Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beautiful Darkness by Garcia & Stohl

Book #2 in Caster Chronicles Series
This one wasn't as good as the first one.  It really was slow to pick up.  There was too much repeating of why things happened - recapping of the first book.  It did eventually pick up the pace, but could have been cut down.  The last 200 pages were the best.  It is a Young Adult series and while the first one might could be read by a mature 5th grader and up.  I think I'd leave this one alone until late Middle School. 

Summary from goodreads:
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.

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 that 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 the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/19/2011 Pages: 528 Reading Level: Age 12 and Up 

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