Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Release Date: October 12, 2010
from Little Brown and Company
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"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."

My Thoughts:

I am loving this series. Once again I was dragged into this original world of Casters. I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed Beautiful Creatures a lot more than Beautiful Darkness, even with the slower pace of Beautiful Creatures. This one frustrated me at times and not the good kind of frustrated, the kind of frustrated where I needed to step away from the book. With that being said I did enjoy the story and thought it was a good addition to the series. 

I freaking love Ethan, and not in the OMG he is so swoony way, but in the you are such an amazing character kind of way. He survives a crazy world with a crazy girlfriend and will not back down or give up. Also, I love that the guy is the normal one. I’ve said that before, but it’s worth repeating. I love that he is the one trying to save the day despite not being the most powerful. 

Then we have Lena. I wanted to strangle Lena on numerous occasions. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but just know that Lena is very annoying in this one. Annoying to the point where I was rooting for Ethan to just give up on her. Aside from Lena though, there were some other great characters. I loved Link because he is just too funny. I also loved the addition of Liv. She was a great character and I thought a great addition to the story. I’m very curious to see what happens with her. 

I know many people complain about the length of these books, but I honestly don’t have that problem. I love that the story is drawn out slowly. It’s slow, but you can’t look away. It’s a good kind of slow. I never get bored and the book never feels as long as it actually is. The plot is great and always keeps me guessing. I love the Caster world and the new creatures we are constantly meeting and I love that nothing is ever as it seems. 

My complaint with this book is that I missed the history aspect. The Civil War played a huge role in Beautiful Creatures and I would have liked to see that continue in Beautiful Darkness. The history was still important, but I feel as if it wasn’t as present in the story. Also one more thing. I felt like people kept showing up out of nowhere just when you needed them. Sure there was always a reasoning the authors included, but it just seemed constant. Every time Ethan was in trouble, someone would conveniently be where they needed to be to help him out. Aunt Prue is probably the best example of this. For those who have read it, I just had a hard time accepting that one. 

All in all, Beautiful Darkness is a great addition to the series, even if it did follow some of the typical second book patterns. I’m looking forward to whatever else is in store for Ethan and Lena.


  1. Ethan sounds amazing and glad he was just as swoonworthy in this one

  2. I haven't read this series even though there's so much hype surrounding it. Someday I will get to it.

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  3. I really need to get back into this series! I haven't read beyond the first one yet, even though I really liked it!

  4. Ok! Thanks for filling us in on some of those things up front Teresa. That way I kind of have an idea of what I'm getting into. I agree though about Ethan. I like that his character isn't the one with powers, yet he doesn't stand in the background either! Great review Teresa!

  5. I really need to try this series. And I'm glad you liked this installment, despite your frustrations.
    Great review, Teresa!

  6. I still need to read this series. I wasn't attracted to them at first but after your first review, I decided I'd give them a try. I'm glad this one was also good, and despite your reservations you came to enjoy it! You know what, I totally get the whole good kind of slow thing. I think it works best in some books and totally kills a book in others. I'm happy that wasn't an issue here.

    Just brilliant review, Teresa! ;p

    ~ Maida <3

  7. Ugh, I still need to finish this series. I have Book 2&3 on my shelf, just need time to get to it. Aw, I miss Ethan, and yes, glad to see he's the normal one for a change. Great review!

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