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They finally made it, they are graduating high school. This novella follows Ethan, Lena, Link, and Ridley through the former three's high school graduation. They battled the world and still somehow made time for homework and studying. Woooohhoooo! Now, as things are wrapping up, everything isn't perfect in Caster-land, with obvious tension between Rid and Link, can they finally settle their issues or is their relationship doomed to failure?
I knew in the last two novels that Ridley was starting to get on my nerves. She was one of my favorite characters in Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness, but things starting going badly in Beautiful Chaos and I'm sad to say they haven't improved yet. Ridley persistently gets on my nerves now and being in her head made it ten times worse. She's selfish, sometimes stupid, and has that "I'm a bad girl so I have to play the bad girl role...even if I don't want to!" attitude that made me want to punch her in the face. Add to that the over-the-top arrogance and I've just had enough. She gets herself in a lot of trouble here. A LOT of trouble. She gets in deep with the wrong crowd and now she owes favors to the worst kind of people.
Everyone else was fine. You get just a bit more from Ethan and Lena before the perspectives switch and they were just as delightful as ever. Even Link was awesome. I really liked getting his perspective. You'd think he'd annoy me, being an almost stereotypical southern gentleman, but he plays the role with such enthusiasm that it's impossible to not love him. He oozes southern charm in such an obliviously blatant way that it just works for him. Creating such a character seems like a difficult task because there are so many ways it could backfire, so this little novella made me appreciate him that much more.
I do question the writing on the front. This says "A Beautiful Creatures Story" on the cover but it's boasted as the beginning novella to the Dangerous Creatures saga, so which is it? All you really need to know is that if you loved the previous books and all the characters involved, then you will enjoy this as well. If you didn't enjoy them, the steer clear of this as well!
****Thank you to Little, Brown Books For Young Readers for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****