Thursday, September 26, 2013

Chaos by Christine O'Neil

Title: Chaos
Author: Christine O'Neil
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release: August 26, 2013
Series: Kardia Chronicles
Pages: 292
Review: Five Stars

Chaos was amazing. It was spectacular. It was superb. Words cannot describe the awesome that is this book. If you look here, you can see that about a month ago, I was part of the cover reveal for this book. The language in this book is a bit over the top, and I don't recommend it to readers who are either younger or like clean books. The romance isn't as over the top, but the moments, which are few and far between, are steamy. I find that Entangled Publishing tends to have really good taste in books to publish. I've read multiple books published by them and each time they are amazing and often better than I expected, like with Chaos. Chaos was provided for me in eBook form by the publisher. I expected it to be just another book that I read, one that wouldn't stand out, but boy was I wrong. I read this book in approximately one day. So what if I was up past midnight, it was worth it.

The main character is Maggie. She is pretty awesome. I have a couple pet peeves with her, which I'll get out of the way. One, she has a fairly poor body image. Not to say she hates herself, but it's little comments that hint at her insecurity and could affect the reader, especially young women. Two, she blames herself for things that either aren't her fault or anyone else would have done in her position. Namely with a character named Eric. She blames herself for what happened to him and, while she may have been the catalyst, it was his fault and his alone. Maggie apologizes easily, but that's something that I think will change over the course of the books. Her language is crude, even compared to other books I've read, but at the same time, I know people who speak like her in real life. It may not be the norm, but after what Maggie's been through, she can say just about anything she wants. The male protagonist is Mac. Granted, he's a jerk for most of the book. I'm positively sick of his behavior by this point, but if nothing else, I think that will turn around in book two. After the end of Chaos, there's no doubt in my mind that book two will be angst filled. That disappoints me, only because I feel that angst tends to get in the way of actual plot. Hopefully, the characters will be able to get over it sooner rather than later, but only time will tell.

The book was plotted perfectly. It was plotted in such a way that I read it so fast, that I can barely remember how fast or slow it was. The plot might have been slow as can be, but it kept me interested which caused me not to notice. The story is amazingly done with just the right balance or development and action. The end was somewhat predictable, but that is to be expected after reading so many books. It's almost easy to pick up the foreshadowing in books after reading as many as I have, but this book had me reading so fast that I didn't really have time to think about it. More serious readers might have a hard time with the book and determine it 'fluffy' but you really should read it. As a teenager myself, I can connect with the main character and empathize with her. I get what her and her friends are going through. There are grammatical errors, but only a few. So get those spines cracking and dig in!
Author Bio:

Christine O'Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn't terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she's stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn't reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she's probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She's also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja...or a Professor of the Dark Arts. 

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My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly I can kill people when I lose my temper. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this---annoying and super-hot---guy all up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this council for semis that wants me dead. They think I'm bad to the bone and when my ex suddenly dies, it's like everyone is determined to take me out. Mac might turn out to be my only salvation, but he's got secrets of his own---that may just kill us both.

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