Friday, August 6, 2010

Beautiful Darkness

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publication Date: October 10, 2010
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Copy provided by: Book it Forward Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):

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.

Why I read this: I absolutely LOVED the first one, so I had to read this one ASAP. Kami and Margaret are awesome!

Plot: After the ending of the first book, Lena seems different and keeps changing as the book goes on - she starts distancing herself from Ethan and doing uncharacteristic things - like dressing more gothy and hanging out with the bad crowd. Also, she spends a lot more time with a dangerous looking guy on a motorcycle than with Ethan and cuts him off from what she is feeling inside. What Ethan must do is figure out how to help Lena without losing her. But does Lena want saving?

The plot of the second book does not disappoint, there's danger and emotional ups and downs for both the characters and the reader. And this book brings you deeper into a different world, one which I wasn't sure we'd ever see them explore. It's definitely a journey and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Characters: Ethan really is a great guy. You can tell by the way he thinks - it's much different from being inside a girl's head - that is certain. He's worried, but he keeps his distance even when Lena seems to be going off the deep end - he's respectful of her space and her decisions, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to help. I really like that it's from his perspective and that the girl is the mystery, not the guy... it's nice to see how different a guy reacts to similar situations we see in other paranormal novels featuring the voice of a girl (aka Evermore, Evernight, etc...).

I worry about Lena in this book, as Ethan does as well. She's definitely changing and there's something influencing that change. I really just love the mystery surrounding her in both this book and the first.

Relatability: I think anyone can relate to this story, it's mainly about relationships and change along with some dealing with grief. I love the feel this book has and it's definitely great to have a good male viewpoint.

Cover Commentary: I just love it - although my hubby was like haven't you read that? And I was like... no, the covers are just similar - and then I showed him the difference and he was like "oh, they changed the colors..." very perceptive.. lol. I do like them. Definitely a stand-out cover.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. Ah! I am almost finished with the first. I skimmed your review because I don't want to know too much...Just that the next is awesome. Thanks!

  2. AWESOME review, LOVED this one too... :)

  3. Great review :) Can't wait to read it :)

  4. I loved the first book and am glad this one doesn't disappoint.

  5. I havent read the first one yet, but I will be reading both of them now!! Thanks for the review!

  6. Sounds like a very interesting book! I will have to check out the first one. Thanks for the review!


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