Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beautiful Darkness - Couldn't put it Down

Beautiful Darkness is the second book in a series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  As we are pulled into Lena's possible self destruction, Beautiful Darkness truly lives up to it's name, because it is so much darker than Beautiful Creatures.  Lena can't forgive herself for what happened on her sixteenth birthday, and she begins pulling herself away from Ethan and everyone else who loves her.

Lena sets off with her cousin Ridley and a newcomer to town, John Breed, and Ethan realizes that he has to find her and save her before the Seventeenth Moon, even if she doesn't want him to.  With the unlikely assistance of others, Ethan, Link, Liv and Lucille Ball (a very interesting cat) take to the Caster tunnels to find Lena, knowing that they might never return.  The discoveries that Ethan makes along the way will change the way he looks at himself and those around him forever.

After finishing Darkness, I am so looking forward to October 18, 2011, the date Beautiful Chaos is released.  Again, I would totally recommend this series... great summer reading!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beautiful Creatures - Another book to read this summer

I just finished reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and absolutely loved it.  Yes, I am behind, but I started reading Beautiful Darkness the second I finished it, and have pre-ordered Beautiful Chaos, because it was that good.

Ethan Wate's life has been filled with loss.  First the death of his mother, and now his father has shut himself away from the world in his study writing.  Amma and his best friend Link have been the only constants in his life.  Although Ethan has spent his entire life in Gatlin, South Carolina, all he looks forward to is graduating and getting out.  That is, until the girl he's been dreaming about (or maybe I should say "having nightmares" about) shows up in town.  Once Ethan and Lena meet, everything that he has known about Gatlin and its people is turned upside down.

Ms. Garcia and Ms. Stohl have woven a story filled with strong characters who have secrets, along with towns people who mistrust and fear those who are different, making life difficult for both Ethan and Lena.  As they get to know each other, Ethan and Lena enter into a journey that may save them from a fate that neither of them are willing to face.

If you enjoy a mystery, mixed in with a bit of the magical - I highly recommend that you read Beautiful Creatures.