Written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
NOT a publisher requested review!
Summary (Courtesy of Barnes and Noble):
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
An exciting follow-up to Beautiful Darkness. Slow to start, but when the story got going, it was impossible to put down. Full review after the jump. WARNING: SPOILERS!
I had a really really REALLY hard time making it through the first third of this book. It took me WEEKS to get through the mind-numbing depressive teenage drama that filled those pages. While this might be the bees knees for the target audience (teenage girls), it was AWFUL for me. I kept fighting through it though, because if I learned anything from reading Beautiful Creatures, it's that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl make getting through the boring part worth the payoff. They delivered in a big way in Beautiful Darkness, so much so that this book got a higher rating than the first of the series, in spite of the sluggish pace of the first third of the book.
I get why the first third of the book was practically swallowed by teenage melancholy. I'm sure I would be uber-depressed if my life had taken the turn that poor Lena Duchannes's had in Beautiful Creatures. But my goodness. I got tired of reading about how distant Lena was being to Ethan about 4 pages in. I almost gave up on the book, but I had faith that it would be worth it. And boy, was it worth it. First off, I did not expect the turns in the story that came about. Macon's return and Ridley's transformation were particularly jarring. The story was emotional and raw, but still exciting and action packed. It took me weeks to get through the first third of the book, but only hours to finish it once it picked up. I'm so ready for the third installment to hit shelves that I can hardly contain the excitement.
All in all, I would definitely recommend checking Beautiful Darkness out. You can pick it up from the Things Liz Loves Amazon Store below. Also check out Beautiful Creatures, the first installment in the Caster Chronicles.