Published: October 2010
Publisher: Little Brown
Series: Caster Chronicles #2
Rating from A+ to F: A
I'd recommend not to read any farther, if you haven't read the first in the series, Beautiful Creatures, since this review might contain spoilers!
A few months ago, I believed nothing would ever change in this town.
Now I knew better, and I only wished it was true.
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 Ethan and Lena 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 is no turning 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.
This book was a really good sequel to the first one in the series, Beautiful Creatures! We learn a lot more information about the Caster world, and we will probably learn tons more in the third book in the series! There were tons of surprises and things I never expected to happen that occurred in this book.
I really liked the new characters that were in this book, like Liv and John, and I thought they helped make the plot more interesting to read about. The only problem with the book that I had was that some parts were too slow for me. I felt like they were too long, and I just wanted to get to the end! Nonetheless, the ending was amazing and WOAH was I surprised! But, that's all I am saying about the ending, I'm not giving away any spoilers! I think Ethan and Lena grew and developed as a couple, and some events really tested their relationship. The minor characters really developed well and I liked them a lot, especially Amma and Link we see a little bit more of than we did in the first one.
The cover is really cool, I think it ties in with the story's plot, but that's just my opinion. Overall, a really good book, and I can't wait for the third in the series, Beautiful Chaos!
1. Plot- 17 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 15 out of 15 points.
3. Writing- 18 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 95! 94-96 is an A
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl came up with the concept for the world of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness over lunch. Margaret had always been captivated by fantasies and wanted to write a supernatural novel, while Kami loved stories set in the South and wanted to write a book that drew upon her deep Southern roots. With nothing to write on, they scribbled their ideas for a story that combined their shared passions on a paper napkin. By the time they left, the world of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness was born. Both Kami and Margaret live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. They now write on computers, instead of napkins.
Visit their website at: http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/
Visit the book's website at: www.somelovesarecursed.com
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