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Beautiful Creaturesby Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Oh, what a fine, fat book this is. Beautiful Creatures plays out over 600+ pages, and every page is worthwhile. There are some wonderful, rich, and powerful sentences that need to be reread. The main character, Ethan, has a strong voice; you’ll wish you could be his friend. The entire book will have you reading in a Southern accent. In the Southern Gothic tradition, the town of Gatlin plays a character, with its Civil War history, small-town bigotry, and cooking contests. Gatlin's good old average Americana is balanced with an underlying layer of strange mystery. There is a distracted librarian with hidden depths, crazy aunties with a surprising strain of sanity in their sweet madness, and a lovely and turbulent teenage love story. And sometimes, it's funny! The authors find humor in the oddest of moments. I loved this book from the very first page to the very last page. I loved the cover. I loved the afterward. Beautiful Creatures is one of the best books that I read in 2009.
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This much anticipated sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Impossible a fantasy full of suspense, mystery, and romance will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures, Raven Boys, and Wicked Lovely.
Fenella was the first Scarborough girl to be cursed, hundreds of years ago, and she has been trapped in the faerie realm ever since, forced to watch generations of daughters try to break this same faerie curse that has enslaved them all. But now Fenellas descendant, Lucy, has accomplished the impossible and broken the curse, so why is Fenella still trapped in Faerie?
In her desperation, Fenella makes a deal with the faerie queen: If she can accomplish three acts of destruction, she will be free, at last, to die. What she doesn't realize is that these acts must be aimed at her own family and if she fails, the consequences will be dire, for all of the Scarborough girls.
How can she possibly choose to hurt her own cherished family not to mention the new man whom shes surprised to find herself falling in love with? But if she doesnt go through with the tasks, how will she manage to save her dear ones?
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 crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever--and one secret could change everything.
A thrilling romance filled with ghosts, rebellion and revenge!
Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace. Vivienne never listens to the voices of the dead.
Paul has always followed the Protectors rule book, preparing diligently for the day when hed be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny. Vivienne never does what shes told.
So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and a power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.
In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill ride of a novel.
Perfect for fans of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, Lauren Kate's Fallen and Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star.
For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Holly Black comes a dark mystery set in a secret New Orleans voodoo society.
Claire Kincaid would love to be normal. But as a descendant of Marie Leveau, the most powerful voodoo queen in history, thats just not possible. Even worse, Claires lack of interest in the craft makes her an outsider in her community, putting her secret romance with the voodoo Guild leaders son at odds. But when mysterious strangers start requesting black market items from local voodoo shops, including the one her family owns, Claire decides to investigate. With the help of some unlikely allies and her gorgeous boyfriend, Claire must uncover the dark truths her family has kept hidden from her and unravel a dangerous plot that threatens to destroy every member of the Guild, including her family and the boy she loves.
About the Author
Jessica Spotswood lives with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She's never happier than when she's immersed in a good story, and swoony kissing scenes are her favorite. You can visit her at www.jessicaspotswood.com.
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