Book Review: Beautiful Darkness

I started off reading Wrecked by Elle Casey right after hitting up the first novel in the Beautiful Creatures series. I really tried to give that book a fair chance, but after a few chapters of whiny teenage characters with zero depth to them, reminding me of the annoying teenagers from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (high five if you remember the flick), I finally admitted defeat and quit reading the book.

I decided to go back to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novels focused on a Caster girl and her high school mortal boyfriend and their adventures in small-town Gatlin, Georgia. SPOILER ALERT! STOP NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T MADE IT TO THE 2ND NOVEL! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

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The second book picks up where the first one left off at – with Lena, Ethan and the rest of the gang recovering from the attack on their lives from Sarafine, Lena’s powerful Dark Caster mother.  Lena’s choice to not choose light or dark hangs over her head as she feels responsible for her beloved uncle Macon’s death and finds comfort in her dark Caster cousin Ridley and the mysterious John Breed, who seem like two kids from the wrong track. As she pulls away from Ethan, he struggles to maintain their connect as she dives deeper and deeper into the dark side and into the Caster tunnels, an unsafe haven for Mortals.

Olivia joins the cast as Mariam’s apprentice or Keeper-in-Training. Ethan finds himself drawn to Liv as Lena pushes him further and further away, and although Liv’s main oath is to watch the Caster world and take notes – not to participate or influence it, she finds herself intertwined into the world as her fondness for Ethan grows. During all of this time, Ethan finds another song invading his daily life circled around Eighteen Moons signaling Lena’s official Claiming to come.

There are a lot of twists and turns in Book 2 of the Beautiful Creatures novels – a lot more than in the first book and some things will literally keep you on the edge of your seat as you pray that Ethan and Lena find themselves back to each other. It looks really bleak throughout the novel. And with the depth added to some of the main characters, I found that this novel was more fulfilling and well-rounded than it’s first counter part.

If you’re reading this series – keep going! The books get better, I promise!

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