Monday, December 17, 2012

A Beautiful post...

I've been slacking unforgivably here. I'm sorry. I had a million things going on. The last couple of weeks have been crazy with college stuff and whatnot. It's that time of the year, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you. I was able to smuggle a couple of hours every day to read and boy...  What a good thing I did.

If you are in the YA community, I'm positive you've heard about The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So I'm here today to tell you a little bit of my experience with this awesome series. I won't write a review. At least not in the traditional sense.

These are the covers in reading order. 1) Beautiful Creatures. 2) Beautiful Darkness. 3) Beautiful Chaos. 4) Beatiful Redemption.
I don't remember where exactly Beautiful Creatures got in my radar, but I remember it had barely been out for a month or so. The blurb seemed interesting, so I bought it.

And a little after it made it into my TBR pile, I heard they adapting it into a movie. And I was like: What? [Insert dumbfounded face here]

You have to understand. Up until that point, all the major fandoms based on books came into my life already established. Harry Potter wasn't even heard of in my country before the movies. I jumped late (and I mean, late) into the Twilight ship. The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments bleeped on my radar well into their second and third books, respectively. And they were both already huge.

But I can proudly say that I was fan of this series since the beginning. I saw the fandom grow spectacularly with every book that came out. The authors were nice enough to answer questions to me from the beginning. (I remember asking a bunch of stuff to Kami Garcia back when she used formspring. See? We go way back.) My country was even mentioned in Beautiful Chaos, I think. When news reached inhabitants of Gatlin of weird phenomenom around the world, Paraguay was there. True, we don't get many tornadoes around here, but it was the beggining of the end of the world. One would imagine tornadoes were to be expected.

My point is... I was there when it happened. Not in Gatlin, of course, because that would be weird, but when the books became huge, I was already well acquainted with them. I was one of those smug, annoying girls who said: "You are in love with what series, now? Well, I read that one a gazillion years ago." And it felt wonderful!

I could say that... erm, all of the aforementioned franchises (except The Mortal Instruments because the last book won't come out UNTIL 2014) left a lot to be desired in the aftermath. I think I'm most pissed with the Hunger Games, in that department. Don't get me started with that whole Gale fiasco.

So, major kudos to this lovely ladies for delivering a final installment that turned out to be... well, PERFECT. Seven across, as in the end of The Caster Chronicles. It left some questions unanswered, but I'm not mad about using my imagination to answer them. All in all, Beautiful Redemption lived up to its name. And it was incredible. Plus, we get to find out what the heck happened with Link in the basement when he was nine years old. Finally. And about Link...

Am waitin' to read more about Wesley Lincoln and Ridley Duchannes, now, ya hear Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl? (That's me, channeling Amma, in case you were wondering.)

And here are some awesome pictures about the movie, in case you don't believe me about the grandiousness of this series. Not a word, I know (and my autocorrect knows) but sooo fitting..

If you haven't read the books yet, what the heck are you waiting for? You know, the movie comes out in February, 2013. There's only so much time before you become one of those people who only know good books (and use that term loosely about some of the other franchises) because they were made into movies, right? You don't want to be one of those people. You wanna be on my team. Go Team Caster Chronicles!