Beautiful Creatures

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The book Beautiful Creatures was written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is an example of science fiction. Beautiful creatures is about a 15- year old girl who has magical powers and will either turn dark or light on her sixteenth birthday. The main character is Lena Duchannes, the caster girl who will turn good or evil on her birthday. Ethan Wate is also a major character in the novel; he is Lena’s boyfriend that tries to turn Lena light. The setting takes place in a small southern town of Gatlin South Carolina. The overall tone or mood of the story is romantic and mysterious. The point of view from which the story is told is first persona and Ethan is telling the story. The theme of the story is not to let others pick your fate but for you to make the choice. The conflict of the story is Ethan and Lena trying to find a way to turn Lena light so they can stay together.

Ethan Wate is a main character in the book. He is Lena’s boyfriend in the story and is more protective of her than anyone else. He has brown hair, blue eyes, and is over six foot four. He has lived in Gatlin his whole life but wants to move away and travel the world. Ethan is also the star player on the Jackson high basketball team. An unusual quality about him is that he has some sort of power even though he is still a mortal. He is the only one who can protect her from Sarafine (a dark caster who tries to kill Lena). Something else about Ethan is that he has dreams about Lena before they even meet. In them Lena is always dying but in a very unusual way. She could drown and he would jump in to save her, he would wake up wet. Or Lena could be burning in a building and Ethan would wake up with burn marks on his clothes and covered in ashes. In his dreams he sees this girl he doesn’t know but in his dreams he did know her. All he knows is that she has black hair and green eyes. He thinks he is going crazy but then the girl in the dreams comes to town.

Lena Duchannes is also a main character in the book. She has green eyes, black hair, and very pale skin. She is Ethan’s girlfriend in the novel but has major trust problems. Ethan was her first mortal friend and she often feels as though she can’t talk to him because of how different they are. She has moved around her whole life to keep safe from dark casters. Everyone in her family has powers and she turned out to be the most powerful caster type of all. She was a natural, someone who can control nature, weather, and gravity. She was told that her mother and father both died in a fire but she later on learns that her mother is still alive and that her mother killed her father. Throughout the novel she has trouble deciding light or dark. She is constantly afraid that she is going dark and will hurt the ones she loves. She often dressed in dark clothes but toward the middle she started dressing more warmly. She pushes Ethan away a lot in the book because she doesn’t want to go through the whole heartbreak thing on her birthday. Deep down she knows how much she loves Ethan and wants to be with him but she also doesn’t want to hurt him.

The book starts off with Ethan having a dream. In the dream he and a mysterious girl are falling, he has no idea who the girl is but he does know that he loves her and would do anything to keep her alive. He has been having the same dream ever since his mom died a few months ago. He refers to it as “love before first sight”. The scary part of the dreams is that he always dies and he doesn’t ever wake up until she does. This time she drowned in mud and when he woke up he was covered in dirt and water. He goes to take a shower and sees that there is a new song on his iPod called “sixteen moons”. It is about a girl and a boy who in love but that cannot be together because of unnatural reasons. When his friend, link, pulls up to take him to school he asks him if he downloaded a new song on his iPod. He says no and asks what song it was and when Ethan tries to pull it back...
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