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.
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
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
Published on: 19 May, 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 27 minutes
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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.