Study Guide

Beautiful Creatures The Supernatural

By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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The Supernatural

The unexplained was sort of a given in the South; every town has a haunted house, and if you asked most folks, at least a third of them would swear they'd seen a ghost or two in their lifetime. (9.12[2].16)

Maybe where you live affects your willingness to accept supernatural occurrences or to try to explain them through more traditional means. What do you think? All you Southerners out there, have you seen a ghost or two in your lifetime?

When I showed [Amma] the locket her eyes almost fell out of her head. Like it was triple hexed, soaked in a bucket of voodoo, and wrapped in a curse for good measure. (9.14.128)

It doesn't get much more supernatural than that, huh?

Once I got to class, the day became abnormally normal, weirdly normal. (9.14.157)

When you're travelling back in time and reliving (or redying, in this case) your Civil War ancestor's life, just having a normal day can be pretty weird.

I was afraid to ask, but I had to know. "And what, exactly, are you?" It sounded so crazy that I almost couldn't say the words. (9.15.74)

Ethan finally decides to confront the supernatural here. Until this point, he hasn't had words for anything that's been happening. By getting Lena to label it, calling herself a Caster, it makes him feel a bit more comfortable.

"Ravens are the most powerful birds in the Caster world. Legend has it that they can draw energy into themselves and release it in other forms. Sometimes they're even feared because of their power." (9.24.35)

Here Lena is describing the raven charm she wears on her necklace. Maybe this is where the Ravenwood family gets its name. After all, drawing energy in and then releasing it in other forms sounds kind of like what Lena does with lightning and rain, doesn't it?

[Ridley's] skin seemed to be tightening around her bones, accentuating every vein until you could almost see the blood pumping through them. She looked like a monster. (10.09[1].165)

Prior to this, Ethan just goes with the flow. He doesn't bat an eye when Lena controls the weather and breaks windows with her mind. But now, with Ridley about to go nuclear, he sees that Caster powers can be sinister and should be taken very seriously. Welcome to sanity, Ethan!

"We can all do simple things like move objects, but each Caster also has more specific abilities related to their gifts." (10.09[2].31)

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in a series called The Caster Chronicles, and there sure is a lot of magic crackling off these pages. For a detailed look at each of Lena's family member's gifts, check out their "Character Analysis" pages.

[Ivy] read cards and tea leaves, and Genevieve's mother consulted Ivy and her tea leaves for almost everything, the best day to plant her vegetables to avoid a freeze, the right herbs to cure a cold. (10.13.179)

Mortals like Ivy and Amma have their own kind of magic—reading cards, bones, tea leaves—and other people look to them for guidance. Do you know anyone like this outside the world of Beautiful Creatures?

Maybe magic wasn't the magic thing, when you grew up with it. (12.13.63)

That's the funny thing about the supernatural—it's just different. If you're the magic one, you don't see anything strange about it. In fact, what is real to everyone else might be what's supernatural to you.

"There are no such things as vampires. I supposed you believe in werewolves and aliens, too. I blame television." (2.04.46)

Looks like we won't be seeing any Edwards, Jacobs, or ETs in Gatlin.

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