Yes, it’s another book review, because that is all I have been doing here lately. Reading. I have really gotten on my reading train again. And since I had reviewed the first three books, I thought I’d share the last book review. I have finished reading the main books in this series. Now onto the secondary stories and spin-offs.
Now that I have finished the fourth book in the Caster Chronicles I am happy with the way the main story ends.
This review does contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.
At the end of Beautiful Chaos, I was frustrated with how the story ended. Not because it was bad, but because nothing was resolved. The neat and tidy ending I hoped for was not present. Thankfully, this book fixed that frustration. When Ethan dived off the tower it created a problem. I was curious how the next book would be written. Having both Lena and Ethan’s POV was very helpful. The multiple point of views solved the issues of not knowing what was going on in Gatlin, now that Ethan was not there.
The journey Ethan had to go on to find his way back was both adventurous and mundane. There had more to it. I know the boy had already been through more than enough; but, it felt too easy. There should have been more than a riverboat ride, hanging out with the gatekeeper and witty conversation with the villain. Fighting your way back to the land of the living should have required more.
However, I didn’t feel the same about Lena’s journey. Her side of things felt rushed, but intense. I loved seeing her in her pain, but not letting it consume her. That he love and passion for Ethan, guided her to him once more. Her friendship with Ethan’s family and friends blooming. Her determination to push all boundaries to find Ethan. Lena was a great character in the book. I loved how much more we saw of her.
I hated that Amma’s deal still stood at the end. But I appreciate that it wasn’t all well and good. That the characters had to lose someone, who was more than a secondary character. A lesson had to be learned for all. Sometimes stories focus on being happy rather than to push the boundaries.
Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Did I love this book: Yes.
Do you need to read the first three books: Yes.