Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness  - Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl 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.

I fell.
Hook, line and sinker.

Beautiful Darkness was such a rollercoaster. Emotionally, it caught me and held me tightly. It wouldn't let go. Until the very end.

I must admit though, that the character of Lena never caught hold of me this time around, like it did when I was reading Beautiful Creatures. I was totally caught by Ridley though and her story. Yeah, that plotline made me go "What!?" numerous times. Let's put it this way; Ridley is going to have an interesting future.

Then, there's Link. Oh my goodness! That twist was so unexpected!! How in the world is he going to do with that?

Oh, and just this one other tantalizing tidbit for you.
I like Lena and Ethan. I do. Truly.
But, I think I prefer Liv and Ethan.
I take that back.
I love Liv and Ethan!!!