I picked up Beautiful Creatures on a whim while I was shopping for a birthday present in Barnes and Noble. There was an entire table filled with the series: Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Chaos....
The blurb at the top screamed something along the lines of "If you loved Twilight and The Hunger Games, read this book!"
I put it down and walked away.
Something drew me back - the gorgeous font for the title, perhaps. Plus the back sounded intriguing. And inside, when I cracked a copy for that all-important peek, I saw that the writing was good - the authors, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, were well-versed in Southern Gothic and the language of South Carolina.
And it's the first of a series of four, so if I like it, there are three more long books to enjoy.
I liked the characters too - Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. I bought it, along with The Westing Game (can you believe I never read that before?)
Honestly, sending me into a bookstore to buy a gift is like telling an addict to pick up your prescription.
So, here's what I'm reading now:
Beautiful Creatures (Sorry - Amazon wouldn't let me post a link to the first book. It's one of those "all media seems to be eating funky brownies" weeks.)
The Night Circus
The Sable City - this is FREE. Just saying...
The Westing Game
Ah, the joy of having four books going at once. I'll report back on all of them to let you know how it's coming along.