Thursday, December 18, 2014

ARC Review: Chaos by Sarah Fine

Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3)From the blurb:
With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands—the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin.  
The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help—and love—of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn’t the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?

Heather's rating:

This series and I have sort of a love/hate relationship. I listened two the first two book in audio format, and enjoyed both, to varying degrees. The second book was far worse, with the high school setting being boring and the plot being repetitive, but it still had some redeeming factors. My favorite part of this series has always been the concept. The whole afterlife realm was something I hadn't seen before in paranormal, especially in YA paranormal. I was very excited to see what book 3 had to offer and I wasn't disappointed.

I liked the excitement and danger of the last book in the trilogy. It was a very welcome departure from book 2, where the high school politics irritated me to no end. I thought that the best parts of the book took place in the Mazikin realm. The world-building concepts were, again, excellent. The way the people there would heal or not heal was very well done, and the concept of food and nourishment was pretty brilliant. I also loved the characters that they met in the Mazikin realm and all the twists and turns along the way.

However, it wasn't all adoration for me. This book was still too long, measuring at 400 pages, with the plot again growing tedious and repetitive at times. I think it could have been tightened down a lot and the story made a bit sharper. I also fundamentally have an issue with death in this book. Because they are in an afterlife realm already, the whole danger factor of dying really doesn't have the same weight in this installment. It just took away some of that heart-pounding element, knowing that there are very, VERY few ways for these characters to die and never come back.

I think for most readers, especially teen readers that are looking for something fun, unusual, and with a heavy dose of romance, this series will hit the spot. For me, it was satisfying but won't make any favorites lists.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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