Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown Book for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 512
Source: Bought

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Synopsis (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.
I have been waiting to read this one for a while since having read the first in the series Beautiful Creatures. And I must say that as sequals go it did not disappoint. All the elements that I loved about the first book were present in the second. The writing was superb, the atmosphere was well built and the characters as gripping as ever. The pacing of the story was great I found. It was not too slow or to rushed as the story developed and ended at just the right pace. I have to say that I hope that The Caster Chronicles does get made into a movie because there are so many cinematic shots that were running through my head as I read this book. The tunnels (if you read the books you understand) would look amazing on film.
Overall, this book had all the elements to great story telling. It had believable characters, a gripping story premise, great writing and a great back drop for it all to take place. This one is a sure read.

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