Beautiful Chaos | Book Review

Please be aware that this is the third book in a series. I attempt to not include spoilers and references to events and important character information in any of my reviews, however it is recommended that you have read the first and second book in the series before reading this review. Check out my review for Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) and Beautiful Darkness (Book 2).

Beautiful Chaos
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Book 3 of 'The Caster Chronicles' series

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 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.

Recommended for those who enjoy:
gothic teen novels, teen romance, supernatural becomings, blossoming love, 'coming of age' transitions, freedom from being stuck in one place, fantasy fiction

Cold Tea and Crumbs rating:  ★★★

My thoughts:
Unfortunately this book made me fall out with The Caster Chronicles series and it certainly lives up to its name - Chaos! I'd been warned that this book was slow and the least favoured book in the series by most people so I went in prepared for an 'average' book but it really was quite disappointing.

The positive aspects of this book were the events that take place which evolve around the universe wanting someone else other than Lena to 'pay a price' or 'make a choice'. I loved the introduction of Linkubus and think it makes Link's character even more humourous and loveable than he was in the previous two books (if that's even possible). The change in John Breed's character is also interesting and Liv of course is still her intelligent and quick thinking self which is one of the reasons that Book 2 Beautiful Darkness was so good in my eyes.

The negative aspects of this book were that it was quite predictable. Major events that take place in the book were pointed out and then thrown right in your face so you wouldn't miss them, which obviously meant you knew what was coming about 3-4 chapters before it actually happened. Also the ending was easy to predict and was even hinted at about midway through the story. I was quite frustrating that none of the characters seemed to grasp that it could be that - you let me down Liv!

Overall this wasn't a terrible book in the series however it was certainly just a linking book between Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Redemption. I recommend reading it if you liked the first two books and want to finish the series. I you have read the first and second books and didn't really enjoy them then I'd say don't waste your time - Beautiful Darkness in my opinion is where the series peaks.

Over to you:
Have you read Beautiful Chaos, what did you think of it? Enjoyed reading it or disliked it?
Did you feel that Beautiful Chaos was a 'linking' book?

The Iron Butterfly Series | Book Review

This review contains no spoilers and no reference to events or character information that may ruin your reading pleasure.

The Iron Butterfly Series (Book 1 & 2)
Chanda Hahn

Book 1 - The Iron Butterfly

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After find a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia's worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

Book 2 - The Steele Wolf

After finally settling into her new life at the Citadel, Thalia is reunited with her father, who is disturbed at the changes within her. Risking banishment, Thalia must work to prove to her clan and herself that she is still capable of leading them. The problem is, her memories haven't returned, and she cannot shake the feeling that she doesn't belong.

Thalia discovers that betrayal runs deep within her clan, just as she sets out to join Joss and Kael in doing the one thing she fears most: track the Septori to save Joss' kidnapped sister. Along the way, she must confront her own fears on a journey of self-discovery that will take her deep into the stronghold of Denai; as they travel to the ancient floating city of Skyfell.

Recommended for those who enjoy:
teen novels, teen romance, supernatural becomings, blossoming love, survival stories, fantasy fiction, discovering lost memories

Cold Tea and Crumbs rating:  The Iron Butterfly = ★★★  The Steele Wolf = ★★★

My thoughts:

Over to you:
Have you read The Iron Butterfly or The Steele Wolf, what did you think of it? Enjoyed reading it or disliked it? 

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