Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jenn's Review: Beautiful Chaos

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #3
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 516
Obtained: purchased
Genre:  YA, Paranormal
Rating: 4
Bottom Line: Things must get worse before they can get better...
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Blurb:  Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Review:  It's been a while since I ventured into Ethan and Lena's world... and the world has changed since Lena's claiming.  Things haven't been the same since Lena claimed herself.  I knew things would be different, but I don't think I ever imagined they'd be this different.

Ridley cannot adjust to her new life while Link is adjusting pretty well.  It was hard to see Amma loose her way; she's always been so strong.   It was nice to see Lena and Ethan together with nothing keeping them apart.  For the most part, that's what Beautiful Chaos is, Lean and Ethan being together.  Yes, the world is falling apart around them, but for once Lena and Ethan are letting other people take the lead in figuring it out.  I actually wish we'd spent more time with Liv and Macom because I felt like we missed some of the action.  The most Ethan gets into is the fight to save Marian.  

Although I enjoyed the pressure-free time with Lena and Ethan, this book feels like plot exposition for the final novel.  It ends like I knew it would and there is no possible way to read the cliff hanger without moving on to the next book, Beautiful Redemption.



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