A Reader Opines: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published: October 23rd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: Beautiful Creatures #4
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something about the end of a series that is both fulfilling and sad. You finally have the resolution of the overreaching arc and yet it also marks the end of your time with the characters (unless you re-read the books). I enjoyed Beautiful Redemption, but it didn’t resonate with me as the other books did.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
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 tore through the first third of the book, totally engrossed in Ethan’s plight. Each revelation, each obstacle pulled me along. When the pov switched to Lena in the second third, I was a bit disappointed. I understood the reason, but missed Ethan’s voice.

This final book of the series is basically a death and resurrection story, and while it has unique characteristics I couldn’t help thinking about The Deathly Hallows. The handling of good versus evil throughout the series is what intrigued me and I found the finale to be a bit overdone. It does, however, work, and provides a satisfying conclusion.

Book one and three are my favorites – the odd ones, of course. Overall the series was enjoyable.

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