Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Posted November 2, 2012 by Sophia

Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlBeautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Caster Chronicles #3
Published by Little Brown Books For Young Readers on October 18th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Physical
Source: Library

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 โ€” or who โ€” 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 โ€” 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.

Like most books I read, Beautiful Creatures was just randomly picked up and looked interesting, so I read it. Plus, I needed some books to occupy me and it was somehow on my to-read list already. I just didn’t get the chance to read it over the summer. Call that lucky to be in the library at the time.

I will probably admit, that although I read the entire series, I didn’t really like the first 2 books in the series. Except for the ending and the summaries. Which was why I continued reading the series. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or maybe there was just something special about Ethan, Lena, Riley, Link, etc that I just can’t place a tab on? Or was there a little cliffhanger (which I totally love) that just urged me to read on and give the series another try?

I will also admit that I liked Beautiful Chaos overall. The character haven’t changed… although they have. In a way. Ethan is still plain Wayward, just like from Day One. Besides getting “chased around” by his other self, of course. Lena is back to herself again, although she is now a light and dark caster due to the Seventeenth Moon. I didn’t really enjoy Lena’s distance and major meltdown from Beautiful Darkness, so it’s nice to know that we get her back again.

Link has changed majorly in a way, at least in physical and how do you say this? erm, he’s developed “Vampire-like” senses after being bit by John Breed from Beautiful Darkness, so he’s now one-quarters Incubus. He’s still on and off with Once Upon A Siren, Riley, but she’s still same old, same old Riley. In Mortal form, yet continues about life Siren Style with no powers.

Overall, Beautiful Chaos is my favorite book out of the series so far. It’s more action-packed than the books before it, even if it has quite the sad ending. I will most likely read the fourth and final book in the series, Beautiful Redemption (released already) because I just have to know what happens next to Ethan, Lena and the other characters.

Speaking of which, and I know I’m a bit off-topic, but who’s excited for the Beautiful Creatures movie? I know am! The trailer looked awesome…

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9 responses to “Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

  1. I really like this series, and I can't wait to read Beautiful Redemption, especially after that cliffhanger! I'm glad you're enjoying it too overall. Great review, Sophia! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I'm actually really glad I read all 3 books, even though I didn't really enjoy the first 2 books. ๐Ÿ™‚ The 3rd book's cliffhanger is where it really got me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I nearly didn't finish the first 2 due to lack of action and things were a bit too slow. But I did like Beautiful Chaos so I'm hoping to enjoy the last one too.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Serenity Waters

    you didn't like the first 2 books? aww! but glad you could at least give the series a third try, Soph! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I'm beginning to think I was being nice or the authors were simply extremely lucky.
      Or maybe it was just the storyline. But hey, thankfully it got better. :3