I just read both of these and completely fell in love with them. Written for teens, these very different books are sweeping the nation, creating cult-like gatherings similar to the Twilight phenomenon.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (recently featured in the Time magazine) is an awing controversial tale about children forced to play in a sadistic game created and controlled by the government where only one child can survive, and the rest die gruesomely at the hands of each other. It may become required reading in high schools– creating an uproar among parents who claim the book is too graphic and violent, whereas psychologist argue children as young as 2 years old understand the difference between murder, mercy killings, and self defense.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a dark magical tale of mystery, love, and the difficulties of growing up. Bored with the small town life he grew up in, the main character is thrilled when a new girl moves into town, but he quickly realizes the darkness that follows her is no coincidence, it is her fate and now the fate of everyone around her. Written from a boy's point of view, the story unveils quickly and directly, leaving little room for dwelling on feelings and emotions, while feverishly focusing on the dark events that begin to surround him as he unveils his family's bizarre past and a hidden world that threatens the people he loves most.