Friday, November 12, 2010

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles No.2) by Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl - A Book Review

Title: Beautiful Darkness

Author: Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl

Pages: 503

Published: October 12, 2010 by Little Brown

Read: October 30, 2010

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Synopsis: 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.

First off, I’d like to say that I’ve been waiting forever and a day for this book to be released. I was among the many that loved Beautiful Creatures. It’s funny because I remember going to the Barnes & Noble and looking for the longest book I could find in the YA section. I guess it’s funny because that was a lot of people’s complaint about the book – it was too long. And although I can admit to it dragging a bit, I have an affection for long books.


Anyhoo, back to the actual book I’m reviewing *clears throat* Beautiful Darkness. This book was just so amazing. I actually liked it just as much as the first book in the Caster Chronicles and to top it off, I think the writing was even better. The storyline was so crazy twisted and I never knew quite where it was going. It was a roller coaster of fun and saved me on a “vacation” gone awry.


I really really try to make my reviews as spoiler free as possible, so as far as plot details go, I’m going to say that what happens at the very end of the book is totally crazy and Saraphine is an evil bitch woman.


Which I guess brings me to my character portion of the review.


As always we have our adoringly wonderful Ethan. It’s always nice to have a change of pace and have a book narrated by a male character. Not that I object to a female narrator, being that I am….female….but it’s nice to have things all changed up. I really do like the love story between Ethan and Lena, but in this book I felt like Ethan should have been mad at Lena more than he was. Maybe it’s because I’m an angry person by nature (uuuuhhh *stammers* that sounded bad), but I think the Ethan let too much go. But, I guess it’s a book and mushy must come first….*big grin*.


Next we have Lena, our lovely green eye/gold eye brunette beauty who can also cast all sorts of craziness your way. She was a bit twisted in her own right, which I adored. And although many of her decisions, in my opinion, sucked, I do feel for her, even through her stupidity. After what happens at the end of BC, you can’t help but think Lena is in deep shit for some bad stuff.


Moving on, we have Amma, Ethan’s stand in mother and caretaker, who we find out so many new things about, plus, she has always been a character I love. Mostly for her superstitious ways and for the complete South that is in her. It’s one of the things I love so much about this series, the deep South implanted within. Link, Ethan’s best friend, is really an awesome friend and I would love one just like him. Ridley is totally nuts and maybe a bit homicidal, which I suppose is why I love her. Well, that and her fabulous wardrobe.


I do think my favorite character of all time though is Macon, Lena’s uncle. I know he isn’t in the book much, and mostly in flashbacks, but his character to me has always been fascinating.


Overall, the characters were wonderful and the plot was so surprising that I think the year wait was definitely worth it. And seriously, with prison balls, siren’s who lick lollipops, a crazy pack of incubus’, a secret love that spans decades, a Siamese cat that RoCkS and the Order of Things you couldn’t ask for more.


Summary review: This book was awesome. Better writing than the first and shorter descriptions, but still leaving the vividness in the writing. The characters were lovable and the plot surprising.


Rating: 5/5 PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Quotes:

"It's not easy to be Light when you've been Dark. It's almost too much to ask anyone.” -Macon Ravenwood

Darkness does not leave us easily as we would hope.
-Macon Ravenwood

"Look at me, Ethan. Am I Dark, or am I Light?"
I looked at her, and I knew what she was. The girl I loved. The girl I would always love.

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13 comments:

  1. Great review, Jen! I'm dying to read this one, but I haven't had the chance yet. I did enjoy Beautiful Creatures though, and I'm glad to see you liked it! :)

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  2. Ok, I didn't actually even read your post because I STILL haven't read Beautiful Creatures. However, I just watched an interview of the 2 authors over at Emily's Reading Room and it got me so excited to start the series. I just thought you might want to check it out!

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  3. Ok, this one I have read and well if you didn't give it a 5/5 I would be wondering about you. Turns out we are almost always on the most wonderful page.

    Grand review. Watch for mine... coming to a laboratory blog near you... Soon. *Dum Dum Duuummm*

    Mad Scientist

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  4. Love the blog... Mad Scientist sent me this way!

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  5. Great review! I have yet to read this though, but i did love Beautiful Creatures

    jessica b

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  6. Wow! I'm glad you liked the books! It's nice to hear more of what you thought- I've been hearing about the books for a while, but don't know much about them. Incubi with lollipops?! Craziness!

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  7. Hey there you, just letting you know that your link for this review has been featured at Steampunkery & Book Reviews.

    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com/2010/12/book-review-caster-chronicles-no-2.html

    Mad Scientist

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  8. I still haven't read Beautiful Creatures (I don't know if my TBR pile will ever shrink) but I keep hearing amazing things about both books. I like how you said this book had lots of twists--I need that in a book, otherwise I get bored.

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  9. Should I read Beautiful Creature to understand Beautiful Darkness?
    Will I lost track if I read it directly?

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  10. I have been following you, before I read Mad Scientist's Post. She asked me to do write this XD

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  11. Awesome review! I too love that we get to hear the book from Ethan's perspective. Reading from a male's point of view is very interesting!

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  13. Great review you gave a good feel for the book without giving too much away.
    I don't know if it is the covers,the blurb or maybe the way other reviews were written, but I have had no interest in these books until now.
    After reading yours and the mad scientists reviews I can't wait to read both books.
    You made the characters and story seem so much more interesting than the blurbs, I think it was your description of Ridley that really sold me on the books.

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