Title: Beautiful Darkness
Author(s): Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Age Group: Teen
Series: Beautiful Creatures, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: This is definitely a great sequel to Beautiful Creatures. Filled with even more drama and more information about the worldbuilding, this book was gorgeous and sad and almost perfect.
Beautiful Darkness picks up where Beautiful Creatures left off: Lena is left with the terrible choice of Claiming herself: If she becomes a Dark Caster, everyone who is Light will die, and vice versa. On top of it all, Macon, the only father Lena has ever known, is gone, dead. Lost and confused and scared, she pulls away from Ethan in an attempt not to hurt him. Confused, hurt, and frightened, Ethan finds himself wondering if Lena has left him for good. With the appearance of Ridley, Lena's Dark Siren cousin, and a mysterious boy named John Breed, Ethan begins to doubt everything he knew to be true. He uncovers secrets about Macon, his mother and father, and Lena's family as well. Sent spinning onto a quest he never asked for in an attempt to find Lena and right his world once more. Along the way, he meets a few new friends, as well as different types of Casters. I loved it, even as it riled me up. (I wanted to yell and scream--I cried for a good half of the novel.) But this novel pulled on my heartstrings, folks, and it is worth reading, the whole series is! Anyone who's into magic, forbidden romances, supernatural novels, and fantasies will be left screaming for more.