Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
Pages: 528

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.

I actually really liked this book.  The first one (which I read before I started the blog) was kind of slow, and I couldn't get into it.  But this book started off right away.

The characters that matter are Lena, Ethan, Ridley, Macon, Liv, and Link. I can't really explain any of the characters to be honest without spoiling the story, because Kami Garcia did such a great job incorperating the plot of the story into how her characters think, act, and feel, you can't just pick them apart. The characters in a nutshell though are:
Lena - beautiful, confused, frightened
Ethan - lovestruck, determined, irrational
Ridley - sexy, terrifying, annoying
Macon - sturdy, intelligent, kind
Liv - outgoing, way-to-smart, cute
Link - annoying, talks-to-much, scardy-cat

The plot of this story was incredible. The first book left a little bit to be desired but lo and behold the second book met my standards, which are very high.

I read this book in like two days. In reality it took me like two weeks because I was reading three other books along with that one. So subtracting all of the dead-space between books, it was about two days.

1 comment:

  1. We Loved Beautiful Darkness. The description of the mystery and beauty of the Coastal settings is brilliant. The dialogue between small town characters is classic. This book will be read in decades to come...