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In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose - or will the family curse choose for her? There were no surprises in Gatlin Coun In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose - or will the family curse choose for her? There were no surprises in Gatlin County .. the middle of nowhere. I couldn't have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.


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In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose - or will the family curse choose for her? There were no surprises in Gatlin Coun In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose - or will the family curse choose for her? There were no surprises in Gatlin County .. the middle of nowhere. I couldn't have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.

30 review for Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mara YA Mood Reader

    Illustrations by Cassandra Jean?!! How did I miss that? Loved the graphics, shirtless Ethan was hot and Lena is a freaking little goth cinnamon roll, I want to be her hahaha. I don’t know why I’ve never read the original series but somehow I’ve seen the movie adaptation. Although I can’t remember much of it, it was a low quality library dvd that was so grainy I don’t think I ever finished it. I really enjoyed this adaptation although it confused me at times but really that just made me want to r Illustrations by Cassandra Jean?!! How did I miss that? Loved the graphics, shirtless Ethan was hot and Lena is a freaking little goth cinnamon roll, I want to be her hahaha. I don’t know why I’ve never read the original series but somehow I’ve seen the movie adaptation. Although I can’t remember much of it, it was a low quality library dvd that was so grainy I don’t think I ever finished it. I really enjoyed this adaptation although it confused me at times but really that just made me want to read the original even more. I’m glad I came across this at my library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    wow, was this really necessarily?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    It was fun to essentially reread the book in graphic novel form. I didn't especially love the art style in this one but it was okay. All in all, I remember why I wasn't an uber fan of the book series but I still enjoyed continuing with my graphic novel binge reading. It was fun to essentially reread the book in graphic novel form. I didn't especially love the art style in this one but it was okay. All in all, I remember why I wasn't an uber fan of the book series but I still enjoyed continuing with my graphic novel binge reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    Nutshell: I enjoyed this a lot more than the book. 😂🙈

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Review Taken By The Pewter Wolf In this manga, it tells the basic story of Beautiful Creatures. In the town Gatlin, Ethan Wate is desperate to escape. But when Lena Duchannes enters his life, Ethan discovers that the sleepy town of Gatlin isn't as sleepy as he first thought. Soon, Ethan and Lena's love for each other is tested... Out of this and the movie, the manga is the most loyal. And this surprised me. I honestly thought the manga was going to be a cheap and fast way for the publisher to plug Review Taken By The Pewter Wolf In this manga, it tells the basic story of Beautiful Creatures. In the town Gatlin, Ethan Wate is desperate to escape. But when Lena Duchannes enters his life, Ethan discovers that the sleepy town of Gatlin isn't as sleepy as he first thought. Soon, Ethan and Lena's love for each other is tested... Out of this and the movie, the manga is the most loyal. And this surprised me. I honestly thought the manga was going to be a cheap and fast way for the publisher to plug in the hype going around the series due to the movie. Also, there's a feeling that, if a book/series is popular in YA at the moment, then there HAS to be a graphic novel/manga to go with it (milk the cash cow dry, publishers!) .And it didn't feel like that. It felt like the artist who adapted the novel into this - Cassandra Jean - is a fan of the books (I could be wrong) and took from the novel what was important and put them in the manga. I mean, there was so many things that I read in the manga that I honestly forgot was in the book (Link getting a tattoo of Ridley, for example). This helped refresh my memory of this book and, being honest with you, I liked this. I honestly enjoyed reading this. I think I might have enjoyed this more than the novel (please don't hurt me!) The art. I have to talk about the art. It's a manga, I have to talk about the art. And I really liked the art. It just fitted with the world of Gatlin. I know some of you guys won't and that because of the the style. It's very sketchy. It's not neat or polished. It's as if Ethan drew this in a sketch book. So, because of this style, some characters' faces seem flat and you have moments where there's writing to show the mood or an action (ie AWKWARD, BAM, SLAM and GASP). But this, in my opinion, seem to fit and work. I would really like the rest of the series to be done as manga, but I sense this will depend on how the movie does (and from what I've heard, the box office is doing ok, but not enough to warrant a sequel...), but if you're a fan of the series or of manga, you might want to give this a peek.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡

