Beautiful Creatures is yet another teen-aged paranormal romance. It’s the first in a series. A local boy in the Deep South falls for the mysterious new girl who lives in the local “haunted mansion” with her uncle. Over the course of this book, Ethan learns about the existence of the supernatural (his mother sending him messages from beyond the grave, for example) without showing much shock or surprise. He takes it all in stride in a fairly unbelievable way. He and Lena express their undying love for each other on a regular and wearying basis. Their fellow high school students are stereotypically bullying of the unusual new girl.
Still, Beautiful Creatures is better than some other books I’ve read of this kind. At least neither Ethan nor Lena is abusive and controlling. I did find it refreshing that the book was told from the boy’s point of view, rather than the girl’s. There is a strong and helpful librarian aiding the lovers (always a plus for me). I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures (which I read in anticipation of the movie) well enough, but I will not be seeking out the rest of the series.