Title – Beautiful Darkness
Author – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre – Fiction/Paranormal/Young adult
Pages – 503
Reviewer – Laura
One Night in the rain, Ethan Wate opened his eyes and fell in love with Lena Duchannes. His life would never be the same.
Lena is a Caster and her family is locked in a supernatural civil war. On her sixteenth birthday Lena made a terrifying choice, which now haunts her day and night. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Lena and Ethan face even greater danger. A Caster and a mortal can never truly be together.
Every kiss is a curse. Ethan’s next heartbeat could be his last. It is their curse now…
Beautiful Darkness is the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The book begins with Uncle Macon’s funeral – who unfortunately died at the end of book one. Since his death Lena, who is feeling completely riddled with guilt, begins to pull away from Ethan and starts to spend a lot more time with her dark Caster cousin, Ridley, and her new mysterious friend, John Breed.
In the meantime, Ethan is dealing with supernatural issues of his own (even though he is mortal) and is struggling greatly with the fact that he has no Lena to confide in.
I am really enjoying this story right now! Beautiful Darkness is the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, and I am absolutely hooked! In saying this, however, I did find this book slightly disappointing.
For starters, the love story was completely off track. I found Lena’s character to be extremely frustrating, and quite frankly, I didn’t really like her at all! She was so annoying that at times I felt like I just wanted to pull her out of the book and shake her until she saw sense!
Aside from that, I still really love Ethan’s character and, in my opinion, he is the strongest of them all! He put up with and went through quite a lot in this book (especially with Lena), yet he refuses to give up or let her go no matter what the cost!
Then there are two new characters, Liv and John. John is basically the character that you will love to hate! With Liv’s character I found I had mixed feelings. On the one hand she seems cute and very easy to get along with, but there were times when I didn’t appreciate the fact that she was obviously in love with Ethan in spite of the fact that she knew he was with Lena.
Even though these two characters bring a new (slightly annoying) twist that adds to the love triangle (or square…whatever!), I found they made a great addition to the story. I’m excited to find out where their characters will end up.
All in all, I think it was a good sequel to Beautiful Creatures, and the last chapter definitely left an exciting opening for Book 3 – Beautiful Chaos!