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Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  61,729 ratings  ·  3,692 reviews
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 Le ...more
Hardcover, 516 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kate Kaynak
Oct 14, 2010 Kate Kaynak marked it as to-read
You know you have a good book series going when hundreds of people add "Untitled Book #3" to their to-read lists...
You know what freaks me out a bit? That I never finished this book....
I was reading it, and then I wasn't and it was two weeks later and I found it in the back of my closet.

It was just...good. But I there were parts that were so boring I wanted to tear my eyes out. And I have to admit that after three books of action and drama of apocalyptic proportions, I think I was a little tired of it.

I'll have to see what my cousin thinks. They were like her favorite books, and she hasn't read this yet.
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I am disappointed.

I started reading Beautiful Chaos with a huge smile and ended up with a frown on my face.

After the great adventure I experienced with Beautiful Darkness, I expected Beautiful Chaos to surpass the excitement and thrill of the 2nd book of the Caster Chronicles. Sadly, it just dragged on; and to think that I was really, really eager to see a lot of great things from this book.

There were several elements that bothered me while reading Beautiful Chaos, and they are as follows:

Five stars: This series continues to excel.

Things are not quite right in Gatlin, nor are they right in the Mortal and Caster Worlds. The events that transpired at Lena's forced Seventeenth Moon Claiming created far reaching consequences. A crack splintered through the Order of Things; a slit formed in our world that is slowly spreading, sprawling and decimating life as we know it. Gatlin is plagued by relentless, scorching heat, grasshoppers, a dried up lake and the Baptists led by the intimidat
Mar 04, 2011 Joyzi marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind emo girl and gay boy
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads

Aaaaaaaaaaaawwww the cover's out! And it was black and what yellloooorrrrwwww????!!!!!!! Why?

OMG the title's out, Beautfiul Chaos, I lab it ^^
Can't wait for this one, Beautiful Darkness pawns...

If Link is going to be an Incubus I wanna marry him ^^
Patrick Marvin
Apr 09, 2014 Patrick Marvin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All fans of YA Fantasy genre, and fans of Caster Chronicles
**Since I'm not going to post on our blog anymore, I have decided to put and write all of my reviews here on Goodreads, starting with this book.

It's been a month since I finished reading this book.
Beautiful Chaos continues the story of the Mortal Ethan Wate and his love, the Caster Lena Duchannes. After surviving the happenings in the tunnels and claiming herself as both Light and Dark, Lena and the rest of Gatlin experiences near-apocalyptic events and must find a way to stop this while
I have not finished this book. And I need to state that I get quite irritated when I read reviews and the reviewer says they haven't finished the book yet. But, I don't think I can get through the book and I wanted to write about it. Maybe I will skim it just to see how it ends. When I started this series I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was a fresh approach to the teen supernatural genre, especially since the overly beautiful mysteriously powerful love interest was female for a change ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Don rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I've long felt (particularly with the previous book Beautiful Darkness) that the Caster Chronicles (1) don't need to each be 500 pages long and (2) don't even need to be a series. A book or two could have probably done the job.

But here we are at massive book #3. I do still very much like the series and considering the cliffhanger, am patiently waiting for book #4. Beautiful Chaos has many of the strengths of its predecessors: the rich Southern atmosphere (I practically read this series just for
I just finished reading an advanced reader of Beautiful Chaos - the tears are not yet dry on my face. If you've read the previous two books, you already know this is about the parochial and sometimes beleaguered southern city of Gatlin. Beautiful Chaos is about love, not just the fun kissy face kind of love, although there is plenty of that, it's about the deep abiding devotion that love can engender. As Ethan Wate struggles to understand his world, he learns that great sacrifices and rewards ca ...more
Lissa Smith
Nov 21, 2011 Lissa Smith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lissa by: Book 4 Review Club

2 Painful Stars!

The Caster Chronicles 1-3 Collection by Kami GarciaI am still having a hard time reading this series… and an even harder time reviewing it… However, it is over…

Beautiful Chaos(Caster Chronicles #3)BY Kami Garcia

Lissa’s Third Hardest Review Ever

I had stated in my review of book two Beautiful Darkness that I honestly could not wait to see where the authors are taking the story. Well, the authors took me on a long journey that lead to, what I am sure is another book. Just like with the first two in the series I had a hard time ke
Circus Princess
I doubt this review has that many spoilers, if any, so I didn't put the block on. But if you consider the use of examples to explain why I have my opinions, then yes, there are spoilers.

