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When we lose someone we love
That love is never lost
Love can never be lost or destroyed
That love is recycled
We are the greater sum of our parts.
The memories we shared.
The love we professed.
It is always there.
There is a part of you greater than the sum of what we knew
That part goes somewhere
It is eternal
We need never be hopeless
Because we can never be irreparably broken
Our spirit is invincible
We cannot be born
We cannot die
Like all energy and matter
We simply change over time
Different shapes, sizes and manifestations
The part of us that is our soul
Cannot begin nor end
So it cannot fail
This truth is what brings comfort
And faith in what lies ahead
Published: December 17th 2013
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.
I was ecstatic when I learned the world of our beloved posse from Gatlin County would be continuing in a new series. I read Dangerous Dream the day it was released and was left WANTING DANGEROUS CREATURES TO RELEASE IMMEDIATELY. It is important for readers to read this novella first, as it sets up the key players for the series extension. Go, read it!
A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.
Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.
Dangerous Creatures begins in the small-town of Gatlin County (the same setting of Beautiful Creatures.) This time, instead of focusing on Lena Duchannes, whom is all things light—her siren cousin, Ridley Duchannes takes centre stage and leads the story.
Ridley and her boyfriend, part human/quarter incubus Link Lincoln set out for a new life together in New York City. Hoping for a bright future, and all the drama and chaos of what occurred in Gatlin to stay in Gatlin. Rid and Link are the couple you will always root for, they are hilarious with their jealous attitude and no matter the situation—always entertaining. As they travel to New York to start a new life after graduation, Ridley’s hiding a few secrets… most importantly, the results of the events of Dangerous Dream, which most certainly drives the narrative for this book and therefore must be read first.
Ridley is unapologetically bad, a no nonsense, modern day femme fatale. She is a protagonist you can’t help but love. Typical Ridley, she enters a high stakes card game and tries to use her powers to win. Ultimately she loses and now owes the house a marker—a favour that can be asked at any time, forcing Ridley to do anything.
Throughout the whole book there is tension. The foreboding feeling that a storm is brewing in the distance. A storm that has the power to uproot and destroy everything Ridley and Link have built together, and ultimately everything that defines Ridley.
I love these characters and this world. It is one of my favourite fictional worlds to escape to.
I love when Garcia and Stohl team up, it’s magic!
by Laura Inman
Bringing an unjustifiably marginalized poet out of the shadows, this book presents Emily Brontë’s poetry in a way that enables readers, even those who shy away from poetry, to appreciate her work. She is widely known as a novelist, but she was first and equally a poet. Her poems are varied, lyrical, intriguing, and innovative, yet they are not well known. Unlike any other collection of Brontë’s poetry, this volume arranges selected poems by thematic topic: nature, mutability, love, death, captivity and freedom, hope and despair, imagination, and spirituality. It provides literary and biographical information on each topic and interpretations, explanations, and insights into each poem. Fans of Wuthering Heights wanting more from Emily Bronte will discover that her poetry is as memorable and powerful as her novel. This book is for all who appreciate poetry, especially from the golden age of 19th-century verse. The exploration of her poetic world allows a greater and different understanding of Wuthering Heights and insights into Brontë’s fascinating mind.
This was an absolutely fantastic collection. I was expecting something completely different entering into this gorgeous selection of poetry. It speaks both to the academic reader and to the casual reader. I was worried it may be a bit too dry and be a difficult read. I was clearly mistaken. Inman blended Bronte’s works and her personal insight and created a literary treasure.
The beginning chapter introduces the reader to the Bronte sisters, specifically Emily. We learn the differences and similarities of the sisters and how their unique personalities shaped their writing.
A unique quirk about Emily’s poetry is that much of it takes place in a fictional world, which she and her sisters had created. Many times the names of the residents of this world are used in the poems. I loved this. Such a vivid imagination!
It was fascinating to read Bronte’s poems and text followed with Inman’s unique thoughts and reflections. As I was reading I felt like I could identify with Bronte and understood the symbolism behind her works.
What spoke most to me, were the chapters on nature. One of the things that I love most about Emily Bronte’s writing style is how she incorporates nature and makes the benign seem elegant and ethereal.
Inman does a wonderful job illustrating her argument and presenting supporting evidence to validate her interpretations. I thoroughly enjoyed her unique style of prose. This was a wonderful pairing, and I would recommend it to any fan of Bronte.
A unique idea, presented and executed to perfection.
We live with things done and things left undone
Things that did not go right
Things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future
We couldn’t know
What would later lead to a path of despair
Taking things for granted
What we foolishly believed would always be here
If only we could see the endless string of consequences
That result from our even our smallest actions
If only we could have known better
We should have known better
But we couldn’t have known better until knowing better was useless