What's behind door number five?....... Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Forget the movie, the book is so much better in every way. Thoughts, emotions and even character personality comes across so much clearer when you read the novel; personally we found the movie to be a bit hit-or-miss as the emotions of the novel form characters just didn't transfer. The book however clearly shows rather than tells which is where I think the movie got it so wrong.
The book tells the tale of Lena Duchannes and a boy called Ethan Wate who both reside in a small town called Gatlin in South Carolina. Nothing ever changes in this small town and there's never any excitement. Those that stay in Gatlin have always lived there as far back as history goes. Ethan hates living in Gatlin, he years for some excitement and can't wait to turn sixteen so he can get the heck out of there.
Ethan's starting to have these lucid dreams about a beautiful girl and a song about sixteen moons. Having never met the girl before he wishes he knew who she was but he needn't wish any more as the girl literally walks into school - the girl is called Lena Duchannes.
Most of the students at school are scared of Lena as her family are known to be sorcerers, witches and evil. As a god-faring town this is not something you want to get involved in except Ethan does; he wants to get to know Lena more than anything in the world.
Lena's troubled but once he breaks through her emotional barrier she opens up a new world to him one that he never thought was possible especially in Gatlin. As each day passes the threat of the sixteen moons get's closer. With Lena's sixteenth birthday nearing the book of moons promises to take what it's due - does this spell death for Lena? If so how can Ethan save her?
You can purchase this over on Amazon here for the teeny price of £3.85 including delivery.
Peace & Love
* M.R Shields *