Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Chaos
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Reading Method: Library Book

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 from the Great Barrier, 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's not Lena -- and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself -- forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and he's afraid to ask.

Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Beautiful Chaos, the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series, takes us back to Gatlin for even more strange and curious happenings. Although the writing in Beautiful Chaos is not superb, the story has kind of (unwittingly) hooked me.  I didn't think I would finish the series after reading Beautiful Creatures, but I just can't help myself. 

In Beautiful Chaos, Ridley is no longer a Siren, Link is now part Incubus (or Linkubus, as everyone calls him), Liv is no longer a Keeper in Training, and Ethan is now in full knowledge of the fact that he is a Wayward, charged with keeping Lena safe.  This book has things I would expect a teen romance/fantasy book to have - teenagers falling in lust, jealousy, and anger for some pretty stupid reasons.  (You know, like Savannah getting mad at Ridley for being on the cheerleading squad...)

The cover of the book says that Ethan kept forgetting things with increasing frequency throughout the book.  However, that was misleading - it wasn't until over halfway through the book that he started forgetting more and more, like what Lena's "usual snack" was at the movies.  That being said, I still had to keep reading, if only to find out how the book ended. 

I think the most well developed character int he book was Liv.  She showed real emotions over things - like her sadness at no longer being a Keeper in Training.  Also, I liked Liv because I feel like she and Ethan had more chemistry than Ethan and Lena have.  With Ethan and Lena, it feels like they have a relationship together because it's easy and because he's her wayward, not because there is any real dying attraction or romantic love for each other there. 

The biggest thing that kept me reading this book was wanting to find out what was going on with Amma.  Throughout the book, Ethan keeps talking about her "going dark" again, and saying that this is the darkest she's ever been.  I needed to know why!

With it's lackluster writing and lack of depth in the characters, this is definitely a book I wouldn't heartily recommend.  However, the magical aspects of the book will keep you interested should you choose to read it.

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