Ethan tends to observe things pretty casually. Things that would make us go "holy Incubus, Batman!" barely seem to rouse him. When Larkin transforms his arm into a snake, Ethan brushes it off as though it's an everyday occurrence. Um…? Regardless of how he reacts, almost everything in Gatlin—especially Lena and Ethan's relationship—has an element of the supernatural mixed in. Part of the fun of reading Beautiful Creatures comes from trying to separate magic from reality.