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Beautiful Darkness

By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

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Format: Hardcover, 503 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 12 October 2010
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.

About the Author

Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to their debut novel, Beautiful Creatures.

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* "The authors ground their Caster world in the concrete, skillfully juxtaposing the arcane, magical world with Gatlin's normal southern lifestyle... Fans will devour this latest book and plead for more." -- VOYA, starred review "The southern gothic atmosphere, several new characters, and the surprising fate of one old favorite will keep readers going until the next book, which promises new surprises as "18 moons" approaches." -- Booklist "This engrossing must-have sequel...will leave readers clamoring for the next installment." -- School Library Journal "Readers eager to revisit Ethan and Lena's romantic tension and learn more about the Caster world and the Ravenwood family legacy will find satisfaction here." -- Kirkus Praise for Beautiful Creatures:An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Borders Original Voices SelectionAn Indie Next List SelectionA William Morris YA Debut Award FinalistA NYPL "Book for the Teen Age" "Gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original." - Melissa Marr, NYT bestselling author of Wicked Lovely"A lush Southern gothic." - Holly Black, NYT bestselling author of Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale"A hauntingly delicious dark fantasy." - Cassandra Clare, NYT bestselling author of City of Bones"Like a thick, hot Carolina summer, this story seeps into you until it's all you can think about." - Carrie Ryan, NYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth"This book has it all: a creepy setting, a deadly curse, reincarnation, spells, witchcraft and voodoo, plus characters that simply will not let the reader put the book down until finished...Who could ask for more? A sequel? Please!" - VOYA"In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice...Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight or HBO's "True Blood" series." - School Library Journal "[Readers] will be swept up by the haunting and detailed atmosphere, the conventions and strictures of Southern life, and a compelling and dimensional mythology." - Publishers Weekly"Smart, textured and romantic." - Kirkus Reviews

EAN: 9780316077057
ISBN: 0316077054
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 21.39 x 14.78 x 4.14 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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These books DO NOT disappoint. Every time I finish one I'm always a bit emotionally drained and the authors always dangle something in front of you, so you almost have to read the next one to keep your sanity intact.

Ethan and Lena just barely made it out alive from Lena's last Claiming, and things are not the same. Lena is grieving over the loss of Macon and Ethan can feel she is slipping away from him. She's starting to hang out with Ridley and this strange guy named John. Before Ethan can even take a real grasp of the situation Lena runs away and though things between them are strained Ethan will go and try to find her. With the help of the sarcastic, goofy but studley Link, the smart as a whip new character Liv, and the wise old cat Lucille, Ethan goes through a journey where his heart leads him to Lena and where he will try with all he has to bring her back to him.

Even though I did like reading this, I noticed the length of it a little too much. With the first one I was so enamored with the story I didn't notice it almost at all. I'm a little peeved that there are five books in the series because I believe everything could be solved in three, but I really enjoy Garcia's and Stohl's style and will read all of them.

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