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Daughter of Chaos

(Red Magic #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  105 reviews
“You must choose, child. Choose now, and choose once, for once taken, the path becomes your fate.”

Magic is supposed to be easy; there’s Black, White, and Green Magic, and once a Witch picks a path, that’s really all she has to worry about. But for Darlena Agara, things just keep getting harder. She’s torn between her best friend’s choice of the Black path, and her on-again
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Month9Books
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Have you EVER tried to get a life-altering commitment out of a teen? How can they know what path they want to take, especially if it is what type of witch path they should follow? When forced into a corner, unsure and feeling the pressure to answer the question of her “forever” witchhood, Darlena reacts much as many others would in her place, she throws out a sarcastic, off the wall answer. To her horror, discovers she has made a commitment to being a type of witch that dabbles in chaos, very ra ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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A. Rolland
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So different from everything else I've read recently. McConnel weaves a madly unique web of mythology, goddesses, love, death, the underworld, and even Shakespeare. Such a creative twist to explain the chaos and horrors of the world.

Favorite line: "Energy is never good or evil; it just is."

Refreshing read.
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Darlena Agara is one of those people that have deep authority issues, but other than that, she’s your typical teenage witch: problems with the hot ex-boyfriend, a weird best friend, unsure of the path that she will choose to follow with her magic.

Or she was, until no one less than Hecate, the Queen of the Witches, showed up on
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author and Nikki from Fiction Freak for the giveaway of a signed copy of this book!

I'm a bit surprised at how easily I gave this book four stars--I didn't go through what I liked and didn't like, neither did I spend an hour analyzing the plot--I automatically decided to give Daughter of Chaos an applaudable four stars right after finishing the story. Why? It awakened my love for this genre by weaving mythology throughout while managing to bring a creative twist to the story that wa

I can't take this book anymore. I don't know what it is about alot of the books that I've been dying to read this year but most of them aren't that good. This one was just too boring for me. It took my 5 days just to get to 36% and I don't think I can take anymore. I usually try not to rate books I don't finish ... but I didn't even like this a little bit.
May 29, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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“You must choose, child. Choose now, and choose once, for once taken, the path becomes your fate.”

Magic is supposed to be easy; there’s Black, White, and Green Magic, and once a Witch picks a path, that’s really all she has to worry about. But for Darlena Agara, things just keep getting harder. She’s torn between her best friend’s choice of the Black path, and her on-again, off-again boyfriend’s choice of the White path, so she tries to stall, waiting for
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Daughter of ChaosSeries: Red Magic #1 Author: Jen McConnelPublisher: Month9BooksGenre/Age Range: Young Adult, ParanormalRelease Date: March 25, 2014 

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Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frus
Lucy Qhuay

Another poorly executed work with a lot of potential if given to the right person.

This book frustrated me as hell. I picked it up because I thought the blurb was interesting and I was expecting something more from the story itself, but even that came up short.

In this world, witches exist and they have to follow one of three paths - white, green or black - in order to develop their powers.

This is a really big deal, since one can't get back on their choice. The moment someone chooses a path, they
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Just thinking about it, if I were a Red Witch, I'd glamour you into reading this book. Yes, it is THAT awesome.

Wow, I just didn't expect Persephone, Aphrodite, Demeter, Pele (who the heck is that?) ..... In fact, I didn't expect mythology at all.
Mummy's Naughty Corner
well this was a great start. I loved the goddess and how they were portrayed in the book. I like the classes of magic and how it can affect you and your life. The story line was okay and so were the characters. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.....I do want more Hades lol.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first installment in a new series, that is centered around witches. And follows Darlena, a young girl who comes from a family of witches. When the children reach a certain age, they have to decide which path it is they want to take, meaning they choose the type of witch they want to study and become. Darlena doesn’t want to make a decision, and has no idea what she lies ahead of her with the path she chose.

Darlena is just like most girl, she goes to school, has friends that seemed t
Kelly Hashway
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked Darlena from the start. She thinks she can outsmart Hecate, and for me that just spelled guts right there. Of course it backfires and she winds up pledging herself to Red Magic, which she didn't even know existed. Still, Darlena seems suited for Red Magic and the fact that Hecate wants her means she has a lot of power. Unfortunately, that power makes her a very sought after witch. Darlena doesn't know who to trust or how to use her Red Magic for good, and she winds up on a journey she ne ...more
Annie Cosby
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I love this story of how red magic made its way into one young witch's life. Magical, adventure-packed, and never boring - I loved this book!
Rain Jeys
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“Slowly, I raised my eyes, sweeping my gaze up her inky black robes that shimmered like water, past the blood-red stone dangling from her throat, and up to her golden eyes. They weren’t human, but from what I remembered of the myths we studied at school, Hecate had never valued humanity. Her eyes were the eyes of a night predator—an owl or fox—and they held me spellbound.

