Dangerous Deception is the thrilling sequel to Dangerous Creatures, written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Some loves are cursed. This one is dangerous. Especially when the love is between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus Link and Dark Caster, Siren and bad girl, Ridley.
But now Ridley is missing and Link, being with her right up until she vanished, can’t even begin to comprehend where she might have gone. Determined to find her, Link reunites with some members from his band and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wanted Ridley for himself. Together they travel south, find Casters locked in cages, and uncover evil that was never meant to be disturbed. This time, love might not be enough.
While I fell completely in love with Dangerous Creatures, I can’t help but feel just a tiny bit let down by Dangerous Deception. After a cliffhanger that left my mind spinning for weeks after closing Dangerous Creatures, I was so sure this book was going to be just as incredible. However, I did really enjoy reading Dangerous Deception, don’t get me wrong. I probably shouldn’t have set my expectations that high for this book, or any book, for that matter. The one thing that meant I felt a little disappointed by this book was the mere fact that I hardly got any time with both Ridley and Link together. In Dangerous Creatures, and the Beautiful Creatures series, some of my favourite parts were the ones when Link and Ridley were together. I had been telling myself that I’d get more of that in this book, and when that didn’t happen, that caused me to feel slightly let down, but that is in no way the book’s fault. Overall, this book was a thrilling, fast-paced read and I really enjoyed it.
When you have a cliffhanger as epic as the one in Dangerous Creatures, I can understand how it would be hard to continue on with suspense and as intrigue as the last page of the previous book had. In that respect, I felt as though it was slightly anti-climactic. I understood that the book needed to get moving and to continue on with the story, but at some points, I felt like the details of how the problem at the end of the previous book was resolved were glossed over a little too quickly and without enough substance. Again, this is to be expected because of the cliffhanger and it would be incredibly hard to get your characters out of what happened in the previous book.
Because it had been quite a few months since I had read Dangerous Creatures, I found that I had forgotten a lot of the minor characters that became more major in this book. The authors didn’t prompt me to remember who these people were and I was reading the book desperately trying to get hints at to where I knew these characters from. Some authors kind of retell the story at the beginning of a book in the series to make sure that the readers aren’t lost, even if it’s been a little while since they read the previous book, but I didn’t get any of that in this one. Maybe it would have been beneficial for me to have reread the previous book before picking up this one, but I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen and I was so excited to get my hands on this book, so I didn’t want to waste any time before opening up Dangerous Deception. If you’re going to pick up this book and it’s been a while since you’ve read Dangerous Creatures, I definitely recommend rereading before picking this one up.
Even though I didn’t remember a lot of the characters from the previous book and therefore didn’t feel as connected to them, I did enjoy spending time with all the usual favourites, like Link and Ridley and Liv and John. Ridley is definitely my favourite character of this series, and she was my favourite character of the Dangerous Creatures series too. I love her sometimes sweet, sometimes sinister personality and how you often don’t know what you’re going to get with her. She can be unpredictable, but at her core, I honestly believe she’s a fundamentally decent person. I loved watching her change throughout this book. It was both heart-wrenching and intriguing to see how she was affected by the things that occurred in this book.
Of course, this review couldn’t be complete without mentioning Link. Link has always been such a lovely character and one that it’s been great getting to know throughout the books in both series. It’s so cute how he will do anything to protect Ridley, including risking his life on multiple occasions. Him teaming up with Liv and John was also great to see. They all made such a good team and I loved the dynamics going on there, with Necro included. There were quite a few hilarious moments in this book and I loved the banter between characters.
While these was a few things I didn’t completely enjoy about this book, the ending definitely made it all worthwhile. This book left me on another cliffhanger and that means I’m going to pick up the next book as soon as it’s available. I’m really not sure what direction the story is going to take in the next book, if there even is going to be a next book, I’m not really sure if there is. If you know anything about if they’re writing another book for the series and when it’ll be out, I’d love to know! I’d give Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl a score of 8 out of 10. If you’re considering reading either the Dangerous Creatures or the Beautiful Creatures series, I definitely recommend it. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts!