Book Review: Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness
Caster Chronicles #2
Author(s): Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Pages: 512 Hardcover
Reading Level: YA
Published: October 12th 2010
Review Source: Purchased
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Borders

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.

Where to begin, that just tells you How Great Beautiful Darkness was. Usually sequels lack some of the spirit the 1st book in the series had. Well not Beautiful Darkness, it surpassed Beautiful Creatures. I believe that Kami and Margaret put a enchanting spell on us when reading the book. I get taken to Gatlin but while traveling thru tunnels, forest and even cemeteries. Such a amazing ride to be taken on. The suspense was on point, I remember even holding my breath at times while reading. The mystery was enough to make you think to yourself, don't do it. The romance is so great, it makes your heart pitter patter. I honestly have nothing I would change about the book. The back stories were not to lengthy when told and just long enough for you to get the feel for them. The characters are all wonderful even the bad ones, you need them if not we wouldn't have this Gem of a book.

The story starts off pretty much where the last book left us and we know how sad that was. We know have Ethan trying to come to a understanding of what has happened while Lena is trying to escape life. She is so ready to give up and poor Ethan is trying to help her. Ethan begins to have visions and a new song begins to play for him as well in his mind and all around. Ethan and Lena begin to loose their love and relationship. Ethan wont give up on her even after he meets Liv the new assistant to The Librarian Marianne. We discover new revelations that are so important for Ethan and Lena and can possibly save their love. Lena runs away with her cousin Ridley and new mysterious person named John. Ethan with the help from Liv and Link set off on a very bumpy ride to save and protect all those they have grown fond of and save Lena. I will tell you one of my favorite written character in this book was Link, all those witty lines he had were the best. Lucille was also a great asset in Beautiful Darkness, who have thought the cat that use to get tied on the clothesline would come thru also.

If you haven't picked up this series yet, I strongly suggest you do. The Caster world will mesmerize you into believing!

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