Saturday, 22 January 2011

Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Book #3 of 50 on the Goodreads Book Challenge

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 528
PUBLISHER: Puffin Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones

One night in the rain, Ethan Wate opened his eyes and fell in love with Lena Duchannes. His life would never be the same. Lena is a Caster and her family is locked in a supernatural civil war: full of darkness and demons. On her sixteenth birthday Lena made a terrifying choice, which now haunts her day and night. And as her seventeenth birthday approaches Lena and Ethan face even greater danger. A Caster and a Mortal can never truly be together. Every kiss is a curse. Ethan's next heartbeat could be his last. It is their curse now...

Beautiful Darkness is the second book in this series, and just as amazing as the first. The series follows Ethan, a Mortal, help his Caster girlfriend Lena claim herself as either a follower of Light or Darkness. Actually, this makes the plot sound a lot more simple and boring than it really is. It's not though, the twists and turns are completely gripping.

Firstly, Ethan is awesome. I mean, the kind of guy that any girl would die for without being overly soppy. Secondly, I predicted very little of the events, and for me that makes it a fantastic book. Lets face it, with most YA books we know what's going to happen, every genre has its stock features, but the Caster Chronicles is something of its own; almost like a detective story, where everyone but you and Ethan are in on the secrets. It's the perfect balance of heartche and amusement, and - and this really is the most important part for me - they haven't make the British character too stereotypical.

I would encourage everyone of every age to read this series, it's so much fun and so enjoyable. Lets face it- that's everything we want from a YA book, isn't it? 

Beautiful Creatures completes letter B on A-Z Reading Challenge, hosted by BookJunkie. See my full progress here!

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