Book Review: Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos CoverBook: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Narrated by Kevin Collins

Published October 2011 by Hachette Audio|Run Time: 16 hours, 15 minutes

Where I Got It:

Series: Caster Chronicles #3

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Kami Garcia’s Website|Margaret Stohl’s Website|Series Website

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Beautiful Chaos is easily my favorite book in the series, and it’s because the story is so much more interesting than the first couple.  The series really has improved since Beautiful Creatures, but Beautiful Chaos really exceeded my expectations!

We see the impact of Lena’s claiming and what a broken Order really means.  We also see the fall-out of Liv’s actions in Beautiful Darkness, with everything going back to Marion for not doing anything to stop Liv.  We learn of the Far Keep, and who they are, and what they do. And we learn that there is a book called the Caster Chronicles, which has a record of all casters.  The series name makes much more sense now.  I always thought it was because of Lena being a caster and the books being her story, so the book adds another layer of that.  At least, it does for me.

The not-so-happy ending wasn’t that big of a surprise, and I had a really vague idea of what was going on with Ethan.  What I didn’t know was how we’d get to the ending, or why Ethan was acting the way he was.  It was interesting and unexpected enough that I didn’t care that I figured parts of it out.  There was a lot of mystery, and I liked that the mystery (for the most part) wasn’t obvious, because I was left guessing by so much!

I just loved Ethan’s aunts, and I just love their appearances throughout the book.  I also have such a soft spot for Amma and Marion in this book.  Liv is still around (which surprised me a little) and I really liked Ethan.  I’m still not sure how I feel about Liv, since we didn’t see a lot of her in this book, and while Lena was more bearable/likeable in Beautiful Chaos than she was in Beautiful Darkness, I’m feeling pretty neutral about her.

There was a point where I couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed.  Even though I knew it was coming, actually listening to it is completely different than just knowing it was going to happen.  I’m really liking Kevin Collins as the narrator, and he really brings Ethan to life.

Final Thoughts:

I like that the Caster mythology gets more and more interesting as the series goes on, and that there’s always something new to learn about the Caster world.  Beautiful Chaos, for me, has the most interesting storyline, and it will be interesting to see how everything ties up in the last book.  Beautiful Chaos gets 5 stars.

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