by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I loved being immersed in the Southern setting, black swamps, Spanish moss, and "haint blue." I like the main character, Ethan's, taste in literature. The set-up of this book reminds me of Twilight in reverse--the boy is the Mortal and the girl is the Other. That was refreshing. Ethan’s more interesting than the blah-Bella. The plot can be slow, but the quirky characters and accurate dialogue/dialect make up for it.
Overall, the book manages to be just enthralling enough to keep me reading and running to the library for the sequel, Beautiful Darkness.
Author/book website: http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/
Songs to Read by: Anything by Kings of Leon from their album "Only by Night." The spooky "Closer" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XatzX6WQ2ec or
my personal favorite, "Revelry:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1pzRfrcNGw