June 12, 2014

Review: Dangerous Creature (Dangerous Creatures #1)

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 20, 2014
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Book Description:

Ridley Duchannes is nobody's heroine. She's a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can't trust her, or yourself when she's around. And she'll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you're going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn't care if Rid's no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link's dreams are about to come true

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link's bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what's a Siren to do.

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Let's just start this out by saying how excited I was when I heard there was going to be a spinoff for the "Beautiful Creatures" series, and how that excitement only amplified when I found out that the new series was going to revolve around Ridley and Link. These two were possibly my favorite part of "Beautiful Creatures", and I'm glad that I get to indulge in them even more.

"Dangerous Creatures" picks up after our last series left off, and all of the characters we know have now graduated high school and are about to go their separate ways. Link plans on going to New York (even though his mother thinks he's going to a southern religious college) to try to make it big in music, and our favorite siren, Ridley, is going along for the ride. What Link doesn't know is that Ridley has a secret agenda for her going along, and has some debts that she has to pay off and she plans on using him to do it.

The thing that I've always loved about these two is their give and take. Link was used as comic relief in the "Beautiful Creatures" books, and Ridley is a bad girl gone good (or good girl gone bad depending on the day) with some serious selfish tendencies. It doesn't make sense for these two to work as a couple, but some how they just do. The shipper fangirl inside me loves every fight they have, even as I'm also yelling at them to just get over themselves and love each other already. But that's what's fun with these two. They fight like cats and dogs, but still find ways to look out for each other.

"Dangerous Creatures" is definitely a book full of character development for Ridley. In the story she needs to learn how to be more than just the selfish siren that she's been for years, and needs to learn to care about others. On top of that she also needs to learn how to open her heart and let Link in.

At first I wondered if I would miss Ethan and the other characters from "Beautiful Creatures", but we get introduced to a whole new set of characters to get to know. And if you have never read the first series, I don't think that it's a complete necessity. Yes, there's references to the events that happened before, but there's enough exposition so you won't get lost in this new book. There's also a short novella that comes before the "Dangerous Creatures" book. I actually didn't read it until I finished the book, and I was still able to follow the story fully.

I would definitely recommend "Dangerous Creatures" as well as "Beautiful Creatures" if you haven't read that book series yet. The characters are multi layered and easy to love, and the story is interesting and fast paced to keep you turning the pages.

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Author Bio: Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). Beautiful Creatures has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The Beautiful Creatures movie released in theaters on February 14, 2013.

Kami is also the author of Unbreakable, the first book her paranormal solo series, THE LEGION (coming October 1, 2013. Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. As a girl with Southern roots, she has always been fascinated by the paranormal and believes in lots of things “normal” people don’t. She’s very superstitious and would never sleep in a room with the number “13″ on the door. When she is not writing, Kami can usually be found watching disaster movies, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke.

Kami has an MA in education, and taught in the Washington DC area until she moved to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher & Reading Specialist for 14 years. In addition to teaching, Kami was a professional artist and led fantasy book groups for children and teens. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Author Bio: Margaret Stohl

Writing has gotten me in and out of trouble since I was 15 (back then, mostly just in trouble.) For 10 years, I designed &/or wrote for lots of video games, one of which was nominated for “Most Innovative Game Design,” but I lost to a rapping onion. If you know games you get why my two bad beagles are named Zelda and Kirby.

School: I spent more years in it than a person ever should, because let’s face it, reading books is so much better than having a job. I fell in love with American literature at Amherst and Yale, earned an MA in English from Stanford, and studied creative writing under the late great poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I taught Intro to Film as a TA at Yale and Romantic Poetry as a TA at Stanford. Don’t tell the people at Yale but sometimes I taught the section before I’d seen the movie it was about...

I live in Santa Monica, CA, with my family, most of whom were enslaved into working with me in one form or another on my first YA book for Little, Brown. I’m not kidding; when my daughters wanted to go to school I said “Why are you so selfish? Get back in there and edit,” and by said I mean yelled and maybe threw things, it’s all a haze. Now the Beautiful series has wrapped, but you can see the movie on February 13, 2013 or read my new book ICONS on May 7th. Nothing gold can stay, Ponyboy.

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