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Dangerous Creatures ist eine Spin-Off Buchserie von Kami Garcia und Margaret Stohl, die aus der Beautiful Creatures Reihe entstanden ist. Das Buch handelt über Ridley Duchannes und ihren Freund Wesley „Link“ Lincoln auf ihrem Weg nach New York. Link träumt davon, dort die große Karriere als Rockstar zu machen, doch Ridley hat ganz andere Pläne. In einer gefährlichen Glückspielpartie mit dem dunklen Caster Lennox Gates, hat sie einiges verloren und steht nun in ihrer Schuld. Diese Schuld betrifft auch Link, der jedoch nichts von all dem weiß. In New York angekommen, beginnen die Schwierigkeiten für Link und Ridley, welche immer tiefer in das Geschehen der dunklen Caster mit hineingezogen werden.
Ridley war für mich in Beautiful Creatures immer eine der interessantesten Charaktere, sie war stark, unabhängig und hatte ihren eigenen Kopf. Doch wie es scheint, verliert sie all diese guten Eigenschaften in Dangerous Creatures. Sie hat nur noch ihren Freund Link im Kopf und ihre größte Angst ist es, ihn zu verlieren, trotzdem lügt sie ihn immer wieder aufs Neue an. Sie hat keinerlei Stärke und Selbstachtung mehr und ist vielmehr eine weinerliche Göre, der man den Lollipop weggenommen hat. Der Plot war obendrein unglaublich vorhersehbar und nicht gerade spannend. Auch die anderen Charaktere in dem Buch haben mich keineswegs interessiert. Diese Buchserie werde ich nicht weiterführen, da Dangerous Creatures einfach nur langweilig war. Vielleicht funktioniert die Welt der Caster für mich nicht, ohne Lena und Ethan, so oder so, nur Ridley allein schafft es nicht, mich für diese Bücher zu begeistern. Also seid gewarnt, bei diesem Buch hat man nichts verpasst.
I loved the Beautiful Creaturs but I hated Dangerous Creatures. The story was boring and I wanted to punch Ridley in the face most of the time. She is such a stupid girl and does not deserve link. Maybe I need Lena and Ethan or Gatlin or both but I could not get on board with this novel. It felt like a rushed spin off and I skimmed through the last pages. I will not pursue this series any longer. Maybe you liked this book more than I did? Tell me in the comments or on the social media.
I love to read book series because you have more time to get to know the characters and the story can really develop. I do also love stand alones but series have a special place in my heat. Here are some of the book series, I’ve read so far:
The Selection by Keira Cass
This dystopian book series seemed more like the reality TV show The Bachelor, than a thrilling YA story. It was not my cup of tea. I hated nearly all characters and was more than annoyed with the plot. Especially the second book was just stupid. So if you aren’t sure about this one, don’t give it a go, it is not worth it.
Divergent by Veronica Ross
Most of you will know about Divergent because it was made into a major movie in 2015. Now it’s a whole franchise. I never really know how I should feel about Divergent as a series. I really liked the first book, but it was also one of the first YA novels I’ve read, so there was not much competition. The last book was awful by comparison and the plot was not wrapped up nicely. So it is hard for me to say if I like this series or not.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
We all love Katniss Everdeen, the girl who is on fire. I can’t wait to see the last instalment of the movies because I think these are great adaptations. As for the books, I loved them. After reading Mockingjay twice, I loved even this one. If you want to start reading dystopian fiction, start here. It’s a great way to begin this genre.
Gone by Michael Grant
These books are very violent and gruesome. You need a strong stomach to get through them but nevertheless, I loved all six of them. The story was so captivating and well thought out. For me these books are like one enormous book, I can’t even say where one book ends and the other and I think this is really rare and totally a good thing.
The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
This series has a really interesting concept. Even if there are some younger children involved I think the books got philosophical and had deep meaning under its surface. If you are searching for a rather unconventional read without love triangles and rebellions against a regime, you have found your book series. I highly recommend these books because they were a great read and really stuck with me.
The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I know there is not a lot of love for the caster chronicles but I still love them. I think Ethan and Lean are an amazing couple, even with all that is happening in the second book. And if you know me, you are aware that I love the south of the US so this series had me at once. But I also loved the plot with all its magic and different creatures in this small town.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I think we all know Edward and Bella and their story. I like the Twilight books because they introduced me to YA and I love the movies. I know they are cheesy and highly religious but I still like them. They are just a light and fast read and Bella and Edward are kind of cute together. But I have to say the writing style is not very impressive.
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
The Millennium books were one of the few thrillers I liked. They are very long and way too detailed but I loved the story with all its twist and turns. If you do not fear big books and you like complicated thrillers, you should definitely give this series a try.
I love to read book series because you can spen so much time with the story and the characters. You realy get to know them. So I will list below all the series I want to finish and the one I want to start in 2015. Tell me in the comments below which series you want to start or finish.
