Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: Beautiful Chaos

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: Already out, buy a copy!
Publisher: Penguin
Add it: 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.
It's not an exaggeration to say that the events of Beautiful Darkness were a game changer. No person in Gatlin has gone unaffected, Caster or Mortal, whether they're aware of the dark and supernatural world that exists alongside them or not. Lena's Claiming had detrimental effects, shattering the Order of Things. Caster powers are unpredictable, Gatlin is suffering it's greatest ever heat wave and Ethan is..... different. Memories are slowly beginning to escape him and cryptic dreams once again haunt his nights. The stakes are raised ten fold in Beautiful Chaos as mayhem and disorder reach an unbearable crescendo, dark forces are striking harder and more often and the emotional weight on the characters is monumental.

There is a terrible secret eating away at Amma's heart and she grows more darker and frantic than Ethan has ever seen. It was shocking to see a character who is ordinarily so strong and knowing, begin to crumble in the way she did - but understandably so. Everyone is impacted in some way or another. Link (or Linkubus <3) is growing into his new found 'superpowers', but his emotional turmoil lay with Ridley. They have such a dysfunctional, back-and-forth relationship, but you can see they truly care about each other. There's a lot of angst and frustration for them and you just want to shake them both and say "BE TOGETHER!" I love Ridley, even if I want to smack her upside the head sometimes for her choices!

And of course, there is some tension between Ethan, Lena and Liv. Don't worry, it's far from ever being a love triangle. In fact, Liv may actually be finding a spark of romance elsewhere.... in quite an unexpected person! (Who, for the record, I totally approve her with). But I definitely felt the frustration while Ethan and Liv avoided one another, because I just wanted them to be friends again! And it was so clear they missed one another. I loved how it played out though, and especially how that tension between Lena and Liv was released... it made for quite an amusing scene!

It's the small details, so masterfully sprinkled throughout that make Gatlin feel so real and familiar each time you dive into a new book. And it makes it all the more heartbreaking when tragedy strikes. More than once I was left devastated by a turn of events and especially during the end, where I unashamedly shed a few tears. Those scenes were so heartfelt and beautifully written, I dare anyone who has come to love these characters, to not feel some emotion for what happens.

Beautiful Chaos is the darkest and most emotional installment yet. The Gatlin you grew to love is torn apart and your favourite characters must each face some of their darkest hours. Not all will survive the crushing wheel of fate and sacrifices are made that will change everything. It ends on a crazy, 'NOOOOOOOOO,' cliffhanger that will have you biting your nails down to stubs until the fourth novel comes out! Which, for the sake of my sanity, I sincerely hope is soon.

5/5 Golden Apples!


  1. Another killer cliffhanger? Ahh, the torture! I can't wait to read this one but I know the wait for book four will painful after such an ending. Great to hear that Liv may be finding romance elsewhere - I really like her and want her to be happy! And lol, Linkubus :P. Great review Brodie, glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I have GOT to start this series already!! I keep meaning to get to it, but always get distracted with something else. :) So glad you enjoyed this! I'm going to have to read these soon!

  3. I need to get a move on with this series! A lot of people seem to love it and the covers are gorgeous. What am I waiting for?! Great review! :)

  4. I had no idea this series could get any darker. Seriously?! LOL. They were brooding already in the first two books! *eek* Cliffhangers....very very nasty. Thanks for the review!

  5. I've just recently finished this book. I was very disappointed in the sequel but this installment was a little better. But yes! I approve of Liv's new romance and man - talk about cliffhanger! Great review as always!

  6. I hate cliffhangers. Thanks for the warning.

  7. I feel like I'm the only one in the world who hasn't read this series yet! Must get to it soon..Fab review Brodie <3 Glad you liked it so much!!

  8. I have always liked this series... not head over heels loved though. I must admit I like your review of it! And I really need to buy this one when I get around to it! :)

  9. OH, man. First these books are atrociously long, and then they keep ending in mind-numbing cliffhangers. I don't know if I can take much more!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  10. I finished Beautiful Chaos earlier this week, and I was really confused... I struggled to get into it at first, but at the same time I really did enjoy it. The ending KILLED me. In the final pages, I was full-on UGLY crying (there was out-loud sobbing. Golly I was glad to be home alone :D) while Ethan's doing his rounds with Lena, and Amma.

    I loved your review. TY TY TY!


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