Wednesday, September 29, 2010
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Details: Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Placement in Pile:
Top of the Stack!
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.
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.
Garcia and Stohl have done it again. There is something so intoxicating about Ethan and Lena's impossible relationship that I can't seem to get enough. The rollercoaster of emotion-tugging events start from page one. And it's so beautifully crafted in prose so potent your heart will hurt just as Ethan's does. Because believe me, this book tries that boy's character time and time again. Before the end of the first chapter I felt my heart bleeding for Ethan. To me, that’s literary magic.
It's not often that I re-read any book, but after finishing Beautiful Darkness, I wanted to go back and get more when there wasn't more to get. Beautiful Darkness hasn't even come out and I'm dying for the next in the series.
So, is that good way to critique a book? If I'm lusting for more than does it make the book an excellent read? I say, you bet!