Book Review: Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness CoverBook: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl|Narrated by Kevin Collins

Published October 2010 by Hachette Audio|Run Time: 15 hours, 56 minutes

Source: Audiobook|Audible.com

Series: Caster Chronicles #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Kami Garcia’s Website|Margaret Stohl’s Website|Series Website

Summary: 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.

I am really liking this series!  Beautiful Darkness picks up a few months after Beautiful Creatures, and we see the consequences of what happened on Lena’s birthday.

I have to say that Lena was so irritating in Beautiful Darkness!  After the events of her birthday, I totally get why she went off the deep end and had a lot of guilt, and I understood where she was coming from, especially by the end.  Hopefully, now that Lena has claimed herself, she’ll be a bit more bearable in the next one!

I really liked seeing the friendship Link and Ethan had.  While we saw their friendship in Beautiful Creatures, I really liked seeing more of their friendship in this one, because it was a side of their friendship we didn’t get to see in the first book.  I also liked Link’s story in this one, and Ridley was another really interesting character.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them, because there are so many different ways their story could go.

There were parts of it that were slow, and it took me longer to get into it.  I still enjoyed it and I loved all connections between Lena’s family and Ethan’s family, and how there’s a lot more to the caster world than I ever expected.  I think part of why it took me a bit longer to get into it is because nothing would happen for a while, and all of a sudden, quite a few things would happen at once.

I’m not sure what to think about Liv- there were times I liked her, but there were also times I didn’t like her.  I feel like we’re going to see more of her, so hopefully I’ll be able to make up my mind about her!

I also loved the sisters, who really need more appearances!  Lucille the cat was also a great character, and is Beautiful Darkness’ Boo Radley.

South Carolina really is a great setting for the series, and there’s this really cool feel to the books…especially the tunnels that seem to take the group to the most random places.  I kind of wish we got to see more of the tunnels, but I have the feeling that we’ll see more of them in the rest of the series.

I’m really curious about the 18th Moon that is mentioned at the end of the book.  I really do like the idea of the song and how it changes and how important it is!  It’s also interesting that things are so centered around Lena’s birthdays, and that each one adds something new and crazy.

Kevin Collins narrated Beautiful Darkness, and he did a great job with the narration.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Beautiful Darkness…not as much as I loved Beautiful Creatures, but it was still a fun book to listen to.  I can’t wait to listen to the next book!  Beautiful Darkness gets 4 stars.

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