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Kami Garcia , Margaret Stohl
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28 Oct 2010 Beautiful Creatures (Book 2)

Beautiful Darkness is the second bewitching instalment in the bestselling love story Beautiful Creatures - a romance that is bound to capture the hearts of Twilight fans everywhere.

Some loves are meant to be. Others are cursed . . .

One night in the rain, Ethan Wate opened his eyes and fell in love with Lena Duchannes. His life would never be the same.

Lena is a Caster and her family is locked in a supernatural civil war: full of darkness and demons. On her sixteenth birthday Lena made a terrifying choice, which now haunts her day and night.

And as her seventeenth birthday approaches Lena and Ethan face even greater danger. A Caster and a Mortal can never truly be together.

Every kiss is a curse.

Ethan's next heartbeat could be his last.

It is their curse now . . .

*Don't miss the Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment blockbuster movie of Beautiful Creatures directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) and featuring an all star cast including Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davies and hot young Hollywood talent Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich and Emmy Rossum.

Praise for Beautiful Creatures:

'Watch out Twilight and Hunger Games' - The Guardian

'Move over Twilight, there's a new supernatural saga in town.' - E!

'This novel has been generating Twilight-level buzz.' - Teen Vogue

About the authors:

@kamigarcia is a superstitious American southerner who can make biscuits by hand and pies from scratch! She attended George Washington University and is a teacher and reading specialist. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family.

@mstohl has written and designed many successful video games, which is why her two beagles are named Zelda and Kirby. She has degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities in the US and has also studied in the prestigious creative writing department at UEA, Norwich. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her family.

Also available in the Beautiful Creatures series: Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption.

*Don't miss the brand new DANGEROUS CREATURES series, set in the world of Beautiful Creatures*

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 9780141326092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141326092
  • ASIN: 0141326093
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Darkness is their second novel.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fab series 30 Oct 2010
After finding this book a little hard to get into I did enjoy it, definately one to stick with (it might also help if you've read book one reasonably recently).

The main thing I like about this series is that it is told for a male point of view which I think it reasonably unusual for a YA book. Ethan is an awesome character who you can't help but warm to. The book picks up directly where the last book left off. You see Ethan trying to keep Lena together after all what happened on her birthday and you feel for him because she really isn't helping herself at all. The first chunk of the book it was like you weren't seeing Lena at all but a completely different character and I for one spent most of it willing her to pull herself together and feeling for Ethan even more. As I said to start with the first part of the book is very slow and I found myself questioning an awful lot of what was actually going on because it all seemed a bit weird to me. It wasn't until about half way through when a revelation was made about Lena that everything else I had just read clicked into place and I started to understand why it had been written the way it had.

Without giving away too much once I hit this point I really started to enjoy that book for a variety of reasons. Firstly there are a whole host of secondary characters both old and new who pop up constantly and are brilliant for a variety of reasons. Particular favourites of mine were Ridley and a new character Liv. I also love the character of Lucille Ball (the cat) and was pleased that there was something more to her than what she initially seemed as I was continually fascinated with her. I enjoyed the scenes in the tunnels which I thought were well written and added and creepy dimension to the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 22 Oct 2013
By JoJo
Format:Kindle Edition
I very rarely give up on a book but I am not going to bother with this one. It is so slow. Ethan is so boring. He narrates in monotone. There is just no emotion. You can't care about what happens next. Lena is not at a character you can like or care about. The book is so light on description that it feels like a very small world. I skimmed through some of it hoping I could get engaged somehow or become invested in the characters but I couldn't. I read a lot. Twilight, hunger games, mercy Thompson books (amazing), bloodlines, morganville vampire series, true blood series (do much better than the tv series), bloodlines, mortal instruments and infernal devices, skullduggery books, enemy zombie series, every terry Pratchett ever written as well as some 'proper' grown up books and this is just so hard to get into that it's not worth it. Now I need to go find something else to read!! I couldn't remember why I hadn't bought the second book as soon as is read the first and now I remember I thought the first one was pretty rubbish too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Sequel! 1 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book in the Caster Chronicles series. I loved it!

I downloaded this book in audio format, as I wanted to read it, but didn't have time to. Having this book in audio format allowed me to listen to it whilst doing household chores, or before bedtime.
The story is again narrated by Kevin T. Collins, who does a fantastic job in bringing the characters alive. I loved his interpretation of Ethan's Great Aunts. I could just picture the sisters' quite clearly.

Ethan Wate is an extremely interesting character. I liked him very much. He is a sweet, loving young man, who happens to be a human thrust into a supernatural world of Casters (light and dark witches) and Incubi (demons).

Lena Duchannes is a character I didn't really like in the first book. She had a "woe is me" attitude that really grated on my nerves. However, in this story, she is mostly in the background.

This story continues from the end of the first book. I liked the fact that this story was again told from Ethan's point of view. I was hooked from the first few minutes of the chapter.

Life in Gatlin (or Gatdung as Ethan and Link call it) is not easy, but it's just about to get even harder! Lena has more than her fair share of teenage angst, but having the option in claiming herself on her sixteenth moon thwarted by her mother, she is struggling to cope with the death of her Uncle. Ethan is trying to cope with the fact that his father has had a breakdown and had been hiding in his office. He is also still hearing music, now about the seventeenth moon, and trying to figure out what it means.

This story is a mixture of mystery, suspense, danger, romance and intrigue that flowed much better than the first book; it is a little bit darker too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 20 Mar 2014
By Debz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the first book thought this would be even better but found it a little slow and almost silly, didnt hold my interest and was totally unbelievable, annoyingly so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by book 2 31 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I definitely enjoyed book 1 and was looking forward to this one to continue an intriguing concept. Unfortunately I found it rather repetitive and dull. The characters seemed to spend forever getting to the point with Lena running off with Ethan chasing after her in a haphazard fashion. It just went on and on until I lost all hope it would finish. It has put me off reading Book 3. Perhaps you might consider skipping book 2 and going to Book 3 in case it is better.
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