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Jackson Pearce’s Rockin’ Review of Beautiful Creatures

In Beautiful Creatures on May 20, 2009 at 4:24 am

Jackson Pearce is the YA author of AS YOU WISH and SISTERS RED (forthcoming). Here’s what she had to say about Beautiful Creatures on Goodreads:

I hate it when books are long for the sake of being long– if I’m going to read about a character going through each step in the process of making cereal, there’d better be a point to it. What’s fantastic about this book is there IS a point to it– every word in the book is valuable. It’s written with the succinctness of a short book, yet still goes on for 600 pages. Which means that’s a powerful, beautiful, and well-planned 600 pages.

The characters are amazingly rounded and realistic; the love story doesn’t go without angst/frustration, which makes it one of the best YA love stories I’ve read in ages. I LIVED for those romantic, sweet scenes that exist just often enough to keep me clambering for the next one. The magic aspect of the world is well built and heavily detailed in a way that makes it all the more believable. The real gem of this book, however, is the setting. As someone from the deep south, I’m always mixed on the way we’re portrayed in books. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES simultaneously shows the grace, history and beauty of the south along with the often irritating small-mindedness that infects some areas.  

I will confess that I felt the power of the love story dropped a little in the final chapter, but I think this may just be my interpretation. There were also a few very minor unfulfilled character development moments. But it wasn’t enough for me to not give this book five stars– overall, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a glorious love story crafted in a a rich, mysterious, and magical deep South world. It’s sure to be a huge hit– how could it not be?

We hope you’re right, Jackson! Thanks for the great review; as Kami and I said to each other, coming from a) a writer we respect, b) a Southerner and c) an English Lit grad — it’s our favorite kind of review triple crown!

Check out Jackson’s hilarious website & blog here

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