Beautiful Darkness Book Discussion:Week 6

Posted 7 December, 2010 by Danny in Uncategorized / 26 Comments

Welcome to the Beautiful Darkness Book Discussion!! Over the next seven weeks we will be discussing Beautiful Darkness a few chapters at a time with posts and discussion questions by a variety of guest posters. Posts and discussion questions will go up on Tuesdays and recaps of the discussion question answers will go up on Sundays. For the complete schedule of chapters and dates click here.

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And finally….on with this week’s discussion written by Uhyesplease!!!!

Hey there! It’s Uhyesplease with this week’s discussion. I volunteered for these chapters before reading the book and not actually knowing what was going to happen. I was so excited after I read the book to go back and find what I was going to get to talk about! So lets do this!

This week’s chapters:

6.15 Vexed

Ethan walked into a sticky situation when he saw Lena and John dancing together.

Oh God I’m getting hot flashes from pretty much every Junior High or High School dance when the ‘love of my life’ was dancing with another prettier, cooler girl. *sigh* Oh, where were we?

Yes, Ethan and Lena. Or rather Lena and John.

I knew I was in the moment before the thing happens – the thing that changes your life forever.

Ethan finally realizes that Lena is making her own choices which don’t include him. Ouch. He high tails it out of the club with Liv following close behind. All those feelings of denial mix with a bit of want for Liv and he nearly kisses her. However, they were saved by Link, or rather, the Vex, and Amma and the Greats show up to kick some Demon Vapor Butt!

6.16 Revelations

I don’t want you here, Ethan – keeps ringing through this chapter. Our poor boy is crushed. Amma is not happy with him which means NO breakfast for you! And he goes to the Ravenwood Mansion to wish Lena goodbye. And yet it’s not just goodbye, she destroys her room with words which in turn destroys any hope of them working it out. Ethan finds himself in Macon’s room and touches his belongings which spins him into another glimpse into the past. This time Macon is giving Jane an Arclight which she could use to trap him if she ever needed to stay safe. Ethan wakes up in his own bed afterwards, which is some pretty freaky Caster magic.

6.17 Inheritance

All Souls day found Ethan and his bat-shit crazy Aunts gearing up to go to the graveyard to pay respects to their dead. Chatting with them for a bit he finds out all sorts of information. The Sisters know a little bit more about the history of Ravenwood as well as the man he saw in his dreams, Abraham Ravenwood. Aunt Grace and Mercy gave him an earful on the man as well as their belief that he was still alive. The plot thickens, my friends…

6.17 Keeping

Ethan finally made it to the Cemetery with the Sisters, and caught up with Link. Of course all the nasty little hoochies were there. However Aunt Prue gave Ethan a little tag for Lucille (there’s a reason, of course!) and off he went to visit his mom’s grave. After a sweet, and just a little awkward, moment with his dad he paid his respects. Marian also popped over and gave him a gift. What is it?? Dum – dum duuuuuum! The Arclight! And then the painful realization that the woman, Jane, from his visions was his mother: Lila Jane Evers.

And Macon Ravenwood was the love of my mother’s life.

Discussion Question:

Was it possible for you to stop reading at this point? Because I think the answer is NO!

However, what was the first thing
that popped in your head when
this ginormous cat was out of the bag?

Ethan’s mom was Mason’s love?

Were you crushed? Excited? Had you already figured it out? Or were you totally baffled?

Thank you, so much, Uhyesplease, for a great review of this week’s chapters and a great question! Leave your answer in a comment below and remember that each answer to this week’s discussion question is an entry into the Beautiful Darkness Book Discussion contest!

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26 Responses to “Beautiful Darkness Book Discussion:Week 6”

  1. By this time I was kind of expecting something big, so I wasn't that surprised. I mean, after all the other twists and turns I kind of got used to being shocked. My first reaction was that I felt bad for Ethan's dad. He's been a wreak! And all the while they were married Lila was secretly thinking of someone else. The part of this bomb that made me go, "Oooooooh no" was that I felt that her involvement must have something to do with her untimely death.

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  2. I felt bad for Ethan's dad too. Even though as an adult I know it's possible to love more than one person deeply in your lifetime, that as we grow older the things we need from a significant change a mature, and I'm still pretty sure Lila loved Ethan's dad, it still stung. And I felt bad for Macon and Lila too. That kind of pain must have been so hard to bear. And to live so close to one another? Ouch. Yeah, this weeks chapters upped the angst factor, seriously!

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  3. Greta is Erikasbuddy

    I was super shocked that it was Ethan's Mom. I mean, how old is Macon? I thought he was older than what would be an acceptable relationship. Ya know… like those creepy old dudes that hang with the young hotties? But, I guess they are the same age (or close to it). I seriously didn't see that one coming.. I had another JANE in my head. But I guess we should have seen that one coming since Macon seemed a bit obsessed about Ethan's Mom in Creatures (yeah, he tried to downplay it but we all knew lolz!)

