Thursday, October 18, 2012

Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Chaos
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 18th, 2011, Hardcover
Publisher: Little Brown and Compnay
Group: Young Adult Literature

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.
Beautiful Chaos continues the story of Ethan, Lena, Link, Ridley and the rest of the gang. I was really excited to start this book after reading the huge cliff-hanger ending in Beautiful Darkness. I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with these books. I just absolutely adored the first book in the series, but it seems like the rest of the books have just been okay. I will admit that Beautiful Chaos was better than Beautiful Darkness in my opinion.

The beginning of Beautiful Chaos was really good, it was when I got to the middle that I started to have some problems. It started to become a little boring for me. I had a really hard time getting into the story about his Great Aunts and when their house got destroyed. I just didn't seem to care about them, which is bad I know, but I was honestly way too interested in the Ridley and Link story. I wish we could have got more scenes with them together.

I love all the characters so much, but was disappointed that Liv wasn't in the first 100 pages. She happens to be my favorite character besides Ridley. However I feel like the story made up for it with Ridley being in it so much. It was just absolutely hilarious reading about her while she was High School. I also really liked how Lena wasn't so annoying in this book. I could actually tolerate her this time. I also really enjoyed how we got to have some flashbacks in this one! This time they are about Lena's parents: Sarafine and John. I feel really sorry for Sarafine in this book. We get to see her when she was a teen like Lena and how she got treated awful by her family. I thought John was sweet but there was no hope for Sarafine I feel.

I am going to mention a big spoiler next, so don't continue reading if you don't want to know. This has to be my most favorite thing that has ever happened in this series. John Breed and Liv hookup and became a thing. Yes, yes I know. Nobody could have saw this coming. John Breed is actually a good guy, and while Liv stays with him; he starts to fall for her. Just oh my gosh. I am praying that in Beautiful Redemption that there will be loads more of this. Please Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; I am begging you. I know that since the book comes out next week that there isn't much you can do now, but maybe like an ebook or something in one of their point of views? I need more of them in my life.

So overall, I really enjoyed this but had some problems with it as the same time with the pacing and some of the storylines. I feel like it could have been a lot shorter. The ending of this book will leave you so confused and have you going like what????!!! I can't wait to purchase Beautiful Redemption next week! I'm glad that I waited to read this so the story can be fresh for the last book in the series. I am just so curious to see how this all will end.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I havent read the Beautiful Creatures series yet... I want to, especially with the movie coming out soon.
    But I havent

    Great review, you make me want to know these characters.


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