Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
518 Pages (Hardcover)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
October 18, 2011
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.
This is one of my favorite series and it really means a lot to me. Beautiful Creatures was the first book to get me out of my Twilight obsession and start actually enjoying to read. Through a series of events, that book actually led to the creation of this blog. I find this series absolutely amazing. Beautiful Chaos just reaffirmed what I already believed - this series is going to be one of my favorites of all time. So far, Beautiful Chaos has become my favorite in the series, surpassing Beautiful Creatures (my favorite before) which I didn't even think was possible.
Chaos. The title really suits the novel well. After the events of the seventeenth moon in Beautiful Darkness, the combined Mortal and Caster worlds seem to be ending. Mass destruction, heat, and deaths are occurring with no explanation. Clearly when Lena claimed herself both light and dark, the Order had been broken. The end is nearing, now how do they stop it?
Oh my good golly gosh (replace with inappropriate but fitting profanities)!!! The plot was fast paced in the best of ways. Seriously, there seemed like there was never even a space to breath or collect your thoughts before you are slammed with more unexpected developments. Our favorite love-to-hate characters are back: Abraham, Saraphine, Ridley, John Breed... but who's side are they really on?
There were always consequences for Lena and Ethan's actions, but this time it effect much more then themselves - everyone's lives are in danger. The dire necessity to find the answer and ticking clock made this book irresistible and impossible to put down. The ending will make you want to scream, and that's all I'm gonna say about that.
Dark, utterly impossible and enveloping, this novel is sheer chaos, in the best possible way.