I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of Beautiful Chaos after I didn’t enjoy Beautiful Darkness as much as I’d hoped, but boy howdy did Stohl and Garcia step up their game for this one.
In the past books it was the setting that did it for me, but this time, it was all about the characters. Let’s start with Ethan. I loved that a lot of the focus was on Ethan this time instead of Lena. You’d think the focus was always on him since he’s the main character, but it almost seemed as if Lena was the main character in the past. Speaking of Lena, I liked that she was back to normal. It was way more enjoyable to read about than crazy, mopey Lena.
“Linkubus” was basically super awesome. We got to see quite the character growth with him which was nice since he’s one of my favorite characters :]
I really like the relationship developments with Liv, Lena, and Ethan.
I never would have expected to find out any more about Sarafine, but it was a rather nice surprise.
I liked that for once, the main focus wasn’t on the town and the happenings within it. Like I said, I liked the setting and the town in the previous books, but having the focus be more character-driven for Beautiful Chaos totally worked.
Final Thoughts: Beautiful Chaos was absolutely fantastic. It’s practically killing me not to have the next book since the ending was so cruel. If you’ve read the rest of The Caster Chronicles, then you definitely need Beautiful Chaos, and if you haven’t read them, you should definitely start. If you’re a fan of character-driven books with intense endings and awesome sidekicks this is definitely something you should get your hands on.
Well...now I understand why people are so annoyed about the cliffhanger. On one hand. I understand why it ended like that, but that doesn't make it annoy me any less.
Anyway, enough about the cliffhanger. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the authors' writing style, the way they use description and dialogue really make the characters and the world come alive. No matter how nonchalantly I start out reading the books by the end I am completely immersed in the story and in the world.
Characters (because they are what really make this book epicful):
Ethan aka SPOILER!!!!! "The One Who Is Two" END SPOILER!!! - He wasn't as annoying as he sometimes is. I found it immensely enjoyable to read about him going slightly crazy. And he and Lena are just so fun to make fun of that I can't help but like him.
Lena aka "Emo Princess" - So I pretty much loved her interactions with Liv. Especially during and after Ridley's Furur(..spelling?)...she became a lot more relatable and enjoyable to read about in this book. I actually found her fun and enjoyable at some parts. And for the parts where she was being "emo princess" well I just smiled and bore through it.
Liv aka "Olivia" - I was disappointed when it seemed like she was going to be forgotten about. She was hardly in the beginning of the book at all. Like she had disappeared off the face of the earth...or just into the Tunnels. But, as is Liv style, she made an epic comeback and forced her way into the story. SPOILER!!!! I absolutely loved her relationship with John! I totally called it! Wooo! END SPOILER!!!!
John Breed aka one of the most epic characters in the book - So yeah...I was annoyed when it took them so long to find him. I was beginning to worry that most of the book would go by without him joining the party. But boyyyy was I wrong! Woooo! As is his style he had one of the most awesome dramatic entries in the history of Gatlin dramatic entries. And ever since has been showing up Ethan...and Lena...and Link...and Macon...and Ridley...and everyone, in the most awesome scenes possible.
Link aka Linkubus - So, I've always loved Link's character. He offsets Ethan's...Ethan-ness beautifully. So needless to say I couldn't wait to see how he was as an Incubus...well quarter Incubus. As was expected, he was even awesomer and funnier and cuter as Linkubus. I have also always been a fan of Link and Ridley. And Beautiful Chaos does not disappoint in that manner, their relationship is so....ARGHHHH! and EEEEEEP! and YOU IDIOT!!! and YOU ARE IN LOOOOOOOVE!
Ridley aka Rid, my favorite character...other than John and Link and Amma and Macon..and ok...one of my most favorite characters - Yeah. I sorta love her character and everything about her. And Link and Ridley and ARGH!!! and EEEEEEEP! and YOU IDIOT!!! and YOU ARE IN LOOOOOOOOOOVE! *senses deja vu* Anyway...I loved how she acted when she was Mortal and kept in character in every single thing she said and did. Despite the fact that I believed many of her actions and choices to be stupid, they made sense with her character, which made me totally love everything about her.
