Friday, November 30, 2012

From the shelf: Beautiful Chaos

Title: Beautiful Chaos
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Date read: November 25-29, 2012
Dawn Rates:  (4.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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.
My Review: (also in goodreads)

"Eighteen Moons, eighteen nears, The Wheel of Fate herself appears, Then the One Who Is Two Will bring the Order back anew..."

After Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness comes the third book of the Caster Chronicles and it had one theme: the inevitable truth and the consequence of the claiming: Chaos has descended upon Gaitlin. 

There are several crossroads the characters have to face in this book:
  • Link facing the fact that he is part Incubus
  • Ridley facing the fact that she can no longer be a caster
  • Lena facing the fact that her claiming triggered the imbalance of the Order
  • Ethan battling his nightmares
There are moments throughout the book which I find unexpected (and I'm not spoiling those who hasn't read it yet)
  • The location of John Breed
  • The identity of the wheel of fate (I didn't quite expect got me baffled)
  • The turn of events at a certain trial (I laughed at the witty humor)
Old foes, memories of long gone, new love, new friendships, new characters, allies, new discoveries and death all of these were all throughout the whole book. At first, I was sort of bored with the whole cat and mouse chase at the beginning of the book it was like a whole detective thing (thus the 4 1/2 star rating). But everything became clearer as it neared the middle. I actually teared up at the events that happened at the the end, that was unexpected. I loved the story and I can't wait to read the finale.

"The right thing and the easy thing are never the same"
Till the next read...Beautiful Redemption for that matter...

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