Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: December 2009
Age Group: YA
It's taken me a couple of weeks to read the New York Times Bestseller BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. At 563 pages, it's a whopper of book. I had no idea what kind of story was in store for me when I began to read BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. I'd read some major buzz about the book, but I didn't want to cloud my reading enjoyment or judgment before I cracked open the spine. Before I give my review, I'm going to go back in time a little bit, so bear with me.
Last August, I was at a local independent bookstore checking out a few books I'd wanted to read. A woman was at the counter making a purchase. Next to her, on the counter,was a bookmark for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. As I picked it up, the woman turned to me and said: "That's the best book I've ever read. If you pick one book to read this year, pick that one, but unfortunately it doesn't come out until December."
I was intrigued. Was she one of the authors? I went home to find out more information about BEAUTIFUL CREATURES on the web. The woman was not Kami Garcia or Margaret Stohl, but maybe she was a book reviewer or a writer who'd received an advanced copy. Either way, I decided to take her advice. I dutifully purchased the book in December, but ended up putting it aside with my other books. I just wasn't in the reading mode.............READ MORE
WHY WAS IT NOMINATED:
"I really loved Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, which I believe shows in my review. I feel the book was very strong in substance, particularly showing the politically charged and historical South, and discrimination. It mirrored To Kill a Mockingbird and has a fantastic narrative voice in Ethan Wade. It's my best review so far. I'm looking forward to reading Beautiful Darkness. And Kami Garcia re-tweeted my review to her followers!"-Julie Carlson