Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

        
Beautiful Darkness
(Caster Chronicles #2)
by Kami Garcia & 

Margaret Stohl
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


Rating:

Oooohhhh!!!!! I can’t stop ogling over this book. Beautiful Darkness has definitely kicked this series up a notch! 

At first though I wasn’t pleased with how it was going. At Beautiful Creatures, I already wasn’t fond of Lena so when Beautiful Darkness started out with all of Lena’s dramas and taking Ethan for granted (not that I liked Ethan that much, but he really didn’t deserve being treated like crap!), I was getting all peeved. I wanted to smack Lena right on the face. Yes girl, I know you’re grieving but stop being such a crazy b****! 

Sorry ‘bout that, can’t help it.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was getting annoyed about what was happening, but as soon as Ethan, Link and Liv went into the caster world, I got hooked! I mean, what an adventure! Of course, I’ve loved Link during the first book but now I am truly as close to worshipping him. He’s just amazing! He’s funny, he’s cute, and did mention he’s really funny? Liv is another character that I loved. She’s simple and yet she’s weird too, but in a good way. I like the brainiac character such as she is. 

The plot was absolutely brilliant, slow at first but worth the wait. I was overwhelmed with all that was revealed throughout the story and electrified to finally taste the blood of action and fighting that I’ve anticipated for – since we’re reading about people with powers here – that didn’t much occur from the last book. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. Also, I’m intrigued about the cliffhanger at the ending about Ridley so I will be looking out for the next book. 

1 comment:

  1. Ethan Wate has always thought that Gatlin is a boring town where nothing really happens--until he met Lena. Lena Duchannes opened his eyes to a hidden Gatlin that was there all along. Now the two of them must face the darker side of Gatlin and the deadly secrets that test their relationship. Lena is in great danger and only Ethan can save her. As he travels deeper underground in the Tunnels, searching for answers and the truth, he experiences visions only he can see but the only thing that can save her.

    Beautiful Darkness was much better than its first book, Beautiful Creatures. Its plot was unpredictable, thrilling, and fantastic. I liked how it had more action and twists than the first, that it kept me turning the page and wanting to find out more. However, it did take me awhile to finish as the middle dragged a bit. I would starting reading and after 20-30 pages or so, I'd start skimming ahead. But then the action did picked up eventually and I was hooked in the story again at the latter part of the book. I also liked how this book introduced new interesting characters and revealed some shocking secrets--it kept things exciting and me reading.

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