Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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TITLE: Beautiful Darness (Book 2 of Beautiful Creatures)

AUTHOR: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

LENGTH: 528 pages

SUMMARY: (via amazon.com) 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.

Sometimes life-ending.

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.

REVIEW: This series is impressive. Stohl and Garcia have managed to create a truly unique magical world within the unwritten social confines of the American South. Those who were raised in the South will feel immediately comfortable in Ama’s kitchen and wince with every wave of her wooden spoon. Even those not from the South will appreciate the setting and its effect on the story.That’s one of the things that makes this series so intriguing. Many series try to set their stories in ambiguous places with a sort of Every Man feel and yet everything about this series is firmly rooted in the South. It is so refreshing to have a series be somewhere so familiar, not only in location, but also in its cultural connotation. Beyond the series’ setting itself, the magical world that Stohl and Garcia have created is entrancing. The Casters battling for dominance in the underground tunnels that connect the Caster world beneath the Gatlin community is captivatingly creepy.

As a second book goes, there is no second-book-drop-off whatsoever. The on-again-off-again dynamic between Lena and Ethan keeps readers turning pages to see if their love can survive this second year of waiting for the other shoe to drop. More secrets and connections to Ethan’s mother and family are revealed and the layering of the Caster world mysteries within Gatlin’s history seem natural. Readers get a closer look at some of the minor characters and the scope of the Caster world expands. Because Lena’s emotional state is so precarious, readers may tire of her self-pity and changeable attitude toward Ethan, but ultimately the connection between the two of them and the revelation of Ethan’s role within the Caster world will keep readers tuned in until the last page.

More Movie News: Mortal Instruments

Headey as J. Fray

Lena Headey, Jared Harris and More Join The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Source: Screen Gems
July 19, 2012

Lena Headey (300, “Game of Thrones”), Jared Harris (“Mad Men,” Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Godfrey Gao (All About Women) have joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which has also added that subtitle to its official production name.

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Harris as Hodge

Headey will play Jocelyn Fray, Harris will play Hodge Starkweather, and Gao is set to portray Magnus Bane. They join the previously-announced Lily Collins as Clary Fray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood, Kevin Durand as Emil Pangborn and Robert Maillet as Samuel Blackwell.

“The Mortal Instruments” is a series of six young adult fantasy books written by Cassandra Clare and published by Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “City of Bones,” set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie is targeting an August 23, 2013 release.

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New Actors Join MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Cast

Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet Take The Mortal Instruments

Source: Variety
July 6, 2012

Kevin Durand (Real Steel, I Am Number Four) and Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes, Immortals) have joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments, Variety reports. They’ll star opposite Lily Collins, Jaime Campbell Bower and Jemima West in the Constantin Film and Unique Features production.

Based on the first book in the popular literary series, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” the film is set in contemporary New York City. There, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

Durand and Maillet are set to play the villainous Pangborn and Blackwell.

Principal photography is expected to begin August 15 in Toronto with Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) directing from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King. Robert Kulzer is producing for Constantin Film and Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing for Unique Features. Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of Film & TV, is executive producing.

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