Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Chaos (The Caster Cronichles #3)
Authors: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Published: October 18th 2011
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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?

It’s official! I finished The Caster Chronicles series before Beautiful Creatures movie hits the big screen. Yay! I’m so happy, because after giving up on the second book my hopes were beyond gone. I really thought I’d be one of the few unlucky ones who came to dislike this series, but hallelujah, boys and girls, the last two completely made up for the second book. YES!

“There are lots of things we choose not to see. Doesn't mean they aren't there, even if we wish they weren't.”   

Plot. Well, it’s hard to talk about anything without spoiling it for those who haven’t read Beautiful Chaos or Beautiful Redemption yet, but what I can tell you is that I loved it! Half of it is from Lena’s POV due to the shocking circumstances that took place in Beautiful Chaos and left us hanging with our mouths open, thinking “no way, there cannot possibly be a cliffhanger like this, right?”. One of the reasons why I loved this book so much was probably Lena’s POV. It was refreshing and different in a lot of ways than Ethan’s and since that boy knows how to get on my nerves, Lena balanced it out with her thoughts and she gave us a completely different insight to the whole story.

The final book can definitely be a hit or a miss, but this one, for me at least, was a hit! Yeah, there were some places where I found myself questioning why didn’t they do those things sooner or why is this even necessary etc, and, yes, there was some eyerolling going on, but in the end it all came down to one thing: redemption. Everyone in this series had to redeem themselves in some way or another. Moreover, I actually shared my first few tears in The Caster Chronicles series. The final chapter was beautiful and happy, yet so full of sadness and heartache. It concluded this saga extremely well.

Characters. What’s cool about The Caster Chronicles is that even if people pass on to the afterlife, we can still read about them and they help our heroes and heroines out in every way possible. Link, Ridley and John – my three favourite characters were all featured in this book one way or another. I feel like I got closer with Lena due to her point of view on things. Other casters who have survived this whole journey are also as lovely as ever. Amma is fantastic as always. Ethan – yeah, you wear out my patience like no other, but I cannot seem to hate you either.You are who you are and at the end of the day, you’re the reason these unlikely relationships work as they do. Good job, mate!

“Maybe there isn't a meaning to life. Maybe there's only a meaning to living.”

This whole book kept me thinking how little time we really have and if there really is such a thing as a destiny written for us to follow or can we create our own future by following our dreams and goals while trying to surpass these insurmountable obstacles. I guess you’ll find out how I feel about that after you read this book for yourself, heh. I’m glad to have finished this series, but kind of sad since it all finally picked up like it was supposed to and now it’s all gone. But, hey! There’s still gonna be a movie to look forward to, yay!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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  1. I haven't even started this series yet, but I wanted to stop bu and say hi on this fine Friday! I see you gave it a 4 and that's great! So happy that the series is staying strong for you. I met Margaret Stohl at a signing her in town and she was so hilarious that it made me really want to get into the books but I still haven't gotten too. Anyway, Happy Friday Siiri!

    1. HEY JENNI!!! I hope you havea fine Friday yourself:) I'd love to meet them one day. I doubt it's gonna happen, but you never know, right? I think this series suffered from the second book syndrome, but all in all it's a decent series. I can't see what your opinionated mind think when you FINALLY read it:) <3