Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Dangerous Dream
(Dangerous Creatures #0.5)
Authors: Kami Garcia&Margaret Stohl
Source:  Publisher
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published: December 17, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can't resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

Where's a Linkubus when you need him?


If you’ve been wondering what the kids in Gatlin have been up to since we last left them in Beautiful Redemption (the conclusion of The Caster Chronicles), this little novella holds the answers.  We pick up at the graduating ceremony for our favorite seniors, but you very well know such a ceremony in Gatlin and anywhere around the Duchannes family isn’t going to go off without some kind of caster-y hitch. 

This is a fun, fast read; but some readers may complain about the size and the ending.  It is short and it does end abruptly, but let me tell you what this novella does right: it is the perfect refresher for fans of The Caster Chronicles – especially if you’re like me and it’s been over a year since you read the final installment.  Dangerous Dream also sets the stage perfectly for the new spin-off series, Dangerous Creatures. I have adored Link since book one, Beautiful Creatures… but a whole book featuring Ridley?

“Let’s get something straight:  I’m supposed to be the bad guy.  
I will always disappoint you.  Your parents will hate me.  
You should not root for me.  I am not your role model.  
I don’t know why everyone seems to forget that.  I never do.”  

I wasn’t sure how much I could take of the snarky siren… until I read this little story.  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl pulled me in hook, line, and sinker.  I definitely need more Ridley after this teaser novella. 

                                         “That’s what Link usually loved about Ridley.  
She’d claw your eyes out and then weep over the scratch marks.  
She was her own worst enemy and her own best friend.  
She made life so damn hard for herself, and everyone around her, 
that it was like a miracle, only in reverse.”

Dangerous Creatures, the first installment in the Dangerous Creatures series, releases May 20, 2014 – and if you had any doubts about Ridley and Link being the main attraction, pick up this novella and let it lay those fears to rest.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures, #0.5) Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)

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