Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review (2) Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Pages: 512
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
Synopsis(from book): 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 Rating :



The battle between Dark and Light continues. The book starts of where the first book (Beautiful Creatures) ends, and when we first see Ethan and Lena, they are getting ready for Macon Ravenwood's (Lena's uncle) funeral. It seems Gatlin has returned back to it's old boring state. But then, Ethan hears it, the song he's been hearing for the past year, only this time it's; Seventeen Moons. Things seem to change for then on, because Ethan knows it's not over yet. Lena is faced with the same problem as last year. She has to choose her fate on her Seventeenth Moon. Macon's death only makes matters worse, and to cope with it, she has been spending a lot of her time with Ridely (her dark cousin) and her mysterious friend John. Ethan thinks Ridely is going to influence Lena's decision and force her to go dark. But the more he tries to convince Lena, the more she shuts him out. Ethan starts to feel unwanted, and almost gives up on Lena and tries to move on. However, when the visions return and more secrets get revealed; he finds out that Lena is truly the love of his life, and he owes her his life. So with Link(his best friend), and Liv(his new, British co-worker) he chooses to fight for her. On his quest to find her, he is exposed to a whole different underworld he never knew existed in his very own Gatlin. He realizes in the end, it doesn't matter which side she chooses, as long as they're together, they can get through everything.

My Thoughts:

I found this book very intriguing, it goes really deep into the history of Gatlin. The plot is completely unpredictable and everything seems so deep. Everyone is connected, and not only in the real world, but also in the underworld. The characters are very well thought out, and even the smallest, insignificant character has a huge part to play in the end, it's like they all have a purpose. I'm really anticipating the next book, and it's new exciting twists.