Dull and Far Too Short | Review of ‘Dream Dark’ (Beautiful Creatures #2.5)

By Cynthia Ayala

Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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When Link decided to join his friend Ethan Wate on a quest through the supernatural tunnels beneath Gaitlin, he had no idea how the whole adventure world affect him, let alone a bite from a supernatural which has left him changed forever.

Published August 2, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Dream Dark by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is a short story focusing on Link and his transformation into a Linkubus. Within the Beautiful Creatures series.

Link has always been an interesting character, made more for use of the comic relief and also for his rollercoaster relationship with Ridley. After his change, he became even more interesting as a half Incubus, more human than his bloodthirsty counterparts. Here is a short story that’s just a little too short as it focuses on Link’s transformation into a half Incubus.

There’s a lot left unsaid, many tidbits that are explored in the main series, some hints here and there about the relationship between Ridley and Link. But ultimately, as Link goes into his transformation, the writers decided not to explore everything he is and everything he can do. The authors clearly had a goal here, and endgame, something they wanted to get at in telling the story, but ultimately, the execution of the story was very flat. Link is a great character and the comedy that makes him so great is there, but the way the story moves to quickly without really exploring Link as he is now, his feelings, thoughts, desires, everything that has changed so much with him being changed. It wasn’t some small change, it was a literal life changing moment that readers didn’t really get to see change him. And that’s unfortunate. This would have been a great moment to explore all the changes, give the readers something to laugh about as he thinks about what he can do with his newfound abilities. But none of that happens. Macon trains him, sends him on an errand and that’s the end of that. It was boring. There was nothing anticlimactic in the story, nothing that really stood out.

This is a short story that was just too short. There could have been so much more that the authors could have done in this story, especially with an ending like that, especially with the way his relationship unfolds later in the series. It answers some questions, but doesn’t provide a filling feeling for the reader. There wasn’t enough substance in the novel to hold the reader, or to even justify this short story’s existence when compared to the rest of the series. Sure, reading about Link is fun, there’s just this emptiness about the story. Compared to the rest of the series, this just seems two-dimensional, without depth and tension and drive. (★★★☆☆ | C)

Product Details:

Pub Date: Aug 2, 2011

Page count: 75pp

Age Range: 15 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-3161-9704-5

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

List Price:  $1.99

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