Book: Dangerous Creatures, #1 of TBA (A Caster Chronicles Series spin-off.)
Series: Dangerous Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher and Publication Date: 05/20/14
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you plan on reading Dangerous Creatures, you need to read The Caster Chronicles first. Also, if you plan on reading Dangerous Creatures, you have to read Dangerous Dreams first. Dangerous Dreams is a 46 page novella/prequel, and without it, you will be completely lost. Like I was. Majorly, majorly lost.
1) Caster Chronicles 2) Dangerous Dreams 3) Dangerous Creatures
My Review in a Nutshell:
I honest to God squealed when I found out Ridley would have a book ALL TO HER SELF! Bad bitches like Ridley deserve it. Unfortunately, she has gone soft. To top it off, we are now in New York rather than Gatlin. Don’t get me wrong, I love NY, but Gatlin is where the magic truly happens.
What’s It All About?
Ridley and Link head to New York where Link hopes to become a famous rock star. With Link in La-La Land, he is oblivious to the fact that someone in the underworld wants him dead. His life is a back-and- forth between making music and fighting with Ridley, who unfortunately is not adjusting to her new domesticated lifestyle.
In Gatlin, Ridley was a big fish in a small pond; I loved it. The prude townspeople of Gatlin paled in comparison to her larger than life persona. But stick Ridley in New York with people that rival her fierceness, and the vicious qualities we once loved about her seem inadequate. I felt like I was reading about a weak, confused, love sick character who just happened to be named Ridley. Very, very weird.
Spin-offs are hard, I totally understand this. But New York? Gatlin was a huge reason why Beautiful Creatures stood out to me; the ambiance, history and wackadoodle characters. And to be perfectly honest, the whole “bigger picture” plot line was seriously lost on me. I will blame this on the HUGE gap in between my reading Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures, though. Maybe there were things I needed to remember from the first series in order for this one to make sense; who freaking knows.
All in all, it was okay. I’m hoping there’s a reason for the complete 180 of basically everything. Here’s to hoping that Ridley’s pity party is a set up for a kick-ass comeback, where she annihilates everyone who does her wrong. That would be awesome. Oh, and I have a hankering that the authors knew they didn’t quite “capture the magic” with this one, which lead them to write a cliffhanger of epic proportions. It’s a doozy.
My Favorite Quotes:
“I’ve been called a lot of things, but what I really am is a survivor- and while there are more than a few stupid Sirens, there are zero stupid survivors.”
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