Audio Book Review: Beautiful Redemption

Beautiful Redemption CoverBook: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Narrated by Kevin T. Collins and Khristine Hvam

Published October 2012 by Hachette Audio|Run Time: 11 hours, 21 minutes

Where I Got It: Audible.com

Series: Beautiful Creatures #4

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Beautiful Redemption on Goodreads|Kami Garcia’s Website|Margaret Stohl’s Website|Series Website

Goodreads Summary: 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 fourth book and stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

I can’t believe I’m officially finished with Beautiful Redemption.  I’ve really enjoyed this series, and Beautiful Redemption is such a good ending to the series.

This book is different from the other books in the series, mostly because Lena narrates a good chunk of the book.  That was a surprise, and it was actually nice to hear what was going on in Lena’s world while Ethan was in the Otherworld.  And how they managed to work together while in two very different worlds.

What was really interesting about Lena and Ethan narrating is that they narrate in sections.  While Ethan is narrating several different sections, Lena gets a section at the very beginning and in the middle of the book.  And it worked really well, because her narration sets up the book and later shows how she’s trying to figure out how to get the Book Of Moons to Ethan.  Still, I didn’t like her part of the book as much as I liked Ethan’s.  I think it’s because I’m so used to Ethan narrating that anyone else narrating would have been weird, no matter how well it worked.  

I liked Ethan’s travels all over the Otherworld, and how parts of it mirrored our own world.  I loved seeing Aunt Pru and we finally get to meet Ethan’s mom!  We’ve had glimpses of her, but we actually got to see more than a few glimpses, and that was nice.  Pretty much because we’ve heard so much about her that it was nice to have more than a glimpse or two of her.

I also liked how Ethan just wanted to get back to Lena.  Ethan definitely had some anger issues at the beginning, and I liked that he finally realized the consequences of his sacrifice.  And how he appreciated the people in his life after realizing how important they are.  He came across some really interesting people, and I really wish Xavier were in the other books, because he really is an interesting character.  It’s too bad he was only in this one because I want to know more about him!

I don’t think I could have predicted anything in Beautiful Redemption…except for the HEA, of course.  I thought things were wrapped up really well, and parts of Beautiful Redemption made me a little teary-eyed.  

As much as I love Lena and Ethan together, I have totally neutral feelings about her.  Link was funny, as always, but it’s strange to think of a Beautiful Creatures book where Ethan is separated from his friends and family for most of the book.  Amma was great, as were the sisters.

And Kevin Collins did a great job narrating!  I’ve really come to enjoy him narrating the series, and Khristine Hvam is what I picture Lena to sound like.  

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Beautiful Redemption, and I thought it was a great ending to the series.  We meet some really interesting new characters, and we see quite a few old characters too.  Overall, I’ve come to love the Caster world and how intricate it is, and I’m really sad to see this series come to an end.  Beautiful Redemption gets 4 stars.  

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