Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Author:  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin (Imprint: Razorbill
Publication Date:  31st October 2011
ISBN:  9780141335261
Stand alone or series:   Book 3 in the Caster Chronicles
Pages:  520 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia (Publisher)
First Lines:  In Gatlin, it's funny how the good things are all tied up with the bad.  Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which.  But either way, you end up taking your sugar with your salt and your kicks with your kisses, as Amma would say.

Definite spoilers if you haven't read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness
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.
Third instalment of the spellbinding love story that began with Beautiful Creatures

My Thoughts:
After finishing Beautiful Chaos, and it was left on a big OMG cliff hanger, I actually realised I didn't know how many books were going to be in the Caster Chronicles.  It then clicked that it had to be more than the three being a "chronicles"  but still, I read this book believing it to be the last one.  Imagine my relief!

So Beautiful Darkness left us with a green and gold eyed Lena who has apparently broken the world.  I must admit I had mixed feelings about Lena from book two but she had definitely redeemed herself in Beautiful Chaos.  Ethan as always is an amazing character and I think Kami and Margaret have done an awesome job writing from a male POV.

The beginning of chapter one was a great start to the story.  I love how Ethan uses Amma's sayings throughout each novel and as you can see in the first lines above, it really does start with a bit of mystery to it.

With each character there are drastic changes!  Link is now a 'Linkubus' as he refers to himself in the book.  He's bulked up and surprisingly has certain cheerleaders taking notice.  Ridley, well, attitude wise she hasn't changed, but her powers took a massive blow in book 2 so she struggles throughout the story dealing with that.  Lena and the other casters are struggling with their powers too, misfiring and what not, and then there is Ethan.  Ethan with his dreams and his Amma whose 'going darker' with each turn of the page.  Amma is one character that I'd love to have in my household.  Seriously!

Hopefully I don't want to give away too much but this is a must read.  Kami and Margaret have done a fantastic job at creating different, wholesome characters and the writing kept me hooked from beginning to finish.

If you haven't read these I suggest you give Beautiful Creatures a try.  But if you're about to read Beautiful Chaos, make sure there are tissues because towards the end you're going to need it!  Yeah that's right.  I admit it, I cried LOL.

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