Beautiful Redemption: Beautiful Creatures, Book 4

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Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media
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Satisfying conclusion to popular Southern Gothic series

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Educational Value

Readers get a feel for Southern Gothic literature. 

Positive Messages

Strong messages about the importance of friendship, relying on your friends in time of need, love of family, standing up for and believing in yourself, helping others, and making the right decision even when it's hard and risky.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ethan and Lena remain positive role models to the end of series. Both will do anything to help each other -- even risk life and limb. They are likable, caring, and kind toward each other, their loved ones, and friends. Ethan's mother, Lila, his Aunt Prue and his beloved Amma help him on his journey.Ethan's best friend Link helps Lena, as do her fellow Casters. 

Violence

One attempted murder. 

Sex

One passionate kiss, lots of love.

Language

 "Idiot," "bitch," "stupid," "hell," "crap," "screw."  

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beautiful Redemption is the last book in the popular Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl., also known as The Caster Chronicles. It's about Ethan and Lena figuring out a way for Ethan to return from the Otherworld, where the dead reside, which is an alternate version of Gatlin and Wade's Landing, where the characters live. The only violence in the book is an attempt on Ethan and Lena's life. Some insults ("idiot," "bitch") and strong language ("crap," "screw," and "hell"). Ethan and Lena share one passionate kiss. 

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What's the story?

After a tragic ending in Beautiful Chaos that left Ethan in a ghostly version of his hometown between life and and death, he must figure out how to get back to Lena. His quest in BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION is to rip out the page of The Caster Chronicles that bears his name to free him from the Otherworld and return to our world. Lena and Ethan can't live without each other, and so they each enlist the help of ghosts in the Otherworld and Casters in the real world to find a way to bring Ethan back. Lena risks everything to save him, but what is the cost to their friends and family? 

Is it any good?

This engaging read returns to the Southern Gothic feel of the first two novels in the series. It explores the afterlife, ghosts, and risking everything for love. We also get to see the world of Gatlin and the Casters through eyes of both Ethan and Lena. Beautiful Redemption is not a fast-paced novel, but it's still interesting and has the same charm of the other series installments. Beautiful Redemption ties up all the loose ends and brings some stories full circle. Readers will get to learn more about Ethan's mother, Lila, and see other well-known characters who have also passed on.

Readers might be saddened by one extremely popular character's death. However, this death and the plot of Beautiful Redemption underscore the overarching theme of the Beautiful Creatures series, that the power of love can conquer all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the series conclusion. Did it live up to your expectations? Did you like Beautiful Redemption as much as the other books?

  • Teens Ethan and Lena have been destined for each other since From the beginning of The Caster Chronicles series. What do you think of their relationship? If their story continued, do you think they'd remain together? 

  • Do you believe in the "afterlife"? If so, why? If not, why? 

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