Series I want to finish in 2015:
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series I want to start in 2015:
- The Lunar Cronicles by Marissa Meyer
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rohdes
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Angelfall by Susan Ee
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
- A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
- Remnant Cronicles by Mary E. Pearson
- Control by Lydia Kang
- Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- Pushing the Limits by Katie MyGarry
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital and has no memory of what happened to her. Her parents tell her that she was in an accident in which her friends died and she was left unharmed. But weird things start happening to Mara and so she thinks there is more to that accident than people are telling her. Over the course of three books Mara Dyer tries to find answers and experiences a lot of strange stuff. Michelle Hodgkin is the authors behind the Mara Dyer books and I really have to thank her for them. They were a great book series to read. All three books were fast paced; action packed but also had intense scenes without action. I’ve read the three Mara Dyer books in one week which is very fast for me because I’m a slow reader. So the Mara Dyer books were a great reading experience for me.
The first book in the Mara Dyer Series introduces us to Mara. She is a teenager who suffered from a severe trauma but she has no memory of it. To get a fresh start she moves to Florida with her family. In Florida she meets Noah who does seem to know her very well already. I loved the first book. It was so suspenseful and creepy at some times. I could not put this book down it was way to gripping. It is a psychological thriller with a few paranormal elements. Mara is an untrustworthy narrator. You do not know what is real and what is really happening. Michelle Hodgkin does a great job with the setup of the story. Also her dialog is hilarious and so full of sarcasm. I especially loved the snarky dialog scenes between Mara and Noah. There are a lot of twists in this book. Some of them are quite expected other were totally unexpected and caught me off guard. That was all for my non-spoiler review so if you have not read the book and if you do not want to get spoiled, don’t read any further.
Very annoying was that some characters are full of stereotypes. Noah is your typical bad boy which will be redeemed by Mara. I know this kind of thing is trending right now in YA literature but I don’t like it at all. Also Mara’s friend Jamie is full of clichés. He is a black gay guy who is adopted. Can it get even more stereotypical? And then there is Mara and Noah’s relationship. I loved that they took it slow. It was not instalove. But Mara’s greatest problem is that she first thinks she is not good enough for Noah and then fears of hurting him. That’s really frustrating. And sometimes the times where Noah and Mara get physical were kind of inappropriate. Like when Mara drinks the animal blood and wakes up in Noah’s bedroom. The first thing they are doing is getting it on? Is that really the situation for that? But besides those minor flaws I loved this book and I was never bored with it. I immediately bought the next two books. I would recommend buying all three books at once because the first two books are ending with major cliff hangers.
The second picks up where the first book left off. Mara wakes up in the psych ward of the hospital. She has to drop out of school and go to an outpatient program which is run by the suspicious Dr.Kells. This book is even creepier than the first one. It’s so frustrating that no one beliefs Mara. I wanted to throw this book against a wall. Every time Mara’s life starts to improve something unbelievable cruel or unfair happens to her. It was so frustrating and depressing. Mara is living in a total nightmare. You can also not trust Mara because who really knows what is real and what not? I thought the ending was great. I did not see it coming. But there were too little explanations. A wanted a few more answers because there were a lot more questions. But the few answers we got were very well interwoven with the story and fit in perfectly. I also loved the chapters of Mara’s Grandmother which were so interesting. I wanted to read more and more of her and her life.
The last book of Mara Dyer left me wanting more. I wanted more explanations, more answers and more of the story. It was a good conclusion to the story but it was not great. I will not say too much about the plot because you should really go into this reading experience without knowing too much. The book was super fast paced. Mara did go through a lot of character development and was really bad ass here. But maybe she was a little bit too ruthless. I know it gets explained why she is so hardcore but still. The last book was darker and more depressing than the first two but there were still a few funny and snarky dialog scenes which I loved. I had a few issues with the ending. I hate when last books in a series starting switching perspectives. We never got Noah’s perspective in the first two books but now right at the ending there we have it. We are in Noah’s head. So basically this means Mara dies and we need Noah’s perspective to narrate the end. Or does it? I hate it when something like this happens. We had it in Allegiant and it was awful. It also does not work in the Retribution. I also felt that there were too many loose ends that were not tied up. And what is up with Noah’s powers? He can cure cancer and change the world? How!!?? I wanted to know more of the powers. Where are they coming from? I wanted more details about the powers and about Mara’s Grandmothers life. I just wanted more backstory. And if Jamie can manipulate people, why did his parents not belief him? And where is Stella? What is up with Mara’s family? How did the capsules get into Maras body without a scar? As you can see I had a lot of questions. Or maybe I did not pay a lot of attention so correct me if some of these things were explained.
The ending was too rushed for me. And after dying and coming back from the dead Mara and Noah decide to get to the apartment and have sex? Well ok I guess they are teenagers. So we get the sexy chapter and then directly after it comes the epilogue? That is way too fast. And also after everything that has happened and after discovering that Mara and Noah are so important and that their powers are so intense they decide that they do not care about the world and the misery they could end. They just want to be together. I waited the whole time that Mara has an epiphany and leaves after some time together to help Noah heal the world. But NO. They want to be a couple and that is all. So even if I wanted to see them get together this ending falls flat for me.