Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: Owned Audible Book
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 love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Warning: Seriously, skip this review if you haven’t read the first three books, because it’s all SPOILERS.
For the first time in the series, we open with Lena’s POV. Since Ethan is, you know, dead. Only if you were Ethan’s dad you wouldn’t know he was dead, because Lena’s family is desperately doing all they can to pretend Ethan is still alive in the hopes that he’ll find his way back to them. Which would seem like a crazy hope, but…
That’s exactly what Ethan is trying to do. It involves some Greek mythology like tasks, but he’s determined. Lena and the Scooby Gang do their part to help him, and finally we see Ridley again. Also, Ethan’s mom features in his afterlife storyline. Weird.
Did I mention that Ridley is kind of the reason I wanted to finish this series? She has her own spin off series, Dangerous Creatures, and I listened to book 1 even though I’d only read the first book in the Caster Chronicles… because I’m a rebel that way. But for some reason I choose to hold off on reading the next Ridley book until I finished this series. I am crazy that way.
Overall, some sad things happen, some great things happen, and I was happy with the ending. I already knew it going it, because like I said, I read the first book in the spin off series, so while there weren’t any surprises it was nice to John Breed become the character I only knew through the brief introduction in Dangerous Creatures. I’m glad I stuck with the series, and now onto the further adventures of my favorite Siren!
Co-narrated by Kevin T. Collins and my ultra favorite, Khristine Hvam! She’s the reason I skipped ahead to Dangerous Creatures as she narrates Ridley’s spin off series. She’s also the reason that I decided to listen to the last few Caster Chronicle books, since I saw that she was going to narrate Beautiful Redemption. I like both narrators a lot. I have totally bought books just because Hvam narrates, and Collins is an auto-buy too.