Quick! Nip back in time and read yesterday’s review of Beautiful Chaos before you get stuck into this post!
This was the other amazing charity shop find! How often can you get consecutive books in a series in a charity shop? That never happens to me, I’m still smiling about it! But here are my honest thoughts on the ending of The Caster Chronicles, Beautiful Redemption.
Please note there will definitely be spoilers for the first three books in this series. It’s a bit unavoidable sorry!
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.
I have one way this book could have been 100 times better. If it had been from Lena’s perspective and not Ethan’s. I understand that throughout these books have really been Ethan’s story and sort of intertwined with Lena, but I just think it would have been a lot more interesting and also a lot more heart wrenching if we could have had the whole first half from Lena’s side, not knowing what Ethan was doing and gradually discovering him communicating! Wouldn’t that have been awesome?
But that isn’t what you get in this ending. I definitely enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed the previous one but it still has that feeling of ‘why have these two books been written, why not just end this at the end of book two like you should have done’.
Apparently I feel stronger about this than I thought.
But yes, this book is a lot shorter than book three and it benefits hugely from that. I felt like there was a bit more action also which was good and to be honest, splitting up Lena and Ethan only made them feel stronger as characters, less like people you want to shout ‘get a room’ at until the end of time.
I think this was a good ending to this series. It certainly had it’s moments of joy and it’s moments of sheer heartbreak which is what you always need in a finale. Overall though, I can’t give it five stars just because I don’t think these last two books were really needed in this series.
My rating: 4/5 stars
So there you go! My final thoughts on how this series turned out. Let me know what you thought in the comments or tweet me @judithcmoore.
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