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Big Puddle of Meh Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of this one It was mostly a fun read but every time I started to get into this one, I d run into one of my pettiest pet peeves This book was just chock full of 1 coincidences, 2 because reasons and 3 all encompassing true love well, until hot girl 2 showed up.1 The CoincidencesThe sheer amount of well timed coincidences drove me mad It just felt so convenient and lazy Case and point Ancient magic designed to repel anyone attempting to break in AHA The ancient folks forgot to safeguard against the garden sheers SuckasCase and point Here s a clue no one in a million years could figure out Would you look at that, your old senile aunt ISN T actually senile she s an expert in the obscure method needed to solve the clue WoweeCase and point Oh, a big final battle Zero chance of survival Here s your second cousin great aunt twice removed who just so happens to be uber strong and can wipe the floor with the big bads Sweeeeeeet 2 Because ReasonsOh Lena doesn t love you any and wants to bang a complete stranger because reasons. Castor magic always claims you on your sixteenth moon except for when it doesn t because reasons. Castors and humans can t have sex thus fueling a whole subplot and racketing up unnecessary tension on the whole will they won t they because reasons. 3 all encompassing true love well, until hot girl 2 showed up.So Much Over The Top Drama I loved her, atom by atom, one burning cell at a time. Honestly, it really felt like they were just dragging the plot along with the mini breakup scenes and the new hot girl She was my destination I was always on the way to Lena, even when I wasn t Even when she wasn t on her way to me. Their love story was so well resolved in the first book that all the holes punched in it in this round felt so superficial It was a boring to watch them go through the whole mistrust to trust thing a second time aroundSois this book worth readingOhmygoshyes Because of my one, true love Wesley Jefferson Lincoln He carried this book on his scrawny shoulders A vegetarian Are you insane That s worse than bein a quarter demonI was honestly only reading for the parts where he was in I will never forget when he had the biggest pig in the dissection lab and hauled out the garden sheers when the tiny scissors didn t cut it Or when he summed up Ethan s powers so succinctlySo, he s like a human compass You re like the Caster equivalent of AquamanHe is my spirit animal.Audiobook CommentsI really enjoyed how the audio of these books actually sing the lyrics in the book really well and with haunting accompanying music But, you have been warned, this book is read with a slow, southern drawl in most of it I listened it on 2x speed and it felt like they were talking at a normal speed.Blog Instagram Twitter
(((FREE PDF))) ☋ 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 A Gatlin Where A Curse Has Marked Lena S Family Of Powerful Supernaturals For Generations A Gatlin Where Impossible, Magical, Life Altering Events HappenSometimes Life EndingTogether 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 These books DO NOT disappoint Every time I finish one I m always a bit emotionally drained and the authors always dangle something in front of you, so you almost have to read the next one to keep your sanity intact Ethan and Lena just barely made it out alive from Lena s last Claiming, and things are not the same Lena is grieving over the loss of Macon and Ethan can feel she is slipping away from him She s starting to hang out with Ridley and this strange guy named John Before Ethan can even take a real grasp of the situation Lena runs away and though things between them are strained Ethan will go and try to find her With the help of the sarcastic, goofy but studly Link, the smart as a whip new character Liv, and the wise old cat Lucille, Ethan goes through a journey where his heart leads him to Lena and where he will try with all he has to bring her back to him.Even though I did like reading this, I noticed the length of it a little too much With the first one I was so enad with the story I didn t notice it almost at all I m a little peeved that there are four books in the series because I believe everything could be solved in three, but I really enjoy Garcia s and Stohl s style and will read all of them The southern setting always captures me, and doesn t let me out of its grasp Unfortunately Lena was hard for me to swallow this time around I literally wanted to take a frying pan and bang her head, but then I would be obliterated since she is oh so powerful But then as the book progresses I did understand her better and where she was coming from Only then I could mentally put away the cast iron skillet I liked the change of Ethan being angry We had to see that he had some gumption and a limit of what he could put up with I also thought it was great that we got to see interaction between Link and Ethan, and learn how their friendship worked More secrets are brought to light in this one, and we are getting pieces to see how the puzzle will be solved Pay attention to Ridley and Link because their character arcs are the most interesting They will definitely bring lots to the table in the next book You can tell things are escalating already and I m hopping up and down with anticipation to see what the cast of characters will be up against in the upcoming sequel Beautiful Chaos. For gosh sakes, there are still two books