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Dangerous Deception: Dangerous Creatures #2 by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Dangerous Deception: Dangerous Creatures #2 by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

I’ve got a guilty little secret in that I found these stories plain and simple fun! In parts they are unique and fresh, in others a bit confusing, but they have always been entertaining. So allow me to present my review of the AudioBook version of Dangerous Deception, thanks to Hachette Audio.

AudioBook Review:

A spin off from the original Beautiful Creatures and Caster Chronicles stories that combined witches, curses, drama and teenaged hormones: tossed them about and spit out some truly fun stories.  Each character, love them or hate them, has a personality and a purpose, even if that is just to mix up the action.

In this story, following on the heels of Dangerous Creatures, the three main characters of this story: Link, Nox and Ridley all tell their version of the story, the same story in three perspectives. Although, Ridley’s point of view was very limited she was held, drugged and isolated, from the rest. I wanted to see more of Ridley like I knew her – the ultimate instigator, dancing on the edge of irredeemable bad girl.   Link has changed and grown through the stories, and he continues to find his way through the new challenges that come up  Nox has stepped up and grown in very unexpected ways, and become a star of this story, and I can only expect his role will increase.

But this is most certainly NOT a stand alone story: a bit hasty in the construction with an ending that was abrupt and wholly unexpected, this felt more like a filler story, taking Ridley into the dark side and showing her dancing with the idea of embracing what she believes is her nature.  There is something missing in this story: a lightness and tightness of plotting, character progression and balance that is not as clear as in other stories.  It’s an okay installment, best suited for rabid fans of the series.

Narration in this story is provided by Kevin T. Collins and Khristine Hvam: and felt their performances were perfectly suited to the story and characters. Collins managed to bring the emotion and frustration from both Link and Nox to their parts, with a nice change in inflection, pacing, tone and delivery that presents them as distinct entities.  Hvam’s performance for Ridley captured her “I don’t give a hoot” attitude anymore, while capturing the stilted, almost stifled emotional impact of these decisions.  The narration was certainly the best part of this installment.

 

Stars:  Overall 3  Narration: 4 Story: 2

Dangerous Deception: Dangerous Creatures #2 by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title: Dangerous Deception
Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Dangerous Creatures #2
Also in this series: Dangerous Creatures
Genre: Teen Reads, Urban Fantasy, Witches
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam
ISBN: 0316370347
Published on: 19 May, 2015
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 27 minutes
Rated: One StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

From the world of Beautiful Creatures--a dangerous new tale of love and magic continues in the sequel to Dangerous Creatures.Love is ten kinds a crazy, right?Let me put it to you this way: If you can get away, run. Don't walk.Because once you're exposed, you'll never get a Siren outta your head.Some loves are cursed. Others are...dangerous. Especially the love between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, and Dark Caster, Siren, and bonafide bad girl, Ridley Duchannes.But now Ridley is missing, and Link was with her-right up until she vanished. Determined to find her, Link reunites with his New York bandmates and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wants Rid for himself. Together they travel to the deep south, find the crossroads where blues guitarist Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil, discover a menagerie of Casters locked in cages, and uncover an evil in New Orleans that threatens to destroy them all.This time, love might not be enough.Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures series, deliver their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger in this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Dangerous Creatures.

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). Beautiful Creatures has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The Beautiful Creatures movie released in theaters on February 14, 2013.

Kami is also the author of Unbreakable, the first book her paranormal solo series, THE LEGION (coming October 1, 2013.

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. As a girl with Southern roots, she has always been fascinated by the paranormal and believes in lots of things “normal” people don’t. She’s very superstitious and would never sleep in a room with the number “13″ on the door. When she is not writing, Kami can usually be found watching disaster movies, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke.

Kami has an MA in education, and taught in the Washington DC area until she moved to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher & Reading Specialist for 14 years. In addition to teaching, Kami was a professional artist and led fantasy book groups for children and teens. She lives in Los Angeles 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, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS (Fall 2009-2012) and author of THE ICONS SERIES (Spring, 2013.)

Writing has gotten me in and out of trouble since I was 15 (back then, mostly just in trouble.) For 10 years, I designed &/or wrote for lots of video games, one of which was nominated for “Most Innovative Game Design,” but I lost to a rapping onion. If you know games you get why my two bad beagles are named Zelda and Kirby.

School: I spent more years in it than a person ever should, because let’s face it, reading books is so much better than having a job. I fell in love with American literature at Amherst and Yale, earned an MA in English from Stanford, and studied creative writing under the late great poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I taught Intro to Film as a TA at Yale and Romantic Poetry as a TA at Stanford. Don’t tell the people at Yale but sometimes I taught the section before I’d seen the movie it was about...

I live in Santa Monica, CA, with my family, most of whom were enslaved into working with me in one form or another on my first YA book for Little, Brown. I’m not kidding; when my daughters wanted to go to school I said “Why are you so selfish? Get back in there and edit,” and by said I mean yelled and maybe threw things, it’s all a haze. Now the Beautiful series has wrapped, but you can see the movie on February 13, 2013 or read my new book ICONS on May 7th. Nothing gold can stay, Ponyboy.