Review: Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


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.

The story continues, but this book is mainly about Ethan searching for Lena.  I actually liked this one more than the first, Beautiful Creatures.  There was so much more action and suspense.  Liv is a character introduced as a Keeper in training.  She joins with Ethan and Link to search for Lena.  Lena has lost it since she murdered her uncle, and she takes off with Ridley and a new character, John Breed.

As a reader, you are introduced to a few more supernatural beings that were well thought out.  The book was very creative, and you feel like you are walking in Ethan’s shoes.  There were several twists and turn, which is what you should expect in a supernatural world.

I’m excited to read the next installment: Beautiful Chaos.  There are several loose ends still, and I’m curious to see what the future holds for Lena, Ethan, Ridley, and Link, along with all of the other characters.

While I think this book was better than Beautiful Creatures, I still give it a 4.5 out of 5.  I’m not sure why I can’t commit to a 5 out of 5.  I love pretty much everything about this series so far.  Oh well, maybe Beautiful Chaos will get a 5!


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