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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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    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 03-11-13
    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Truly a unique and intriguing story."

    I really liked the book. In fact I am finding I truly am liking YA books much more than traditional fiction.

    This book is about a young man named Ethan, and a young woman named Lena.

    Lena is from a family of Casters. Ethan is mortal. Together they struggle to enter each others world, but the universe has other plans for them.

    The story and the characters are well developed, and it was a pleasure to listen to the audio version of this book.

    Off to listen to the second book in the series........

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    Mary STAFFORD, VA, United States 03-10-13
    Mary STAFFORD, VA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kami and Margaret you wrote an awsome story"

    Kevin you gave an awesome performance narrating and the sound effects made this one of the best books I've listen to ever on audible. But I beg you not to see the movie because you will come out of it so disappointed, the movie butchered the book and did not give it justice at all. I'm just about finished with Beautiful Redemption and am trying to get my daughter and my grand girls to listen to this. Looking forward to more books from you both.

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    Tracey 03-08-13
    Tracey 03-08-13
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    "Another Great Book"

    Watched movie before I read 1st book, but after hearing the 1st book, I knew I wanted to hear the whole series and know what happened to Ethan and Lena. I enjoyed this one as much as the 1st and liked some of the twists that this book presented. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Frauke 03-04-13
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    "Nicely done!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyable story. Found myself looking forward to the others in the series


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin Collins has a wonderful sense of the characters and manages to capture their personalities with ease.


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    Terri Northwood, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Terri Northwood, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed the story, nicely read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story because I think it is a good story, fun! Reminds me of a Harry Potter book, which are also great stories!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the variety of characters. There were a few new characters in this story, I really liked that. I like how it ended, was sorta unexpected.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    I guess the main character is my favorite, Ethan. But I do like several other characters. I really liked the new keeper in training character.


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    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13
    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the story. Liked that it was male main character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Darkness?

    I Liked the fact that there was music and actual sounds. Made listening more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, liked the story. I have listened to the first 2 books. About to listen to the third.

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    sarah Kim 02-19-13
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be great for someone who like to be bored into sleep.


    What was most disappointing about Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ’s story?

    The first book was entertaining but the second book started so slow. The challenge to the relationship wasn't very compelling. Snore.


    Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. At times I couldn't tell the difference.


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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2014

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Wonderful! Highly Recommend!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Darkness again? Why?

    Yes, and the 1st one...great stories...kept me interested all the way though!


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

    No Comparison!


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is great, he reads with full emotion and heart...


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

    In darkness there is always light!


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    This book was so wonderful, just as good as the 1st....and I will be reading the rest of this series, and seeing the movie!

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    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Not as good as the first one - boring!"

    I loved the first book, but this one is not good. I'm 3/4 into it and I don't care how it ends (not a good sign). I probably will not listen/read to the rest of the series.

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    Victoria Tyler Wyo 02-12-13
    Victoria Tyler Wyo 02-12-13 Member Since 2008

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    "A great second book!"
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    I devoured all he books in this series in a fairly short amount of time. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. If you liked the first book you will like this one.

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