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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (23,746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beautiful Creatures Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781611139259
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Just when Ethan Wate thinks he is getting used to the shocking, miraculous events of Gatlin, he returns to this southern hometown of his with Lena, only to find that the impossible and bizarre have gone to the next level. Like a biblical plague, thre are locust swarms, destructive storms, and life threatening heat waves. Even the powerful family of Lena's is affected, and their supernatural powers start to go awry.

Ethan welcomes the distraction of this temporary chaos because the darkness of his dreams has begun to haunt him in his waking life, causing him to experience partial amnesia. Yet his fate and the town's are intertwined. The more time passes, the more Ethan and Lena realize a new sacrifice is required to save Gatlin, but who, or what will it be?

Sometimes the answers are unclear, and all one can do is move forward, even if that means a tragedy awaits.

The film Beautiful Creatures was released in America in February 2013, and introduced us to the world of the Caster Chronicles. One of the highest rated young adult fantasy series, the story of Ethan Wate and Lana Duchannes is masterfully crafted by two American authors.

Kami Garcia was raised near Washington D. C.. Yet she has ties to the south, where these tales are set, and she has always been fascinated by the supernatural. Margaret Stohl has a background in the video gaming industry, where she applied her creative writing first. Though they created the Beautiful Creature series together, both women now live in California and work separately.

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 emerges: 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A potent mix of the gothic, the mythic, and the magical…With original characters, complex world building, and crackling prose, this is masterful storytelling.”

    Deborah Harkness, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " I'm too lazy to write a review for this but yes it was very good just as good as the rest and an illegal cliffhanger ending okay bye "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/10/2014

    " The audiobook hilarity ensues. If the narrator weren't so awesome and the poorly placed sound effects weren't so amusing, this book would only get two stars because the plot still has so many holes. And the cast of characters are just plain stupid. They don't communicate well and most of them appear not to think about anything. They are certainly not the Scooby Gang (Buffy reference)as most of the occurrences that shock them so much can be seen from a mile away. And what is with the "Teen Wolf" like plot line with one of the characters who shall remain nameless? Oh well. It is a train wreck I will continue to listen to, simply because it is so ridiculous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Halley Todd | 2/5/2014

    " This one felt a lot more unfocused and messier than the first two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Harter | 2/2/2014

    " This was really good. I hated how it just ended tho. And I don't have money for the next one for a couple days. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LÄ«ga Ločmele | 1/22/2014

    " What the Harry Potter was that?! I loved the way the ending was structured, reminded me of one particular poem (and I now a Mrs. that would appreciate the analogy), and the fact that one particular face was finaly kicked. That's right, emo princess, I'm talking about you! But how do you call a plot like that - "Close enough!"? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinity Kane | 1/10/2014

    " This book was a little slow and hard to get through in the middle, but it redeemed itself towards the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Cheung | 1/9/2014

    " Couldn't put this down. Awesome book. Off to part 4! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 12/25/2013

    " This one just draggggggged for me. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it just hammered the same points over and over again. If you can't figure out the "twist" in the first third of this book I would be amazed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/9/2013

    " Just perfect. This series are just so perfect! It's sad to say that I will be reading the last book and be sad that it's over, but Beautiful Chaos was just as good as the first two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/22/2013

    " Eh. I had to keep reading to see how the series would end, but this was my least favorite of the series. Just boring, overly melodramatic,and too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kriste | 11/3/2013

    " This book had me laughing and crying. Loved! No disappointments here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanique | 10/18/2013

    " I loved this book, the writers are awesome. The story is entertaining,thrilling and romantic all at the same time. I love the series-its one of my favorites. I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the best books you'll ever read. Also the story is very original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee Chmielewski | 10/8/2013

    " I loved this book. It was so great and I can't wait to read the last one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Pierce | 8/7/2013

    " This was actually one of the better books in the series. It starts off fast and ends in a cliff hanger. It makes want to read the last book. This copy also has a novella in the back which is a nice addition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bijal | 6/13/2013

    " Aaahhhhh!!! The end is truly a disappointment. You go through the process of reading the entire thing and it ends like THAT??!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Tisdale | 4/11/2013

    " Much better than the second book in this series. Where the second book was like walking through mud trying to read it until the last 100 pages or so, this one had events throughout the story line so you weren't just trying to trudge your way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jess | 4/11/2013

    " OH MY GOD THE PAIN NOPE "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klaire | 2/8/2013

    " Rating : 3.5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karradyne | 1/7/2013

    " The ending!!! Oh!!! Thank The Lord I already have Beautiful Redemption! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Buck | 11/14/2012

    " The one who is two! Every book in the series seems to get better and better. This one really leaves you with a cliffhanger. I wanted to start reading the next one immediately. This YA series reeled me in- hook, line, and sinker! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia Sgroi | 8/9/2012

    " That ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Wells | 7/14/2012

    " Overall... pretty dang good!! There were some things that really surprised me, like how there was the little tunnel underneath Ethan's house, but I guess the surprises are what keep the books good! Keep up the good work guys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope McCormick | 1/19/2012

    " I continue to love Ethan. This series is so good, I'm a little sad it's almost over. One more to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Thornley | 1/13/2012

    " i loved this book but was sad about the ending what an intense book so far my favorite of the series cant wait to read beautiful redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/11/2012

    " So far, my favorite one of the series... I want to start reading the next one, but I identify that I should pace myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/7/2011

    " Best one yet...but is set up for another in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vampireacademyrocks | 11/3/2011

    " Amazing!It is definitly the saddest book I have read in my entire life. Ethan's sacrifice was touching, I cried so hard when Etahn was saying goodbye to his family and to Lena. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/2/2011

    " Another adolescent book that has some quirky characters you can't help but enjoy. A nerdy basketball player and an emo caster (witch) lead off a slew of characters that inhabit a town plagued with possible Apocalypse causing trouble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flub | 10/29/2011

    " This book was AMAZING! I cannot wait for the next one to come out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kc | 10/19/2011

    " I can't believe they ended it this way! But still quite an amazing read :) Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj | 10/19/2011

    " Ahhhh! Awesome book/series, terrible, terrible, ending! I mean, [SPOILER] who sacrifices the main character at the end of a book????? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moni | 3/5/2011

    " These books are so long. I enjoy them, but man, they are long. This entry in the series was unfortunately very predictable. I assume there will be a new one soon to once again sweep me off my feet.

    I think I may have series fatigue on this one... "

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About the Author

Kami Garcia is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Legion series, which is being developed as a major motion picture. She is also the coauthor of the Dangerous Creatures and the Beautiful Creatures novels, of which the first book was made into a major motion picture by Warner Brothers, directed and adapted by Academy Award–nominated writer Richard LaGravenese.

About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.