Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Beautiful Redemption: felt more of a philosophical homily

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4)by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

3 stars
Published October 23, 2012 by Little, Brown Books

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.
Ok.. don't hit me... but I was disappointed with this one. The story line wasn't so much about Ethan and Lena and their relationship, but rather an unending spouting of sleep inducing philosophical monologue. The emotional pull you had from their interaction was gone. 




There are few books where I have to force myself to keep reading.. and this was one of them. That my friends is a tragedy and I'll explain why. The first book, Beautiful Creatures was rich, dark, intense and extremely emotional. The pace was fast and the dialogue was riveting. Beautiful Redemption? Not so much. Actually... not at all.

We are stuck in Ethan's quest. It feels like going through Hell, which I guess he basically is doing in order to get his Happily Ever After. But I know another series (cough..The Iron Fae..cough) that had the main guy going through that and it was ANYTHING BUT boring. Hubba. Hubba.

The ending was so open and vague. We are left with so many questions that will never be answered and a situation we had been dying to read we will never know how that would
transpire. Maybe when they make the movie, they will address some of these issues. 

The movie for book one, Beautiful Creatures hits theaters February 1, 2013.