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
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.
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.
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.