Oh dear God. What happened, Kami? You were doing so well. And then BAM. We get this piece of shit.

Crash and burn, Garcia.

Crash. and. BURN.

I was expecting some kick-ass epicness that swallows me whole and makes me want to build a shrine to the author. I was expecting a character-based fantasy in which all the peo
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Waiting one year for this book after reading Beautiful Darkness was absolute torture. October was legit the month where all my favorite original YA series came out. Beautiful Creatures, Hush Hush, well they started my love for YA and a bunch of other genres. And after FINALLY reading Beautiful Chaos...well I have to say that I was not disappointed.

When I first opened the book, I was a little confused with what was going on because it's been so long since I've read the previous two books in the
I gotta warn ya.... Your going to cry a lot when you read the last about 120 pages of this book. Right now, writing this, I'm still crying... I cried harder and harder as I passed each page. I expect another book to the series.. If not... I'm forming a mob and attacking Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.. But then they wouldn't be able to write... So, yeah I'll think about later.

Ethan Wate is the most absolute thoughtful guy on earth. I would fell in love with him in Beautiful Creatures, cared and
I LOVED IT!!!!!! I think the ending was disappointing if there isn't going to be a sequel. Did anyone else notice the "Nineteen Moons" thing on the back page?
Sep 29, 2014 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: magic and urban fantasy lovers
This was fantastic!
Even better than the two previous installments and it just keeps getting better and better by each book.

I just love how every book seems to be focused on a virtue, like this one that was about sacrifice and doing the right thing when you know it's the only way to help those you love!

Ethan Wate is an amazing dude, I just idolize him. He is a person who would do anything, anything at all, for those he loves and that's what he did in the end of this book!!

And I was left gaping li
Nov 08, 2011 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The cliff hanger. Oh the cliff hanger. How I hate cliff hangers.
The way the story ends... ughhh! I really can't believe it. Never have I read a book with this big of a cliff hanger.
Anywho, continuing on.
I liked Beautiful Chaos a lot more than Beautiful Darkness. There are a lot of secrets and a lot of sleuthing but on the down side, I found this book was very predictable. Well, at least some parts... the most important part.
(view spoiler)
OMG the ending just killed me :( i need book 4 asap!
Well... To start I am kind of disappointed with this book. First, I don't like books in the in between of the series, meaning that they star with some problem (the plot) and end up not resolving that problem. Second, I really wanted to like this book, I was patient enough to finish it.

The thing is it just goes with a slow pace rhythm, giving details about the past, you know like when Ethan or Lena touch something significant. Revealing more of the life about sarafine when she was lena's age. The
Joy (joyous reads)
Things have never been the same in this mystical Carolina town ever since Lena’s Claiming. The Day of Reckoning seems to be upon them.

The plague of insects infesting every inch of town. The nightmares and the panic. Casters who couldn’t control their powers, or use them at all. A river of blood…

Ethan is convinced that The One Who is Two will be the one to restore the Order. They just have to figure out who it was before time runs out for Gatlin and for the entire world.

Let me just get my beari
Nov 03, 2011 Sammie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good supernatural adventure!
Recommended to Sammie by: mrscastielftw (my bff)
Ever read a book and it starts as like BAH... THIS IS GOING TO BE LONG. DO I HAVE TO KEEP READING?

And then you are sucked in and it's 3:00am, you need to sleep so you can go to work/school/take care of your family and you cannot put it down. AT ALL.

