Overview from Barnes and Noble:
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
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.
This book was more of a slog for me. I wanted to find out what happened between Lena and Ethan, but I was frustrated by how little they actually talked to one another and by how much space Lena put between then. She wanted to protect him, which was understandable, but her attempts to run away with him running after her actually ended up putting him in more danger, not less. Parts of it felt repetitive, perhaps on purpose, to show how we all do things over and over again when we want different results and keep getting the same thing.
It was interesting to see them explore the Tunnels more and to see how the way the Tunnels connected places was a lot shorter than if they had gone above ground. It was kind of like the magical tunnels in Harry Potter, but much more sinister and with permanent structures and residents below the ground. There were a lot of groups chasing after other groups who all manage to converge in an area for a final showdown, Supernatural style.
The book is necessary in the series, but it was my least favorite of the books.
- ISBN-13: 9780316077040
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: 9/19/2011
- Series: Beautiful Creatures Series , #2
- Pages: 528