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Of course there are new shenanigans--like Ridley dealing with incorporating into the world of Gatlin. And there are bits that made me smile, laugh out loud, and once again cheer on the love between Ethan and Lena.
There are lots of great surprises in this book, one of which is Sarafine's backstory. We learn more about the complicated family tree, as well as the real motivations of some of the Incubus characters. We also get more layers to the John Breed character which unfold in some unexpected ways.
Lena has an ever-complicated relationship with her dark casting mother, and has since the beginning, but it all comes full circle in Beautiful Chaos. This book is decidedly much darker than the other two books. I got a sense that maybe it was a getting a little too dark--as though things in the plot couldn't be fixed. There were even parts that straight creeped me out.
Ethan is dabbling in some seriously suspenseful stuff in this round of things and the way it's written makes him seem not only like a Wayward, but also pretty fearless. There are new tunnels to be explored, new characters to meet, and new hurdles for the characters to jump. Good twists lead to even better turns.
The writing is consistent, just as it was in the other books, although I really felt this book had a touch more suspense in many places. For instance, I may or may not have looked over my shoulders or felt a little creeped out. I might have been a little afraid that the book was screwing with my dreams when I read it before bedtime. I maybe thought that Incubuses were sucking my dreams. But then again, when you are into a series of books, that just sort of happens, and I like that.
Toward the end of the book, I wasn't sure how it was going to end. I had a few theories, of course, but once again the authors pull their punches at the conclusion, or should I say cliffhanger, of the book. Just when I was thinking to myself, "maybe I will read another book in between the last one and this one," the ending sucked me in and gave me no choice.
Beautiful Redemption is the next book in the series....maybe the last? Who knows! Onward and upward!