A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed...others are dangerous.
Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she's a bad girl. She's Dark. She's a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she's around. Lucky for her, Wesley "Link" Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn't hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.Hardcover, 368 pagesExpected publication: May 20th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Pusblisher in Exchange for an honest review.
Three and half stars: A fun spinoff with a killer cliffhanger.
High school graduation has come and gone. Ethan, Lena, John and Olivia are off to school, and Link and Ridley are headed to New York. Link has gone to great lengths to convince his mom he is attending a religious out of state college, but in reality he is headed to New York to chase his musical dreams. Little does he know that Ridley during the summer while they were apart, participated in a card game with deadly high stakes. Rid lost in the final round, and she must deliver a drummer and a future talent, power or favor to the winner. A drummer isn't too hard to come by, but the talent, favor or power could be a disaster. Ridley doesn't know how high the stakes really are, and for once her siren powers may have gotten her in way over her head, and she is dragging Link down with her. Can Ridley and Link survive in New York?
What I Liked:
- Link and Ridley with their tumultuous on and off again relationship were always a highlight for me in the Beautiful Creatures series. Ridley is a character that took a long time to grow on me, but by the end of the BC Series I was a fan. A book told via Link's and Ridley's eyes was a must read for me. I loved getting to know Ridley a bit better, and of course, the relationship between her and Link is always entertaining. If you are a fan of Beautiful Creatures, you must read this book.
- I like that Ridley is a complex character. She comes across as a selfish, uncaring, spoiled hedonistic, sexy Siren, but underneath the facade, there is a scared and hurting girl underneath. Ridley wasn't always bad, and it wasn't her fault that she was claimed dark by the Duchannes curse. I liked that this book peeled back her layers, and I got to finally see what made her tick. I especially love her snarky, straightforward narrative, Ridley tells it like it is. I appreciated that by the end, I not only had a new understanding of Ridley, but that I could see growth and maturity. She is maturing beyond the sexy Siren who always gets what she wants with a lick of a lollipop. I am looking forward to seeing how she will move forward.
- Link....what can I say? I adore Link. He has made me laugh from the beginning. He is a solid friend, and a kind, caring soul, even if he is a bit naive and clueless when it comes to sophistication and worldly issues. He continues to entertain me with his antics. I love that whenever there is trouble, he grabs his garden shears and prepares to back up his friends. Everyone should have a best friend like Link. Besides, what would a book in the Beautiful Creatures Series be without The Beater and Link?
- Once again, the authors dream up a complicated and interesting plot that involves a new type of Casters: Darkborns, which are Casters that sprang up when Lena broke the Order of things. An old foe reaches from beyond the grave, pulling strings in order to exact revenge.
- The world building never ceases to impress me, and the ladies have done it once again by taking the reader to New York, but it isn't the New York we all know, they treat us to the Caster side of New York. I appreciate that I can count on the world building in these books to be smart and sophisticated, and I love the terrific characters.
- The romance continues to be on and fiery hot, antagonistic and then it goes cold and off again. There are always ups and downs and drama when it comes to Ridley and Link, but you know what? It works for them, and I love their relationship. I especially liked seeing it grow and change with this book. I am anxious to see where it will go from here.
And The Not So Much:
- This is my two cents, but I personally find it irritating that authors and publishers are taking important parts of the overall story and publishing it in novellas or short stories. This is a huge handicap to the first book in this series because unless you read the novella, Dangerous Dream, which is only 46 pages and priced at $2.99, you will be a bit lost. This short novella tells how Ridley fought with Link and ended up entering the high stakes game that drives the whole plot for Dangerous Creatures. There is critical information in that short story, and if you are a reader that doesn't have an ereader, you are at a disadvantage. Not to mention, the $2.99 price tag is steep for a 46 page story.
- The other thing that holds this book back was the killer cliffhanger at the end, just when I was relaxing and enjoying the sweet moment, there is a brutal event that leaves you wondering over the fate of the two main characters. This unfortunately is a series well known for its cliffhangers, so if you are like me and detest cliffhangers, you may want to put off reading this for a bit.
- In the beginning chapters, the gang is all together for one last night before they go their separate ways. Lena performs a cast and they all end up with rings. These rings glow when Ridley and Link are in trouble later in the book, but there is no explanation or anything significant regarding the rings, which left me scratching my head. I am hoping to learn more in the next book. I was also hoping for a bit more with Ethan and Lena, I know this isn't their story anymore, but still, I longed to catch up with them.
- I actually missed Gatlin. A Beautiful Creatures book isn't quite the same when you take it out of the small town setting. I missed the dynamic of the small minded women in the town, and all the other fun stuff regarding Gatlin. It wasn't the same not having Link's mom around to constantly berate him, either. Plus, I don't think Mrs. Link would have bought the story about his college for one minute, she would have been researching and visiting it.
- There is a story line that starts when Ridley wants to get a mortal job and earn money the mortal way. She finally lands a job at a hair salon, and I laughed out loud at her antics, then the job and that whole story line is forgotten, and I wondered what was the point? At least it was funny, but it felt like a dead end story line.
Dangerous Creatures is an entertaining read that takes one of my favorite couples and moves them into a new city and a dangerous situation. There is never a dull moment when it comes to Link and Ridley. I like watching them grow and change, and I like the sparks in their relationship. My two complaints are a slap in the face cliffhanger, and vital information pulled out into a novella. Still I am a fan of this series and I will be clamoring for the next book.
"Here's mine: I've been called a lot of things, but what I really am is a survivor---and while there are more than a few stupid Sirens, there are zero stupid survivors."
"Being good Ridley was so dull that sometimes she was tempted to make new friends just so she could lose them later."
"When it came to relationships, the truth never set anyone free. The truth only set things on fire."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.