C.H.B. Reviews: Beautiful Darkness (The Caster Chronicles #2) By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

C.H.B. Reviews: Beautiful Darkness (The Caster Chronicles #2) By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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I have to admit this sequel is one of those that is a step down to it’s predecessor. I think the fact that Ethan has transformed into a whiny wimp, is my biggest issue in this one. Half the time, he watches. He might as well have been like Marian and Liz and wrote things down. That and everyone constantly saying, “John Breed-this, and John Breed-that.” It can get pretty annoying after awhile. They could have said his first name by itself, it’s not a sacred shrine.

In this second chapter of The Caster Chronicles, Lena is still carrying the weight of her uncle’s death from the first book (minor spoiler). So much so, she decides to run away from her issues and into the arms of the mysterious incubus with his own secrets, John Breed. Ethan is constantly chasing after them because Lena won’t speak to him nor explain why she’s giving him the cold shoulder. Instead of Ethan taking the hint and moving on, he gathers his best friend Link and recruits Marian’s apprentice, Liz, in order to “save” Lena even though Lena doesn’t want to be found. Oh and Lena’s Psycho mother is trying to pull down the moon in order for Lena to claim herself as light or dark. This knocks off the balance to “the order of things”. It’s like jeeze Lena, you’re drama queen and now you’re screwing up the universe. 

This whole book reminds me of Twlight’s sequel. It annoyed me to the point where I almost quit the whole series altogether. I kept pushing despite my judgement. Ethan apparently later falls for Liz even though he only knew her for a few days. Hello, talk about pushing it, Ethan? Especially since he “loves” Lena so much. If this fact was true, he wouldn’t have chased after Lena like a lost puppy without a bone.

The ending was wrapped up pretty well with an appropriate cliff-hanger bow to tie it all together. I’m almost finished with the third book. It’s not as bad as this one, Thank you Book Gods! All I know is if I could tear this book apart and re-write it, I would take out half of it. It’s too clunky, wordy, and Ethan is PATHETIC! No offense, Ethan lovers, he’s a complete girl in this one.

 

My Rating: 4 out of 10 Book Charms

Onto Better Reading!

~C.C.

 

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