I was incredibly anxious to read this one, 1.) because I'd heard lots of great reviews and 2.) because I was eager to read a book that was from a boy's POV.
This book dragged on...and on...and on. And not until the last 150 pages, did it really start to pick up steam. And it was those last pages that made me change my rating from "it was ok" to "liked it".
I will admit, I enjoyed Ethan's character - however, considering this was a boy's POV, I was very surprised by some of his mannerisms. For instance, describing what Lena (the love interest) was wearing - down to the color of her shoes - and how in love he was with her (just doesn't seem realistic for a 16 year old boy).
I really found myself not caring about either character, until 2/3 of the way through - however, side characters such as Macon and Ridley, made up some of what was missing, in the beginning and middle.
Overall, this was an incredibly LONG read for me. I do have the second book, Beautiful Darkness - but am putting that on hold, in order to read something else (Pitticus Lore's I Am Number Four, before it comes out in the theaters next month).
I hope the next one takes over where the last 150 pages of Beautiful Creatures ended, and keeps up the great pace. Otherwise, I may be in jeopardy of not finishing this series...