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

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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.