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  • Library Binding: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060626700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606267007
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,455,706 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 the sequel to their debut novel, Beautiful Creatures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By JoJo on 22 Oct. 2013
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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By Lynn Worton on 1 Sept. 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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Format: Paperback
When i started reading beautiful creatures I purchased the rest of the series just incase i enjoyed the first.
I then went to see the film and felt it was a bit of a let down - apart from Ethan Wate and the actor and the accent :D big cheesey smile!

I then wanted to read Beautiful Darkness and i am so glad that I did.

This book is FANTASTIC! there are so many things said about it, that it is like twilight etc and in essence it is, in the first book they fall in love and in this one she leaves him for a large amount of time and has to be found. But what I love is that the general supernatural beings ie vampires are not used here, instead there are so many different ones that you want to know what each one does!

Even though Lena did annoy me slightly at the beginning of the book, once you get into the middle of the story and find out what happened you, and i mean really happened you can understand why she is feeling that way!

I still think Ethan is great and i love the fact that link doesnt care what all the supernatural stuff is. There are no immensely annoying lingering questions - he just gets on with it and helps Ethan when it is needed.

I really enjoyed the character Leah, even though we didnt see much of her, she had an impact that was hard to beat and i really hope that she is in the rest of the books. I was also so happy to see Macon again!!! he is such a character and in his own way quite a sexy silver fox!!

and so all to say.......ON WITH THE NEXT!

Happy Reading folks :)
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