On the one hand, the characters aren't limp, passive twits, swanning around because they're in love. They actively work together to deal with high school bullshit, uncover historical mysteries and save Lena's life. There is great potential here, if only it were written better. All the book's characters - and there are a lot - seem half-formed. The dialogue is flat and not particularly realistic. And people seem to spend a lot of time focused on unimportant things, only to rush through the big action set-pieces. Good, well-written YA fantasy is possible - see Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, for one - but Beautiful Creatures falls a bit short of the mark. Although I did like it a lot more than that efffing Twilight crap.
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