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  4. The first thing that popped into my head was that I knew it! I totally saw it coming. After that, I kept thinking that maybe Ethan is Macon's son! How weird would that be?
    It was extremely hard for me to stop reading there, but I did it!
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  5. MyTwilife

    First of all, you are right…I could not stop reading! I was all OMG! Super shocked! I mean I always thought Ethan's Mom had a little more to do with the caster world than we thought…but NEVER guessed that she was the love of Macon's life!!

    I did feel bad for Ethan too…imagine finding out your Mom was in love with someone else (maybe more than??) your Dad. Heavy stuff.

    Also made me more and more curious as to how exactly she died being she was connected like that with Macon!

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  6. Darkfallen

    I felt torn between emotions. I at first felt heartbreak and betrayal for Ethan and his dad. Then I was excited to finally find out what is mothers roll was in all this because I have always had a feeling it was something. Then my mind started reeling from all the possibilities of what this could mean for Ethan and is roll in the castor world, but ultimately I was soooo very happy that Macon had experienced a love of his own. As bittersweet a love it may have been but still. I've been secretly feeling sorrow for Macon and the way his life was without love and I was surprised at how happy I was to find out I was wrong. Goddess I love this book!!!!

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  7. I understand the loving more than one person thing. But it is easier (I would think) to focus on your husband when you are FAR away from that other person. However, with Macon and Lila, that was not that case. Sure I felt bad for Macon too, but honestly, I didn't feel that bad for Lila. It was her choice to marry Ethan's dad. If she still loved Macon that much, she shouldn't have. That is why I feel bad for Ethan's dad more than anyone else. He kind of got the short end of the stick… This reminds me of The Age of Innocence. Have you read it? (I'm reading it in English right now). With Newland loving May and Ellen, but it is not exeptable for him to marry Ellen so he marries May (while still thinking about Ellen all the time).

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  8. Good point. While I was feeling bad for Ethan's dad and for Macon, I forgot about Ethan! That would really stink! Especially when he can't hear the truth out of his mother's mouth. He has to go on what others say and he can never hear the words that would make this situation better in his eyes. He can never truly understand because his mother is no longer there.

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  9. This is also a good point! I always felt that Macon was such a debby-downer. I made the connection that maybe something had happened to make him so closed off and secluded. Isn't a broken heart always the thing that causes these types of things? I guess the excitement of this long awaited book was taking over my perceptive skills.

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  10. What an awesome twist, I never EVER saw that one coming, it took me completely by surprise and I was totally stunned. SO soooo sad and I believe that there has to be even more than what we know right now. Because I totally agree it doesn't make so much sense for Ethan's mom to be close to Macon although she's already married – too much hurt for all of them.

    But oh my goodness, how sad is this for Macon? I mean he lost the love of his life and then he saw her all the time happy with her new husband? How incredible painful. I loved Macon in Beautiful Creatures and I love him even more now that I know this…
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  11. AHfromGoodreads

    My thoughts on this section – Did you guys notice that Ethan put a red sticker on Lucille the cat? That struck me as totally awesome. The other thing I noticed aside from Link's "I'm with stupid" tshirt was that Ethan's dad had another cameo appearance at the cemetary. Why release the man from the hospital if he doesn't really have a part to play in the story?

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  12. Darkfallen

    I didn't even realize how attached I had gotten to Macon until he dies and then again when my heart ached at the thought of him having actually having loved someone. Especially someone he couldn't have. Now that I know I'm not gonna lie. I'm secretly hoping that this will somehow evolve into Ethan being Macons son just so he is not entirely mortal. So he find find a way to be with Lena the way he wants. ( loud sigh ) like maybe all he has to do is embrace the supernatural side of him or something, but it's just a pipe dream I can't help but have. Lol

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  13. Why not release him? I feel if they hadn't, I would have forgot about him. I definatly would have felt bad for Macon and Lila before I felt bad for Ethan's father (I originally only thought about Ethan's dad). Maybe they needed him out for the third book. I mean, who knows? I think these types of questions can only be asked after the whole series is out. I mean, there could be a good reason why he is there. Or maybe, it just didn't make any sense for him not to be.

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  14. I really hope he isn't! I mean, the scandal/super twist would be cool, but then he would be related to Lena and that just wouldn't work out… actually, it would be really weird… like REALLY weird…

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  15. I get what you are saying though. It would be cool if he wasn't totally powerless. But his caster magic would have to come from somewhere else… NOT Macon.

    Haha. And I bet your marbles aren't lost… just misplaced (wow-that was lame on my part)
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  16. Katie

    "I don't want you here, Ethan." That line simply crushed me. After everything they've been through together, Lena can't just fall for some John guy and leave her true love behind…or can she? Lena is probably the single most annoying character in this series. I understand that she's upset about Macon's death–and I can see how being with Ethan makes her uncomfortable in that way–but she needs to tell Ethan about her sixteenth birthday, because if she doesn't, all it'll do is hurt their relationship even further. Lena can't just push the people she loves away because she's upset. This is when she needs them most.

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  17. Katie

    Oh, and i was sort of grossed out about Macon and "Jane"…I mean, that's like going out with your boyfriend only to discover that your parents were…together. Idk its weird…

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