Reviewed by Iram: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Pages: 503
Release date: October 28th 2010
Publisher: Puffin
Series: The Caster Chronicles
Other books in series: Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Chaos
Buy it: Amazon

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:
As always, whenever I read books I read the blurb first. So I'm reading it and then I find out it's the exact same plot as the previous book, Beautiful Creatures, but this time it's her 17th birthday like come on!

BUT, as I started reading the book and getting more involved in Lena's and Ethan's world I really enjoyed reading about thier lives. Garcia and Stohl created a unique splendour to the book that brought out all the magic in the book.

Although at times the events did move quite slow, it did at the end create the atmosphere more giving it more suspence. I knew there was going to be something big happening soon I just wanted to hurry up and get to that part!

More scenes with Lena and Ethan also enfolded. Some were good and some were bad. There was even a time where jealousy was involved. Something very different but amusing at the same time. I love Ethan and how he handles everything as a charactar. He has to be my favourite!

Garcia and Stohl wrote this book beautifully. It's no doubt that they do have a great talent. I am really looking forward to book three.


  1. I absolutely love Kami and Margie's books! I can't wait for Beautiful Chaos :) another good review :D

  2. I haven't started this series yet. But I'm planning too! Thanks for the Review. I'm getting curious about Lena's and Ethan's world. :D

  3. Great review! I found it was nice to read from a guys point of view when I read Beautiful Darkness I can't wait for the next book

  4. I really liked your review. Very well written and thoughtful and fair. Thanks!

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!

  5. I have read the first book in this series and I am really curious how it all turns out. I liked the character of Ethan very much.

  6. I already read and loved it! Ethan is one of my favourite male narrators:) And this book is definitely magical, am already awaiting its sequel!

  7. I really like Beautiful Creatures and I can't wait to read this. Great review!

  8. Nice review! I love Ethan soooo much haha XD I'm so excited for Beautiful Chaos :D

  9. Sometimes sequels start out the same and end up being just as good.

  10. Another book that I have been wanting for awhile!

  11. Hmmm, I think I might read Beautiful Creatures now. Especially after your review.

  12. Don't even want to read this review, because I'm reading Beautiful creatures right now(:


  13. Looks good, I better go pick this book up-feel like I'm behind!


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