Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl — Review

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlSummary:

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.

Review: 5 Stars

When I decided to reread Beautiful Creatures I had the intentions of rereading the entire series, but I didn’t really expect to get so absorbed into this series. I really missed reading YA paranormal books and am so happy to find a paranormal series to binge read. YA paranormal just makes me feel so nostalgic and I found these books so much fun to read. Despite the fact that each book is around 500 pages they still feel like light reads and I whipped through each book in the series pretty fast.

I really loved this installment of the series, who am I kidding, I’ve loved the entire series so far. Lena and Ethan are back together and at the beginning of this book it seems like everything will be great, but events start occurring that make it seem like the world may be coming to an end. This was a very emotional read and this book broke my heart over and over again. For a good portion of the book I was on the edge of my seat, but it also had me feeling like an emotional wreck.

The plot was pretty good. There was a bit of a mystery going on and there were several curve balls thrown that I never saw coming. The pacing wasn’t super consistent, it was fast in some spots and slower in others, but I found that it worked. I was so attached to the characters by this point in the series that I couldn’t set the book down. The tension was very high in Gatlin and while the pacing wasn’t always fast I couldn’t set the book down.

The reason you keep coming back to a series is typically because of the characters, and it’s hard to finish multiple books with page counts into the 500’s unless you love the characters and boy, do I love the characters in this series. By this point in the series I felt like I knew the characters personally and I found myself incredibly invested in everything that happened to each of them. While Lena and Ethan are the stars of the series I feel like the side characters were the ones that really shined in this installment. Ridley and Link both were going through some serious changes in this book and their character arcs were really interesting. There was so much drama and tension in their relationship and I couldn’t get enough of it.

This installment definitely really made the series worth continuing. There were so many twists and turns and I feel like the side characters really got to shine in this installment. This book really dove into Caster history and I really enjoyed getting to see more of this world. This is definitely one of my favorite installments of the series and I enjoyed every minute of this book.

Check out my reviews for Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness!

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      1. Over the summer I wanted to read nothing but YA paranormal books! They’re always great to pick up when I want something that makes me feel nostalgic, is lighter than fantasy but still isn’t a “real world” story.

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