    Rating: 3.5/5 review to come.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey West

    While this is not the strictest manga adaptation of the novel, I wasn't expecting it to be. With it being noticeably thinner than the original book, this edition still kept all the important bits. Reading this felt like skimming back through one of my favorite books and remembering everything I fell in love with years ago for the first time. The release of this book is perfect with the movie coming out in just a few weeks. I think fans of the series with eat this edition up and will bring new fa While this is not the strictest manga adaptation of the novel, I wasn't expecting it to be. With it being noticeably thinner than the original book, this edition still kept all the important bits. Reading this felt like skimming back through one of my favorite books and remembering everything I fell in love with years ago for the first time. The release of this book is perfect with the movie coming out in just a few weeks. I think fans of the series with eat this edition up and will bring new fans to the series. Also, the cover and art in this book is absolutely breathtaking. The physical copy of the cover is so gorgeous and shiny purple with Lena at the top and the beautiful shiny silver title in the bottom half. This book is going to look stunning on my shelf next to the rest of the series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    After reading (and re-reading) the preview, I just couldn't resist this book anymore. I devoured this book in one sitting and I loved it! I almost forgot him much I loved the actual book and it makes me want to continue with the series. The drawings are beautiful and I wish there was more :( I would definitely recommend this one to the people who enjoyed the series! After reading (and re-reading) the preview, I just couldn't resist this book anymore. I devoured this book in one sitting and I loved it! I almost forgot him much I loved the actual book and it makes me want to continue with the series. The drawings are beautiful and I wish there was more :( I would definitely recommend this one to the people who enjoyed the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 Review to come!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (Northern Plunder)

    My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too. At my local blogger events we have a trolley where we can place books we no longer want and other members can help themselves. A nice little unhaul system we have. At our last meet up someone passed me the Beautiful Creatures graphic novel because they know me well and that GN’s are my thing. I do actually already own Beautiful Creatures in its original book format but I’ve never read it and I’ve not seen the My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too. At my local blogger events we have a trolley where we can place books we no longer want and other members can help themselves. A nice little unhaul system we have. At our last meet up someone passed me the Beautiful Creatures graphic novel because they know me well and that GN’s are my thing. I do actually already own Beautiful Creatures in its original book format but I’ve never read it and I’ve not seen the movie so I figured this was a good place to start. So hi this was my first actual exposure to the Caster Chronicles world and honestly I had forgetten what it was even about which meant I got to go in with an open mind and be pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the story of this GN and the secrets that unfold within the plot, however, I don’t feel like it was a great GN. Here is an example of the illustrations within and how most pages look and as this is a rather character driven story its mostly character driven illustrations we see. Not that theres anything wrong with this, it just kind of didn’t hold my interest as strongly as others I’ve read. I think as this is just set in our world with small fantasy elements the backgrounds/settings didn’t particularly draw me in. The times I enjoyed the spreads the most were as the rest of the Casters were introduced and their powers were visible on page. I also enjoyed how speach and thoughts were differeniated on page too – as two characters are able to communicate with thoughts it was important to display these in a different manner. However, for a GN it is very text heavy. I’ve looked at the illustrators more recent art (as this was published in 2015) and I love how her syle has improved so much! Its good in this too but now? I LOVE IT. So whilst I enjoyed reading I think mostly it has inspired me to want to read the book as I believe I will get more enjoyment from that. This was a nice read but ultimately I don’t think it was something needed unless you’re a huge huge fan of the series. For anyone who is unfamilar with what the story contains it follows Ethan who’s been dreaming about a mysterious girl who then starts at his school. Her name is Lena. It soon transpires that she’s not all she seems; has magical abilities she’s struggling to control and her family have various powers too. There is also a curse on Lena that means on her birhday her life could be changed drastically – she becomes light or dark. Good or bad. As the two work together to figure out how to keep Lena safe on her birhday they realise theres more to their past and the curse.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Noella

