Review: Beautiful Darkness
Published by Little Brown on August 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
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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.
Beautiful Creatures made me fall in love and Beautiful Darkness stole my heart. I was excited to continue this literary journey and see what fate would follow for Lena and Ethan. Would they able to face everything that would be thrown at them? Could they handle the secrets that were yet to reveal themselves? After reading this, I got my answer.
Lena did something the night of her claiming that will be forever be imprinted in her mind and from that moment on, she knew that there was no way she could be with Ethan without reassuring her fear of him dying. Fearing that darkness with overtake her, she flees but what she doesn’t know is Ethan will go to the ends to be with her, even if it meant she would go Dark.
The story just propelled through the chapters and after everyone, I knew I wanted more. I wanted to know what would happen, what dark pasts and secrets would unveiled, and was Ethan destined to die at the hands of Lena. Sometimes a sophomore novel written by an author sets the story back but this was not the case for these two authors. They have their own magic flowing from their fingers.
I cannot imagine what Lena is going through especially since she blames herself for everything that happened. There were moments where I felt that there was this little sense of dislike for her character because I feel she was being impatient somewhat but after getting closer to the end, that dislike became understanding.
However, the character I enjoyed the most was Ridley. I feel I always had this sort of liking towards her in this weird way. Ever since she decided not to kill Ethan’s dad, I knew there was something worth liking in her. I am excited to see where it goes and how her and Lin’s relationship goes.
Overall, this was a great second installment to the series. I am moving on till the end and if the series keeps going the way it is, there is no doubt in my body that I will love it.