May 18th, 2009, 12pm

Jackson Pearce Reviews Beautiful Creatures

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<photo from Jackson's Goodreads Profile>

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 started reading BEAUTIFUL CREATURES slowly, just a few pages here, another few there…and then all of the sudden, I was in. I plowed through the remainder of the entire book– a hefty 600+ pages– on about a day and a half. I couldn't put it down– I was reading at stoplights on my drive home. 

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 and check back for our upcoming review and contest for AS YOU WISH.

7 comments on “Jackson Pearce Reviews Beautiful Creatures

  1. Danielle says:

    Such a great review! I’m seeing this particular sentence to be printed on the back of the book:
    “BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a glorious love story crafted in a a rich, mysterious, and magical deep South world.”

  2. I kept obsessivly changing that last line, trying to get all the awesome summed up in one sentence! Clearly, I need help.
    But seriously guys– I’m STILL thinking about BC. It’s a phenomenal book.

  3. Margie says:

    Don’t change the last line! That would be terrible luck and we need all the help we can get :) Jackson you are a rocking reviewer which is a skill in and of itself, aside from the whole writer gig. I’m glad you like the book, and you totally made my day :)

  4. caster girl 15 says:

    WOO! awesome review, BC! that is so exciting, and so true.
    The setting really is what makes this book pop, and the love story leaves me wanting to read more!!!!
    Congrats, margie, kami, and the caster girls!

  5. kami says:

    OMG- Don’t change a word. I’m going to sleep with your review under my pillow. And I’m very superstitious, too. It has to stay in its glorious, original form. xxx

  6. I totally AGREE!!!!! :D great review for a STELLAR book!

  7. Ok, no more last line changes, I promise! :) I just sent the ARC to a friend to read, and made her swear to return it so I can re-read it.

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