When I heard that Beautiful Creatures was getting a spin off, I was ecstatic. It is one of my favorite YA series. I absolutely love the concept and world. So far, it’s the only world, other than Tortall, I’d want to live in. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a Caster?
This time around though, we get to focus on Ridley and Link. It’s the end of senior year, and the six friends are parting ways. Liv is going to Oxford to finish Keeper training, John is following her, Lena and Ethan are going to college in neighboring towns, and Link and Ridley are off to New York. Link is off to make his fame and fortune as a drummer, and little does he know Ridley owes mysterious club owner and Dark Caster Lennox Gates a drummer for his house band. But that’s not all Ridley owes Gates, and once they meet up with the band Ridley begins to get suspicious. She becomes determined to get to the bottom of what Gate’s is up to, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Rid and Link are in danger from the last person they ever expected to be.
This time, I’d classify this as a supernatural mystery. I really like the introduction of the new characters: a Necromancer bassist, an Illusionist keyboarder, and the new Darkborn, as well as Gates with his multiple powers. A change from the previous books, is that this one is told in third person as opposed to first. It alternates between Ridley, Link, and Gates allowing us insight into each character and their motivations and thoughts. While I loved that the last one was told from Ethan’s point of view as opposed to the girl’s, I always like third person because then we can be shown what is going on elsewhere instead of told when the POV character is told.
I give it Four Lightsabers since it seemed to be missing something the other books had.