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. Goodreads.
About the book:
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Book length: 503 pages
Published: October 12, 2010
Series: Caster Chronicles #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Magic
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: December 10, 2015
Finished reading: December 16, 2015
“In Light there is Dark, and in Dark there is Light.”
What did I think about the book?
This book continues where Beautiful Creatures left off. And that’s a good thing. Beautiful Creatures had an ending like many first books in a series. They make you go “Damn it, I need to read the next book like RIGHT NOW!!” And luckily for me I bought the whole series in one go =D So I did continue right away. I loved it!!
This second part of the series deepens the story. We get to see how Ethan and Link’s friendship work. We see the dark side of Lena, the angry side of Ethan and the romantic side of Macon. The first book ended sadly for Macon and Lena. This second book is about how Lena deals with the situation. How Ethan deals with Lena and the darkness. How Link deals with himself and Ridley and how Ridley has to make decisions – about herself, Lena, Link and about John. Mysterious John, a big influence in this book. A part of the darkness Lena struggles with.
The setting gets more detailed and vividly described, the story gets deepened, the characters better known and relationships more clear. This book is about unraveling mysteries and getting more in return.
It’s been a while since I’ve read it – as you can see – so I don’t know all the details anymore. But for me this is a good sequel. This sequel makes me want to read on and on about the complicated – and maybe doomed – lives of Ethan, Lena and all around them.
The romance that was so sweet and ’till the end and beyond is darker and more complicated here. That nice, because relationships aren’t flawless and people have ups and downs. This book shows us that we need to fight real hard sometimes to make it through and that there are ugly parts in a relationship. But in the end a strong love will conquer the bad times.
All in all, I really like this series. I think it’s a good sequel and that’s the power in this series. My reviews of the last two books – Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption will be posted soon!!
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