Friday, August 16, 2013

Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures Series #3) Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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.

My thoughts:
Ethan and Lena are back from the tunnels and back together, but Gatlin is falling apart after Lena managed to claim herself both light and dark, with both a green eye and a gold eye to show for it.  Locusts swarm and eat everything that is green, the recording breaking heat leads to the lake drying up, the church going community is convinced that they are experiencing the plagues from the Bible.  The Far Keep wants to try Marion for Olivia's role in helping and taking a side in the tunnels when she helped Ethan go after Lena, Abraham and Sarafine pop up more than once and a prophesy says that the one who is two must be sacrificed.

Lena finds a box that belonged to her mother and, just as with magical objects in the first book, when she and Ethan touch them together they see images of the past.  They see Sarafine broken hearted when she is claimed for the Dark on her seventeenth moon, they see Sarafine and John try to make a home for themselves and Lena while cut off from their families and they see the struggle Sarafine goes through to maintain herself against all the pressures she feels.

Meanwhile, Ethan feels he is losing parts of himself.  He can't remember which shoebox holds certain prized possessions, no longer likes chocolate milk or Amma's cooking, doesn't know phone numbers and is having new dreams like he had when he met Lena, but this time it is a faceless teen he is encountering.  Amma is not herself anymore either.  Nothing is Gatlin is going right and something must be done, but who must make a sacrifice for the good of all?

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316123518
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: Beautiful Creatures Series , #3
  • Pages: 576

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