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?
*I received a free ARC of Dangerous Dream from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Dangerous Dream is a very short story that starts with Ethan, Lena and Link’s high-school graduation. For the first couple of days of summer, the three of them, plus Ridley, Liv and John Breed hang out, until Link say the dreaded L-word to Ridley, and she huffs and puffs before taking off on her own. Because she doesn’t want to admit she even likes him, so she goes country-hopping to forget him.
Ridley ends up in New York after several months of traveling, and goes to a new Caster-bar to try to live things up a little more dangerously than she has been doing it lately. From there, she manages to persuade a mortal boy to bring her to a high-stake card-game. A game where all kinds of supernatural people have to leave their powers at the door, and they have to pay in talent, favors or powers. As Ridley has been able to figure out some things in advance, she is able to keep her siren song intact before entering. And up until the very last game, it seems she will win the tournament – until she is faced with a Darkborn. For once, Ridley being so self-centered might just have come back to bite her in the butt.
Dangerous Dream is an excellent introduction to the Beautiful Creatures spin-off series. Ethan definitely thought things were going to be fine after he saved the world, but it seems that not only good came from his sacrifice…
Ridley was something else. None of it was easy with her. None of it was ever what it looked like at first. That’s what Link usually loved about Ridley.
She made life so damn hard for herself, and everyone around her, that it was like a miracle, only in reverse.
In Paris, she had grown tired of champagne and oysters, and of Etienne, who had come with them.
Rid wasn’t cut out for all that insecurity and angst and BFF crap. Best friends forever? As far as she was concerned, it was more like bitches, frenemies and freaks.