on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
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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.