Authors: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown
Hardcover, 503 pages
Date Published: October 12, 2010
Description (Taken 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.
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.
Contains spoilers from Beautiful Creatures (Book #1)
Ethan and Lena’s story picks up right where it left off, but it takes an entirely different approach early on. Lena wasn’t claimed during her Claiming Moon and that makes her unique in the Caster world. She’s not Light or Dark, but eventually she’ll have to choose one. With the loss of her beloved uncle Macon and the increasing distance between her and Ethan, it’s just a matter of time before something gives.
Ethan, who I wholeheartedly adore, goes on quite the journey in this one and he really comes out much more grown up. Everything he goes through should break him, yet it doesn’t. For this (and so many other reasons), I love him. In fact, I’d say I have more than a little book boy crush on Ethan and I’d pick him over John Breed any day.
Now, some of you may be asking, who is John Breed? Well, he’s a gorgeously dark and handsome, yet mysteriously dangerous, Harley-riding, somehow paranormal guy who just happens to get under Ethan’s skin. And he may or may not hang out with everyone’s favorite lollipopping blonde.
He’s just one new character in the mass of so many. The paranormal aspect that was only just beginning to bloom in Beautiful Creatures, really picks up here. With Casters, Incubus, Succubus, Seers, Greats, Vexes, Sheers, and so many other creatures, Beautiful Darkness is a paranormal party. One that you certainly do not want to miss out on.
With the introduction of so many new characters, some of my favorite people all but disappeared, but the story grows in their absence. The Caster World expands way beyond Gatlin County and becomes this entire force of its own. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl whip out so many twists and turns that I was left with my head spinning at the unexpected occurrences. The Caster World is incredibly well thought out and developed, so much so that I could actually believe it existed, right under our feet in Tunnels and passages.
With a cast of characters and a slew of unimaginable powers, the girl, the curse, and the grave come back to life in Beautiful Darkness. The story that began with an unsuspecting guy, a new girl, and some very strange dreams, explodes into a world that is so far beyond Gatlin’s borders. If you had your doubts about this series, you can push them aside now. Garcia and Stohl have more than proved that the Caster Chronicles is worth devoting your heart and soul to. Their characters grab hold of your head and your heart and never seem to let go.
Opening line: I used to think our town, buried in the South Carolina backwoods, stuck in the muddy bottom of the Santee River valley, was the middle of nowhere. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: There’s something about sitting alone in the dark that reminds you how big the world really is, and how far apart we all are. The stars look like they’re so close, you could reach out and touch them. But you can’t. Sometimes things look a lot closer than they are. ~ pg. 68
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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