Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

by Melissa on April 3, 2010 · 0 comments

in 14-17, Fantasy

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Series: No
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] HL670L
AR Level: [?] 4.5
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Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)


In a South Carolina town, where little has changed since the Civil War, Ethan is drawn to Lena, with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a secret.


A fairly mild book for the supernatural genre.   Had a lot of Civil War history and history of the South.  It’s interesting as the story is told from the first person perspective of a  teen boy. 


Level 1, 2 [?]

Sexual Content

Teen boys read magazines with pictures of girls in bikinis laying on the hood of cars. An older teen girl uses her powers of being a Siren to bewitch boys to do her biding, a fairly sexualized character.  Teens kiss and make out-mild description.


Teens drink peppermint schnapps and peach alcoholic drinks.


Some ghosts, spirits, supernatural things happen. Not particularly creepy.


A teen’s parents are both dead and she lives with a series of relatives. A teen boy’s mother died in a car accident and his father is very depressed and pretty much absent.


People cannot resist ‘the lure of the cards’ and the chance to change their own destiny.  There are many pagan and vodoo rituals throughout the story. Some people have supernatural powers, specialized witch powers; people who can cast spells, control people, shape shift, some demonic powers.  People can ‘go Dark’, meaning that they become evil, some not by choice.

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Book Review: Beautiful Creatures, 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

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