Beautiful Chaos

Author: K. Garcia & M. Stohl
Pages: 518

Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from 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.
My Summary: It's been about a month since the events of Lena's Seventeenth Moon, and the town of Gatlin still hasn't returned to normal: there are lubbers everywhere, the heatwave hasn't let up in weeks, and the lake has dried up. In short, it's beginning to feel like the end of the world in Ethan and Lena's little town.
But that's not all that's happening - Ethan has been losing little pieces of himself: memories, phone numbers, and names, all disappearing from his mind without a trace. Worse still is the way Amma's been acting, and the appearance of Abraham and Sarafine - who, for some reason, think Ethan and Lena know the location of John Breed...
My Thoughts: This book is the hardest to review of the series, because I both loved it and hated it (in a good way). The writing, as usual, was flawless, and the character development gets better in every installment. It was great to see Lena and Ethan make peace with the mistakes of their past and try to move on with their lives, and I've really enjoyed the way the paranormal element builds in each book, teaching us more about the world of the Casters chapter by chapter instead of dumping a bunch of information on the reader all at once. But man, this one had some major angst (which I love, as you all should know, but my wee piggy heart can only handle so much!). You could feel the pain Ethan was in, watching his life unravel, and you couldn't help feeling for Lena as you watched her learn the truth about her mother.  In short, I loved this book. It was amazing, and I seriously have no clue how I'll be able to wait for next fall to read the last one in the series.
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a refreshing change from the usual vampire/werewolf/faerie book, I definitely recommend this series! Check it out! The use of a male first-person narrative makes it all the more interesting, and the new take on the paranormal element makes for a great read.

1 comment:

  1. I'm still on beautiful creatures lol. Late, I know. But i'm actually disappointed with what I've read so far. I have like... 150 pages left so I feel like if it was going to get better it would have by now. The reviews are so positive for this series, so I feel like maybe I'm missing something.


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