Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beautiful Creatures available for download

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
“Elton John?”
“Close. Ernest Hemingway. In his own way, sort of the rock star of his time.”
― Kami Garcia,
Beautiful Creatures

I've been reading more than one book at a time lately.  Except that one of those books is an audio book.  I got the recommendation from a friend of mine (Thanks, Ann!) and decided to download the audio book instead of reading the actual book.  It's a young adult novel,there are witches and other supernatural creatures, and I knew I wouldn't have to finish reading  one book to move onto this one when I found the audio option.  I have not minded the long car rides I've had to take lately, and the apicoectomy I had this morning was a breeze all because I had a book to listen to.

 What is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl about?  Teen casters, the yearning to break out of a small town by a restless teen, the longing to find a home, the fight between light and dark, young love, funny old women, the powers that can be found in a library, and a dogThat's really just the tip of the iceberg.  There's more to it than that.  It's a perfect escape book.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that, with some laughs thrown in for good measure.

It's so great to have books available for download with your library card.  If you don't like them, you don't have to beat yourself up over money wasted.  Which is what I would have done if I had paid for The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht instead of getting it for free with my library card.  Even though I didn't like The Tiger's Wife, I thought the narrator did a great job reading it.  Beautiful Creatures is even better.  You can tell the difference between the main characters and it's just one guy reading the story.  There are also some sound effects added to enhance the story.  It's really been hard to quit listening, in much the same way that a really good book can be hard to put down.  This is my first experience with an audio book like that. 

Teen books are fun.  I now have a new series to recommend to other readers who like this type of book.  And by "this type of book" I mean anyone with a penchant for the mystical, and anyone who loves young adult fiction.  Also, anyone who thinks librarians are heroes.  Because, they are.  Aunt Marian is a great librarian.  At least so far.  I'm not done with the book yet. 

The movie opens the day before Valentine's Day, and although I probably won't make it to the theater to see it, I'll be sure to check it out once it comes to the library.  If you hadn't heard of the Beautiful Creatures series of books, now you have.  I look forward to reading the next three books in the series.  Now that you know about them, you can check them out for yourself!

 “I'm just the librarian. I can only give you the books. I can't give you the answers."
- Aunt Marian in "Beautiful Creatures”
― Kami Garcia

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