    Story wise, I think Beautiful Creatures: The Manga had good flow but I got a bit lost when it came to flashbacks and the 'present' timeline. I think if I hadn't read the source material, I would have been a lot more confused at what was happening. The characters were a bit bland and their lack of development affected my enjoyment of the story. The dokidoki moments I get from romance shoujo manga was also missing which was a shame. The illustrations were pretty, though sketchy at times. I liked E Story wise, I think Beautiful Creatures: The Manga had good flow but I got a bit lost when it came to flashbacks and the 'present' timeline. I think if I hadn't read the source material, I would have been a lot more confused at what was happening. The characters were a bit bland and their lack of development affected my enjoyment of the story. The dokidoki moments I get from romance shoujo manga was also missing which was a shame. The illustrations were pretty, though sketchy at times. I liked Ethan's range of themed T-shirts (Jaws, Transformers, etc) and the clothing choices for the other characters. I thought these were a nice detail. Overall, nice art but the story wasn't very exciting (even though the original material novel was highly condensed in this manga!).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hale

    I loved it! I know I say that a lot but I love books. The art was beautiful. And I loved the romance between Ethan & Lena. It was adorable. The plot twists had me hooked and the whole story was intriguing. A perfect blend of Rome and the paranormal. Though I wish Macon didn't die, I really liked him :( I loved it! I know I say that a lot but I love books. The art was beautiful. And I loved the romance between Ethan & Lena. It was adorable. The plot twists had me hooked and the whole story was intriguing. A perfect blend of Rome and the paranormal. Though I wish Macon didn't die, I really liked him :(

  13. 5 out of 5

    Museofnyxmares

    Blog Post: https://museofnyxmares.wordpress.com/... I’ve had this manga for a couple of years now and I picked it up once before, but ended up putting it back down again. I decided to pick it up now because I had some time between books and I thought, it’s finally time. With this one, I actually watched the movie adaptation of the book and I loved it so much and that’s what led me to get the manga version. You may be thinking, why the manga and not the book? Well what’s weird is, that although I Blog Post: https://museofnyxmares.wordpress.com/... I’ve had this manga for a couple of years now and I picked it up once before, but ended up putting it back down again. I decided to pick it up now because I had some time between books and I thought, it’s finally time. With this one, I actually watched the movie adaptation of the book and I loved it so much and that’s what led me to get the manga version. You may be thinking, why the manga and not the book? Well what’s weird is, that although I enjoyed the movie tremendously, I felt like the story itself could of just been a standalone and so I had no intention of reading the whole series. Therefore, I thought that the manga would be a great, quick and easy way to essentially ‘experience’ the film again. But unfortunately, I was heavily disappointed. This manga just didn’t work for me at all, I felt really bored throughout and not even the artwork added much to the story. I just couldn’t get into it properly as it was just so confusing in this manga form. I think that there was simply too much to this story to be able to translate it that well into a manga. Things felt very choppy, and chapters and scenes in general, seemed to end rather abruptly, which heightened this disconnect I was feeling. I don’t think that this was necessarily bad, it just didn’t interest me and that’s why it got such a low rating. I know that there’s only so much that you can show in a manga, but everything felt like it happened way too fast and the relationship between the two main characters was victim of the insta-love trap. This is probably what disappointed me the most, because Ethan and Lena’s relationship was my favourite thing about the movie. Maybe the actors just did an outstanding job at playing them, because Ethan didn’t have a personality in this manga, but I still quite liked Lena. Usually when a story isn’t holding its weight in a manga, the artwork will swoop in to save the day. However, in this case I wasn’t that crazy about the artwork either, from style to colour palette. I didn’t hate the artwork though, but with such a minimalistic colour scheme it didn’t do anything for me. What made this even more noticeable/frustrating was that for some reason the first 4 or so pages of the manga was in full colour and I liked it a lot. But after that it was just variations of black and white, I’m not entirely sure why this shift was done, as it seemed quite random, unless I’m missing something that this change was meant to symbolise. Ultimately, I think that in this case the movie was far better than the written work. The manga didn’t allow for personalities to truly show and didn’t quite capture the magic and the darkness of the visual offering. I will say that perhaps if I’d not watched the film beforehand, I would of enjoyed this because I wouldn’t of had such high expectations. I’m actually a little sad that I didn’t like this more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anaïs

    Reading this graphic novel made me fall in love again with this story , this universe and these characters. I loved it ! Ugh, and the illustrations, they’re soo beautiful. Such a pleasant read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicx

