Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl — Review

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlSummary:

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.

Review: 5 Stars

I have really loved this series! First of all, it’s been a long time since I’ve binge read a series back to back like this and it just reminded me how much I enjoy reading series in general, but also how much I love to binge read a series. Also, I really loved letting myself read so many backlist books in a row. As a book reviewer I read a lot of ARCs and sometimes it’s just nice to let myself read whatever I want rather than worrying about publication dates. Beautiful Redemption was an incredible conclusion to this southern gothic series. This book was one of my favorites of the series and while I’m sad to see the series end, I think this book gave the series the ending that it truly deserved. This book had me captivated from the very start, where with other books in the series it took 50-100 pages for me to really get sucked in.

There were so many things I loved about this installment, but I think the plot of this one is the best in the series. Ethan has to go on a quest through the Otherworld and there is a lot of action. I really loved how the afterlife was presented and all of the magical things that Ethan came across. I read a lot of quest fantasy novels, so I really enjoyed the plot in this book. Of course there were several magical twists and turns that I never expected and I whipped through this book really fast.

While I feel like the plot is the best in the series, it’s the characters that got me so invested in the series in the first place, and in this book there were several times that these characters broke my heart. I thought it was really cool that we finally got Lena’s point of view in this installment. When I figured out that most of the book would take place in the Otherworld I was worried that I wouldn’t get to see my favorite characters in Gatlin, so I really enjoyed both points of view. I also really loved that the Greats were a part of this story. After hearing about Amma’s dead relatives in the prior installments it was really cool to finally have them as characters in this concluding book.

The pacing was a lot faster than some of the other books in the series and I found myself delaying finishing the book because I didn’t want it to be over. Luckily I figured out that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a spin off series along with several novellas, all of which are set in the Caster world, even if they’re not about the same characters. The writing in this series is extremely readable and easy to sink into. I think the dialogue between Ethan’s great aunts, ‘the sisters’, are some of my favorite scenes because that southern mentality seeps through and you also get a great sense of their personality. I also really loved getting to read Lena’s poetry. It added more to the story and helped give insights to Lena’s feelings.

I really just loved this entire series and I feel like Beautiful Redemption gave the series a great ending that left me satisfied as a reader. I loved reading a young adult paranormal romance series and it made me really nostalgic for the days after Twilight when YA paranormal books were super popular. I loved the plot in this one and felt like it moved a lot faster than some of the previous books in the series. I did wind up with quite the book hangover once I finished this series though, because I wanted something else just like the series I had finished and nothing could compare. If you enjoy gothic vibes, witchy books or YA paranormal romance I highly recommend you read this series!

Check out my reviews for Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos here!

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  1. I read this series years ago and I remember really enjoying it but for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s about other than witches and magic lol! I am glad you are enjoying it 🙂

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