Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

ISBN: 978-0316042673
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Co.
Genre: Fantasy
Age Level: 12+
Reader’s Annotation: Ethan has always dreamed of Lena, not knowing who she was. When she suddenly appears in his small town his dreams become reality.
Summary: Ethan’s dreams are haunted by visions of a beautiful girl who somehow always falls away from him. He wakes, covered in mud, windows open and shaking from the truth that his dream is reality. When he meets Lena Duchannes, it’s like the girl from his dream has come alive. And Lena knows Ethan too, inexplicably. This story involves a gothic Southern mansion, a young girl with unclaimed powers, and a teen boy with no idea how deeply he is in.
Evaluation: Slow to build, the ending packs a punch for readers who are willing to stick around. Sequel must be in the works.
Author Info: First time author duo
Booktalk Ideas: do you believe in curses?
Selection: This is the book everyone was talking about on the list-serves this Fall.