Reviews for Beautiful Creatures : The Manga

Booklist Reviews 2013 April #2
Ethan's only excitement in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, comes from the dreams he keeps having about a mysterious girl. But when that girl, Lena, shows up in school, Ethan learns that there are people with dangerous powers living in his town and that he may have a part to play in Lena's tortured destiny. This adaptation of Garcia and Stohl's novel is to the point, but it lacks much of the lush descriptiveness of the original. Unfortunately, there aren't enough pages in the graphic novel to allow for vibrant images to take the place of those prose passages, so readers who only pick up the comic will miss out on some elements. Jean's illustrations do their admirable best, however. Readers will be pleased that Ethan, Lena, and their friends look like actual teenagers, with Lena's gravity-defying hair signifying her otherworldly nature. The mental communication between Ethan and Lena shines through strongly and helps solidify their relationship despite the sometimes choppy abridgment of the story. Overall, a worthy purchase where the novel series is popular. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2014 January/February
Ethan Wate is haunted by a girl in his dreams who shows up at school one day. Lena Duchannes lives with her uncle in Ravenwood Manor. When Ethan finds a locket he and Lena travel back in time. There are many other important characters that are introduced in this manga, and while they are not as fleshed out as in the novel itself, readers get a basic understanding of their roles and importance in the story. The manga version is very well done; it stays true to the book and yet adds an element of darkness. The illustrations are effective and even without the same details that occur in the novel, it works. Fans of manga will enjoy this adaptation and it will introduce a whole new legion of fans to this series. Karen Scott, Librarian, Thompson Middle School, Alabaster, Alabama. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.