Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Dangerous Creatures book #1
published on May 20th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
fantasy | paranormal | romance
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.
Having read all the books in the authors’ Caster Chronicles series, I knew that I needed to pick this up to get more from the world that I loved. That being said, it’s been three years since I read those books, and I only remember the story in chunks and not as a whole. But even if I didn’t remember the details, I did understand all the references in Dangerous Creatures. I recommend reading the Caster Chronicles series before starting this one.
“When it came right down to it, that was what Sirens were–pretty songbirds with nightmares for nests.”
Ridley, a Siren, was one of my favorite characters before, so it wasn’t a surprise that I enjoyed reading from her perspective. I’ll admit though, I was a little bit disappointed that she wasn’t as badass as she was before. We were introduced to her softer side, but there were plenty of times in Dangerous Creatures where Ridley was vulnerable. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing (since it’s realistic) or a bad thing (because it was kind of wimpy).
Link was, and probably always be, a self-centered, laid-back idiot. We all love how Link’s down-to-earth and can make us laugh with the stupid songs he writes, but once he gets caught up in his own world, he doesn’t really think of anything else but getting to the top, being the “cool guy,” and that sort of thing.
“When it came to relationships, the truth never set anyone free. The truth only set things on fire.”
Clearly. The romance in this one was… confusing as hell, to put it simply. I used to ship Ridley and link so hard, but in this one, they were constantly on-and-off and horrible dynamics. Add in a new possible love interest to turn this in to the most shitty romance (a love triangle, no less) in the Caster World. This new love interest is Lennox Gates, who was petty and bipolar. I didn’t like his character one bit, even when he was one of those “tortured” characters who are “changing” (which I generally don’t care for).
Majority of the plot seemed kind of pointless. There was this bigger picture that was relevant (the part with the actual villain), but little pieces that built up the story that were just dragging (Ridley’s favor–you’ll understand when you read it, and other things).
The only thing that made the book an easy read for me was the writing style. I flew through the book, the authors’ words making it an addicting read that kept me turning pages, sucking everything in.
A quickie overview:
Read this if: You were a fan of the Caster Chronicles series. You need a sexy, doesn’t-take-shit heroine. Drama is good for you.
Don’t read this if: Love triangles make you squirm. Trust me, this is one of the worst, most unnecessary kind-of-love-triangles I’ve ever read.