Review: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Redemption is the final book in the Beautiful Creatures series, told from the POV of both Lena and Ethan, two teenagers in a forbidden sort of love.

Following Ethan’s sacrifice, we find ourselves immersed in the aftermath of his choice, watching him struggled to find his way home. Because there really is no place like it, right?

Aside from Lena’s portion of the book, I found that Beautiful Redemption was quite different from books 1-3, following the quest trope rather than the standard YA forbidden love trope. As it happens, I’ve always enjoyed a good quest novel, so I really enjoyed that aspect, even if it did stray from the tone of the rest of the series.

Similarly, rather than focus mainly on the theme of good vs. evil, book 4 took revolved around life and death. I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I’ve always been interested in theories about the afterlife. While not all of the authors’ theories made sense to me (their notions of purgatory were a little confusing), I found it to be a compelling, and at times touching, aspect of the story.

As I’m sure you can tell, book 4 was more serious than the previous books. While I did enjoy it more than the others in the series, I found the drastic change in tone a bit strange. I think, had it been more gradual throughout the series, it would have come off a bit better.

In the end, there were still humorous aspects, tears, and important messages delivered in a neatly wrapped package.

“Screw all that Incubus crap. That’s how you do it Mortal-style.”

By the last page, all questions were answered (including what Link was doing in Ethan’s basement when he was 9), and I was left feeling satisfied. What more can a girl ask for?

Overall, I’m giving the book an 8/10. While the change in pace and tone was different, I actually enjoyed it more than the previous style. I’m still not sure if I’ll revisit this series, but I don’t feel like it was a waste of time either.

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