Adventures in Books… Beautiful Darkness


“Some loves are meant to be. Others are cursed . . .

One night in the rain, Ethan Wate opened his eyes and fell in love with Lena Duchannes. His life would never be the same.

Lena is a Caster and her family is locked in a supernatural civil war: full of darkness and demons. On her sixteenth birthday Lena made a terrifying choice, which now haunts her day and night.

And as her seventeenth birthday approaches Lena and Ethan face even greater danger. A Caster and a Mortal can never truly be together.

Every kiss is a curse.

Ethan’s next heartbeat could be his last.

It is their curse now . . .”

I much preferred this book to the first one. I really shouldn’t have watched the movie before reading the book – lesson learnt!

This book follows on from where the first book left off after Lena’s 16th birthday. It is full of confusion and angst over where she is going and how Ethan fits into the world he has just discovered existed. It was interesting to see the development in the main characters after going through what they had to go through in the first book. The reactions to the events and being able to cope with sudden lose is different for everyone. Also learning that more people than anyone realised knew about the secret work must also be shocking to understand.

I liked that new characters were introduced into this book and old one returned and were developed. This one definitely felt more supernatural than the first book. We delve deep into the Caster world and it is an interesting place to learn about.

The only downside was that the story felt a bit of a repeat of the first in terms of the countdown to Lena’s 17th birthday and what was supposed to happen and her choice. This is my concern about the third book after this as well. I want to read it as I like the characters and want to see what happens, but really hope it evolves on from the story so far.

I’ve ordered the next book from the library already as I do like a series so will see where that one takes me.

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