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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review: Beautiful Darkness

Title: Beautiful Darkness
Series: Caster Chronicles # 2
Genre: Young Adult-Supernatural
Authors: Kami Garcia/Margret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Book: Bought

"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."

What happens when all you think is bad things? Bad things happen right? Well, Lena thinks nothing but the worse, bringing the worse to her and Ethan. It forms for a great plot and drama in the book. Also, a lot of heart ache.

Ethan is struggling. Lena is in la la land and he just can't seem to bring her back. On top of all of that, he is now seeing weird things. Visions, if you will. He needs to tell her, but she is unstable. Ethan comes into the hands of a new trainee. A girl who is training to be a Caster Librarian.

Relationship Strain. Major Strain. Plus a re-bound. All of this and more in the book. I love how well the plot came the be and the secrets that were spilled. More was learned about Ethan parents and their secret relationship. Which I have to say, really blew me away. I did not see that coming. I knew their was some kind of a connection, but WOW!

Ethan is alone. All alone. And when people feel alone, they turn to someone who is there. Lena is also struggling with herself. She feels heavy guilt with everything that has happen. And instead of confining in Ethan, she throws herself to the wolves finding herself in a whole lot of trouble. I love how Ethan, even though he was hurt, he fought for her. At one point, I felt like she didn't even deserve him. But Ethan loved her so much he fought, dragging along his friend and re-bound girl.

I do feel bad for this girl. But I was glad that she saw the love that Ethan had for Lena and let it be. She didn't freak out or be hurt. She knew who his heart belong to. I admire her greatly.

I do however, wish their was more action. The drama was good, just a little too much. I love how in the end  they were able to defeat what they were fighting and find each other. But even when you think that you are done, there is always something more.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Ooh can't wait to read this one. I have it already on my Kindle. Great review!

  2. Great review! I really should pick up these books (:

    Plus, that cover would look amazing on my bookshelf!

  3. I tried to read Beautiful Creatures but gave up about a quarter through. It was too slow for me!

  4. I bought this series for my soster to read, I hope she´ll enjoy it as much as you do!
    Thanks for the review!

  5. Okay, I cheated and skimmed your review because I'm just starting this one but I'm so glad to see you gave it a 5, I can't wait to read! Everyone is saying it's a bit slow though, so I'll have to be prepared for that:)

  6. I really need to start reading this series. I've heard so many great things about it!

  7. had to skim this one since I still have to read the first book =/ LOL Great review =D

  8. I skimmed too because I didn't want to spoil myself. I have this one on my TBR, and I hope to get to it soon.

    I have my problems with Lena, but still, I'm rooting for Ethan and her to make it. I hope they do.

  9. Love this series, I have this book but haven't gotten around to it yet, they are long reads, but I loved Beautiful Creatures.


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