Amma aka Wielder of the One Eyed Menace - D: That's all I have to say.
Aunt Prue aka Mapper of Tunnels - I can't believe she SPOILER!!!!!DIED!!! END SPOILER!!!!! I totally did not expect that going into the book! I think it worked out wonderfully and made sense though. I was sad at her death, but the way that the authors led up to it made it not as sad as it could be, which I think was perfect. Aunt Prue isn't the kind of person to be sad. This is exampled by the fact that despite my misgivings I laughed during her funeral scene. This makes me sound like a horrible person...but if you read it you'll find certain aspects of it are hilarious!
Macon aka Not Macon as in Mac n' Cheese or Makin' some chicken, Macon as in Ma con or May con - Yeah, as usually we was pretty awesome. Got some cool new powers and he reminded me vaguely of Gandalf during certain parts. But maybe that's just me.
Marian aka Marian the Librarian - Totally not fair! She is innocent!!!! That is all.
Mrs. English aka SPOILER!!!!Lilum the Demon Queen END SPOILER!!! - I find the fact that I just read "The Crucible" before reading Beautiful Chaos highly suspicious...just as I found the fact that I had read "To Kill A Mockingbird" a few months before reading Beautiful Creates slightly suspicious. Do these authors know what I read and incorporate it into their novels so I can smile and know what they are talking about? Anyway, I found it annoying that the English teacher's name was "Mrs. English" but the whole thing with the... "I love and hate how major plot points happen when you least expect it. Ethan goes to give his English teacher cookies and suddenly BABOOM! Abraham and Sarafine are there. And suddenly! Major plot point." Makes up for it. She was just pretty awesome.
Ethan's dad aka "Mitchell" - I have nothing to say about him. I don't know why I'm even including him....
Sarafine, Abraham, Silas, Hunting aka the bad guys - They sure were bad. (you can tell that the longer I go the more lazy I get :P) Sarafine's theme song:
Anyway, enough with the characters. I obviously enjoyed the plot. It started off fairly slow but quickly gained speed and epicness. I'm beginning to wonder how everything will tie up nicely. But I suppose I have to wait and read the next(last?) book to find out.
The book's theme song (in my opinion) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdLoTPUNtD0
It's been a month since I finished reading this book.
Beautiful Chaos continues the story of the Mortal Ethan Wate and his love, the Caster Lena Duchannes. After surviving the happenings in the tunnels and claiming herself as both Light and Dark, Lena and the rest of Gatlin experiences near-apocalyptic events and must find a way to stop this while figuring out the Eighteenth Moon.
The series at it's finest! As of now, this is my favorite one in the series. The book isn't that slow anymore, and the story line's just keep getting better and better. The authors did an amazing job on giving more background on supporting characters like Liv and John Breed. There's heartbreaking moments and more action within the book. The cliffhanger was a real shocker for me. It left me wanting, desiring, mad, crazy, insane for more! I couldn't get over with the end. I really hope that the fourth and last book would be more amazing and better than this one.
The characters seemed more attached to me than it ever were. Link's even more cooler with his new Incubus powers. Ridley more evil and seductive in this book. All the Casters have their powers dangerously uncontrolled. The characters bump into a lot more mishap and a lot more chaos. The book also gets an in-depth story on the background of the Caster world, and of course, Lena's history. It's just so wonderful to be back on Gatlin, and feel so much magical? I thought so too. It seems to me that the readers of this book will crave for the fourth one, now that they've read the ending. For me, it just punched a hole into my stomach, leaving me crying and mad.
I couldn't wait for the last book. The authors did an excellent, or may I say, perfect job on creating such a turn of events. I would really recommend this series, not just this book, to all YA fans.