Creative Brief for the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Series Novellas

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Our reader is a devoted YA reader, but she also enjoys NA, fantasy, sci fi, contemporary romance, and literary fiction. She might be discovering Beautiful Creatures for the first time, or choosing to revisit these characters with a new perspective. She is an avid social media user, and frequently uses Snapchat, Facebook and text to talk to her friends. She streams music and loves learning about new bands.

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Book Profile: THE MORTAL HEART

Series: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES UNTOLD STORIES #1       Time Period: Present day and 1970s

Summary

Everyone in Gatlin has a story...
Before she met and married Mitchell Wate, the beautiful and brilliant Lila Jane Evers was an honors student at Duke University. Studying late into the night in the rare books library, she is captivated by a single line of text on an old piece of parchment: "In the Light there is Dark, and in the Dark there is Light." What can it mean?
Then one night, Lila Jane meets a mysterious young man who may have the answer. His name is Macon Ravenwood, and for every secret he reveals, he is hiding another. With Macon's help, Lila Jane uncovers the wonders of the Caster world--the Light and the Dark. But a romance between the Incubus who is fighting his own dark side and this fiercely independent Mortal is doomed from the start. The closer Lila Jane and Macon become, the more her life is in danger.

Reader Review

 

Can we go back to Gatlin again? I was so glad that we could and see Macon and Lila's story. It's something that I've been dying to read about. Their story is so sweet, but heart-breaking and I don't like the feels it made me feel. But, at the same time, I feel like I need more. Is this how addicts feel? Am I a Macon and Lila addict? I just need more of their sweet love. This was a good novella. Very sweet. Very sad. Very appropriate to what we know. 

Book Profile: DREAM DARK

Series: CASTER CHRONICLES #2.5           Time Period: Present Day

Summary

When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning...
Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won't be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin -- it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.
In this never-before-seen short story by New York Timesbestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link's heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel,Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.

Reader Review

This short story follows the lovable Link as he begins his metamorphosis into Linkubus or an incubus. I was distraught at the end of Beautiful Darkness when Link was bitten by the half incubus, John Breed. How could you ruin my favorite character? Fear not, fellow Link lovers; our beloved Link is intact and better than ever. As an incubus, Link finally morphs into the muscular, "third degree burns hot", babe magnet that he always aspires to be. Being an incubus does have a catch, he can no longer enjoy delicious, Southern, home cookin' because as an incubus he feeds on the dreams of others. Thankfully, he is not a blood sucking incubus. The tale begins with Link poised on the brink of incubus discovery. I loved getting an up close look at a day in the life of Link, it includes subpar biscuits and gravy, served by his fearsome mother, Mrs. Link, with her put the fear of God into you or else stare, a trip to the doctor for drug testing and a facts of life discussion, as well as his mother's threats and room searches. A classic good time, with all the snarky commentary you love from the series. Even though this is a novella, it has plenty of laughs, just what you expect when it comes to Link. 

Book Profile: THE SEER'S SPREAD

Time Period: Present day and possibly 1930s/40s (text says "68 years before")

Series: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES UNTOLD STORIES #2

Summary

Fate is a powerful thing... 
Ethan Wate is still grieving the loss of his beloved Amma when he receives an unexpected gift--the old, yellow Whitman's Sampler box that held Amma's most closely guarded secrets. "One day I might let you have a look under that lid, Ethan Wate," Amma used to say. "But today isn't the day."
Now it's time for one of her greatest secrets to be revealed. In a long-lost letter, Amma tells Ethan the story of growing up as a young Seer with a remarkable gift for reading cards. But with a power that far-reaching comes responsibility, and Amma has been honoring her mission since before Ethan was born--to protect the Wate family at any cost. So when Lila Jane Evers enters Mitchell Wate's life, bringing the whole Caster world with her, Amma turns to her cards. This time, it's a the reading that will define the rest of her life--and Ethan's.

Reader Review

I really liked The Seer's Spread! I think I liked it a little more than The Mortal Heart, but Amma is one of my favorite characters, so I might be a little biased. I loved seeing how she became a part of Ethan's life, and how much she cared for him. I loved seeing her do whatever she could to protect Ethan and his dad, while all respecting the fate that she saw in the cards. More than any other character, I wish we got to see more of her life. It just makes me love her more.

Book Profile: BEFORE THE CLAIMING

Time Period: Present day and possibly late 1980s/early 1990s

Series: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES UNTOLD STORIES #3

Summary

You can't hide from fate...

While looking through her grandmother Emmaline's keepsakes, Lena Duchannes comes across a little blue book with a big history--a book that changed Macon Ravenwood's life and saved Lena's. When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline's door.

When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena's house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena's grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena--and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.

This novella was about what was done to protect Lena from her own mother, but I mostly enjoyed reading about her and her cousin Ridley. Two girls so opposite yet, I wouldn't doubt just how far they would go to protect one another.

Want me to admit something? I know they saw Lena's future and feared for her, but I feel like they neglected to check on the others like Ridley. Perhaps, nothing could have been done, but I just feel like their focus was so much on Lena that they missed other signs that could have helped out the others.

Other than that, I really liked how Lena and Ethan learn more about themselves, about their parents and about all the things that led them to meet.

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Book Profile: A GATLIN WEDDING

Series: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES UNTOLD STORIES #4              Time Period: Present day 

Summary

Does it always come down to Destiny? The Wheel of Fate? Who's behind that Wheel? What kind of idiot is doing the driving around here?
The day has finally arrived: Mitchell Wate and Lillian English are getting married. Everyone has come together--Ethan and Lena, John and Liv, even Link is back in town--and there's enough pie to make Amma proud. But despite the joyous occasion, Ethan can't help but worry that something feels...off.
When Siren-turned-Hybrid Caster Ridley blows into town unannounced, Ethan's suspicions are confirmed. And it's worse than he imagined: Silas Ravenwood is coming for them, and no one in Gatlin is safe. Has the Wheel of Fate finally caught up to them, or can the Casters and Mortals come together to stop it in its tracks?

Reader Review

It was so much fun being back with Ethan and Lena especially being in Ethan's head. The action and drama in this book seem to get started from the very first page. The build up to the very end was intense, in my opinion. I'm very curious to see how the next book will play out, by that I mean how the action in this book built up and then seem to just stop and concluded itself. I don't want to say it was a rushed ending mainly because I'm thinking the next book will be what takes place in the missing portion of this book. It will be very interesting considering how this book ended, almost wrapping up each of the characters, I really can't wait.

 

Book Profile: DANGEROUS DREAM

Series: DANGEROUS CREATURES #0.5           Time Period: Present day 

Summary

Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can't resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

Where's a Linkubus when you need him?

Reader Review

Dangerous Dream is the prequel to the new series Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia. This series will focus on Link and Ridley who have had an on again, off again relationship and it seems still are. 

We start out at graduation for Link, Lena and Ethan. A graduation that can’t go off without some of Ridley’s antics. Link is in love with Ridley and finally admits it to her which causes her to run. In New York she manages to get herself into some trouble, of course, so we are led to believe that Link will come back into the picture to help to sort it all out. I loved Beautiful Creatures so I am really looking forward to this series. After reading this prequel, I think I am going to love it.

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