Review: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Lizzie     Oct 26th, 2010     Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
Source: Won from Publisher
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316077054
ISBN-13: 978-0316077057

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.

*Note: This review contains no spoilers for Beautiful Darkness but may spoil Beautiful Creatures if you haven’t read it yet.

Kami and Margaret have done it again. By far my most anticipated book of 2010, I was dying to get my hands on this from the second I learned about it. And I’m so excited to say that it more than lived up to my expectations!

Since reading Beautiful Creatures back in May, I’ve found myself thinking back to the story way too often than is healthy. The rich detail, the fantastic writing, the amazing character development, the awesome Southern setting—I loved it all so much! When asked by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of Raised by Wolves, who my favorite character from the book is at Smart Chicks, I answered, “Lena, without a doubt!”

Lena has gone through so much, both in Beautiful Creatures and beforehand, that I think it’s amazing she’s still standing by the beginning of Beautiful Darkness. Macon, the only father she’s ever known, is dead. Everything has changed. She remains Unclaimed, which is unheard of in the Caster world. And because of her grief, it’s clear that she’s slowly turning Dark.

This book had a lot more action and progressed a lot quick than its prequel. Kami and Margie have created an amazing, layered world of mystery, magic, and danger, and I’m completely in love with it. Just when you think everyone’s safe, even if for only a minute, another twist comes into play and you’re sucked right into the next chapter. Seriously, there are so many twists in this story, that I couldn’t put it down for more than a couple hours. Yes, it was THAT amazing.

If you’re a fan of the first book, you will most definitely not be disappointed by Beautiful Darkness. It’s everything a sequel should be, and even more. If you haven’t read these yet, what are you waiting for?! Go grab them right now! If you love Southern gothic or fantasy, this is one not to be missed. If I could give this a thousand stars, I would. ;) Now, it’s only a good long wait for Book #3. I may die before then, though….

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