Caster Chronicles #2: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlParanormal Romance
Lena just hasn't been the same since her uncle Macon died. She keeps retreating farther and farther away from everything--school, her remaining family, and Ethan. Ethan would wait forever if he knew that's what Lena needed or wanted but the waiting is starting to turn into a distance between them that he feels desperate to close. The harder Ethan pushes her to come back to him, the further it pushes Lena away. When she stops kelting with him (a secret communication where they can talk in each other's minds), Ethan knows he's in danger of losing her love.
But, Ethan Waite is not a quitter. When Lena disappears into the netherworld with a paranormal, motorcycle-driving hottie, Ethan figures out a way to follow and save her. But, does she want to be saved?
Ethan looks to his aunt and favorite librarian, Marilyn, for help but she passes him to her new assistant, a beauty from England who almost makes Ethan forget about Lena. Pretty soon, he doesn't know why he's chasing Lean--is it to find her or just she he can spend more time with the new librarian who seems to be falling for Ethan just as hard.
Link is just the same, a comedic sidekick who is still running after crazy siren Ridley. All the other main characters are back, too, and just as much fun; the town is just as Southern and just as charming.
This one is much darker and more despairing than the first but I still loved it. It keeps drawing me right along to the next installment. One thing that did really start to grate on my nerves about halfway through was Ethan's constant whining. His sensitivity is going to need to take a back seat if he's going to get his girl back!