Dangerous Dream: Dangerous Creatures #0.5 by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Dangerous Dream: Dangerous Creatures #0.5 by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Dangerous Creatures series is a bit like candyfloss crack for me: I can’t resist the option to dive into another moment in the story created by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. A bit of melodrama, a touch of creep, some paranormal events and a ton of fun, with this one narrated by Kevin T. Collins, please read on for my review of

Dangerous Dream

Return to Gatlin where we’ve come to the point where Ethan, Lena and Link have finished high school, and are ready to move on. That is, until Ridley returns to ‘catch up’ which always means stir up (she can’t help it) trouble, most particularly with Link. She’s still, despite her near-constant obsession with him, really figured out her feelings, and the push-pull of their relationship is truly the focus here. Link as the ‘stoner-type’ and a bit of a good old boy.. affable, perhaps not so bright, but easy to like Link who has dreams of being a songwriter with a talent that is latent and developing if I’m being nice. Ridley, on the other hand, is a dark caster: using her sexuality to get what she wants – usually all the attention in the room. Ridley is unhappy and a bit unsettled, being what she is , people are always wary of her and her abilities, and from moments where she wants to change, to others where she embraces and enjoys the danger and darkness, she’s always fun to watch – from a distance.

In this story, we are getting a taste of Ridley and her obsession / feelings for Link are a big muddle – unfortunately, that is completely apparent in this story as her emotions and their relationship is the focus here: and Ridley has never been logical at the best of times – and things aren’t at the best right now. But the one constant is her attraction / need / desire for Link – and his mix of desire and befuddlement with that desire that he’s experiencing. An interesting approach to introduce the world as the four try to separate from Gatlin and move into adulthood with all of the challenges, changing loyalties and new adventures to come.

Narration for this story is provided by Kevin T. Collins – and I’m most familiar with his work in tandem on the second book in this series. He’s got a solid understanding of the story, even when it goes a bit pear-shaped, and he helps to balance the often frenetic pacing of Ridley’s thoughts and emotions, keeping a bit of the faster pace without overlooking or ignoring important moments. His voice is well-suited to narration, as he slipped neatly into each character that appeared, feeling unique and adding the varying levels of dangerous and different required.

Dangerous Dream: Dangerous Creatures #0.5 by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Dangerous Dream
Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Dangerous Creatures #0.5
Also in this series: Dangerous Creatures, Dangerous Deception
Genre: Contemporary YA Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
Published by: Hachette, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 1478900555
Published on: 17 December, 2013
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 54
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 35 minutes
Rated: three-stars
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The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can't resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.Where's a Linkubus when you need him?

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, as well as the author of Unbreakable, the first book her paranormal solo series, THE LEGION

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.  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, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels, and author of THE ICONS SERIES.

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.

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.

 

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