Beautiful Darkness

January 8, 2017

The Castor Chronicles #2. Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl.

Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

The first three-quarters of the book were just as bad as the first. The last quarter… well, it might have had something to do with how late the evening was getting. However, it was significantly more interesting and actually enjoyable. I’m also intrigued, wondering where the new developments will go, with the two changed to Light and the one new incubus. The magic edges close to Dark magic sometimes, which does not please me. After all, there’s the dark side. And there really doesn’t seem to be a religion at all. There is still a good chance I’ll continue with the series though, if only to finish rating them. I’ll just keep firmly in mind to keep noting this.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Multiple intense kisses, some briefer ones. One character who constantly flirts with girls and jokingly refers to himself as a ‘stud’. Mention in passing of school girls wearing revealing clothes – short skirts, tank tops, tight shirts, bikinis. Two characters slow-dance.

Language: 16 scatological, 2 derogatory, 2 d***

Violence: Character is magically drugged and almost forced into a decision. Character is bitten by a vampire-type. Character gets into a fistfight with said vampire-type. Character has disturbing dreams, learns that he was killed and brought back in the past by his girlfriend. Trees fall on a character, leave him with an injured leg.

Love Triangle: Yes.

Other: There are succubi and incubi. The incubi are basically vampires. There is also magic, dark and light side, curses, and helpful ancestral ghosts. Due to circumstances a fairly main character is unable to choose between Dark and Light and stays a mixture of both. It is also possible to raise the dead, although it doesn’t really happen in this book and always demands a price.

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