Thursday, February 14, 2013

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Series: Beautiful Creatures/Caster Chronicles (bk. 4)

Genera: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Subjects: Magic, supernatural, psychic ability, love, adventure, South Carolina, death

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 453 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $18.99

Publisher: Little, Brown

Summary/ product description: “Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.”

My Rating: êêêêê

My Review: Because of the upcoming Beautiful Creatures movie, I had to make sure I read the last book before I saw it. I’ve loved these books so much. I love the southern setting and all the characters. They’re just so amazing. And funny, and entertaining. This last book was so different because Ethan’s dead and no longer in Gatlin. He’s in the Otherworld, trying to find a way back to life. He finds a clever way to send messages to Lena so she can help him out. There’s a 140 page part in the book from her first person perspective. Finally we get her hear Lena’s narrative voice. It’s less Southern, and definitely different from Ethan. It’s almost like having a novella, but inside the book. Really, each part feels like its own separate story with a climax. You get three books in one, kind of. It’s funny in the second part when Lena and Link are trying to figure out how to get the Book of Moons. I love Link. He’s adorably stupid and I love his love-hate relationship with Ridley. Macon is still the coolest uncle ever. He’s good at defending his family. Amma is Amma, and I wonder if the movie version of her will be as tough and cross-word loving as the book version. Out of the whole series, this last book had more adventure in it, and more fantasy. It felt like it had a mythological connection, because the part where Ethan crosses a river. He goes through a lot of trials and tribulations to get home. There’s action and a smart plot. There’s also a bittersweet end, but everything wraps up nicely. I’ll miss Gatlin, and the people who live in it. Thankfully, there’s a movie, so I’ll get to experience the story in whole new way.  

Cover Art Review: Caster green title. Love the title, as always. The spiral staircase is awesome.


~Haley G

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