Dangerous Creaturesby Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Dangerous Creatures #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2014-05-20
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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From the world of Beautiful Creatures-a dangerous new tale of love and magic.
Ridley Duchannes is nobody's heroine. She's a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can't trust her, or yourself when she's around. And she'll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you're going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.
Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn't care if Rid's no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link's dreams are about to come true.
But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link's bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what's a Siren to do?
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell. Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.
Beautiful Creatures holds a special place in my heart, it’s what got me back to reading other books after I obsessed over Twilight for a .. uhmm.. very long time (let’s leave it like that). I admit I got a little lost on the series, but I loved it still the same. When they announced this spin-off I was again super excited as the two main characters promised for something more edgy and fun!
Darker, sexier and edgier! … and everyone is a little more grown up!
What I loved most about Dangerous Creature is the dark and gritty atmosphere, which is most definitely edgier than what we got from Beautiful Creatures. Not only do we have two main characters who most definitely fall more into the “grey” area, but also the setting helps delivering a different feeling. The kids finally finished school and everyone heads out to college. Link and Ridley – who had a very difficult relationship in the previous series, head together to New York with no real clue what to do there.
If you’d need to label this, it would be most definitely a crossover to New Adult, which will please many fans of the series who also grew up with their beloved characters.
Secrets and Dangers, can Link and Ridley’s Love survive?
The story begins with Link and Ridley being in a very difficult situation and they do not know exactly where they stand. It’s not helping that Ridley apparently has her own reasons to be in New York and .. to bring Link with her. Yet, her real reasons as usual come out too late and nearly break them apart completely.
Ridley owe the mysterious and elusive Nox some depth that might destroy them all and instead of talking she hides everything and tries to figure it out on her own. This of course leaves us with many questions, like what happened to Ridley exactly and how dangerous is this situation they are in exactly and… what role plays Nox in all this?
A little lost…
I must admit, that I was a little lost in the beginning, having not read the last book in the Caster Chronicles, I have no idea if there would be more background or if it’s just the way the story flows. Also, I think I would have liked a little more back story altogether and a few reminders about important things that might have helped getting easier into this new story.
Lots of grey areas and an elusive character I fell hard for!
As I already mentioned, I loved the whole atmosphere and I loved this very dark world Link and Ridley found themselves in. The darker it gets, the more characters can rise about the label of darkness and surprises us with goodness. The characters (apart from Link and Rid) I loved most is Nox – he has such a mysterious aura surrounding him and there are so many secrets attached to him, that I cannot wait to find out more about him. He most definitely surprised me at the very end, where he left me literally cheering for him. I don’t think that he’s there for a Love Triangle, which should make many readers happy!
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is the perfect continuation of the much beloved Caster Chronicles with readers favorites Link and Ridley. It’s much darker, edgier and gritty and sets a whole different thrilling atmosphere. Link and Ridley are just amazing characters to drive this story, but also new characters will easily make their way into the heart of the readers. Even though many spin offs are considered as stand-alone series, I feel like many people would be lost without having read the previous Caster Chronicles.
At the very least I would suggest reading Dangerous Dream – the prequel to this series!