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Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings #1)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
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I struggled with this one. It felt a tad underdeveloped and quite a bit rushed. The beginning held some promise, but as the book progressed I found my self sighing loudly, rolling my eyes, and wishing the story would just get on with it already.

Lux is supposed to be this butt-kicking demon slayer who is forced to transfer to a new school because of the trouble her little hunting expeditions got her into at her previous school. She is told that she will need to find others like her to battle the increasing number of demons populating humanity. She ends up at this hoity-toity private school where she immediately (and questionably) catches the eyes of three apparently irresistible guys: Asher, Braxton, and Moore.

After that, the bulk of the book consists of Lux and her never-before-experienced lust/love for these three guys. She bounces around between all of them fairly easily, constantly wrapped up in someone's arms or seeing an "overwhelming look of love" in their eyes. At various points in the book, each one has Lux's undivided attention and makes her absolutely certain he is the one for her. She is so annoyingly flighty that I never figure out what she truly feels for any one of them. The relationships between these characters aren't solid in the least, and in the end, there is no basis for any of the decisions Lux makes in regards to her certainty of which one is her `soulmate.'

All this sketchy romance clouds out the rest of the storyline, so much so, that I'm not sure what the whole point of the book even is. We are led to believe and expect one thing and a whole other array of events occur. The last twenty percent of the book was filled with unexplained transformations, never-ending fight scenes, and lame dialogue that pretty much just explain away everything that was happening or going to happen. I'm sorry, but I just don't see real villains explaining their devious plots to their victims in detail before carrying them out. Rather than creatively unfolding the climactic end through events and the clever actions of the characters, the author chose to spell everything out in the small span of a couple of pages as if she realized there needed to be a point to the story other than the googly eyes between Lux and her lustful admirers.

I give this book two stars instead of one because the beginning offered such promise for the rest of the book. I was looking forward to getting to know Lux and her past, and I was particularly interested in learning more about Asher and how he came to be. Unfortunately, we never get a glimpse of anything in depth and when something extraordinary does happen to any of the characters we are simply told about it `the next day' instead of actually getting to experience it along with him or her. As I said, the book felt very rushed, seemed to be missing structure or organization, and lacked plausible reasoning for the events that unfolded and many of the decisions made by the characters.

If you can't tell, this book really didn't do it for me. It had four stars overall and I can't fathom why. I don't particularly like bashing books and the work that authors put into them, but this one seemed to require more work from me to finish than it took for the author to write it. It really irks me that if an author fills a book with sappy romance scenes, then it's considered 'good,' even though the storyline and character development is overlooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Lux Collins is moving yet again. She's moving to San Francisco and will be going to St. James. She's not thrilled, but she's a demon slayer and often gets in trouble when doing her job. Ever since she's been little, she's seen demons...and angels.

When she goes to the office, she's introduced to Braxton Kingsley. He'll help Lux find her around the school. Lux isn't to interested in what he's saying when he's giving her a tour because she thinks she sees a demon. When she confronts it, she realizes it's just a human male, Asher. She's slightly confused when he tells her to beware of the beautiful beings and that things aren't what they seem. Lux sticks with Braxton and eats with him at lunch. She meets Moore and Shayne. They are eerily beautiful, but Lux notices that all of the students at St. James are so beautiful that they should be models.

Lux is immediately drawn to Moore, and it seems the feeling is mutual. Braxton notices this and appears to be jealous. As school comes along, Lux feels torn between Braxton and Moore. She seems to like Braxton more, but after an encounter with Moore that leaves her reeling, she can't stop thinking about him...especially when she makes out with Braxton. Will she be able to get rid of the demons and figure out what Moore has done to her?

I loved this book. Once again, I felt myself torn between the guys vying for Lux's attention. Asher likes her as well, but I found myself rooting for Braxton and Moore. There are some things that happen in the book that happened that makes me root for Braxton more. That can easily change in the next book, though. I could not stand Shayne. I felt bad for her at first, but now, I can't really say much more without giving it away. This is another great read from Kailin Gow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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Kailin is one of my favorite authors, but that never changes how I feel about the writing of a book. Kailin pens her characters well developed in this paranormal story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading. Other than the character 'Lux Collins' getting me a bit dizzy between her boyfriends, I loved the book. A nice easy read that is recommended for all YA and not so YA readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book on my Kindle on a whim just for something to read. It was only 2.99, so I thought what the hey. lol. I seriously regret wasting my 3 bucks. This girl is suppose to be a bad-ass demon slayer, yet there was very minimal actual slaying of demons. This was mainly a story about every male falling "passionately" in love with the main character, I can't even remember her name, and I read this 2 days ago. That's really sad. If you like a bunch of sweet talking, cheesy declarations of love every other paragraph, you'll like this. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
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on January 22, 2013
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Lux Collins finds herself on the move again. Her family is moving from Seattle to San Francisco. Even though it is because of her that they have to move, she is still not very happy about it. What teenager wants to move during the school year, but then again, Lux is anything but your typical teenager. Since Lux was 2 years old, she has been able to see both angels and demons. You see, Lux is a demon hunter and has been charged with that task since she was very young. Her dad and mom both got great new jobs, but the real reason they moved was because of the call Lux has. Lothario, her current guardian informs her that there is much work to be done in San Franciso, but what that involves, Lux has yet to find out. As they are driving into their new neighborhood, her dad slows down to show them his boss's mansion. Lux immediately locks eyes with the boy in the driveway, feeling a connection to him. It turns out that this young man is Braxton Kingsley, who also happens to be the one who shows her around when she starts school at a prestigious private academy. Lux notices that the students at the academy are some of the most beautiful creatures she has ever seen. In fact, at lunch that day, Brax introduces her to Shayne and Moore Hatchett, who are two of the most beautiful beings she has ever seen. Lux feels unnaturally compelled to Moore, who causes her to practically loose all her inhibition, as she is extremely attracted to him. Then again, she is also very attracted to Brax, and the feeling is mutual, something that does not go unnoticed my Moore's sister Shayne. On top of that she meets Asher, and feels an undeniable chemistry with him also. She soon finds out that these three play a much bigger role in her life and in her calling as a demon hunter, and none of them are what they seem.

