Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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.
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 rate & take
I was eager to get this book (book 2 in the Caster Chronicles, Beautiful Creatures was book #1) on my reading list, and while it turned out to be very good, I struggled with the first third of the book. I knew I would be rewarded if I stuck with it (but I'll admit I did read other books around it when the I was overly stuck) but the drag in the beginning had put me off a bit. Thankfully everything picked up and revelations were had and reconciliations we made, and I felt like all was right with the world at the end - well except for the fact that there is still a lot of actions to come in the Caster world before our hero and heroine can breathe a sigh of relief. So I will happily stay tuned with the series.