high-school drama.” To which I reply: patience dear readers. You see (I’m not going to give you details because where is the fun in that) Lena is not your average new girl. She has a secret. A major secret. It’s the kind of secret that brings danger and mystery and endless complication to the lives of both the main character and herself. Her secret, along with her families history and the house she lives in (did I mention the town kids call it the ‘haunted mansion’?) all create a very Gothic horror setting. The characters are superb, and the world creation? Phenomenal.

And did I mention the writing itself? I have quotes written down from most of my favourite books (ooh look, I said the word favourite in relation to this book). I have yet to write out a single quote from this book — “Um, Megra, I thought you said the writing was good. Wouldn’t that mean you’d have quotes written down?” — hey! enough of the interrupting, I’m getting there — As I was saying, I have yet to write out a single quote from this book, because I keep wanting to write out entire passages. And that is just not practical, at least not on the first read through. Beautiful Creatures is the first book in a series and, unless something changes, I can see myself buying the series at some point.

Well, there is my first NaBloPoMo post completed (and just in the nick of time, I promise not all of the posts will come appear this close to midnight). Now I’m going to sign off and see how much more I can finish of this book before I fall asleep! See you tomorrow!

Keep Smiling!

“There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicentre of the middle of nowhere. At least, that’s what I thought, when I closed my battered copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, clicked off my iPod, and turned out the light on the last night of summer. 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. I never even saw it coming.” — Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures

If you didn’t get a chance to read my intro to NaBloPoMo post, you can check it out here.

(Cross Posted to BlogHer)

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