I had a really hard time with Beautiful Darkness. The writing is still lovely, but some other things really got in the way for me. The big one is the relationship. I know that Lena and Ethan are supposed to be eternal loves, but they are so bad for each other! I volunteer with youth and one thing I try to tell them is teenagerhood is for learning about yourself. If your romantic relationships are that stressful you need to walk away. It's hard, but it's worth it. The whole time I just wanted to go to Ethan and Lena and say something like this: "I know you love each other. That love is absolutely real. The problem is that you aren't ready for the pressure that your relationship is putting you through. If you really love each other you should step back a bit until Lena has worked through her crap and Ethan has learned to deal with a few things too." Obviously that's not going to happen and they're going to continue to overcome amazing odds to be together, which is fine. It's that kind of book, and it's good at what it's trying to do. I'm going to try out the next one and hopefully I'll be fine.