I typically have not read a great deal of angel books, though I have found myself enjoying them more lately, and was intrigued when I read the synopsis of this book. The main character is Lux, who is a teenage demon hunter. The secondary characters are Brax, Moore, Asher, and Shayne, also play large rolls in the book. Brax is a hottie and immediately has a thing for Lux, and these two wind up spending a lot of time together and it seems as if they are a couple. He is also the first person who finds out more about what Lux is, and in fact, finds himself a bigger part of the equation. Asher is your hot bad boy type who quickly becomes friends with Lux, though he and Lux also have a undeniably electric chemistry between them. Moore is the third hottie in the book, and is a rich playboy type who oozes with sex appeal and he knows it. Shayne is Moore's sister and is really evil, though she tries to cover it up. Lux finds herself attracted to all three of these guys, even though Moore happens to be the one who has the strongest hold on her. While the romance is hot, I did not like the fact that Lux so easily bounced from guy to guy, making out with all of them, yet didn't really seem to feel that she was doing anything wrong, which left me rather disappointed in her because of this. Asher's role becomes clear towards the end of the book, and both he and Brax rise to the occasion when they are all forced into battle. Unfortunately, Shayne's manipulative and evil ways result in a murder, false accusation and imprisonment of one character, and the mysterious disappearance of yet another. I am curious to see where Gow takes the story next.
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on November 11, 2012
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The sample was probably the best part of the book. The rest of the book was such a drag and waste of time. I don't see the goth in the book besides her outfit she wore on her first day at the academy. The author spent too much time on the little details that didn't matter and had a hard time developing the plot. It would have made a good teenage love triangle (or square) novel but it just didn't make it to my list of paranormal/demons & angels category.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
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I received this book very quickly and it's a great read. I would recommend ordering from this vendor!Cannot wait for the 2nd book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
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Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love Kailin Gow and her books. She's by far my favorite author, which really tears me in two with the mixed feelings toward this book.

First of all, I loved the story. I could not put this book down, I felt like I was really there. The characters were very defined and they were twists and turns, some I saw coming, and others I did not. Wonderfully written book, and would definitely reccomend it.

On the other hand, and I don't mean to rant because I honestly love the book, but I felt a little annoyed and dissapointed with one particular thing in the book. Lux is constantly leading on and "cheating" on all three boys at once. I don't really like the idea behind the fact that teen girls are reading this book, and reading about Lux (the main character) kissing and imagining sexual encounters with all three of the boys, Asher, Braxton, and Moore. Granted, it was never set in stone that Braxton and Lux were a couple, but the way the story went and the time they spent together lead to the fact they were. And so easily Lux can turn to the next boy and feel like he's the one, and than go on to the next one, and than all of a sudden he's the one for her. The way Lux is written to go to "one boy to the next" is fustrating, and not very morale for young girls to be reading.. It was a dizzying and fustrating array of displays of affection. I don't feel it's realistic, and I think this isn't the greatest message to so easily move from one boy to another. Lux is constantly questioning throughout the book, "is he the one I've been dreaming about", for each guy, and for each guy saying how they were soulmates or something along those lines, and I was constantly saying to myself, "Kailin Gow, make up your mind as to which one is hers, I'm getting very peeved." It was almost like Kailin herself couldn't make up her mind about the boys in the story.

I think if this was any other book, I would not have been so fustrated, but coming from Kailin Gow, she always seems to draw you in and make everything believable and real, and this part of the storyline felt too overworked.

As a whole, I love the story, love the characters, and can't wait for the next book. Sideeffects may include frustration and annoyance the way Lux can so easily go from "one boy to the next".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
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A very beautiful and easy read. Lux Collins, has seen angels and demons since she was two. She becomes a demon slayer that causes her to get expelled from school. She moves to San Francisco where she cheats on all three boys she meets. Not to happy how Lux is able to go move from one boy to another (not a good message for teenager girls that read this book).

I love the story, love the characters, and can't wait for the next book.
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