Dangerous Deception – book review

Dangerous Deception

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.

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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!

Unbreakable – book review

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Unbreakable is the eerie and alluring book, written by Kami Garcia.

When Kennedy Waters starts seeing ghosts, she thinks she might be loosing her mind. But she isn’t. She’s only loosing the life she used to know. After Kennedy finds her mother dead, her whole world crumbles. Confused and scared, Jared and Lukas Lockhard come to Kennedy’s rescue to protect her from the dangerous spirit that was going to kill her. Kennedy discovers that her mother was a part of a secret group dedicated to protecting the world from demons – a group where all five members were murdered on the exact same night.

In order to learn the truth about the world and stay alive, Kennedy must take her mother’s place in the Legion and battle deadly spirits to destroy the demon planning to destroy the world.

I liked reading Unbreakable, but not as much as I’d hoped to. I absolutely loved reading the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The thing I loved most about this book was how Kami Garcia could create such a creepy and eerie book. A lot of this book was really scary and I loved how Garcia could so easily make the reader feel what the characters were feeling at these times and how she could create a creepy atmosphere. I discovered that I couldn’t read this book after 10pm, otherwise I would have no chance of sleeping. I was so engrossed in this book that the night I had started it, I stayed up reading until 11pm. After that, I was so freaked-out and I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep, so I started reading one of the boring books that I haven’t been able to finish yet. At last, I had found a time to read the book that had been on my shelf, which I had been putting off reading because of the dull beginning. That book helped me sleep, but the creepiness still lingered around and had me wondering what was going to happen next in the story. I was intrigued by the story of Unbreakable from the very beginning and my interest was kept for the entire book. There were a few things that I didn’t like about this book. One would be the characters, the other would be Garcia’s attempt at a love-triangle.
I didn’t really find the characters in this book particularly special. Kennedy Waters is very unsure of herself from the beginning. This doesn’t help when Jared, Lukas and the others try to convince her that she’s a member of the Legion. Kennedy always denied that she was part of the Legion, even though the reader assumes that she clearly is. As you might already know, if there’s one thing I hate in a character, it’s self-doubt. Self-doubt is so frustrating! Kennedy would doubt herself and her talents all the time and sometimes I just felt like punching her in the face and telling her to realise that she’s not useless. I expected that she would probably deny being a part of the Legion in the beginning, like any normal person would, but she kept denying it and that really got on my nerves. The brothers, Jared and Lukas Lockhart, weren’t as developed as I would have liked. Both Jared and Lukas seemed really similar to me. I felt like Jared was supposed to be the witty and cocky brother and Lukas was supposed to be the kind and sweet brother, but this wasn’t explored enough. I felt like both of these characters needed to be more different from one another and I needed more of a reason to like them. I didn’t not like them, but I didn’t fall head-over-heels in love with them.
Another thing that I didn’t like about this book was how badly the “love triangle” was created. This love triangle seemed so typical. Twins. Of course. The love triangle is so predictable that it’s actually kind-of funny. It was extremely obvious from the very beginning which twin Kennedy was going to have feelings for. She shared “special moments” between both brothers, but these moments were hardly amazing. And of course the brothers had to be rivals and have underlying issues between them. Of course Kennedy would like them both, but feel a bit more of a pull towards one of them. The romance in this book was definitely not what kept me reading this book.
Overall, I liked reading this book. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was enjoyable enough. The one thing I liked the most about this book was it’s fast-paced plot and how Garcia can so easily create such a spooky scene. I quite liked reading Unbreakable by Kami Garcia and I’d give it a score of 7 out of 10. I’d recommend this book to people who like reading horror novels and to those who are not that interested in having much of a love triangle in a book.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Publishers Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Beautiful Redemption – book review

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Beautiful Redemption is the fourth and last book in the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Ethan Wate would never have guessed that the small town of Gatlin, that he was so sure of travelling away from a few years ago, would become the one place in the world he couldn’t comprehend leaving. He never thought that he’d meet the girl of his dreams (literally) and for her to love him back. He never would have dreamt that this girl could reveal a secret to him that would turn his life upside down. And of course, he never would have believed that he’d be forced to leave everything and everyone he loved behind.

So when Ethan wakes up after the chilling Eighteenth Moon, his one and only goal is to find his way back to Gatlin, to his family and to Lena Duchannes… the girl he loves.

Lena and Ethan must try to communicate through their different worlds, desperately wanting to once again be reunited. They will both do anything to help each other, even risking lives and trusting old enemies. But will it be enough to bring Ethan back? Will someone have to be sacrificed to ensure Ethan’s safety?

Beautiful Redemption was undoubtedly different from the others in the series. The book was kind of split into three parts – it started off with Ethan’s point of view (which was how all the other books in the series are), but then, about a third of the way through, it changed to Lena’s point of view, then back to Ethan’s towards the end. As a reader, we’ve never read from Lena’s point of view before, so it was a completely new experience for me. I saw the difference between what Ethan and Lena called different people (eg. Macon vs. Uncle Macon) and I could understand the emotions that Lena was feeling all the time, rather than assuming from what Ethan interpreted from the weather and from Lena’s reactions. A part of this series that I really loved was how Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl wrote. Not only did I love how they explained clearly so I didn’t get lost, they also hid some of the details, which made me more interested and I couldn’t stop reading until I had found out what I wanted to know. I think that Beautiful Redemption was an amazing end to the Beautiful Creatures series. Admittedly, I liked it better in the series when Lena and Ethan were together, but of course that wasn’t possible for most of this book. I really liked Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.

