Title: Beautiful Darkness
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Sometimes a sequel can surprise you. And in this case, that is exactly what Beautiful Darkness did. I found it largely fixed the weaknesses of the previous book without introducing any new ones.
The story is now truly Ethan’s story. The backdrop of the his and Lena’s relationship still exist and obviously will continue to do so, and in a way still provided a motivation for the story, but it didn’t feel as intrusive as it did in the previous book.
I’m cautiously optimistic about the next book, but given the way that this one ended, the third one could very well be closer to the first than the second. Whether this is as good or bad will probably come down to whether you liked the shift in the narrative. Not everyone will like it, but I did.
Verdict: Borrow it [If you enjoyed the first book more than I did, this is an easy Buy It]