Another day, another review!
Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness is the second novel in the Beatiful Creatures series which means that the fear of ‘sequel fatigue’ is often in the reader’s mind when they get to book #2. Will it live up to the hype of the original? Will it outdo the previous effort or fall flat? Sequel fatigue has happened after many an outstanding debut, but luckily that is not the case here. Beautiful Darkness is every bit as engrossing as its predecessor.
The novel opens with a rift growing between our golden couple – Ethan and Lena – after the fallout of the events that occurred in book one. While Ethan is prepared to risk everything for Lena, the romance plays second fiddle this time in favour of showing the reader more of the Caster world – a welcome distraction, because it would have gotten less interesting if this was just another Romeo/Juliet type love story. In a lot of ways, the Casters and their different powers are more interesting than the romance. It turns out there are scarier things out there than Ridley and Sarafine, along with some revelations that’ll raise your eyebrows. Nitpick: I’m not sure if I liked the new character Liv. There’s something about her that bothers me, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. The novel’s conclusion wraps things up a bit more neatly than the first book does, but there are still implications that the worst is yet to come…
Final grade: A-
And there’s no playlist this week. All I’ve been hearing everywhere lately is Christmas music and it’s not making me feel very inspired. 😐