- Study Questions
- Ethan Wate
- Lena Duchannes
- Macon Ravenwood
- Amarie (Amma) Treadeau
- Wesley Jefferson Lincoln (Link)
- Ridley Duchannes
- Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine
- Marian Ashcroft
- Boo Radley
- Genevieve Duchannes
- Ethan Carter Wate
- Mitchell Wate (Ethan's Dad)
- Lila Evers Wate (Ethan's Mom)
- Larkin Kent
- The Caster Bunch
- The Sisters
- Emily Asher
- The Cheerleaders
- The Basketball Team
- Aunt Caroline
- Jackson High Teachers, Staff, and Students
- Miscellaneous Gatliners
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Meet the Cast
Ethan Lawson Wate is our sixteen-year-old narrator. So much young-adult fiction these days is narrated by a female protagonist, and you might expect the same from Beautiful Creatures, which is writ...
Lena Duchannes, her name sounds like rain. Shh, listen. Hear that? Oh, don't be scared. Just calmly move away from the windows. That's just the pounding fury of hurricane force winds. Lena must be...
Macon Melchizedek Ravenwood is Gatlin's creepy shut-in. Rumors swirl around the town about who—or what—he really is. But as Ethan gets acquainted with him, we learn that…well, he's still a cr...
Amarie (Amma) Treadeau
Ethan's housekeeper has been in the family for quite a while. She kind of reminds us of Calpurnia from To Kill a Mockingbird if Calpurnia did some voodoo and read tea leaves on the side. Ethan's a...
Wesley Jefferson Lincoln (Link)
Link is like the—well, he's like the Link to Ethan's Princess Zelda. When Zelda—err, Ethan's in trouble, Link is there to bail him out. The Beautiful Creatures Link isn't the strong silent type...
Lena's cousin Ridley has some powers of her own. But before we get started, can we get another Nintendo shout out? In Nintendo's Metroid series, space pirate Ridley is always causing trouble for bo...
Although we don't know it until the last few chapters of the book, Lena's mother, Sarafine, has been with us the whole time. Spoiler alert: she's been hiding inside the body of Link's mother. We im...
Marian the librarian is one sexy bookworm. This ain't no Broadway librarian. We think she might be more like the inspiration behind My Morning Jacket's song "Librarian." One thing is for sure: she'...
No, you haven't stumbled onto our To Kill a Mockingbird character page (although it is worth checking out!). Macon Ravenwood has named his dog Boo Radley.An Incubus' Best FriendBoo Radley's name is...
Genevieve is Lena's great-great-great-great (whew!) grandmother. She gets her screen time during the Civil War flashbacks.A Fateful DayWe really only get a glimpse into one day of Genevieve's life,...
Ethan Carter Wate
Ethan Carter Wate is Ethan's great-great-great-great-uncle (seriously, he's great) who pops up during the Civil War flashbacks.Just Deserts We only see Ethan Carter Wate for a few minutes before he...
Ivy is Genevieve's housekeeper who gets her fifteen minutes of fame in the Civil War flashbacks. This lady knows all about resurrecting soldiers, apparently—and she definitely knows it's not a go...
Mitchell Wate (Ethan's Dad)
Ethan's Dad, Mitchell, is Gatlin's other shut-in. He's not as creepy as Macon, but he has locked himself away in his study ever since his wife, Ethan's mother, died. The only time we hear his first...
Lila Evers Wate (Ethan's Mom)
Ethan's mom is the most important character we never actually see. A Civil War historian from Savannah, Georgia, she died five months before the book began. But before she passed away, she and Etha...
We're going to give Larkin his own page here because his betrayal of Lena and his family is worth examining. He helps Lena escape Macon's watchful eye and go to the surprise party, which, as it tur...
The Caster Bunch
The Duchannes and Ravenwood family trees are so close together, it's hard to tell whose branches are whose. But we'll try to clear it up as much as we can.Here's the Story of a Man Named SilasMacon...
Ethan's great aunts, Mercy, Prudence, and Grace, are the comic relief of the novel, and some of our favorite characters, even if we can't tell them apart yet. We're not alone, though: "Everyone in...
If Stonewall Jackson High school had its own version of the Plastics from Mean Girls (but with Southern accents), Emily Asher would be the Regina George of the school. Except cattier.This is a girl...
Emily Asher isn't the only Jackson High other cheerleader who stirs up trouble for Lena.Snow StormAccording to all the guys, Savannah Snow is the hottest girl in school. "The standard by which all...
The Basketball Team
The guys on the basketball team are Ethan's friends before Lena comes to town. But once hurricane Lena rolls in, they turn their back on Ethan—and to be fair, he stops hanging out with them, too:...
We only see Ethan's Aunt Caroline in 11.27, the chapter where Ethan invites Lena over for Thanksgiving. She's a mirror image of Ethan's mom, except for how they dress. Her sister, Lila, loved weari...
Jackson High Teachers, Staff, and Students
At Stonewall Jackson High, you'd be hard-pressed to find a teacher or student who doesn't have some sort of weird quirk or isn't just a prejudiced jerk. Robert E., Is That You?Ethan's history teach...
Here's a quick rundown of the townsfolk who populate the pages of the book, adding some local color to the non-magic side of Gatlin. Carlton Eaton, the postmaster who reads everyone's letters, know...