Book Review: Dangerous Creatures
R Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.
ashley | I really liked the first book of the Beautiful Creatures series, I thought it was pretty unique for its genre and liked the voice of Ethan and that it was focused on a male, who didn’t have any supernatural powers, wrapped up in a supernatural world. Sadly, we made the mistake of seeing the movie adaptation of the book and it completely ruined our excitement over the series and I just never read the other books.
Recently I was sent a copy of the first book in the Dangerous Creatures spin-off series that focuses on side characters Ridley Duchannes and Link Lincoln, who we met in the first novel. I don’t know what their fate was in the other two Beautiful Creatures books, but they were intriguing enough in the first novel to reignite my interest and pick up this short read.
Ridley is kind of your anti-hero. She says it best herself: “I’m supposed to be the bad guy. I will always disappoint you. Your parents will hate me. You should not root for me. I am not your role model.” But you find that you do end up kind of rooting for her and its kind of refreshing for once to forget about good and bad and just sit back and listen to Ridley’s siren song.
Dangerous Creatures has the same feel as the other Beautiful Creatures books, which is a huge plus. I loved the voice of these YA books; they were modern and dripping with pop culture without drowning in annoying teen references. The story is first and foremost a revenge story. People are pissed about what went down in the Beautiful Creatures series and are determined to seek revenge and make those people pay. Those people, of course, are Link and Ridley.
It’s short and sweet and goes pretty much how you’d expect; Ridley’s making a mess of her life as she tries to get it back on track and avoid the wrath of the Dark Casters. She pushes away Link when she wants him closest and she ends up wrapped up in a Dark Caster’s world more than she’d like to be. But this leaves room for lots of cool underground scenes, club scenes and room for Ridley to just be her badass self.
Anyone who has read the Beautiful Creatures series will want to pick up Dangerous Creatures as well. It’s a great way to keep living in that world without stretching the originally series too far.