Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
  
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.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
 
Kat's Review
 
This review will be short and sweet because, really, I've already said much of what can be said about Gatlin, Ethan & Lena, and the rest of the supporting cast of the Caster Chronicles series. 
 
This book has an entire section narrated from Lena's POV, which I enjoyed.  It was nice to hear from her perspective, and it was necessary to give the reader information about what was going on in Gatlin while Ethan was gone.  In the previous books it was Ethan who set out to save Lena, or at least to help Lena save herself, and in this book it's the opposite.  One of the things that I love about this series is that the characters help each other, but also help themselves.  As in real life, we love, sacrifice, feel pain, and accept others for who they are and try to make the most of this crazy thing we call life.  It's not easy, or orderly, or exactly the way we always imagine it will be, but we learn to live and appreciate the beauty that comes with this imperfection. 
 
That's how I feel about this entire series. 
 
Beauty from imperfection. 
 
This series has its faults, but on the whole it's a work of beauty.  The relationships are complicated and the love between the characters is flawed, but true.  There is happiness and heartbreak, life and death, and love of so many different kinds.  A story about a boy and a girl at the heart of it all, and yet a story that spans not only generations, but the worlds of the living and the dead.  All in a way that makes the reader believe it could all actually be happening. 
 
Rating: A Good Read
 
That rating is for this particular book.  If I were to rate the series as a whole, it's an All Consuming series.  It has great crossover appeal, is beautifully written and has a timeless storyline.  A great series. 
 
 
 
 

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