Beautiful Creatures Book Discussion Week 6
Here we are folks: past the half-way point in our book discussion. It’s been a great time, and this week another wonderful guest poster is gracing us with an awesome post! Mrs. Vanquish @ Let’s Ride the Vanquish is a great friend, and we are thankful to have her give us her thoughts this week!
I was thrilled when Fragile asked me some time ago if I would like to be part of the Beautiful Creatures discussion she planned with Greta. I hadn’t even read the book but told her immediately that I would, since I’m pretty sure when so many people love that book – Well, so would I 😉
Thanks, Fragile, for asking me! Thanks for all the work both of you have put into this big discussion and the recaps of the comments! This discussion has turned out wonderfully.
And before you read on, some of you know me already and know that I’m German and English is not my native language so please please be kind when you find odd english!
I want to thank my lovely friends The Lemon Sisters: uhyesplease and one pushy fox because they took their precious time and corrected some of the worst stuff I wrote! Thanks lovelies! (..and I guess also all the reader here appreciate your work too …)
Ok here we go… :
SPOILER WARNING: This post details the plot of the book Beautiful Creatures. If you have not read the book and don’t want to know what happens, don’t read any further.
It Rhymes with Witch
It’s the day after Halloween weekend where Link tells Ethan that his mother (what the heck is up with her??) is going on a crusade against Lena. Link eavesdropped on at least this one sentence:
“We’ll get her outta school, one way or another.”
So, this is going to be really heavy and Ethan now really starts worrying about this whole old women’s club against Lena.
When the three arrive at school they are all stunned, none other than Links’ mother is standing in the parking lot. And she’s not alone; the lot is crowded with people surrounding her.
Yes, something is going on and it doesn’t look good…. The people are handing out flyers:
“SAY NO TO VIOLENCE AT JACKSON! ZERO TOLERANCE”
Ok, this is going to be ugly, really ugly…
The kids at school are forming a self-defense club and our dear Emily is one of them; actually they want to keep the school safe from outsiders. I mean, come on they could have directly called this club: “Lena – out.” It really can’t get more obvious.
It’s heartbreaking how Lena reacts to it, “Look at them. They think I’m a monster.” Then she says in the end what this is all about: “Witch Hunt” and she is totally right.
Ethan is really struggling with all of this and not just because of Lena. He knows all these women who are fighting so hard to get Lena out; he’s known them since he was a kid. He can’t believe that they would do this to him. When Emily approached Ethan to drag him into the club, it can’t get more ridiculous. As if he would drop Lena’s hand and say: “Hey cool. Yes I’m in, you are hunting my girlfriend but that’s fine.” Hu??
It gets even better when Mrs. Lincoln asks Ethan, “What would your poor mamma say?… She would cry. She would be turnin’ over in her grave.”
Autsch! Well this is some tough stuff!
All this was apparently too much for Lena and she looked like she was about to explode. Then all those cruel flyers are suddenly flying away in the wind. Well, this is what happens when Lena gets angry – Watch out Jackson High!!
Lost and Found
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On Saturday – like usual – Ethan spends the day with the “Sisters” and I have to say I love those old women. It’s hilarious when they want to keep and feed those wild baby squirrels and Ethan tries to tell them that this is definitely NOT such a good idea. But apparently they already looked everything up on the Internet, and what they need to know about raising wild animals. What? Those old ladies looked that up on the Internet?!? Oh, Ok it was Marian who helped them… *giggles*
Later on, Aunt Prudence does some research about Gaitlin’s past for Mrs. Lincoln’s DAR club. “But it’s hard to find something about Gaitlin without Ravenwood.” Hu?
Well, the Ravenwood family were the first ones in Gaitlin and it doesn’t take much to figure out that Mrs. Devil .. um Lincoln, is not pleased about this. So without the Ravenwoods, Gaitlin wouldn’t exist which is really kind of ironic now that Ravenwood is THE-NO-GO place there.
Then comes the moment with Ethan when everything “clicks” in his head: He finds a ring in the backyard and then the Aunties start talking about burying things..
“Speakin’ a buryin’ things: can you believe that Eunice made ’em bury her with her recipe book?”
Oh imaging a lightbulb going on over Ethan’s head! “What if the Book of Moons is buried somewhere?”
It comes in handy that Ethan can talk directly to Lena in their heads so he can tell her immediately that he thinks he knows where to find the Book of Moons: In Genevieve’s grave!
Lena decided to throw a party for Aunt Del’s Birthday and clever-girl Lena also invited Amma who would never ever set foot inside Macon’s door. But I think it was good to do so, to show Amma that Lena is a nice girl who even thinks of inviting Amma. Especially since Amma is still pissed with them, and Macon too. Macon also let’s his strange dog sleep in front of Lena’s door.
This all makes it hard for the two to go out and dig up a grave, especially without Macon seeing them.
Ohm it seems like a good time to have a party!!
So during the party, Lena convinces Aunt Del and Reece that they have to go out with her for a “history project”. Clever! The only problem is: If Reece would look into their faces she would immediately see they were lying.
“Lying to a Sybil is even trickier than lying to Amma.”
So when they go outside to search for Genevieve’s grave, the only light they have is from the Full Moon. Ethan remembers what Amma said to Macon, “Half Moon is for workin’ White magic, full moon is for workin’ Black.”
OoOOooo this is going to be interesting.. *shivers*
Then they find her grave, they not only “feel” it, they also smell it. And then they find… Genevieve.
“She was only partially materialized, a mix of cloudy haze and light, fading in and out as the air moved through her ghostly form.” Scary hu? But Ethan and Lena are not the only ones who see her, Auntie Del can also see her but since she always sees things from different times, she is not surprised.
