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Review, Young Adult / January 6, 2012
Dream Dark by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlDream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story
Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Series: Beautiful Creatures #2.5
Publisher: Razorbill
Date: August 2011
75 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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 Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, readers 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.

Dream Dark is a short e-novella set in the Caster Chronicles series.

It was a nice change to read something a bit different in this series. Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness are both written from Ethan’s point of view and are predominantly about his and Lena’s story. Dream Dark however (although still told from Ethan’s point of view) is about Link (Ethan’s best friend). As I mentioned in my Teaser Tuesday post, Link is my favourite character in this series. He adds some much needed lightness and humour to what is quite a dark and creepy story.

If you’ve read Beautiful Darkness then you know that something major happens to Link at the very end of the book. This novella deals with the consequences of that and Link’s coming to terms with what happens to him. I’m sorry if that sounds a bit sketchy but I can’t really say much more without giving away the spoiler from the end of Beautiful Darkness.

Needless to say I enjoyed this novella. It was nice to get inside Link’s head and see him dealing with his unusual situation and also having a glimpse of his home life with his horrible mother that we hear so much about in the other books.

I have to say I thought there would be a bit more to this story than there was. Most novellas that I’ve read are a bit longer than this one and so that was slightly disappointing but nevertheless if you’ve read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness then this is a nice little addition to that series and I recommend you pick it up!

3 Stars

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