Book Review: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Posted August 8, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles) by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlBeautiful Redemption Series: Caster Chronicles #4
on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Pages: 464
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780316214605
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three-stars
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Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

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.

I first began this series about 3 or 4 years ago, so I was kind of hazy on the events of the last novel. Usually, I would re-read the series, but The Caster Chronicles has never been one of my favorite YA series. In fact, the only reason I’ve read past the first novel is due to the fact that I bought the entire series at one time. Yet while I’m not this series’ biggest fan, I did enjoy this final installment, Beautiful Redemption.

The novel picks up after the events of the Eighteenth Moon, in which Ethan sacrificed his life to save the world. In a scene straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ethan leapt off the water tower to right the world again, only to wake up in the afterlife. Though happy to save those he loves, Ethan still years to be with the girl he loves. Maybe because I’m not really into Ethan and Lena, but I actually liked Ethan being separated from Gatlin. Readers get the opportunity to see him interact with new characters, and some old ones as well that he’s never been paired in scenes with. This allowed me to see other sides of Ethan away from Lena, Link and the gang, and made him seem more multi-dimensional.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is heartbroken over Ethan’s death and holds on to hope that he’ll somehow return to her. Though I enjoyed Ethan’s scenes away from Lena, I didn’t particularly care for Lena’s. I’ve never been invested in her as a character, so her scenes were only interesting to me, because they showed how other characters were coping with Ethan’s death. Out of all the people in Gatlin, I was more interested in how Link and Amma were handling the events. Sadly, this book didn’t have as much Link as I’d have wanted, but readers did get to spend time with Amma. Her relationship with Ethan has always felt like the main relationship in this series to me, and resonated with me more. I was happy that wasn’t shortchanged in this final novel.

Overall, Beautiful Redemption is a nice conclusion to one of my least favorite series. Things were wrapped up nicely, while also leaving threads for the spin-off series, Dangerous Creatures. Though I have a signed copy of the first book of that series, the jury is still out on whether I’ll actually read it or not. I guess we’ll see! If you loved this series, than I think you’ll appreciate the resolution.

About Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels & the Dangerous Creatures novels, and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller & Bram Stoker Award nominated novels UNBREAKABLE & UNMARKED in the Legion Series. Her contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4th (Imprint/Macmillan).

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. When Kami isn’t writing, she lives to bake, watch bad disaster movies, and listen to Soundgarden. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

About Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times Bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Novels and DANGEROUS CREATURES novels, as well as the author of BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED forthcoming from Marvel Press (Marvel YA), and the ICONS Novels. She is the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Indie-Bound, Wall Street Journal and Internationally Bestselling author of nine YA novels, and has been published in 37 languages and 48 countries. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was adapted into a film (2013) by Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment, and was an ALA William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist in 2010, as well as a SCIBA award finalist, a NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and a YALSA Teen Top Ten Pick. Beautiful Creatures was named the #1 Teen Pick from Amazon in 2009, and the #5 Editors Pick, Overall. Prior to becoming an author, Margaret worked in the video game industry as a writer and lead designer for sixteen years, eventually co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She is also the co-founder of YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), two of the biggest kid/teen book festivals in the country. An alumnus of Amherst College, Stanford University, and Yale University, Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her family, two rescue cats, and two bad beagles.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

    • @Angelized_1st

      I have no clue why I kept reading this series. It’s not badly written, but I just never fell in love with it. I do think, however, that it gets better with each book. Maybe because I like the other characters more than Ethan and Lena.

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