Beautiful Darkness by Kami Gracia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness

Blurb: Together Ethan and Lena 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, that’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.

2 stars smaller

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: There are some factors that I weigh more than others. For example, if the story is believable (not in a sense of fiction or non-fiction but like how things happen and how easy some things end up being – kind of hard to explain). This book was hard for me to get through because a lot of what was happening seemed rather dumb or ridiculous. There were some good parts, however, there was not enough for me to want to continue the series. I don’t think I could make it through two more books.

Read October 1, 2013 — November 5, 2013

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful CreaturesBlurb: Lean Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
4 stars

Listened to Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts: This love story is told through Ethan. However, to me at least, it didn’t strike me as different or refreshing to be told from the guy’s point of view. The story progressed nicely and there was never really a place to get bored. The mystery behind everything makes you want to read more. The ending was little different than I expected, which is good. I am not sure how the rest of the books will continue on, but I guess I will find out.

Read September 9, 2013 – September 20, 2013

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