in this series Why To what end Here s the plot, let me know if you ve heard this before, a few thousand times Mortal teenager meets supernatural being of the opposite sex, experiencing instantaneous connection while supernatural being acts oddly and tells mortal that they must stay apart, that it s too dangerous, etc Yet against all odds the two become a couple and after much drama and a battle, they are happily together.So, we get to book two, in which the supernatural being pulls away from the mortal teenager, again for the mortal s own good, because the supernatural being is too angst ridden and just plain idiotic to actually discuss anything with the love of their life Also, appearing in book two, is the required stand in possible love interest that as a reader you can never quite believe in because if the mortal and the super being are fated, star crossed lovers, then adding in another one makes absolutely no sense and only diminishes the power of their love story Are you following me So, I guess the third book will have running around, trying to outwit the baddies while the supernatural continues to dither around about their exact nature, good or bad.And the fourth book will create the way for them to be together, even though we ve been told over and over and over that they cannot be together There could be an impossible per the autor s own canon mutant child that will grow up overnight allowing the cast aside love interest to have a mini version of their lost almost love Nah, that s too far out for anyone to believe It will end with a major climactic battle in which all the baddies will be destroyed, the world made right, or else a small debate after which the baddies decide to walk away.I AM BORED WITH THIS PLOT.I enjoyed the first Caster series book, but this one is very flat and goes on far too long for no real reason This whole five hundred pages could have been a few short chapters Honestly, the first two hundred pages are Ethan moaning because Lena has pretty much dumped him Yet he continues to follow after her and feel badly every time she treats him like dirt After this, they spend the remainder of the book running about in the Caster tunnels and it seems as endless as the tunnels themselves It goes on and on until the last fifty pages when things finally start to happen This isn t good I don t know why we had to have Liv pushed into the story as someone Ethan constantly thinks what if about What if I met her first What if I never met Lena What if I just almost kiss her a time or two and we snuggle up and sleep together Here s my what if What if Liv had been a guy named Leo and we were spared all of this nonsense Liv s being female didn t add anything to the story and could have been left out I m sick of this triangle plot It Is Unnecessary The story in this installment didn t draw me in and I couldn t care about Lena She became very unsympathetic and I don t like her any And after all of this, this journey to save her, her involvement with someone else which is overlooked , the pain she has caused Ethan, in the end, she chooses NOT to choose She doesn t claim herself, she claims nothing and does nothing That s it, for all of this waste of time, all the sacrifices everyone makes for her and they are monumental, she chooses not to be good or bad, to just be her So we can expect that sometimes she s going to do bad things and sometimes good Not a character to whom I can feel any connection.And what is with all the L names Link Lila Lena Liv Leah Lucille Larkin.This reason it gets a two instead of a one is because there were a few small things that I liked or that surprised me The Caster cat was a nice addition as was learning about Amma and members of Ethan s family Finding out about Ethan was interesting, but not enough to save the book Macon Ethan s voice and observations The mystery of John Breed wasn t really developed enough, but I guess that s for one of the next books All in all, this book was very uneven and tough to get through.AND oh my goodness, it just occured to me Marian the Librarian Not even original Anyone seen the Music Man edit I hve learned my lesson, it was difficult and I had to suffer extreme eye rolling and boredom but I have seen the light I m done with this series and don t care how it ends I m giving up on series that have so little to them that they shouldn t be serialized and don t have any growth in the characters and waste my time. 3.5There were too many things out there to be afraid of, too many to fight It was a wonder anyone in Gatlin slept at all I enjoyed this return into the Caster world, with all the old characters as well as some new faces After the drama caused at Lena s sixteenth birthday, everything in the Caster world has changed, and no one is prepared.Evil forces are at work Sarafine is up to her tricks, and Lena has still not chosen whether she will be a light or a dark caster.Her relationship with Ethan becomes strained, particularly when a new girl arrives to work in the Gatlin library.I liked the twists and turns the story took view spoiler like when Ridley has her powers taken away from her, and when Macon returns from the dead hide spoiler MY WTB NON SPOILER REVIEWSeriously This Book, three words honey What The Buck Can t bucking believe I m using this pseudo curse BUCK YOU YOUTUBE Well what can I say Oo speechless for a moment This book is totally bad ass, awesome, epic, pawned, heart stopping, hair raising, spine tingling, thrilling, electrifying, breath taking, totally wicked yada yada I