Want to Read Wednesday – The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #11

TITLE:  The Caster Chronicles

  1. Beautiful Creatures
  2. Beautiful Darkness
  3. Beautiful Chaos
  4. Beautiful Redemption

AUTHOR:  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING:

  1. Beautiful Creatures – 3.77 out of 5 stars; 311,076 ratings
  2. Beautiful Darkness – 3.88 out of 5 stars; 82,558 ratings
  3. Beautiful Chaos – 3.99 out of 5 stars; 62,613 ratings
  4. Beautiful Redemption – 3.97 out of 5 stars; 39,278 ratings

SYNOPSIS PROVIDED:

Beautiful Creatures Synopsis Source

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Beautiful Darkness Synopsis Source

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Beautiful Chaos Synopsis Source

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself – forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

Beautiful Redemption Synopsis Source

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

WHY I WANT TO READ IT:

A world full of magic and intrigue hidden in plain sight, it sounds like a beautiful and wonderful story to get lost in.  I no longer remember how I found out about this series, I just remember noticing it and mentally adding it to my “To Be Read” list years ago.  Earlier this year, I noticed the movie version of Beautiful Creatures was playing on HBO and decided to watch it.  Keep in mind, I usually don’t watch a movie version of a book unless I have previously read the book – this is just a personal preference because I find a great deal of satisfaction in picturing the story as I am reading it, I have found that this process becomes hindered when I have seen the movie because the movie’s images tend to influence how I see things.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t hate the movie but I didn’t love it either – yet, it did leave me curious about the story of Ethan and Lena.  My favorite character in the movie though by far was Ridley.

First, can we just point out how gorgeous Emmy Rossum is as Ridley?  I absolutely fell in love with Emmy Rossum after her performance in 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera and I loved her in Beautiful Creatures.  Her performance definitely helped to solidify some of my desire to read the books and I will likely find myself reading Garcia and Stohl’s Dangerous Creatures series which tells Ridley’s story.

All in all a magical book series I look forward to reading.  What are some of the books on your “Want to Read” list?

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