Monday, 19 May 2014
Review: Dangerous Creatures(Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: May 20th, 2014
Series: Dangerous Creatures
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A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed...others are dangerous.
Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she's a bad girl. She's Dark. She's a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she's around. Lucky for her, Wesley "Link" Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn't hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.
I was excited yet a little skeptical when I heard that there would be more books in the Beautiful Creatures universe. It's one of those things that I can't help but think, "why do we need to resurrect the series?" But seeing as Dangerous Creatures moves away from Ethan and Lena and focuses on Ridley and Link I did feel the need to want to pick up the book. Rid and Link were definitely my favourite characters. I'd love to learn more about them and get their POV's. And you do get that. I'd definitely recommend only picking up this book if you've read the Caster Chronicles series. and I'd also recommend picking up the 0.5 novella Dangerous Dream as it's a pretty good buffer between Beautiful Redemption and the start of Dangerous Creatures. It also sets up the events of what's to come. And I think without having read it I might have been a little confused as to how Rid got herself in the situation she's in in Dangerous Creatures.
Link and Rid are off to NYC. They've just spent the summer apart after Rid had a temper tantrum and ran off. But well she was off being Rid she got herself into some trouble in NYC and suddenly she needs Link again. So off they go, just as they planned at the beginning of the summer. Link is hoping to find a band that needs a drummer so he can be the music star her's always wanted to be. As they get closer and closer to NYC Rid decides she can't fully keep her secret anymore. But Rid being Rid doesn't tell Link exactly what trouble she's in. She doesn't let him know that her trying to cheat her way through a high stakes game didn't go as planned and she got caught. She now owes a powerful guy a favour and a new drummer for his band(she may have taken out his). So that's where Link comes in, she just happens to know a band that needs a drummer.
We get a whole bunch of new characters in Dangerous Creatures but there's some old ones that make appearances. And those old ones that show up are ones that are holding a vengeance. It's not good news for Rid and Link. In fact Lena may have changed their world more than anyone had expected. Lena changed the way of things, which has allowed creatures that are more powerful and different than the Castor world has known to be formed. Also not good news for Rid and Link.
For the most part Dangerous Creatures is from Ridley's POV. She's definitely the same old Rid you remember from the previous books. She's loud, flashy, sneaky, and distrustful. But as you continue through the book you always realize she's a little lost and broken. She's a dark Siren. The way she acts is how she thinks she's supposed to act. She's not supposed to love and care. Unfortunately Link is that thorn in her side. She may never say it out loud and her words and actions might prove otherwise, but she loves him in her own way.
Link is still Link. He's sweet and music obsessed. He loves Ridley and just wants her to say what he knows she wants to say. But she won't and her actions in NYC are just piling up against her. Eventually Link just can't put up with her anymore. She's standing in his way. And apparently even Link has a pressure point.
Their relationship is as explosive as always. And with Ridley keeping secrets and when one of the band members nearly gets killed by a dark Siren and fingers point at Rid. Even Link can't help her out. He can only care so much. Link's believe and caring in her is his strongest abilities I think. Even when it seems like his fully given up on her, he hasn't.
I will admit to being a little let down. I expected more from the story. It was just kinda of messy and all over the place. I don't know if the book was written too fast and story points were left out? Because that's what it seems like. The main plot points and who you come to find out as the antagonists aren't wholly original. It's as if it's just a continuation of Beautiful Redemption. A character just stuck on revenge. Just a little boring for me. But I enjoy Rid and Link, so that kept me reading. And will probably make me continue the series.