can go on and on but I think my limited vocabulary won t do it justice.Stars speak for yourself Ah Hello Hi there Blindy Look 5 stars 5 stars means awesome AMAZING, right retarded face This book is like a puzzle can t believe I m doing bucking similes , it started out without any sense and lots of mysteries and questions but once pieces and pieces adds up and then you get to see at the end the finish work and it all made sense now that you know how beautiful and complicated the story is.And can I just add how creepy the book is and I was like, Mom I swear I m not hallucinating I can t sleep in my room and I think there s an Incubus in my closet And then Mom would replied, Are you on drugs Insert my WTB face here And It s like Romeo and Juliet people Only creepier, awesomer, insanier, bad asser eer eer eer eer eer eer eer eer eer eer eerfor buck s sake Okay I promise this review won t contain any spoilers so I m using tuuuuuuut Yeah I know, genius right I can t believe that Macon and tuuuuuuuut were ex lovers I was like Kami, Margaret BUCK YOU And Ridley become tuuuuut and Link become tuuuuuuut and Ethan was the bucking tuuuuuuuut Ethan falling in love with tuuuuuuut and Lena ditching Ethan for tuuuuuuuut I know, Holy Buck right The villains are bucking tuuuuuuuuuuuut The new villain is tuuuuuuuut Liv sacrificing her tuuuuuuuuuuut in the end And then the tuuuuuuuuuuuuuts showing up in the end And then tuuuuuut and tuuuuuuut died in the end And then Lena was bucking tuuuuuuuuuut in the end And John was half tuuuut and half tuuuuuut And the cat, yes the CAT was tuuuuuuuuuut and I was like WHAT THE BUuuuuuuuuuUCK And seriously 18 moons Where this would all stop Now I mma shut up Wow it rhymes, Bucking shit Just read this Motherbuckers Say it again BUCK, BUCK, BUCKThoughts Before I Read This10.12.2010OH MY GOD I went to National Bookstore today since I bought a rubik s cube for my brother and I was surprised that the book was released today I was so happy a softbound was already available but it was still expensive 399php and now I really need to make ipon translation to save money TT.PS The cover s gorgeous Oh, how I ve missed you Gatlin The one thing that really stands out to me about this series isn t the incredible cast of characters or the engrossing story it s the setting I LOVE GATLIN I want to live there eat Amma s pies, ride in Link s Beater to the Dar ee Keen, waft in the scent of lemon trees at Ravenwood There is something truly addicting about Gatlin and I often find it hard to withdrawal from the world within the pages.Beautiful Darkness is one word is intense So much happens to our beloved, Ethan and Lena Beautiful Creatures was just the tip of the iceberg All that Caster information is well below the surface and I have a suspicion that Beautiful Darkness didn t even reveal it all.The plot was a little slow at times for me I knew we were getting to something huge, but it just felt like it took forever to get there Although, it was totally worth all the suspense that had built up in those five hundred some pages Loved the new characters in this novel Liv and John and I loved how Link and Ridley took some of the focus too I am very interested to see what these new characters have in store for us in the next two books These are beautifully written novels and I truly admire Kami and Margie s talent You ladies rock my world This novel was great on its own but I think it sets up something epic for book three. Beautiful Darkness is a reread for me I read it first in July of 2010, when I couldn t talk about the book because everything I might talk about could be construed as a spoiler Sitting down to type this now, however, I realize that pretty much everything I can say about this book even now is an actual spoiler, and that makes it hard to write a review that will not offend someone But I m going to try Because I can And because my previous boasty review of this needs to be stricken Spoilers for those who have not read Beautiful Creatures Lena s sixteenth birthday has come and gone The claiming failed and now Lena is stuck between two states, the dark and the light, with both sides warring for her powers She is heartbroken over her Uncle Macon s death and this puts a lot of strain on her relationship with Ethan Ethan is not the same either he sees visions and longs for the relationship he once had with Lena But as the months stretch onto her seventeenth birthday Lena begins to drift from him She is spending time with the Dark Casters in her family Ethan finds comfort in the Librarian with Marian and, importantly, Marian s British research assistant, Liv Lena s birthday rocked the supernatural foundation of Gatlin to its core and, as the book goes on, Ethan vows to find a way to bring back the girl he loves.There s a piece in the middle of these books where the pacing is incredibly slow I didn t notice it on the first reads because I was impatient to know what the hell was going on I m noticing it on the second read, a dull middle bit where the reader wades through the plot like quick sand I know it s intentional, and therefore I can t fault it on the author s part These books are always plot heavy in the end and world building character heavy in the front It s just the way that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl structure their novels However, it has been noted the middle drags a little Make a note as a reader and do not be surprised.The characters are what really shine in these books though Ethan has always been a favourite male