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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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    D. Vazquez Corona, California 01-25-13
    D. Vazquez Corona, California 01-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Couldn't stop listening to first one but this one"
    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't stop listening to first one - it was delicious!
    ...but this one was a little slow for me and negative at the beginning. The first half was her depression and I almost put it down (like in Twilight book 2 where Bella whines and whines and whines...until I wanted to kill myself or her!) then it picked up. It introduced a new character that I loved and with all the depression I was almost hoping he ended up with her.

    I get a little confused with so many periphery characters but it adds to the flavor of the book. I did miss the "aunts" in this book: they do not show up nearly as often as they did in book one and they made me laugh out loud.

    I liked it enough not to give up on the series though and I am buying book 3 now. :)

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    Madisen SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-18-13
    Madisen SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book and this series:-)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction of the characters, Ethan and Lena, Ethan and Link, Ethan and Liv, Link and Liv, Ridley all by herself, Lena and John. Parts of this book were heartbreaking, awe inducing and tear-jerking.


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

    He brought depth to each character, made each of them have their own voice and personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ethan spoke to his mother as a sheer, it was very bittersweet.


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    Compute Alabama 01-12-13
    Compute Alabama 01-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    I absolutely loved the book Beautiful Creatures, and the second book in the series is no exception. Lena suffers greatly over her uncle’s death and Ethan does his best to help her. Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia have taken a sequel and kept the reader’s attention, while weaving the story line in a unique and interesting way. I have to say that I purchase the remaining 3 books and this book was so interesting that I will immediately go into the third book. Great series!

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    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 11-08-12
    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Already did, beautiful chaos, glad they kept Kevin, already got used to him


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

    Cliff hanger


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

    Charisma


    Was Beautiful Darkness worth the listening time?

    It made my commute easier


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for the movie

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    Michele Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-11
    Michele Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Hope there's another book coming"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Darkness?

    The continued love story between Lena and Ethan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The commitment of friendships and love.


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

    Yes. This one is awesome.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story and how the narrator made it come to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Glendale, AZ, United States 08-21-12
    Stephanie Glendale, AZ, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent and very entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. It's suspenseful and unexpected.


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

    Link's being bitten and becoming an Incubus/?


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

    Yes.Beautiful Creatures--Excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail BRIGHTON, Ontario, Canada 03-28-13
    Gail BRIGHTON, Ontario, Canada 03-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the authors hadn't spent so much time covering old territory I'd have enjoyed it so much more. Seems like it was written for the person who had NOT read the first book. It dragged, moving so slowly that I finally skipped to the end just to be done with it.


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    Monica Phoeniz, AZ, United States 01-03-13
    Monica Phoeniz, AZ, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I will be reading the 3rd!"

    Second book in the series. There is more action in this one than the first one. I am finding myself my new "Twilight"!

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