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Beautiful Darkness

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Luxshikka Canthiya

on 29 September 2013

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Transcript of Beautiful Darkness

Short Summary
Sixteen year old Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. If only he knew that was all to change once he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes. They became friends quite fast and they started to date a few weeks later. During some time alone, Lena reveals that she is different and that she has supernatural powers. Ethan takes time to digest the news but soon after he decides to accompany her for the difficult journey up ahead. So now Gatlin is a place where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending. Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering the loss of her uncle, Lena starts to pull away from Ethan, keeping secrets that puts their relationship at risk. And now that Ethan has realized the darker side of Gatlin, he can't escape. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into the town's crazy history and he finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of evil where nothing is as it seems. Do you think Lena will find her true destiny? Do you think Gatlin will return to its original state? Well you got to read the book to find out!
Author's Message
I think the author's message is that it is up to you to choose your own path and that you shouldn't become to dependent on others. I think this because in this book Lena has to choose whether or not she wanted to be evil or good. No matter how much she wanted to depend on Ethan or on her Uncle Macon, in the end, her decision is what matters most. This does not only happen to Lena but every characters decision had to be made by themselves. Ethan had to choose whether or not he should ignore the magical world and try to help out Lena and his other magical friends. You shouldn't depend on others because there will come a time when you have to stand on your own feet so you need to be prepared for that moment, instead of being like Lena where she struggled to choose her path. I also think the author is trying to say that our decisions will change our future and it will also effect others as well. I think they are saying that we should choose our decisions wisely because by doing so, we can positively affect our life and others around us instead of negatively impacting them. In the book, the reason Lena had a hard time choosing her path was because she knew that her decision will only please half her family since half were good and half were evil. She wanted to make the perfect decision so that she doesn't hurt anyone and ruin anyone's life.
Thank you for your attention!

By-Luxshikka 8B :)
Hi everybody! As you all know my name is Luxshikka and I am going to be doing my book talk on Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This book is a romantic young adult fantasy novel. There are 512 pages in total and I have read the whole book.
Short Introduction
In this book, there was only one character that I could connect and that character was Olivia Durand usually called Liv by her friends. I can connect to her because of many things. She loves to read and so do I. She is very sociable and she can make friends easily. When she first met Ethan, she was the one who did all the talking and she was the one who started the conversations. Whenever I meet someone new, I am usually the one who starts the conversation. While the other person is sitting silently, I would be blabbering away non stop. Liv is pretty laid back and she doesn't stress about anything except her grades and marks. As some of you know,I care A LOT about my grades and whenever we are going to have a test or we getting a test back, I would have panic attacks. Liv does the same. She doesn't like to show her sadness but she likes to make other people happy. I am like this too but once in a while, I would let my emotions out on my friends. She doesn't get shy but when she is on stage or is presenting she gets very nervous. Much like me, when I am presenting...like now.
Character Connection
I loved the book! While I was reading it, I didn't know what to expect. I couldn't put the book down because it was a roller coaster of love, hate and pretty much every single emotion us humans can experience. Whenever, I had to leave the book, I felt as if I left a part of my brain with the book itself, because I felt as if I couldn't function without reading the rest of the book! The reason I couldn't leave the book is because the authors managed to make me feel like I am a part of the book and they made the book interesting by adding scenes with fights and magical elements. What I really liked is that the authors managed to fit in small scenes of romance in between the fighting and duelling.
Personal Judgement
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in fantasy such as mythical creatures and supernatural powers. This book is similar to Harry Potter, Twilight, or the Percy Jackson Series so anybody who liked those books will be interested in this book. This story doesn't always have happy endings for the smaller problems in the book so anybody who doesn't like difficult plot lines, this isn't the book for you. I know I said this book has romance but it only pops up once or twice. The book is more based on action and adventure. This book has some mature content like violence. I would recommend this book to people grade 7 and up. I think this because there are mature themes and there are some difficult vocabulary words. The plot may also be boring or too long for anyone younger because the book is based on teenage drama and everyday teenage issues.
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