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Beautiful Darkness | [Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl]

Beautiful Darkness

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2010 Kami Garcia (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-09-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Seventeen Moons"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Darkness?

    I liked the continuity of the story, the characters. The way the author captures the atmosphere of the American deep South. I like the unexpected, unique plots, the twists and turns of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships between the characters are so real yet the circumstances they are in are so unexpected and otherworldly.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard him before narrating any other books but I do like his narration in this series very much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    New Revelations, a Journey into the Unknown, 17 Moons a choice to make.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great book in this series. I look forward to the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    b 12-29-10
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    "so slow"

    this book was really slow and I couldn't care less what was going to happen next. I found that I had a hard time paying attention to it and my mind would wander - even during parts that were supposed to be suspenseful or exciting. I didn't care enought to rewind the parts that I missed. the only reason I listened through to the end was so I could find out Lena's fate. I was disappointed.

    I think if there's a 3rd book, I'll pass. I no longer care what happens to these kids.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    myrthasg 12-01-10
    myrthasg 12-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    very very good, even better than the first one and a pleasure to listen because is so well read.

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    Tambrie L. Robinson Chula Vista, CA 10-24-10
    Tambrie L. Robinson Chula Vista, CA 10-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Second not as good as the first"

    Continued with great ideas and great story, but it seemed to continue to embellish or restate things over and over and was much slower a read than the first.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-09-11
    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)

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    "Love This Story!"

    ..and I'm confident you will, also, particularly if you do read in this genre. This second installment of the Beautiful Creatures saga contains some interesting twists and turns. It is true that at some points, the story take it's time to develop but I think that is part of the story..keeping "true to it's nature", if you will. The same can be said for the tension between the characters, and some dialogue that you find yourself wishing would or would not be exchanged between them. If you become invested enough that you get "mad" a character for what she (or he) is not doing or saying, (as I did) then the author(s) have done their job! It would not be the same story if things were "easier", or things were said differently. I find Kevin T. Collins' narrative performance pretty much impeccable. He really makes Ethan real. He does this so well that the character of Ethan himself really becomes the driving force of the story, and not just because it is, in fact, relayed in first person from his perspective. His genuineness and personality really come through. You feel like you are in his head and experiencing these events from the inside out. Also, I liked the song and the sound effects and did not find them to be too much. Highly recommend!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 08-22-15
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    I could have liked this book more if 1/3rd of it was cut out .... Good over all story.... Jus dragged in places

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    Bree 01-06-15
    Bree 01-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing book!"

    loved it! the narrator did an awesome job...love the music that accompanies the story. what an awesome tale. ive listened to it numerous times and this wont be my last.

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    Kristin 11-11-14
    Kristin 11-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as the first story"
    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I have tried several audiobooks by the the two authors. I find their series entertaining, and they have some really interesting characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There were no big surprises connected to the ending, but it did trigger my interest enough to want to listen to the next audiobook in the series.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does an excellent job portraying the different characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I probably would, but I doubt that there will ever be a movie based on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is entertaining, but not as engaging as the story in book 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 03-01-14
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

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    "A Captivating Journey to the "Great Barrier""
    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, probably a few years from now. I do not like to listen to books over and over because it takes away the magic of them for me.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Darkness to and why?

    The relationship between Lena and Ethan is somewhat of a resemblance to Diana Bishop & Matthew Clairmont of "Discovery of Witches." The plot as well had the same detail-oriented quality of sucking me into a roller coaster ride of "WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT???" Plus, the Castor World/ Incubus World resembled the vampire and demon world in "Discovery of Witches." There was a lot of archaic knowledge between both of them. Similar qualities but two totally different stories!


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Kevin T. Collins was amazing at bringing this book to life! He definitely used inflections and accents to his advantage. You could tell that he wanted to make sure every person in the book had a presence. He made the characters relatable where you could not help but fall in love with them and laugh when they did things that were characteristic of their nature. The way he narrated the story...it just flowed so well and his southern accent was pretty good. His English accent always made me smile. I really liked Liv in the book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! There is no Earthly way that I could have... seeing that it is almost 16 hours long, but I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. I was like "Hurry, hurry!! I have to know!"


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you read "Beautiful Creatures" before, but this series will not disappoint! Kami Garcia & Margaret did an amazing job crafting this gorgeous story together. I could understand why seeing that they are a reading specialist or specialized in creative writing. I will say that the book is very different from the movie in many ways. Many "Beautiful Creatures" fans were so disappointed that the director did not stick to the story or decided to cut important characters from the story line. I think the casting director did a phenomenal job casting who they did for the roles! I integrated those people into my visualization of the characters and it just made sense!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-24-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    This book isn't as good as the first. The first half deals with the angst of teenage love. The second half is about dealing with that angst. The narrator is great! He sometimes forgets the accents he has designated for each character though. I'm giving the story 3 stars, but even so I'm going to get the next book since I'm half way through the series.

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