Beautiful DarknessPaperback Puffin Books
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 34mm | 420g
- Publication date: 28 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141326093
- ISBN 13: 9780141326092
- Sales rank: 6,752
Beautiful Darkness is the second bewitching instalment in the bestselling love story Beautiful Creatures - a romance that is bound to capture the hearts of Twilight fans everywhere. Some loves are meant to be. Others are cursed...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...Don't miss the Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment blockbuster movie of Beautiful Creatures directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) and featuring an all star cast including Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davies and hot young Hollywood talent Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich and Emmy Rossum. Praise for Beautiful Creatures: "Watch out Twilight and Hunger Games". (The Guardian). "Move over Twilight, there's a new supernatural saga in town". (E!). "This novel has been generating Twilight-level buzz". (Teen Vogue). About the authors: @kamigarcia is a superstitious American southerner who can make biscuits by hand and pies from scratch! She attended George Washington University and is a teacher and reading specialist. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family. @mstohl has written and designed many successful video games, which is why her two beagles are named Zelda and Kirby. She has degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities in the US and has also studied in the prestigious creative writing department at UEA, Norwich. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her family. Also available in the Beautiful Creatures series: Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption. Don't miss the brand new Dangerous Creatures series, set in the world of Beautiful Creatures. Exclusive ebook novellas also available: Dream Dark Dangerous Dream.
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Kami Garcia is a teacher and reading specialist with an MA in education, and leads book groups for children and teenagers. Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. They both live in Los Angeles, California, with their families. Beautiful Darkness is their second novel.
By Najla Qamber 02 Apr 2013
Frankly speaking, I found the first book (Beautiful Creatures, now, a big movie franchise) too much of a drag to read mainly because of how prolonging it was. I wasn't planning on reading or listening to the rest of the series anytime soon. But thanks to my eldest sister's audiobook, I managed to finish it within 3 days. Best thing about this is that I get to listen to it while I worked. I call it 'double productivity' and with that double productivity, I actually grew to love the series!
When the book started, I groaned and I did it because the author(s) reuses the same plot from the first book and renames it 17th Moon instead of 16th Moon. Then they begin to write circles and differences around it. But you've got to hand it to them, they did write a damn good book!
Ethan (the main character) is a sweetheart and in this installment, the poor guy goes through heaven and hell for Lena (his female counter part). Man, I hate Lena. She's such a victim I can't stand. Even worse are the decisions that she makes, and the fact that she completely doesn't confide in Ethan, like they used to, makes me groan some more! I even rolled my eyes at her a couple of times. I am so happy I don't have to deal with her as the main character. I wouldn't want to get stuck in that head of hers.
In the end, my favorite character is Link (Ethan's lame best friend) instead of Ethan. He's one of those dorky characters that will make you cry and laugh at the same time. He can even be considered as the "Ron Weasley" of the whole series. He is very much linked to the end of this installment that will literally blow your mind with it's awesomeness!
Likewise, we've got the adversaries of Ethan and his gang. The mastermind of the whole evilness reminds me too much of the bad guy in The Hunger Games. But then again, nothing is really new out there.
Now, for the beautiful yet gothic land of Gaitlin, South Carolina. So dark, so mystical. I just want to move into this fictional town and spend the rest of my life doing the things I love with the people I love. Of course, I'll only live there if the fictional characters of Gaitlin weren't. If you dislike the characters, you sure won't dislike the town they live in (minus the people). Gaitlin isn't just a home for humans but also Witches or Casters as they like to be called. The world Stohl and Garcia creates for the Casters is so dark and haunting, you can't help but call it beautiful.
Undoubtedly, I adored the book. The writing style is flat out written for not only the teens but for mothers, fathers, older brothers, etc. Some characters will surely keep you glued to the book while the storyline remains with the same foundation but still has the ability to keep the reader going, and most importantly, the book encompasses the Beautiful Darkness that continues to draw me even closer to the characters and overall, to the entire series.
And with that, I quickly moved to the 3rd book and I'm half way done with the book!
By Joy Chuah Xin Yee 11 Dec 2010
What else can I say? Wonderful. Amazing. Thrilling. Frustrating. Yes, very frustrating. Lena drove me nuts. That John Breed irritated me to death but you can't blame him. Ethan is love as always. Link and the Sisters are smashing. They just brought to life the pages of the book they're in. Oh, yeah..Ridley too. They're fantastic.
I can't wait to read what's going to happen next XD