Beautiful Creatures is by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The first book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The small southern town of Gatlin is about to erupt. Lena Duchannes has come to town and is living with her uncle in an old mansion the townsfolk avoid like the plague. She is struggling with powers she can't control and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Then she meets Ethan Wate, who was counting the minutes until he could leave Gatlin forever until he meets Lena, and it seems the two of them are linked through a past event that will determine both their futures.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content) - MP (mild profanity).