I liked this book. Didn't absolutely love it, but thought it was interesting and unique enough to read the second one, Beautiful Darkness, which isn't out yet fyi. Here's the short of it from Amazon:
Ethan Wate is struggling to hid his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally - she has been in his nightmares for months). What follows is a smart, modern fantasy-- a pair of star crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern Gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world or magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours (and how many more you're willing to give up). To tell too much of the plot would spoil the thrill of discovery, and believe me, you will want to uncover the secrets of this richly imagined dark fantasy on your own. -- Daphne Durham
After finishing this book I found myself thinking about it several times, which means it struck a chord with me. I think what I loved most was reading about the South, there is something intriguing about it. The story wasn't bad either and I think that it will probably pick up speed and be even better in the ones that follow. 3 out of 5 stars.