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.
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
LONG STORY SHORT:
This is the finale to an epic series. Although I expected to see a lot more action and drama in this one than there turned out to be, I still enjoyed the book a lot. It's great to see the best of all of your favorite characters again and to make one more visit to Gatlin and its crazy citizens. If you are a hardcore Caster Chronicles Fan and if you don't get your hopes up way too high, you are very likely to close this book with a satisfied grin on your face and a tear in your eye.
REVIEW FOR YOU:
With Beautiful Redemption one of my favorite YA series comes to an end - and it's a good one!
In a lot of ways it reminded me of the end of Highschool Musical or Harry Potter, of that nostalgic feeling. Beautiful Redemption is different from the other books because it doesn't have the strong teenage vibe to it that Beautiful Creatures had, or the introduction to the new magical element, the tunnels, from Beautiful Darkness or the series of events that rained down on us in Beautiful Chaos. It's more like that moment when either the curtain closes and you see each actor smiling, but also almost crying or that HP scene when he's there with his kids, having left his original story behind.
Every single character that fans grew to love and care for from this series has his or her smaller or bigger comeback in BR. There's one important moment, one scene for Link, John, Abraham, Serafine...you name them. Everyone. It's like they all take a bow before leaving the stage for good.
Ethan and Lena both get to tell a part of the story - a first that I think was necessary for the plot but that didn't struck me - and we get introduced to some people whom we've only heard of some times in the earlier books.
All in all, Beautiful Redemption is a good ending to the series because it gives each character the chance to shine for one last time which again helps the reader to remember why he or she loved the series so much. On the downside, the novel definitely lacked pace and appeared pretty predictable at some points.