Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Chaos is book 3 of the Caster Chronicles, continuing the story of Lena and Ethan--young, in love and trying to stop the end of the world.

If you haven't read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness, stop right now and go read them.  Reading any further will spoil your reading experience of these first two books in the series and they are definitely worth reading.

After fighting darkness and bringing his love back from the brink of evil, you'd think Ethan Wate would get a break.  You would be wrong.  Not only does he not get a break, things are actually getting worse.  The summer is never-ending, the heat is unbearable. The sun is scorching clear into December and no one can figure out how to fix it.  The church-goers believe the end of days is near--and they have no idea how right they are.  The Order has been broken and until it is righted, chaos will ensue. 

Ethan, along with Lena, Link and Liv, has to figure out how to set things right.  He is receiving messages about the eighteenth moon and that a sacrifice will have to be made.  He has to find the One that is Two and determine what role this person plays in fixing the Order.  Plus, he's helping Link deal with being newly part Incubus, protecting Lena from her evil relatives and suspects that something isn't quite right with the newly Mortal Ridley.  To top things off, Amma is acting strangely and his Dad is suddenly inspired to write a book called "The Eighteenth Moon".  It's all a bit overwhelming for Ethan, but he'll do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves.

I don't want to give away too much, but I will say this.  I regret reading this book now--because the cliff-hanger ending is spectacular and now I have to wait until Beautiful Redemption is published in October to find out what happens!  I highly recommend this series and I just learned that casting is taking place for a movie of Beautiful Creatures!  I can't wait to see how the book is adapted to the screen. 


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  3. Unfortunately, for me, Beautiful Chaos didn't feel like its own book, but more of a culmination of the events of those preceding it. The whole book was climax Climax CLIMAX! Then it ended. Seriously. Mega-uber-massive cliffhanger. And not in a good way. Beautiful Chaos was five hundred pages of build up to an event that didn't happen in this book.

    I'm the first to admit I don't love cliffhangers, but I can respect a good one... and in a way, I suppose this one was, but, at the same time, there was no resolution to any of the events within this book, and that frustrates me. I was left knowing (almost) as little on page 516 as I was on page 1.

    Despite these complaints, I enjoyed Beautiful Chaos. The writing is gorgeous, the stakes are high, the characters I know and love are all there hiding their secrets, and Gatlin? My oh my I love Gatlin.

    Beautiful Chaos was dense, overwhelming, heartbreaking and... unsatisfying, on some level. Nevertheless, it's achieved its goal: I'm eagerly anticipating book four, if for no other reason than to find out how this one actually ends! If you're a fan of the series, read Beautiful Chaos. If you're already undecided on this series, Beautiful Chaos will do little to change your mind.