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Tuesday 21 September 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl + Double Giveaway (BC & BD)

Title: Beautiful Darkness
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Sthol
Series: #2
Pages: 504
Publisher: Little, Brown
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publish Date: October 12, 2010.
Rating: .9
Cover Rating:

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.

Taschima's POV:

Beautiful Darkness is long, exhilarating, and magical.

We start off on a funeral, everybody is crushed, specially Lena. She doesn't think she can get over this, she doesn't think she should. She blames herself for a crime committed by another, and Ethan doesn't understand why. Instead of their relationship being as strong as ever is slowly slipping away into nothingness, and Ethan feels like anything he does to stop this is only making it worse. Whats a guy to do?

But if you put the relationship on the back burner for a while there is so much more going on; green and gold mixing together, ghosts from the past back to haunt with a vengeance, a whole town that seems unimpressive full of secrets beyond your wildest dreams. And in the distance, if you hear close enough, you can catch the lyrics to the song that condemns all, Seventeen Moons.

Beautiful Creatures is still my favorite, but Beautiful Darkness managed to pass the test of the "book between books", which in most cases suffers of being a drag, but in this case it ended up being an entertaining wild ride.

A lot of questions are answered, but those are replaced by new ones! Never ending loop! I got to say, as much as I liked the main love story, I was fascinated by the background love story. In the first book it was those two people from the Civil War, in this one is... Agh! Can't tell you, but trust me it was enough to catch me off guard.

Most of the twists and turns I expected, but not all of them. And there are new characters!! Liv for example, who is in my opinion much more awesome than Lena (don't shoot the messenger). She is a geeky, brilliant English girl. There is also a new bad boy in town, one that I am SURE I would have loved if only he would have been painted in a different light. You'll see.

The romance of the book was very filled with tension. All the romances in the book were. It was nice to see how far people would go for people even if people were being such jerks.

At the end of the day it was a great book, an honorable sequel to BC. The ending was very WTFish, but in a good way, and now I don't want to wait for the third installment. I want it all, and I want it now.

PS; Team Liv, screw Lena ;)

I am feeling generous, and since I love this series so much I decided that I will host a giveaway for a copy of Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness in honor of BD's Birthday. The Rules are:
  • Be A Bloody Follower
  • Post a comment on the review of either Beautiful Darkness or Beautiful Creatures.
  • Leave your Email so I can contact you!
Giveaway ends on October 12 at 11:59 p.m.


  1. I follow you though my pic box is empty there for some reason. (It's me though). ;) I am so excited about Beautiful Darkness. Thanks for the contest.

  2. Thanks for the chance! This is a really great review. I can't wait to read this book! Interesting about Liv. I really wanna know who she is now!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  3. Old Follower
    Commented on your Beautiful Creatures review.

    Email: GoodChoiceReadin@aol.com

    thanks for the giveaway! Love this series!

  4. I am a new BLOODY follower :D

    Leaving a comment :]

    I really want to read this series they have been on my TBR pile for way too long!


    Also don't forget to check out my amazing giveaways located at the top of my blog posts.

    Ashley's Bookshelf

    P.S. I sell complete blog layouts made by me thru blogger template. If you would be interested in one please email and I will be happy to help you :D

  5. I left you a comment on Beautiful Creatures. I can't believe I haven't read this book yet. I will be putting it at the top of my TBR list.

    -Stacey M (Flippin' Fabulous)

  6. I can't wait to read this one! I loved BC

    yayreads at hotmail dot com

  7. Great review! I haven't read this series but it does sound interesting. Will be adding this series to my TBR pile!


  8. Thank you for the great giveaway. I have not read Beautiful Creatures yet and I've really wanted to read it.

    I follow on GFC
    I left a comment on the Beautiful Creatures review.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  9. Left a comment, follower, and email is : brandileigh2003@yahoo.com


  10. These look great! I've had this on my list for a while now!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    natasha AT likeminds.ca

  11. A lot of people do not like open ended book conclusions, I love that you embraced it. Books that keep a reader guessing are always fun.

