Maggie Raynard’s life is anything but that of an average high school junior – In fact she’s a semi-god, with a powerful (and dangerous) energy force. When provoked, Maggie’s energy has all the grace of a biblical plague, a la obliterating the focus of that energy. Though Maggie has a matriarchal heritage of semi gods in her family, she has just become privy to this family history, as her mother and grandmother chose to bind their powers and hide their past.
Enter Mac Finnegan, super hot new guy at Maggie’s school. Mac seems to have made it his mission to make Maggie lose her cool in any way he can. Suddenly coming to terms with & suppressing her newfound powers becomes a monumental task on all fronts.
Due to a horrific accident involving a past boyfriend & Maggie’s intense powers under pressure, Maggie is faced with a choice- she must learn to control, give up entirely, or bind her powers. Which option will she choose and does she even really have a choice?
I found Chaos to be an upbeat, fast paced page turner. The author did a good job creating a history of semi- gods while not bombarding the reader with so much detail that the reader becomes lost. The author focuses primarily on relationship developments, and the internal/external conflicts that Maggie’s powers initiate. Maggie’s tumultuous relationship with Mac is a continuous tease throughout the novel- leaving the reader wanting more.
Occasionally I found the abundance of popular cultural references & Maggie’s inner monological potty mouth a bit forced. The book cover is rather disappointing, as it does not appear to match the characters descriptions at all, as a reader I always find that frustrating. With that said, overall I enjoyed reading Chaos and look forward to reading the next novel in Kardia Chronicles’s series! – Jana
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About the Author:
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. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.