    A few reasons why I bought this book: 1.) The artist, Cassandra Jean is one of my fave illustrator/artist and she have also drawn doodles and fanarts for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (specifically The Shadowhunter's Codex), which I absolutely love 2.) YA novels that are adapted into graphic novels/mangas interests me 3.) Plus this book was like 80% half the price and it's hardbound. I've read the original novel 2 years back and it was pretty okay, I guess. But having it adapted A few reasons why I bought this book: 1.) The artist, Cassandra Jean is one of my fave illustrator/artist and she have also drawn doodles and fanarts for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (specifically The Shadowhunter's Codex), which I absolutely love 2.) YA novels that are adapted into graphic novels/mangas interests me 3.) Plus this book was like 80% half the price and it's hardbound. I've read the original novel 2 years back and it was pretty okay, I guess. But having it adapted into a graphic novel was actually much better. I don't own any of the original novels because I've already lost interest after reading 50 pages into the second book but I guess if they adapted all the books in this series into a graphic novel, It might just have my interest back in finishing this series...maybe?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    Giving this "manga" 3.5 stars. I loved this book, so I figured I would love this graphic novel as well. It was just okay. It did show most of the story, but I just enjoyed reading the novel more. This manga contains chapters 1-8 and a lot of the book is left out for length reasons. If you have read the full length version then this is a nice refresher or re-read to the first book. It does have all the main elements in it. What it is lacking is heart. I wasn't attached to the characters. If there w Giving this "manga" 3.5 stars. I loved this book, so I figured I would love this graphic novel as well. It was just okay. It did show most of the story, but I just enjoyed reading the novel more. This manga contains chapters 1-8 and a lot of the book is left out for length reasons. If you have read the full length version then this is a nice refresher or re-read to the first book. It does have all the main elements in it. What it is lacking is heart. I wasn't attached to the characters. If there was a manga for each book I would probably read it. I haven't seen a sequel to this one so with that being said...read this "manga" graphic novel if you've already read the full length novel otherwise you will be missing out on the character development and all the funny bits.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zehra Irfan

    ***Disclaimer: I have not read Beautiful Creatures nor plan to. This read was out of pure curiosity.*** 1. The art was obviously awesome-like most graphic novels 2. That sort of distracted us on how weak the actual story was 3. It was pretty confusing at times especially towards the end 4. But, It gave me enough information to understand the basic story but not enough 'anything' to make me want to pick up the novel 5. Atleast the art was good ***Disclaimer: I have not read Beautiful Creatures nor plan to. This read was out of pure curiosity.*** 1. The art was obviously awesome-like most graphic novels 2. That sort of distracted us on how weak the actual story was 3. It was pretty confusing at times especially towards the end 4. But, It gave me enough information to understand the basic story but not enough 'anything' to make me want to pick up the novel 5. Atleast the art was good

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I've not really been fond of a lot of the novels being translated into graphic novels and this is another one that falls into that category. The artwork is terrible and I just felt like some of the parts edited out could have stayed in the book. Could have been better and could have been worse, but if they do the next book I won't be picking it up. I've not really been fond of a lot of the novels being translated into graphic novels and this is another one that falls into that category. The artwork is terrible and I just felt like some of the parts edited out could have stayed in the book. Could have been better and could have been worse, but if they do the next book I won't be picking it up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    The artwork is gorgeous, the characters finely drawn, I like how the manga-ka added her own touches in her own drawings while telling Kami Garcia's tale, therefore I personally like this manga adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. Good job, miss manga-ka. The artwork is gorgeous, the characters finely drawn, I like how the manga-ka added her own touches in her own drawings while telling Kami Garcia's tale, therefore I personally like this manga adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. Good job, miss manga-ka.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle

    A gorgeous adaptation. Review to come.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Pretty good graphic novel adaptation - kept all the important stuff while slimming down for graphic appropriate length. Enjoyed this quick read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Scott

    Literally only readthis for Cassandra Jean's art. Literally only readthis for Cassandra Jean's art.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    Really enjoyed this!! Now I want to continue the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Just got done reading this and I didn't even realize that the art was done by Cassandra Jean. I'm so obvious Just got done reading this and I didn't even realize that the art was done by Cassandra Jean. I'm so obvious