    I am a follower.
    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  12. I love how you describe it as a wild ride. I couldn't agree more. Oh, and the background love story? I think that one's more interesting than Ethan's and Lena's. Awesome review!

    I'm a follower!


  13. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I posted a comment on your review of Beautiful Creatures.
    I am an old follower.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  14. BD is one of my October must-haves. I'm so excited for it, and your review made me even more excited.

    I'm a follower.


  15. Thanks for hosting! I am a follower! I loved Beautiful Creatures and cannot wait for Beautiful Darkness! Please enter me! I have commented on the Beautiful Creatures review too!
    bsharp88@gmail.com or bevsharp@desch.org (sometimes one or the other doesn't work - trying to figure it out). Thanks.

  16. I'm dying to read Beautiful Darkness! Thank you for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower.
    I commented in the Beautiful Creatures review.



  17. I enjoyed your review of Beautiful Darkness and new I'm really interested in reading both books.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    I'm a GFC follower

  18. I am not sure about books that have open endings but I suppose that if the author has done it correctly and the next book comes along quite soon then it might be fine.

    However when you have to wait 2 yerars for the next in the series, I have a majot problem.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am an old Follower via GFC.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  19. Great contest and great review heard great things about them and can't wait to read them my to read pile is getting very big :)
    Im an old follower

  20. Thanks for the generous giveaway! I am a follower and I commented on the Beautiful Creatures review :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  21. All the aspects you mention sound great! I'm glad BD doesn't seem to toally suck compared to BC. I can't wait to read it.
    Please enter me in your contest.

  22. Thanks for the chance!

    I am a follower(mountie9)

    and I commented on your Beautiful Creatures Review

    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

    Thanks again for the chance to win, so I can save my money : )

  23. Thanks for the awesome contest. I'm a follower. I read the first book and liked it. This one sounds good too. Can't wait to read it.

  24. I am now a follower, I just found your blog through Enchanted by Books and love it!

    My comment on your review of BD: I would never shoot the messenger. If a character captured your attention maybe the authors could be persuaded to give that character their own book? ;) I love the cover and I love endings that leave you clammoring for more! Can't wait to read this book!!!

    Thanks for the great contest!

  25. Great giveaway :D

    nadjscr at hotmail dot com

  26. Hi,
    Great contest/giveaway..

    -I am a follower
    -I left a comment on Beautiful Creatures

    Good luck to all..


  27. You post such great reviews! I love that the background stories are strong in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  28. I'm dying to read this!! I loved BC and all it's twists and surprises. Can't wait to find out what Gatlin has in store for us this time :)

    And Liv does sound pretty cool ;)

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

  29. Hello, Loved your review!

    An a old happy follower.


    (I commented earlier and it looks like it got lost :( )

    Black Disaster Fairy


  30. I'm a follower! montana_sky@hotmail.co.uk

  31. I am DYING to read this and your review just made me all the more anxious! I can't wait to read the background love story! And meet the new characters!

  32. I have been DYING to read this book and your review has made me all the more anxious! I can't wait to read the background love story!
    Thanks for the chance to win this!

  33. Thanks for the giveaway!
    im a follower
    i left a comment on Beautiful Creatures.


  34. Both these books sound really good. Thanks for the review and giveaway. I'm a follower. juliecookies(at)gmail.com

  35. Hi ,

    This review is nice, not too much info not too little and also not boring me.

    Would love to read this book.

    am a follower



  36. I left a comment on your review of Beautiful Creatures!

    I'm an international follower.


  37. Sounds great!:) I commented on your review for Beautiful Creatures and I'm a follower.


  38. Bloody follower present, an international one though.


  39. I read you review for Beautiful Creatures because I'm still wasn't sure what exactly this series was about but HOLY FREAKING CRAP THESE BOOKS SOUND AMAZING!!! :D Thank you so much for the chance to win these books. :)

    And I'm a follower. :)

    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

  40. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    I'm a longtime follower and I went over and posted a comment on your review of Beautiful Creatures.

    thecozyreader (@) gmail.com

  41. Thanks for the chance!

    new international follower
    posted a comment on Beautiful Creatures

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  42. I loved Beautiful Creatures and I am so excited to read this book!!!!



