Beautiful Darkness

by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Audio/Kindle EditionRead November 27, 2013

Original Release Date: October 12th, 2010

Length: 508 pages

Official Description: This is book #2 of the Caster Chronicles

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

My Take:

In the post before about Beautiful Creatures I had said I was going to watch the movie version, and I did…I was very, very disappointed. The movie had great actors but it just failed to capture anything from the book, and it was pretty much a different story. Anyway, I don’t recommend it if you enjoy the books. Now on to the show.

I liked Beautiful Darkness, it was really different from what I expected. Instead of lovey dovey, the book was dark, kind of isolating, while bringing in new characters who bond. The whole plot was done really, well, and there were a few surprises I didn’t see coming. Those are always nice. I don’t like the potential for a love triangle, or square, so Liv and John were an interesting addition, even though they had very important parts to play. I liked all the characters, I loved the side characters, I enjoyed Lucille Ball and knew her role from the beginning. This book is definitely worth the read. It did feel a bit slow to start, mostly because we have to set the move from Ethan and Lena to all over each other, to separate. There are just so many character addition and changes that it’s a lot to take in. We don’t see much of Ethan’s dad in the story, and I had hoped we see more of that, but alas, that’s not an important relationship. So far this is a really well done and epic series.

Quote:

“High school sucked. It was a universal truth, and whoever said these were supposed to be the best years of your life was probably drunk or delusional.”

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