Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia Review

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia on

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing every 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.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they 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 Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going 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 that dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is at it seems.”

My Review:

I was so deep into Beautiful Creatures, by the way you can check out my review for that here, that I immediately purchased this on Amazon. I was not disappointed by this book in the slightest. If you take the books as just the series and don’t factor in the movie then this is not only the best book in the series but one of the better books that I’ve read in awhile. However, due to the fact that the movie is going to be bringing in a lot of new readers the things that happen in this book can leave you going “Huh?” The book as a whole was great though. I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book, along with the twists and turns that involved some of the older characters as well. One touch that I loved, and my not knowing if this is in the physical copies of the book is what takes it down for me, is the fact that the book contained illustrations throughout the book. I’ve already purchased the third book and I can’t wait to read it!


4 out of 5


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  1. says

    I love coming here to find out what to read. I never know who to trust, but this information makes things clear.
    I am currently on Orange is the New Black, and almost done, I need a new read soon!

  2. says

    I really love a good book! This one sounds like the kind of story I would get wrapped up in and probably finish in a day or two. Sometimes I joke that if I find a good book, my kids have to live on lemonade and Goldfish. It’s not entirely accurate, but sums up my point pretty well 😉

  3. says

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I love books that are non traditional. I have to have a little bit of mystery when I am reading a novel or series.

  4. says

    I’m so out of the loop that I have no idea what the Beautiful Creatures is. Besides it being a movie and apparently a book. I think I need to check them out in Amazon to understand a bit better what is going on.

  5. says

    Soooo I took a break with this series to read A Shade of Vampire. So obsessed1 I will finish the beautiful creatures series one day though!

  6. says

    This review comes at a good time – I’ve been looking for new stuff to read! This one sounds interesting but I’m going to check out your Beautiful Creatures review too.

  7. says

    Personally I’m not a huge fan of these types of books but love when a book reintroduces old favorites. It’s like saying hi to an old friend and catching up with eachother.

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