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Saturday, July 27, 2013

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Review: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia + Margaret Stohl

Caster Chronicles #4
Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Released Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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.

Before Reading:
     I'm apparently scared of reading this.

     I don't exactly have the prettiest picture (and words) about the prior books in the series, aside from Book 3, Beautiful Chaos. And I don't plan to say anything about them, so please spare me by not asking (really, I'd like to keep my thoughts about the first two books to myself... thanks).
     But I still chose to finish off the series. I don't really know why. I think it was the cliffhanger from book 3 and I want to know what happens to Ethan after you know what. O_o

     I hope I don't regret it... *cues the 'something is about to happen' music*

After Reading:
     If I made it this far and finished it completely, then I think survived.

     Was it as bad as I feared it would be, that I wouldn't be able to finish it like the first two books?
     No. In fact, it was good. A whole lot better.

     How much better?
     A lot. I don't really know how much, but it was a lot. *phew*

     I think it was Ethan's mom and Link that told me to keep reading. Maybe it's their personality, because Link, for some reason, has always been one of my favorite characters in terms of humor. I also liked hearing Lena's thoughts – definitely kept me from throwing a book at the wall (can ebooks be thrown across the room? I don't think my parents will be happy if I did that, virtual or not. In fact, I'm already clumsy enough. CRASH*). Or maybe it was her poems.
     Unfortunately, I probably should have paid much more attention while reading the first two books. There were some things that I needed refreshing on... but chose not to because I don't think I can bear going through rereading it again, or even doing a really quick one or two days 'Skim-n-Read-a-thon.'

     Do I regret giving the rest of The Caster Chronicles a chance after being bored to death with the first two books?
     Nope. I think I'm pretty glad I gave the rest of the series a chance. They did say third time's the charm, right? I think this applies. ;)

* – No one, including the reviewer, was hurt in the process of writing the review for Beautiful Redemption. In fact, that was just for emphasis. :p

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls


Other Reviews:
Beautiful Chaos

~Happy Reading!


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