Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia

Book Blurb:

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.

My Review:

3.5 Stars Out Of 5

Genre: Another-World, Audiobook, Ghosts, Supernatural, Teen, Witches--

Ridley doesn’t tell anybody her plans as her friends all say goodbye to head off for college. She tries not to have any ties to people, because it is hard to be bad when emotionally connected to others. When she surprises Linc by going with him to New York so he can attempt to become a famous musician, she has another motivation that he can never guess. Ridley owes a drummer to dark caster Lennox Gates aka Knox, as well as a marker for any favor of his choosing, putting her in a bad situation. When things go from bad to worse, and her lies are unraveling, Ridley is left with nothing. Can she try to salvage her friends as well as her life before it is too late?

Sooo, I have not read the Beautiful Creature series but I did see the movie, so I figured that was good enough to jump into this spin off series. And surprisingly, I feel like it was. There was enough past info that was alluded to as well as the world building synopsis, so I did not feel lost when it came to what the heck was happening. That being said, I was not in love with this story. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had read the beautiful creature books, but I honestly doubt it. The plot was interesting, full of the mystery of Knox and his necromancer, the club and Caster world, visions of death and revenge. The plot was not the problem for me; instead I had an issue with the characters.

The book alternated narration from Ridley, Linc and Knox. I found Ridley to be kind of a sad character, not the ass kicking, taking names lady I expected. She did some terrible things to people for no real reason except that people expected her to. They thought she was dark and evil so she seemed to not want to disappoint, which really irritated me. If you are a jerk because that is who you are then so be it, but to be a jerk while internally regretting your actions and angst over everything is a little too emo for me.

Linc I found to be a very simple creature. Sure he seems very nice, and what you see is what you get, but he was so boring. In no way shape or form do Ridley and Linc belong together, there was absolutely no chemistry and Ridley could not be herself. I think the pet name of ShrinkyDink should be a red flag that there is a problem. (I did enjoy that he brought Lucille Ball the Cat to experience NY).

Now on the other hand, the chemistry between Knox and Ridley was HOT. I know Knox is supposed to be bad and blah blah, but I loved him. My favorite parts of the book were when he narrated. He has some made skills and such a complex personality, I could not help but root for him. And his history with Ridley makes me curious for more.

The story picked up the closer to the end I got, and my interest was fully peaked by the last 2 chapters of the book. The story had a very slow start (in my opinion) but I am glad that I read the book and I would love to see what happens next.

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