Title: Beautiful Darkness (Vervloekt, Dutch version)
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 495 pages
Publisher: The House of Books
Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
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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.
These books definitely do not disappoint at this moment. I can tell you that, even though I’ve only read the first and second one in this series.
I liked reading Beautiful Darkness. Mainly because I adored Beautiful Creatures and could absolutely not wait to dive into its sequel. I wanted to know more. Who am I kidding? I HAD to know more.
After the events that took place in Beautiful Creatures, where Ethan and Lena barely made it out alive, things are not the same. Lena is grieving deeply for having lost a close family member and is slowly pushing Ethan away. Ethan doesn’t know how to handle all of this and before he realizes, Lena is slipping away from him. Before he can even acknowledge the situation, Lena runs away, leaving him heartbroken. Ethan will do anything to get her back and with the help of his best friend, Link, Liv a Keeper-in-training and the old, but wise cat Lucille he goes on a journey where his heart will lead them to Lena and where he will try with anything he has to bring her back.
Many people complain about Lena being too whiny and I get that. I understood why Lena acted the way she did. She was afraid of hurting the people she loved and that’s why she ran away. She was grieving. Deeply. As the story progresses, you’ll understand her more and more.
I missed having Lena around. I truly did, because I like her character. I like her character with Ethan. I love how they are together. They make each other stronger.
With Beautiful Darkness I noticed the length of the story. Perhaps it was because I missed Lena or because almost the whole story took place in like five days. I’m still not sure why. I didn’t have that with Beautiful Creatures.
Beautiful Darkness proved again why I love Link. I just can’t get enough of him. He’s brilliant. Pay attention to him and Ridley, because they are an important piece in the puzzle.
In conclusion: Beautiful Darkness was a great second book in a wonderful series. More answers are seeing the light and we are getting closer to see how the puzzle will be solved.