*Beautiful Darkness-- Garcia & Stohl

Release Date: October 12, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 360
Series: Caster Chronicles #2
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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.
Review: In one phrase: sequel-phase. (tee hee. That rhymed.)

For those of you who didn’t read my Crescendo review, and don’t know what sequel-phase is, allow me to cut and paste for you:

The sequel-phase is where our happy couple (who fought to be a couple in the first book) begin to drift apart. Whether from misunderstanding, change of interests, homicidal angels/werewolves/vampires, or all of the above, it doesn’t matter. The point is, our couple breaks up.

Now this can be okay. IF that’s not the only plot point in the story.

The happy news? It wasn’t the only plot point! Hurrah!

I really enjoyed this book. There was action, cool new insights into the Caster world, EPIC battles, and so much more.

The reason it got 4 flowers instead of 5 is because the sequel-phase drove me CRAZY! Dagnabit Lena! You and Ethan worked so hard to be together! Why are you throwing all of that away!


But if you like Beautiful Creatures and you have the tolerance to stick through Lena/Ethan stupidness, you’ll like this book.

All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2010

P.S. I just realized that I NEVER reviewed Beautiful Creatures on Squeaky Books! Well... I feel like it's too late now.


  1. I can't believe I never noticed the sequel phase before... Now that you point it out, it's been in every series book I've read! Ugh, but yeah I wasn't a fan of Lena in this book. I did like the new characters that were introduced though.

  2. Thanks for the review! I'm sooo excited to read Beautiful Darkness! A little disappointed that Lena and Ethan drift apart... like you said, they worked so hard to be together and now she's just throwing it away! Great review (:


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