But then Lena trips, Ethan tries to catch her (always the gentleman) and then Reece sees their faces and exposes them as liars. Lena has no other choice but to tell them that they are looking for a book and Ethan starts digging. They don’t want to miss the chance they have to find this book. Both Reece and Auntie aren’t really comfortable with gravedigging until Lena asks Auntie if she could show them? Huh? Well what Lena wants is for Aunt Del to go back to the time when Genevieve was buried there so they can see if the book is down in the grave. So they all go back in time… And they could all see Ivy tossing the Book of Moons in Genevieve’s fresh grave! “Take this with ‘ya so it can’t cause nobody else harm.”
But then Ethan starts getting really scared, I mean really! He starts questioning their efforts until he hears a voice that is NOT Lena’s. “You were trying to right a wrong.” So they finally take out the book and Ethan feels the power of this book. “This was a dark book, I knew it from the second I managed to hold it.”
And then we can witness how powerful Lena will be, or maybe IS already: she made Auntie and Reece simply forget everything they had done at Genevieve’s grave.
“But somehow I felt like a line had been crossed, and now I didn’t know where we stood, or if she could ever cross back over to where I was. Where she used to be.” Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable with what Lena did.
.. into lies and an ancient book. Ethan’s beginning to be concerned, especially that he’s constantly lying to Amma, ditching school and stuff. For me this makes Ethan even more realistic, honest and believable to me. So they start doing research in the book although Ethan cannot touch it without burning his hands, the book can only be touched by Casters. While they are in Lena’s room with the book, Lena casually performs some magic, like shutting the door with one word. Ethan gets a bit upset about this, seeing that Lena is learning more and more and becomes more a Caster girl than a “normal” girl like him. “I was starting to think the closer we got to her birthday, the more the Caster was coming out in the girl”.
Apparently, Macon wants Lena also to practice music, so she plays THE song and yet again we hear something new:
Sixteen Moon, sixteen years
The Claiming Moon the hours nears,
In these pages Darkness clears
Powers binds what fire sears
The Book is full of old ancient casts all written in different languages, Latin, English, and Gaelic. Unfortunately Lena doesn’t understand much more than Ethan does about what’s in the book. Since no one can tell whether a Caster will go Light or Dark in her family until their sixteenth birthday, she hasn’t been taught much about Casting in general. While they try to study the book, Ethan sees that Lena magically wrote a countdown on the walls of her room and he starts wondering how long he will be able to be with her. Poor boy…
Then Lena finds something:
“… until the Darkening brings the time of claiming, the sixteen’s Moon.
When the person of power has the freedom of will and Agencie to cast the ethereal choice, in the end of day, or the last moment of the last hour under the claiming moon…”
Wooohoo!! Well this is something!
The Claiming once bound, cannot be unbound, The choice once cast cannot be recast. A Person of Power falls into the great Darkening or the great Light, for all time. If times passes and the last hour of the sixteenth moon flees unbound, the order of things is undone. This must not be. The Book will bind that “which” is unbound, for all time.
Lena explains a few things: Normally each Caster has a choice, so he can choose if he wants to be Dark or Light and simply cast a spell. But it’s a choice for good, once you are Dark you will be for all time.
But, in Lena’s family it’s different they have no choice they will get claimed by one side or another.
The next day at school everyone was talking about the winter dance and Lena said ” I’ve never been to a school dance before”. Ok, so Ethan is a real guy who isn’t familiar with girls and how they sometimes behave to get what they want without asking for it. It’s obvious that the “girl” Lena desperately wants to be asked to go to this school dance. Finally even Ethan gets that, although he has definitely no clue why! But first he’s not a girl (righty?) and second he’s not a Caster who might not be able to go back to school and have a normal life after the Claiming.
While thinking about all this, he starts wondering why he doesn’t care anymore what the other people might think about him, ’cause before Lena he did care. “I mean, if maybe I was under a spell myself” Watch your thoughts, Ethan – Lena can hear you…and then they have The Talk, you know: THE.TALK about feelings and being in love and stuff, so sweet and so awkward and none of them are able to say it! Especially with Link around them, who never fails to distract them. Which is a funny and lovely scene and just shows nicely the friendship between the three. And then Link says: ” Your Girlfriend thinks I’m special”
Lena: “Is that what I am ?” Well and with that finally all is out and especially Lena seems relieved and undeniable happy. I guess now she really feels like just a normal girl who has her first crush, first boyfriend and is going for the first time to a school dance.
“I have a girlfriend. And not just a girlfriend, for the first time in my whole life, I had almost used the L word.” Awwwwww, my little heart melts reading this… how sweet! Well Ethan is a Sweetie!
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1. So I know that in Heather’s post she posed the question of what’s up with Mrs. Lincoln, but it bears asking again. Why do you think she fights so hard and cruel against Lena?
2. Why did Genevieve choose Ethan to speak to when they were digging out the book and not Lena?
3. Why do you think that Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable about Lena’s increased magical abilities?
4. Ethan cannot touch the Book of Moons, which speaks against the theory that Ethan is a Caster himself. We asked this again and again but What. Is. Ethan?
5. What I don’t get is why Lena and Ethan don’t talk about the song. I mean apparently this song is full of meanings and it’s about the two of them, why do you think that don’t they talk about it?
6. Obvious last question: In Waist Deep we learn yet another verse of the song. What do you think the new verse tells us?
And, if that weren’t enough, there’s ANOTHER great BC giveaway! The Bewitched Bookworms, a great new book blog I’m contributing to, is giving away a copy of BC signed by the authors!