The novella Dangerous Dream is the prequel to this new instalment of the Beautiful Creatures series, Dangerous Creatures.
It is suitably sassy, adorably adept and torturously teeny. Aside from the occasional innuendo it is also suitable for younger readers. At times it lacks substance and is filled with a lot of candy floss fluff dialogue and moments.
Can I see why the series is so popular? Yup, it ticks all the boxes for teens. Cutie-pie boys, mysterious dark strangers, good girls, bad girls and the inevitable very bad boy. Heartbreak, betrayal, lies, love, obnoxious attitudes and friendships bound by blood oaths or by loyalty.
At the beginning of this book Ridley is her usual selfish, manipulative and demanding self. Everything has to revolve around her needs, her wishes and her sense of entitlement. This time it also revolves around fixing a mistake she made, whilst playing a game with high stakes.
Slowly Ridley begins to notice things aren’t exactly hunky-dory in the Big Apple. Something just doesn’t gel right, and suddenly Ridley is concerned about something other than herself for once. She learns important lessons, some of which are long overdue, but perhaps a little late in the day to stop whatever has been set in motion.
I have to say I think the Caster element of the story is the one with the most potential for development. The authors can take it down a darker route with deeper, which I think is a possibility considering the ending.
The Caster light and dark aspect of the story would be interesting in a more adult setting. Taking the teeny bop out and either creating new characters for such a setting or having the current characters evolve into maturity.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.