I did a marathon of reading this afternoon and don't regret it all. The ending was exactly what I expected, so that wasn't too much of a surprise, but I what I did not expect was several side characters to be so freakin' amazing!

Kami and Margaret cont
Troubled and dark times are ahead with everything out of balance. Will Ethan and Lena be able to figure it out? Will Link get used to his new self? So many changes and different things going on - will this be the end of the world for Gaitlin?
The only thing standing in the way of this book getting 5 stars is the length. I never really thought I would say that a book was too long but here I am. While I LOVED about 90% of this book, I think that it is a little long for YA.

Now enough of that...let's get on with the book!

The heat is rising, the insects are swarming, the lake has dried up...these are just a few of the things that are happening to the fine town of Gatlin ever since Lena claimed herself, split the moon, and threw the Order
If I thought the first two Caster Chronicles books were good, Beautiful Chaos was awesome!


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 powerfu
The third book in the Castor Chronicles series, and so far my favorite throuhout the series. I would say this book is on my top favorites. It was just an amazing book which did have my eyes in tears.

Ethan is still a sweetheart but does something that broke the dam in my head and had tears pouring down my eyes. He was confusing me, very, but then: as it always did, it all fit into place. I love the new visions that involve Sarafine, I found it more interesting than the visions from Book 1 a
Intense. Dévastateur. Palpitant. Voilà ce que je retiendrais de 18 Lunes. Je viens juste de le finir et j'en suis complètement retourné. Écrire un avis cohérent après une telle lecture risque d'être coton... Ce roman, je ne l'ai pas adoré, j'ai fait plus que ça. J'ai totalement succombé à son histoire, à ses personnages et à son univers.
Ouaw. Quelle lecture, franchement. J'avais vraiment hâte de retrouver Ethan, Lena, Link, Ridley, Liv et tous les autres protagonistes. Maintenant que je les ai q
On vacation and still on the road, so this shall be brief for now...

Best of the series so far. Really really enjoyed this one. Darker, deeper, etc. Good story!


RECAP: Things are flung into Chaos as Abraham Ravenwood and Sarafine Duchannes kick up their plans a notch and start terrorizing the town. Lena's claiming herself as both Dark AND Light at the Abraham-induced early Seventeenth Moon has screwed up the Cosmic Order of things. The town of Gatlin is in Chaos -- tornadoes, Sheers,

Beautiful Chaos is my favorite book in the series so far (there is one more!!!). I loved just about every moment of it. The beginning sucked me in and I flew through this book. I have struggled finishing the ones before it. But this one had me at hello. I couldn’t wait to see what was going on with Link. How Ridley is coping after what happened to her in Beautiful Darkness. Where is John Breed? Lastly, but not least, how was Ethan and Lena’s relationship this book around.
This book is big o
3.5..ish stars

This one was pretty slow for me a lot of the time but picked up a lot too, enough to keep me interested and reading. But that ending pulled me right back in and then broke my heart and made me cry. Nothing like staying up until 1:30 in the morning to finish a book that just ends up making you cry!! Safe to say I'll probably be starting Beautiful Redemption when I wake up in the morning!

There were a lot of parts in this one that just really dragged for me and confused me, I felt lik
Wow, talk about cliff hangers on this one! It's a good thing I already have Beautiful Redemption because, otherwise, I would probably just sit around and cry about it for(pretty much)ever. (view spoiler) I loved finding out more about John Breed, but I hope there is even more coming! Learning about the Far Keep was interesting as well. I love Link and Ridley together so mu ...more
This was another thrilling instalment, and I really enjoyed it!
I liked both Ethan and Lena, and I even liked Link and Ridley. Ridley’s cheering was so funny, and Link being super-popular was a real turn-around for him!

I really liked the storyline in this. It was slow, and it was long, but I still really liked it. The grasshoppers and heat that the townspeople thought were a sign of the apocalypse, and the problems with Ethan’s aunts.
I loved the tension, I loved the twists that I didn’t see comin
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