Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Caragh Reviews - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Published - 18th October 2011
Publisher - Penguin
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Their love has just begun. Now the end of days is coming . . .Ethan Wate is in love with a Caster girl. When he looks at Lena, it's like there's no one else in the world. But Ethan is mortal, and on her seventeenth birthday Lena made a choice that changed everything. The girl Ethan loves has broken the world with the supernatural powers she is struggling to control . . .Now, if they are to fix the chaos Lena has caused, one of them must make a terrible sacrifice. Sometimes there isn't just one answer. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Beautiful Creatures review here
Beautiful Darkness review here

Beautiful Chaos is the 3rd book in the Caster Chronicles series. Unlike the previous two, it started a little slow and it took me a while to really get into the flow of the story. The small town of Gatlin is overrun with lubbers and the ground is dying out from lack of rain and nutrients. Beautiful Chaos is full of secrets and mysteries, much like the other books, but this time it's Amma who is holding all of the cards which is strange for both Ethan and me as a reader. The characters in the Caster Chronicles are so relate-able and loveable that it is unnerving to suddenly stop trusting people who have become your own 'family'.

It was really nice to see more of Liv. She was intriguing and different in Beautiful Darkness and i'm glad that she appeared once more. Of course I still love Link and Ridley and after the events of the previous books their relationship has taken a turn that is going to take some serious figuring out! Because initially it took me a long time to get into the book, I was concerned that the story was deflating a little and that Beautiful Chaos would be disappointing but fortunately at around the halfway point, it definitely picked up as the action really started kicking in. 

There was a real sense of danger for the characters and it was difficult to know who to trust. As the synopsis suggests, Beautiful Chaos is the darkest book of the series so far which was GREAT and really kept me reading when sometimes the plot fell a little stagnant. I'm a little reluctant to start reading the next and final book as they've been such great reads and so different from anything else!

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