narrator of mine His resourcefulness and empathetic nature have always appealed to me His love for Lena is both tragic and beautiful These two are fundamentally different people he s human and she is, well not It causes some ripples in their relationship throughout the entire series That they keep trying to be together, despite the odds, is what makes these books work The doomed nature of their relationship is gorgeous.The side characters are also a fantastic addition Link and Ridley, Amma and sniff Macon, the great Aunts, Lena s Caster family, even some of the cattier girls at Ethan and Lena s school figure in well to the story Without some human element of drama it would fall flat, and the high school addition reminds us that Ethan, at least, is human The latter part of this book is where the action really sings And I had forgotten the ending, particularly the bit about the older woman I hope I am being nebulous enough That was my favourite part of the book So, with Darkness done we march onto Beautiful Chaos, with a vengeance 5 out of 5 stars I still love it, even with the drag We all need a little drag in our lives, sometimes review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com WHAT ABOUT LIV Like Beautiful Creatures, this sequel drew me in with the lush, vivid descriptions and fascinating characters However, Beautiful Darkness suffers from the same problems that plagued its predecessor uneven pacing and a confusing ending that solves few of the problems that have been building up for 500 pages And who am I kidding I m knocking off a star for my favorite character, Liv, who really gets shafted in this book.The delightful supporting cast is my favorite part of this series These two authors can be masters of characterization From Amma, Marian, and Macon to Link, Ridley, and Liv, this series contains an impressive supporting cast of witty, brave, and loyal characters These characters come alive for me, and I look forward to any scenes with them Where the book struggles is with the leads Ethan is a sweet voice for the story but perhaps not particularly realistic for a 16 year old boy And I admit I ve never been crazy about Lena The authors did such a good job having Lena push Ethan away that I didn t WANT Ethan to go back to Lena I understood he needed to help her and would always be there for her, but I thought a teen paranormal novel would finally break from the predicable relationship pattern and provide a fresh twistand that brings me to Liv.I adore Liv She s brilliant, loyal, and caring, and she could have been the sunshine Ethan needed after so much darkness By half way through the book, I was completely cheering for Ethan and Liv I thought, Finally We get a unique story where the guy and the girl Ethan and Lena DON T end up together but everyone s still happy and the choices feel real Nope I thought for sure the book was establishing that you can find love again after loving someone you can t be with Yeah, he d always love Lena like his Mom loved Macon but he could find sunshine, warmth, love, and acceptance with someone else I just loved how Ethan described Livhow he said it felt like he d known her forever, how easy and natural it was to be with her, how warm and caring she was How could he throw that away to jump right back to Lena s cold, dark arms I was beyond disappointed when in the wrap up at the end, Liv was relegated to a few quick sentences after she sacrificed so much and had such a natural, healthy connection with Ethan.Was it just me, or did this book feel like it could have been about 100 pages shorter I remember feeling that way when I read Beautiful Creatures, too The world created by Garcia and Stohl is rich, captivating, and original however, the pacing is uneven with huge chunks of the book that slow to a crawl and delve into talking about the same problems again and again and again you get the point And after reading SO MUCH about the problems and conflicts, you expect a little resolution at the end Nope Just confusing, vague endings that aren t really endings at all and choices that aren t really choices At the end, didn t you feel like you were back where you were at the end of Beautiful Creatures After 1000 pages, I really need a little resolution, here, instead of dragging out the same problem for two books.Will I read the next installment Yes, but I hope the authors provide a real ending at some point There s a way to end a book that s part of a series where the reader feels satisfied and it feels like an ending, and yet the door is open for sequels I hope at some point the books in this series can give readers this kind of a satisfying ending And here s to hoping Liv gets an ending she deserves. I m still totally captivated by this series.The dept and complexity of the plot just keeps getting better and better There is so much to this book and answers so many of the questions I had in the first book.So why the four star rating Well Lena.I just couldn t like her in this book and I m not sure I want to like her And she influence everyone around her to be lesser of what I would like them to be This is actually a excellent quality the writers have, to portray this influence so correctly But that didn t make me want to stab Lena less.The setting of this book and the new world for lack of better word was awesome I love that we get go down into the Caster tunnels and get to know Casters and the humans assisting them I love how complex thissixteenth moonhas become.I can t wait to see where our journey takes us next.