Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Also by this author: Beautiful Creatures
Series: Castor Chronicles #2
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Read in: January 2018
Reading Challenges: 2018 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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.
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. - via GoodReads
I decided late last year that I wanted to finish the Beautiful Creatures series. I had read Beautiful Creatures and then I watched the movie. BIG MISTAKE. It took me 5 years to forgive that and pick up the series again. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl was my first read of 2018. I have to say that I am really glad that I decided to pick the series up again!
After the events in Beautiful Creatures Lena is really struggling with coming to terms with what she is and what the Duchannes curse means for her. It isn’t any easier on Ethan because of his Mortal status. To be honest, I feel like it was probably harder on Ethan because he didn’t have the history or knowledge of the vast Castor world. We see some new characters added. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this volume of the Castor Chronicles. Amma is still probably one of my most favorite characters but the Aunts are a close second. I cannot imagine this series without Link.
Part of the book that held my interest was the constantly changing settings of Beautiful Darkness. I didn’t have a chance to be bored because I was learning new things along with Ethan. The plot was also pretty fast paced and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. There were a few laugh out loud moments.
I did not tear up during any of this novel. I really feel like that was because this book felt a lot like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I know that’s quite an analogy to make but stick with me. OotP was my least favorite Harry Potter book because Harry was such a sullen teenager that it brought the book down for me. Same thing here. I absolutely believe that Lena and Ethan had every right to grieve but so much of the book seemed to be focused on dealing with that. It was messy and I was impatient to get past it. I know how awful that sounds but it is how I feel. I can empathize with it but 480 pages of it was a lot.
The story was still amazing and I can’t wait to continue with it!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 GoodReads