Saturday, December 25, 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read Beautiful Creatures.
Summary:(from book jacket) A few months ago, I believed nothing would ever change in this town. Now I knew better and only wished it was true. 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 Ethan and Lena 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 is seems.
Review: This book is awesome. I absolutely love this series. This book, like Beautiful Creatures, was 500 pages long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. There was a lot of suspense and surprising twists that make me really excited to find out what happens next. The plot wasn't really all that fast paced but I never was bored. A lot happened over the course of the book and many surprises are revealed.  I love this series.
Every single character in this series is really great. Getting to know all the old characters better and being introduced to new ones made me want to spend some time in Gatlin with them, at least without all the supernatural stuff. Lena and Ethan are both really great characters. They are both so different from most YA characters. I also really like Amma.
  Anyone looking for an awesome fantasy series should read this. Garcia and Stohl know how to combine a small southern town and a supernatural world and have the result be amazing. I can't wait to find out where the story is going to go next but i know that it will be great.

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