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Title: Beautiful Darkness
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #2
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Pages: 503
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.
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Beautiful Darkness picked up right where Beautiful Creatures left off. And once again, I was thrown into this magical world and felt like I was actually with the characters in real life. Not many books can convey that but both BC and BD are the rare and wonderful exceptions.
The book was a little different than Beautiful Creatures in that Lena was not as much of a focus physically as she was before. She was obviously still a main character, but as she was dealing with her issues, she was usually in a different place than Ethan. That gave the reader the chance to get into Ethan’s head even more and I learned so much more about the struggles he was dealing with than I might have had Lena been more present. I like how the authors introduced Liv in this book to help Ethan out and give him a sort of distraction while still helping Lena. Anyone with a British accent gets in A in my book :)
One of my fave aspects of the book is the library, the Lunae Libri. It sounds like such an amazingly wonderful, mysterious, intriguing, and scary place that it makes you wish it was actually real.  I also love the historical quotes that Marian spews out constantly to Ethan – they are a fun addition and always very appropriate to what is currently going on in the story.
And the ending….whoa. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I’ll say it again. WHOA. I got to the ending while I was riding the train to work and I seriously got off at my stop, sat down on a bench, and sat there until I finished reading it. I simply could not put it down! Now I don’t know how I am going to wait until the next book comes out. The anticipation is going to kill me.
Anyone out there who has not read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness should go out RIGHT now and get them. I’m serious – go buy them now. Have you left yet? What are you waiting for – GO!!

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  6 Responses to “Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl”

  1. Ok..I need to get Beautiful Creatures because this one sounds AWESOME!

  2. I feel bad that I didn’t like the first one. (seriously, I’m like THE only person in the world.) I’m wondering if I should give it another shot and see if book two is more to my liking. Great review!!

  3. AHHH I need to read this. Have had the hold in at the library forever! I totally forgot how the first one ended though…I need a recap!

  4. Great review, Tara! I liked Beautiful Creatures, so I’m really hoping this one lives up to the first for me, too :)

  5. I read the first one and Beautiful Darkness is sitting on my book shelf :) I haven’t read it yet, but I guess I need to!

    Were you late to work since you sat at the train stop to finish reading? Lol

  6. i love them all!!!!!!!!! i’ve read both and think its to amazing good! the way ethan still trys to help het after she started going dark!amma is a bit weird though! we need some new characters in the book! i thought someone names jake,christian,derek,or elizabeth would be nice!
    can’twait to read beautiful chaos. it’s coming out on october 18th,right?

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