Title: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles ~ Book 2)
Author: Kami Garcia | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog
Author: Margaret Stohl | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: October 12 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Length: 508 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Lovely as ever... the script is perfect and the stairs fit the story.
Point of View: 1st person, following Ethan
My Rating: 4 Stars
Hhhhmmm.... I am going to be honest right from the start of this review. I read Beautiful Creatures right before I watched the film. I really enjoyed the book but the film was such a let down to me. To the point that I have a friend that was going to start the series after watching the film and now she doesn’t want to even read the book. I was even finding it hard to start Beautiful Darkness because of disappointed I was with the film. But I knew I shouldn’t be judging the series by the film so I bit the bullet and started.
Sadly I struggled to get into it... The first half of the book was just so-so and would have given it three stars if it had stayed that way. However, the second half was so exciting and fun and I would have easily given it five stars if the entire book had been that good. Since there was a mixture of the two I think a solid four is the most fitting.
The reason I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures was because of the relationship between Ethan and Lena. Yes the side characters are fun and the story telling is simply beautiful... like really beautiful. You can almost hear the sounds of the town and you feel as though you could walk down the street and know your way around Gatlin. But it is Ethan and Lena that make this story.
So the struggling? Ethan and Lena are just not the same... Lena is pulling away from Ethan. Ethan tries to keep her close but off she goes. So the entire book is really about Ethan trying to find Lena and to save her from... well herself really. I just couldn’t get into the story because of what was happening to them. I know that couples will always at some point have a hard time of things and there are always rough patches, but this entire book was a rough patch for them.
Then... somewhere after around 65% things started to get really interesting and fun. The story that was unfolding kept my attention and I honestly couldn’t put the book down from this point to the very end. I was so happy to have that same excited feeling as I had from book one again. So much happens at the end of this book. It is just one revelation after another.
So would I suggest this series? My answer at this point would be a big fat yes. As I said I adore Ethan and Lena and I am invested in their future and I want to see what happens next.
However... I think I need a little break from the series. I plan to read a few different books next and then I will come back to them. The writing truly is wonderful and as I said before you really do feel like you are there so with that said there is a lot of drama and I just feel like a need a tiny breather before I step back into Gatlin. I know there are still going to be rough patches but I am looking forward to seeing where the story takes Ethan and Lena next... Just not right away.