Book Review: Beautiful Darkness by: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
October 12, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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Some secrets are life-altering…others are life-ENDING.

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.

And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. 

Review: Lena and Ethan have lived through the day that they had been dreading for months, but have had to make some sacrifices. Since Macon's death, Lena has been depressed and lost, and there doesn't seem to be anything that Ethan can do to help her and he feels like he’s losing her. Lena begins pulling away and taking risks, changing. Meanwhile, Ethan starts having visions again – but this time Lena doesn’t share them. In order to figure out what is going on, he digs deeper into Caster lore and his mother's research to look for a way to save Lena and what they have before it's too late.

I really enjoy Ethan and Lena together and I hope their relationship will stand the test of time – no matter what happens. A lot of questions get answered in this book – even questions you didn’t think you had. Everything starts to come together and the events in the past have woven a very intricate web to lead into the present. This book has the right amount of revelations to keep you engaged, but it leaves plenty of mystery as well. If you thought the stakes were high in the first book, this one steps it up that much further. This book will definitely grip you every bit as hard as the first one.

Caster Chronicles series: Beautiful Creatures (1), Beautiful Darkness (2), Dream Dark (2.5), Beautiful Chaos (3), Beautiful Redemption (4)


  1. OH. I loved Beautiful Creatures and have been dying to get my hands on this one. I'm all the more wound up now that I've read your review. Ah.A trip to B&N may be in order today. Thanks for another great review!

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