What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Talk about a wait. I've been enamored with this series since I first listened to the audiobook, so it was a bittersweet wait to know that this story would be coming to a close. I was anxious to find out what would happen, but not wanting it to end. So I grabbed this book up as soon as it hit shelves.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Is death the end . . . or only the beginning? Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin. But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice. Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones' lives. Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

What I Liked: 1) Thank you, thank you, thank you for answering a burning question I've had ever since the beginning. What Is Lena's Real Name? For those of you who've been following along and are curious, yes, this question is answered in Beautiful Redemption. 2) The beginning. I was surprised at the beginning, which is something that almost never happens. I think the optimist in me expected something different, even knowing what happened at the end of Beautiful Chaos. So the fact that I was surprised was good. 3) Some characters that I thought we'd never meet. There were some people who've played a pretty significant role in the story who we never actually met, and they made an appearance. One in particular I was very glad was included in the conclusion to Ethan and Lena's story. 4) Happy Endings. I feel confident that I can say that without really giving anything away, because there are so many characters and so many relationships that who knows what I'm really talking about.

What I Didn't Like: Was anyone else as disappointed in this one as I was? I felt like there was a huge build up with the first three books to something completely epic and spellbinding the happen in Beautiful Redemption. But in my opinion, everything about the story changed. Remember those games you played in pre-school, where you would have four items and you had to choose which one didn't belong? That's how Beautiful Redemption was. It didn't fit with the other three books. The settings were...strange, like being dropped in Wonderland after spending the rest of the books in Gatlin. And everyone's personality just seemed a little dulled after the events of the last book.

Overall Thoughts: I love this series, and will probably keep reading and listening to these audiobooks for a long time. I was satisfied with the ending that concluded this long story, but I was very disappointed in the journey we took to get there in Beautiful Redemption. I felt many of the things I have loved about this series were missing in Beautiful Redemption, almost like the book was just churned out in an effort to meet deadlines instead of taking the time to really hold true to these characters. Don't get me wrong, I think these authors are incredible and will jump in to anything else they write with a lot of excitement. But BR just didn't do the rest of the series justice.

My Rating: 3 shots

2 comments:

  1. I have heard so many mixed things about this series. I have the first book on audio and plan on listening to it soon. The movie looks awesome so I figured I should "read" the book before it comes out.

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    1. I absolutely love the audiobooks. The narrator is perfect for the role of Ethan, and he does the other voices very well too. But I'm still bumming about how disappointed I was in this final book. I feel like...it didn't do my favorite series justice. Ethan deserved more!! But anyway, I hope you love the series when you get started. AB is the way to go with this one, because it really brings everything to life.

      Courtney

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