Beautiful Darkness is the second of four books in the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Grieving and confused from her sixteenth birthday, Lena is still trying to grasp the fact that one of her beloved family members has died and that she has still not been claimed for the Light of the Dark. She pushes away those closest to her, including Ethan, which leaves her feeling even more alone and distraught.
On the last day of school, Lena tells Ethan that she is leaving town with her family, but she does something else… something dangerous…
Angry and jealous, Ethan finds Lena with someone he thought she would never become friends with. Lena and her new ‘friends’ together manage to destroy the town’s fair and shatter Ethan’s heart. But that doesn’t stop Ethan from going after her.
Along with his friends, Ethan realises that Sarafine is trying to pull a Seventeenth Moon out of time to get Lena to claim herself. Some unexpected individuals support Ethan and join the hunt to find Lena before her Seventeenth Moon is called and she is claimed. But will it be too late? Will Lena already have claimed herself and not want to go back with Ethan?
I found myself enjoy this book A LOT, perhaps even more than Beautiful Creatures. I loved how fast-paced it was and how my opinions of the characters completely changed throughout the book. Most unexpectedly of all, I found myself becoming sympathetic towards RIDLEY of all people! My opinion of her was dramatically changed throughout this book. At the start I despised her, in the middle I felt sorry for her, and then at the end I was a little suspicious about her. At the end of the book I was left wondering what would happen next and if someone I began to trust would betray Lena and her friends in the next book, which is good that it still had me interested and keen on reading the next book in the series. I found Beautiful Darkness grabbed my attention more than Beautiful Creatures, and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.