Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
The Story: Together Ethan and Lena 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 Review: My only complaint about this series is that it takes me forever to read one of the books. I don't necessarily think that's even a complaint toward the books but a complaint at myself for not being able to read them faster. I am always dying to see what happens next but because I want to fully understand what is going on, I tend to read these books slower than the average book. Okay, now that I've gotten that out, here are my thoughts on Beautiful Darkness:
Things have been strained between Lena and Ethan since the night of her sixteenth birthday and when Lena pulls even further away from him, Ethan fears that it's for good. Ethan's concerns are heightened when Lena says she's leaving town and runs away with her cousin, Ridley, a Siren.
There were times I found myself frustrated with Lena but Ethan's willingness to keep fighting was so admirable that my irritation never lasted for long. Link was at his best, offering a laugh when the story needed it most and the authors introduced a few new characters that add interesting layers to the plot. There are twists and turns on each page that kept me guessing until the very end.
And speaking of the very end, WOW. I must have turned the page over six or seven times before I finally gave up that there wasn't more to read. As far as teasers go, it's a very good one. I'm now very impatiently waiting for book three. Book two of the Caster Chronicle Series did not disappoint.