  43. I'm a follower via GFC.

    Left a comment on review on Beautiful Creatures.

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  44. I really want these book!! Whoo!



  45. I have had these books on my wishlist for a while and I can't wait to read them after reading your reviews! Thank you for this awesome chance! :D

    I'm an old blog follower.

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  46. i left a comment on beautiful creatures....

    i am a follower

    thank you for the contest!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  47. I'm a Bloody Follower
    Left a comment on Beautiful Creatures review


  48. I am a follower and left a comment on the Beautiful Creatures review.

    bacchus76 at myself dot dcom

  49. I really want to read Beautiful darkness!!!!! Is it october 12 yet?

    ako4eggs at comcast dot net

  50. I really want to read Beautiful darkness!!!!! Is it october 12 yet?

    ako4eggs at comcast dot net

  51. I'm af follower and I want beautiful darkness.
    Just a couple more weeks!

  52. I'd love both of these! I'm a follower and left a comment on the Beautiful Creatures review. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  53. I'm a bloody follower and I commented on your BC review (nicely done, BTW).
    zombiegirrrl21 at aol dot com

    Cool contest, Taschima! I've heard good things about this series so I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

  54. I'm glad to see Beautiful Darkness was just as good as Beautiful Creatures. I left a comment on the BC review and I follow

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  55. After reading your review, I know I would enjoy this book!
    I'm a follower.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  56. I'm a follower and commented on the BC post.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  57. New Follower
    Commented on Creatures


  58. I'm really looking forward to meeting this Liv character and the new bad boy. While I liked Lena in Beautiful Creatures, I didn't exactly love her so I'm curious to see how Liv compares. Can't wait to read this one and thanks for the review and contest twin. :D



  59. Awesome contest! I'm a follower.

    Is it okay to leave a comment on both of your reviews for this series?

    I wanted to read your review of BD, but thought that I should hold off until I read the first book. I love your reviews, though, so I can't wait to read about your opinion on this novel!


  60. great review..Oh the fact that I want so bad to read the book and I have to wait drives me crazy...it's like waiting for christmas to come:P:P

    ohhhh an thank u for the giveaway!!!!!


  61. Wow, I have heard so many things about these books and all of them were good. It seems that everyone who read these books (the first one at least) was blown away and in awe.

    And I have to say that from your review here of the second book, I can be sure that Beautiful Darkness is just as good.
    I love how apart from the love story there's background stories too that deserve merit and were equally enjoyable! That's a hard thing to accomplish in a book, where you want a main couple to monopolize interest! :)

    I'm a follower! :)
    And thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  62. Why are there so many good books to read???? There is just never enough time to read them all... :(

    I left a comment on the other review and I follow you.

    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. Great review! I've read a lot of reviews of Beautiful Creatures, but this is the first one I've read of Beautiful Darkness. I really need to read these books! Thanks for the chance to win them!

    I'm an old GFC follower.


  64. Thanks for the contest. I'm a follower and I left a comment on your BC review.

  65. Nice review! Now I want to know who Liv is anf if she's anything supernatural.

    Old GFC follower.


  66. i'm glad this one was really good even if bc is still better :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

    i'm a gfc follower

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  67. Beautiful Darkness sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it. I love the way you write your reviews. Very honest and with everyday language.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you!

  68. I love the review and i really would like to read these books I have heard so many things about them.
    Thank you for this giveaway.
    Please enter me if this contest is open international.

    I'm a follower (mysteriousrose)


  69. I love the review!! It sounds like an AMAZING BOOK!! I read Beautiful Creatures, but it was a library loan, and I would love to get a copy for myself, and just cant wait to get my hands ona copy of Beautiful Darkness. Thankyou for the giveaway!!! :)

    my email:

  70. I love these books!

  71. Hey,
    Any idea when the winner will be announced? (fingers crossed) :)


  72. I really MUST win these! I would really make my whole life complete!
    Thank you for hosting most awesome giveawy!


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