Book Review: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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.

It is always hard to review a sequel without spoilers from the first book in the series!  So I’ll just keep this brief and say that I really enjoyed the second book in the Caster Chronicles series. It is however a long book and took me a while to make it all the way through. There is a lot of detail in this book and it takes place over a short period of time. Personally I love all the detail but some people may find that the book lags a little.

If you read and enjoyed Beautiful Creatures you’ll likely enjoy this one just as much.  I’m glad the release date for the 3rd book, Beautiful Chaos is just 2 months away.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: Audible.com download

Content: A little language, some kissing

Beautiful Darkness was released on October 12, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.