Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 3 of Beautiful series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, dark themes, language
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18104607-beautiful-oblivion?ref=ru_lihp_up_rs_2_mclk-exp65cell142-up2015476880
In the third book in the series, first to follow someone other then Travis, we follow the 2nd child of the Maddox family, Trenton, as he embarks on a relationship with his childhood crush Camille.
Cam has her own personal problems that she has to go through in this story. She is in a relationship with someone who lives in California, away from her, and has virtually no time for her. Of course, this takes a toll on their relationship but she has such low value of herself that she stays with him despite how miserable she is.
This story shows just how important the dynamic of a family is on someone and how it molds the people that we turn out to be. We see the positive influence with Trenton and his family and the negative influence by seeing how Cam is with her family.
Like in the first book in the series, there are some things that happen that seem out of character of what McGuire is trying to create. Cam comes off as an independent woman who doesn’t do anything to please anyone else and then as soon as she starts a friendship with Trenton, she gets a tattoo to please him. For me, the issue was what the tattoo was and where she got it. It just seemed a little ridiculous and out of character for what the foundation of Cam’s character was.
Trenton was a total 180 from Travis. Yes they had similarities such as being a little overbearing and protective. He is a bit more softer around the edges and he has his own cross to bear. We get to see Trenton come to terms with the ghosts of his past as he tries to move on with Cam.
The twist in the story is one of those that make you exclaim out loud because all the signs where there but you were too wrapped up in the story that you missed them. And McGuire exposes the twist in such a creative way that it gets you amped up for how she will do the other books in the series.
This story entwines with the first book in the series where Travis meets Abby and they fall in love and get married. We see it from a 3rd party’s point of view but getting those references s fun and helps develop the world that much more. It’s unclear if McGuire will do this with all the stories, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a little bit of Abby and Travis in all the books.
The first book in the series had it’s issues and this one had some as well but the story wrapped up nice and with a little bow on it to give it that finality feel. It’s a great start to the Maddox brothers of the series and I’m excited to read about Thomas in the next one.
The Beautiful series
Beautiful Redemption (out January 26, 2015)
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