Beautiful Chaos – book review

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Beautiful Chaos is the third of four books in the wonderful series, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Ethan Wate was getting used to strange things happening in his small town of Gatlin. But recently he has been haunted in his dreams, not liking foods that he’s loved his whole life and forgetting names, numbers and even memories. When swarms of locusts, record heat and devastating storms hit, he knows something is really wrong. Even Lena and her family’s abilities are misfiring, which could potentially be dangerous. He and Lena must do something about it. However when time goes on, they start wondering what – or who – must be sacrificed in order to set things right and save Gatlin.

Slowly, Ethan begins slipping away. His soul is being shattered and the pieces are being taken away from him. He starts hearing voices, writing strange things and seeing things no one else can. Soon Ethan will no longer be able to remember those who matter most to him, or even himself. Ethan must do something, and quickly.

Lena and Ethan realise what must be done. A sacrifice must be made. Someone will die…

Wow. This book is intense. When I reached the end of the book, I was thinking ‘What?! What are they going to do that can fix this? How could they do that?! I can’t believe it!’. I still can’t believe it. I couldn’t let the book end like that. So I reread and reread the last three chapters over and over again, hoping that this time would be the time that no one would die. But every time, the book ended the same way. This book was unbelievably heart-breaking in the end. I guess it was good that I wanted to read the next book in the series, I mean, who wouldn’t? After just having one of the characters die before your eyes and seeing how this affected everyone around them, everyone would want to read the next book straight away. This book was so beautifully written, as were the others in the series, and it again hooked me in and kept me reading. I loved Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I would give it a score of 8 out of 10. Beautiful.  

Beautiful Darkness – book review

Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness is the second of four books in the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Grieving and confused from her sixteenth birthday, Lena is still trying to grasp the fact that one of her beloved family members has died and that she has still not been claimed for the Light of the Dark. She pushes away those closest to her, including Ethan, which leaves her feeling even more alone and distraught.

On the last day of school, Lena tells Ethan that she is leaving town with her family, but she does something else… something dangerous…

Angry and jealous, Ethan finds Lena with someone he thought she would never become friends with. Lena and her new ‘friends’ together manage to destroy the town’s fair and shatter Ethan’s heart. But that doesn’t stop Ethan from going after her.

Along with his friends, Ethan realises that Sarafine is trying to pull a Seventeenth Moon out of time to get Lena to claim herself. Some unexpected individuals support Ethan and join the hunt to find Lena before her Seventeenth Moon is called and she is claimed. But will it be too late? Will Lena already have claimed herself and not want to go back with Ethan?

I found myself enjoy this book A LOT, perhaps even more than Beautiful Creatures. I loved how fast-paced it was and how my opinions of the characters completely changed throughout the book. Most unexpectedly of all, I found myself becoming sympathetic towards RIDLEY of all people! My opinion of her was dramatically changed throughout this book. At the start I despised her, in the middle I felt sorry for her, and then at the end I was a little suspicious about her. At the end of the book I was left wondering what would happen next and if someone I began to trust would betray Lena and her friends in the next book, which is good that it still had me interested and keen on reading the next book in the series. I found Beautiful Darkness grabbed my attention more than Beautiful Creatures, and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.

Beautiful Creatures – book review

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Beautiful Creatures is the first of four books in the series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Sixteen year-old Ethan has been dreaming about the same girl for months. Every night he dreams of her, yet he has never met her in his life. Until now.

The girl from his dreams turns out to be a girl named Lena, a new girl in town that has just started at his school. Ethan is automatically drawn to Lena and, despite the rumours about her and the fact that talking to her would be socially unacceptable; he can’t help but love her alluring personality and honesty.

But Lena isn’t an ordinary girl. Accustomed to being an outsider, she is reluctant to open up to Ethan.

That’s when weird things start happening in the small town of Gatlin. Windows shatter, lights short out and the weather patterns are all over. All of this intrigues Ethan more into finding out who Lena is, and why when she appeared, these things started happening.

In a matter of months, Lena is going to turn sixteen. And her birthday is going to decide her fate. What Lena chooses will not only determine her future, but the survival of her family. Can Lena fight evil? But the question is, in the end, will she want to?

I found Beautiful Creatures intriguing from the very beginning. I became entangled in Ethan’s life and felt that there was something bigger going than what meets the eye in Gatlin. The tension is held throughout the book, most of the answers to my questions to do with the past and Lena and her family weren’t answered straight away, which I liked because it kept me interested and reading on. I loved both Ethan and Lena’s personalities and found that they merged together very well, rather than living for and needing each other. I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and I’d give it a score of 7 out of 10.