Friday, June 14, 2013
Book Report Beautiful Chaos
Authour: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Length: 516 pages
How long it took me to read: A week and a half
What it's about: Third in the series of the Beautiful Creatures Novels. 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.
The ending is the most important part: Another Cliffhanger? This cliffhanger was worse than Beautiful Creatures! What the HECK Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl? Yeah, the ending is definitley not a happy one.
Last word: I recommend this book just know that the title suits it - it's chaotic and hard to get through because things are kinda dark and you think you know more than the characters and it takes them way too long to figure things out, which is so frustrating, but it turns out you were wrong anyway. Make sure you have Beautiful Redemption on standby so you can immediately go into the next book. I have to wait and I'm pretty mad about it.
Spoilers after the jump:
I had a hard time with the flow of this book. It was hot, and confusing, and chaotic. It took me a long time to read because it jumped around and stuttered and stalled so much. I just wasn't as invested in this book as I was the previous two.
Link is one of my favourite characters, and he was having a really hard time in this book. Amma is so wonderful that I wish she was my Amma, and she's totally dark and even less forthwith with information this time. Ethan should be seeking help from others, and he isn't. Marian is almost sent to the Dark Fire. Liv and Ethan aren't allowed to be friends. Ridley is crazy.
Nothing good happens in this book, no one is happy, and nothing is resolved. We get no new information, and there is definitely not a happy ending. I also didn't buy the whole Sarafine as a loving mother thing.
The title is perfect. I totally felt like everything was chaos. No one was themselves. I feel like this book was a bridge of sorts and I am hoping, hoping, hoping, that the final book (is it the final book? not sure) gives some sort of Redemption as the title alludes. I just have to wait for eleven people to be finished with it first.