Review: Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Posted 7 May, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 23 Comments

Review: Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl |
3 Stars

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.

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*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.

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23 responses to “Review: Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    • I haven’t actually watched the movie, Lindy, but I’m sorry you were disappointed in it. That often happens to me as well, so I mostly stay away from movies based on books I’ve read and loved now.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Still have to read the whole series and I’m not totally sure I want to… I saw the movie and didn’t really enjoy it, but I know readers were also disappointed, so that is not the reason why I’m not picking it up. I don’t know, there is just something that doesn’t really convince me… Perhaps one day I’ll change my mind.
    Glad you enjoyed the novella 🙂

    • There are just so many series out there, though, I can totally understand if you don’t feel like continuing one where you didn’t feel completely into the story, Silvia.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I got this novella and Dangerous Creatures from NetGalley but I haven’t read any of the Beautiful Creatures books yet. Do you think I should read the original series first before starting this one?

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    • I think it won’t bother you too much to read Dangerous Creatures without knowing the full cast and story from Beautiful Creatures… Ridley will probably be well explained in these books.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kazhy.

    • Eh, I think it’s totally possible to enjoy Dangerous Creatures without having read Beautiful Creatures, Lily!
      Thanks for stopping by.

    • I think it’s a little too early to tell after just the novella, Braine. I didn’t watch the movie, but I did quite enjoy the books… I know other bloggers didn’t enjoy them at all, though…
      thanks for stopping by.

  3. I didn’t know there was going to be a spin-off, so I’m kinda excited! Of course, I’m not caught up in the original series but I really liked the gothic feel of it. Great review, Lexxie! **BIG HUGS**

    • You should be excited, Brandee. I have read all the books in the original series, so I was really happy when I found out there was a spin-off 🙂 Good luck getting to the top of Mt. TBR to find room for this 😉
      *BIG HUGS*

    • It isn’t necessary, Jessica, but I’m the same way when I know about it – I can’t start a spin-off before I’ve read everything else first.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Yes, because Ridley doesn’t care to try to be good *evil giggles* that’s partly why I really enjoy her so much, Laura.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the movie, Ginny. I’m always a little iffy of seeing movies based on books I loved, because the characters are so vivid in my mind 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

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