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ISBN13: 9780316042673
ISBN10: 0316042676
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Praise for Splintered:

STARRED REVIEW

"Fans of dark fantasy, as well as of Carroll’s Alice in all her revisionings (especially Tim Burton’s), will find a lot to love in this compelling and imaginative novel."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Alyssa is one of the most unique protagonists I've come across in a while. Splintered is dark, twisted, entirely riveting, and a truly romantic tale."

USA Today

"Brilliant, because it is ambitious, inventive, and often surprising — a contemporary reworking of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’’ with a deep bow toward Tim Burton’s 2010 film version."

The Boston Globe

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

Booklist

" Protagonist Alyssa...is an original. Howard's visual imagination is superior. The story's creepiness is intriguing as horror, and its hypnotic tone and setting, at the intersection of madness and creativity, should sweep readers down the rabbit hole."

Publishers Weekly

"While readers will delight in such recognizable scenes as Alyssa drinking from a bottle to shrink, the richly detailed scenes that stray from the original will entice the imagination. These adventures are indeed wonderful."

BookPage

"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."

Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderland is filled with much that is not as wonderful as might be expected, and yet, it is in Wonderland that Alyssa accepts her true nature. The cover with its swirling tendrils and insects surrounding Alyssa will surely attract teen readers who will not disappointed with this magical, edgy tale."

Reading Today Online

"Creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance."

School Library Journal

Award:

YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

 

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

 

Now shes out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

 

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

Synopsis:

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.

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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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Average customer rating based on 8 comments:

G. L. Briones Gonzales Atwell, September 11, 2011 (view all comments by G. L. Briones Gonzales Atwell)
"I FELL HEAD OVER HEALS IN LOVE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTERS, ETHAN AND LENA, IN THIS BOOK!!!! AND even the supporting character's Amma and Macon Ravenwood. It was like they were acting out a play right in front of me. The words just spoke to me.

"The story is about Ethan Wate, a popular basketball player who has lived in Gatlin, South Carolina his entire life, and Lena Duchannes, the mysterious new girl in school."

That is all you need to know... It's compared to Twilight but honestly you can not compare it to Twilight! Yes, it's a young adult book, it's in the same paranormal category, but it STANDS ALONE!

PURE MAGIC IN THE MOST HONEST WAY!

A great book for young adults! PG all the way!

I read this book in less then two days and am so sad that I will have to wait til October for the next book, Beautiful Darkness..."
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Cherry Mischievous, August 6, 2010 (view all comments by Cherry Mischievous)
Cherry's Review:
Cliffhanger Ending!

I like the humor in the story lines. Chapter one, and the book had me giggling on my lunch break with everybody giving me looks in the staff room. I think that earned the story-telling quality a 4 out of 5. The story itself even if it is not terribly original is quite captivating. The authors have seemlessly blended modern day teen culture with paranormal fantasy that as a reader I could believe in. If I have to grade the "suspension of disbelief" for this story I will have to give it a 4.5 out of 5. The ending however is a cliffhanger. Although the ending did close the book nicely, it is also the beginning of the next book. Gave the impression that the whole book is just chapter one of a bigger book. That deserved a 2 out of 5. The cover art? It could do better. I have seen this book for sometime now in the blogosphere but ignored it for a few months just because I do not find the cover attractive to my fantasy reader's eyes. The art department who did this cover needs to be fired. In a marketing graph, this cover art would be a 1 out of 5. Overall, I would give this book an entertainment value of 3.5.
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Susan Wiget, March 24, 2010 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
This is a young adult supernatural romance, the same subgenre as Twilight, but it is infinitely better than Twilight. The writing is lively, the characters are sparkling with life, the love interest Lena is a strong female character who, unlike Bella, is a strong individual and doesn’t fit in with creepy patriarchal values. The book is from the first person perspective of Ethan, a high school boy who is anxious to escape his boring, small-minded small town in the Deep South. The town becomes much more interesting when Lena, a teen with magic powers, moves in with her uncle the town recluse and shows up for class. She quickly stirs things up in the closed-minded community.

My only complaint, besides a couple of dangling modifiers, is that the book includes a few fat phobic comments directed at one female student, something teens most emphatically do not need to read and that furthermore indicates that the authors should read Fat is a Feminist Issue.

Overall, the book is full of rich detail, magic, and suspense. The characters are complex and sympathetic and come vividly to life. Since the book has two authors, no doubt they gave each other feedback. This is for anyone who enjoys dark fantasy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316042673
Author:
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author:
Werlin, Nancy
Author:
Yovanoff, Brenna
Author:
Fantaskey, Beth
Author:
Lindsey, Mary
Author:
Spotswood, Jessica
Author:
Collins, Kevin T.
Author:
Stohl, Margaret
Author:
Zink, Michelle
Author:
Howard, A. G.
Author:
Garcia, Kami
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
History; Magic; Families; Love; Supernatural phenomena; Psychic abilities; Mysteries
Subject:
Secrets; Small town life; Southern life; Love; Psychic abilities; Star-crossed lovers; High school students; Magic; Parallel worlds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Cahill Witch Chronicles
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-22

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Product details 384 pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316042673 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

 

Now shes out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

 

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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