Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Series: Caster Chronicles #2
Received From: Around the World Tours
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.
Wow! Beautiful Darkness, right? We are all so excited to get back to Gatlin and get back into Ethan and Lina’s lives! As we very well should be because, Beautiful Creatures was an amazing book! But are you really ready? Things are not Happily Ever After in Gatlin. No, I think are very unhappy and they might get worse.
In the much anticipated sequel to Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl do not disappoint. We don’t miss a beat getting back into the action and mystery. Ethan is definitely going through some hard times in this book. I don’t want to say too much or give anything away. I’ll just say that Ethan is growing as a character and I’m so happy that he is a little relentless.
We were introduced to some new characters and we got to learn more about some of the characters from the first book. I love Link! He makes me giggle. I also loved the new character, Liv….I liked her so much that I was rooting for her at times…Lena has some issues in this book. Some major issues. Sometimes her issues were so well played out that I didn’t understand why Ethan was still trying! But that’s all I’m going to say! You just have to read it!
In Beautiful Creatures, the town that Ethan grew up in, Gatlin, played a huge role. You could almost say that it was a character too. In this book, Gatlin takes a backseat ride as we learn more about the Caster world and the Caster tunnels. I’m in love with the Caster world! Kami and Margaret have created a magical mystical fantasy world that is sometimes a little scary but most of the time it’s just incredible!
Overall, Beautiful Darkness was a great sequel. Sometimes I felt the pacing was a little slow but that is a very very minor complaint because the story itself is wonderful and I cannot wait for the next book!