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 Dangerous Dream from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dangerous Dream is a short story, the introduction to the new Dangerous Creatures series, which is a spin-off of the Caster Chronicles/Beautiful Creatures series. I recommend reading the earlier books for the background information on Casters and these characters.
Dangerous Dream is the first of these books that I’ve read rather than listened to in audiobook format. Due to this, I encountered words and names I had never seen spelled before. It had never occurred to me that Lena’s mother’s name would be spelled Sarafine. I had always pictured it as Seraphine. Since I got this from NetGalley, I didn’t have a choice of formats, but I’ll be returning to audiobooks for the rest of Dangerous Creatures. I love the narrator (Kevin T. Collins) and hope he will continue narrating Dangerous Creatures.
I thought the beginning of Dangerous Dream, which covered the high school graduation of Ethan, Lena, and Link, was a little slow, even though the graduation ceremony itself was anything but ordinary. After that, the focus shifted to Link and Ridley and it picked up nicely. I do love Ethan, but his story and Lena’s is finished, and I’m okay with moving on. Link has always been one of my favorite characters in the Caster Chronicles; I have less patience for Ridley and her brand of bad girl arrogance. I’m hoping than being able to see things from her point of view will change that. The last two-thirds of Dangerous Dream belonged to Ridley, and I did find that to be the best part of the book.
The ending of Dangerous Dream made me want to read more, and soon! It really set up the series and it’s important to read it before Dangerous Creatures so you know why Ridley is in the situation she’s in. (Hint: her arrogance was her downfall!)