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Thursday, February 3, 2011

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.

About the Author

Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to their debut novel, Beautiful Creatures.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316077054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316077057



Just hang a "do not disturb" sign around your neck when you start to read the second in the Beautiful series, you will not want to put it down.  The story picks right up where Beautiful Creatures leaves off and I think it is probably necessary that you read this first.  Ethan is just such an awesome character and it is so wonderful to see him grow along with Lena.

It seems that the war between the Casters is just beginning and Lena finds herself running with the wrong crowd.  Ethan tries desperately to reconnect with her and finds himself with some unexpected powers of his own.  There are a few more twists in the plot and a mysterious man named John Breed (boy, is that name prophetic) tries to turn Lena to the dark side.  While Ethan find a new friend and ally in the librarian trainee, Liv.  There are literal sparks again in this one and my favorite character of Ridley plays an important role.

All I can say is that this will be the "must read" for fall.  I better get a third one soon since this one still has some unanswered questions.

I received this book from Around the World ARC Tours at no charge in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I'm about halfway through it and am enjoying it as much as the first. Didn't read your review because you said there may be spoilers, but I like the addition of Liv and the layers that are being revealed about Gatlin and its' inhabitants.

  2. I just won this book, but I haven't read the first book in the series yet. I guess I'll be picking that up to read first. :) Thanks for the review!


  3. I think I may be the first, but I absolutely hated this book. I mean, the entire first half of the book is very slow. The first book was okay, not great. Thus, I felt compelled to read the second one. Which I find even worse than the first one. Needless to say, I will more than likely not be reading the third book... or any other future books in this series. This is just my opinion.

  4. Chezy
    I thought the half or the first book was extremely slow, but I was stuck someplace with ONLY that book to read, so I did really get into it. I do think they are bit overly descriptive.
    You probably like more dialogue strong books rather that descriptive ones.



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