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Beautiful Creatures: The Manga Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I actually found this book at my local Goodwill a few years ago and never actually read it. I loved Beautiful Creatures when it came out and it’s one of those stories that holds a special place in my heart. I really did enjoy this graphic novel. It is a lot shorter than the original book and doesn’t have all of the things the original book did. I still did find this to be a quick and easy reread of Book: Beautiful Creatures: The Manga Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I actually found this book at my local Goodwill a few years ago and never actually read it. I loved Beautiful Creatures when it came out and it’s one of those stories that holds a special place in my heart. I really did enjoy this graphic novel. It is a lot shorter than the original book and doesn’t have all of the things the original book did. I still did find this to be a quick and easy reread of the original story. I don’t know how well you would be able to follow this without knowing the original story, but I thought it did a great job. All of the essence is there, as well as the characters, the world, and the magic system. Those of you who aren’t familiar with the story may have a difficult time keeping up with what is going on. This book really does not explain the full meaning of what a Light Caster and Dark Caster are nor does it really go into detail with a lot of the major events that happened, such as with the final battle and Lena’s quest with the Book of Moons. The art is beautiful. I really thought that Cassandra Jean did a great job with the art and keeping it true to the books. I think she did a little bit better job of capturing the characters’ essences than the movie did. Lena and Ethan just come right off the page. I really thought that it was Ethan drawing the story out for a friend of someone. She does a great job at capturing the emotions of these two teenage characters. I’ve not read a lot of graphic novels, so I really don’t have a lot to compare this too. Anyway, this is a great, short read for Beautiful Creatures fans. If you are familiar with the story and want an abridged version of this, then I highly recommend this title.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kai (CuriousCompass)

    I love Cassandra Jean's art, BUT her choice of design for Lena's hairstyle annoyed the fuck out of me. Beautiful Creatures is one of the few book-to-movie adaptations where I genuinely love the cast, sets, and atmosphere because they really look like how I envision them in the book, even though it changes a few things. I was a little more disoriented here, although I still had fun despite some of the difference in how we both envision this world. I was happy with a lot of the Ravenwood and Caste I love Cassandra Jean's art, BUT her choice of design for Lena's hairstyle annoyed the fuck out of me. Beautiful Creatures is one of the few book-to-movie adaptations where I genuinely love the cast, sets, and atmosphere because they really look like how I envision them in the book, even though it changes a few things. I was a little more disoriented here, although I still had fun despite some of the difference in how we both envision this world. I was happy with a lot of the Ravenwood and Caster Library scenes, though! I also still love this story and these characters; I still got a little teary-eyed at the end when certain people died and certain shit went down. I'll probably reread the actual books soon, because I love them, but this was fun for what it is. Ethan waking up to Macon in his room and calling him a perv is still the funniest thing on this earth.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    It was free on Kindle Unlimited and I needed something new to read. I can’t focus on reading for shit during this pandemic so I’m back to comic books. This was alright. The character dynamics were almost enough to be three-dimensional, but I just started watching the new Charmed series, and that has depth this comic can’t even begin to touch. So the first day I read this I was just happy to be able to focus on anything, but finishing it tonight, I just didn’t feel all that attached to it. The endi It was free on Kindle Unlimited and I needed something new to read. I can’t focus on reading for shit during this pandemic so I’m back to comic books. This was alright. The character dynamics were almost enough to be three-dimensional, but I just started watching the new Charmed series, and that has depth this comic can’t even begin to touch. So the first day I read this I was just happy to be able to focus on anything, but finishing it tonight, I just didn’t feel all that attached to it. The ending felt a bit rushed. But I’m glad the couple got to stay together. Good for them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ebony Hague

    Awsome I've read this before and to finally have a copy of my own is truly awsome. The book is well written and drawn. Awsome I've read this before and to finally have a copy of my own is truly awsome. The book is well written and drawn.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Beautiful manga. I enjoyed it a lot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A decent teen romance with paranormal aspects. There's not a lot of intentional magic use here, so it might not satisfy fantasy fans. A decent teen romance with paranormal aspects. There's not a lot of intentional magic use here, so it might not satisfy fantasy fans.

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