I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
Also by this author: Beautiful Creatures
Series: Beautiful Creatures #2
Also in this series: Beautiful Creatures
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2010-10-12
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.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.
Minor spoilers for Beautiful Creatures Alert
In Gatlin County, things are not always what they seem, as we discovered in Beautiful Creatures. In Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Ethan is dealing with the fallout of Lena’s sixteenth birthday. Lena has become distant, faced with having to claim herself for light or dark by her seventeenth moon, she pushes Ethan away. And so, we have the set up of Beautiful Darkness.
To me, Ethan’s feelings are palpable. He cares deeply about his girlfriend and is left confused when she holds him at arm’s length. I know I have seen reviews complaining about Ethan being too feminine. I will say that sort of thing bothers me. SAY THIS WITH ME: MEN CAN HAS EMOTIONS TOO! Seriously, it is okay for a guy to express emotions AND to have some feminine characteristics. So, I know there will be people saying Ethan was too girly because he was doing the girl thing and feeling sad and emotional, and caring and not running off being constantly macho. Ugh. But this is a rant for another day. I’ll just say I love Ethan’s characterization. To me, he feels real.
What I loved about Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is the style of writing, which is immensely readable. The language is fabulous, but never becomes bogged down in itself. Plus, the descriptions of food, omfg, makes me so hungry. Not to mention the overall southern feel. Granted, I am as Yankee as you can get, sometimes I like to read about the South. Maybe it is TKaM syndrome, where you just know you are going to get a culture that is fascinating.
ALSO, shout out to my girl Lucille Ball the cat. For serious, that cat is a winner. She escapes from being tied to a clothesline. Yeah. A cat attached to a clothesline, which sort of sounds like something someone in my family would do. Plus, Lucille gives us a chance to spend more time with the sisters who are awesome. I love the elderly. For serious, they are awesome!
Although a certain melancholia lingers throughout Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, I felt it was among some of my better reads. Here’s the thing, it is about teenagers. We all know teens are not always shiny happy people and sometimes tend toward the melancholy. So, yes, I did appreciate that. ALSO, I am NOT team Lena anymore, which is all I will say on that subject.