“Darlena. Darlena, I have been aware of you for some time
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first installment in a new series, that is centered around witches.
We meet our main character Darlena, a 16 year old witch. She is basically a regular teenager -- She does goto a school where there are other witches she is not alone in her struggles, and she has good friends, and loving parents. In the witch community, at 16 they have to decide which path of magic to continue forward and become an expert in -- White, Black, or Green (i.e. kinda like choosing your degree). All of Dar
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories about witches have been in my life since I started Harry Potter at the age of 6. From then on, I've always been interested in magic.

The idea of having Gods and Goddesses being intertwined in the magic was what I loved about this book. I just loved how fresh and unique this idea was. With being a Greek God and Goddess fan, I really loved their incorporation into the story.

I enjoyed the fact that Darlena just picked the first color that came to her mind. Not going to lie, I definitely almo
Andrea Samar
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Darlena is normal girl… well, witch. She doesn't know what path to follow yet: White, Green or Black. The Withe's the good one, the Black is the kind of bad one (not actually bad but not very loved by all witches) and the Green that's a balance between the previous two.
When Hecate, Queen of Witches, appears at her place and demands her to chose a path, Darlena panics and choose a path that she thought didn't exist: Red.
At the beginning she's freaked out because she gets expelled from her school
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, paperback, signed
So I took longer on this than I normally do because of personal issues, but considering one of the reasons I binge read is it's hard to me to remember details of a story too long after sitting it down and I was able to pick this one back up without rereading the first half, I think that says something about how well written and memorable it was.

The story is extremely fast paced, something is pretty much happening on every page of the book which makes it easy to read. However I think it could ha
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen-fiction
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

Lena is one conflicted teenager. She is a Witch who has declared to follow the way of Red Magic. Red Magic is the magic of chaos and Lena has found that she has the power to control chaos. She could cause countless thousands to die. Or she could use her magic to bring balance to chaos, ensuring as few people die as possible. And this causes complications. All of a sudden ancient Goddesses are coming for Lena and they all want her to use her Red Magic for
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and I thought Darlena was a pretty solid character. She wasn't perfect, and pretty immature, but she was also 16 and she acted like it. I really loved the way that this story had different types of magic that were determined based on the personality of the witch. It was also interesting how gods/goddesses were incorporated and how some of them could be perceived as a Red God/Goddess. I definitely don't think of Aphrodite when I think of chaos and confusion, although t ...more
Paula Stokes
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jen McConnel's DOC quickly pulled me into the story by forcing the MC Darlena to make a serious choice in the first pages of the book. Darlena chooses rashly and, like many impulsive MCs before her, is then forced to take responsibility for the consequences of her actions.

I liked the mix of contemporary and paranormal in this one, as well as the frequent appearances of goddesses. You can tell Jen has done her mythology homework. The book brought up some really interesting ethical dilemmas as wel
Talking Books
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel was one busy read with so many aspects of the book to follow. Witchcraft mixed with Gods and Goddesses and how magic can be used in situations with both good and dishonourable intentions. After choosing the colour Red as her choice of magic, Darlena's character follows some hard lines with ultimate sacrifices in learning what Red magic is all about. Her friendships and family relationships are tested to the extreme and unlikely foes become allies and some menaci ...more
Bethany Crandell
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know a book kicks ass when you find yourself incorporating it into your regular life. For example, like many other readers, I loved the mix of a contemporary & paranormal world DOC has to offer. McConnel did such a bang-up job at meshing these two worlds that I find myself looking at people a little differently now. I swear the lady in front of me at the grocery store on Saturday was a witch. HAD TO HAVE BEEN. And when I heard about the latest hurricane on the news this morning, all I could ...more
Kristen Lippert-Martin
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sharp-tongued Darlena is a witch-in-training who's frustrated by her schooling because her education seems to only point her toward a future in a limited number of fairly tame magical paths. But an impulsive act of rebellion has unintended consequences, for her life, her parents' lives, and the magical world to which she belongs. She's soon trying to control a new-found power that doesn't want to be controlled, dealing with the fall-out of a painful, seemingly ill-fated love, and a betrayal that ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall, a very good book. When I first started reading this, I was concerned that the plot was going to focus too much into the typical school, friends and love plot-lines so common in young adult fantasy novel's these days.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find an intriguing story. With a touch of the typical mixed in with a lot of decent plot and - my favorite! - Greek mythology, this novel certainly appealed to my tastes.

I was a little annoyed at some of the cliches that still did po
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first, since I hadn’t accessed my inner teenager in more than a few years, I had trouble putting it down once I got going! Several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and a whole lot of magical fun! McConnel did a wonderful job taking me back to that time of first love and wonder at the magic the world has to offer in every teenager’s life. Only wish my mom had been that cool!

I can’t wait to read the next book!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I was so excited to read this and then I basically had to force myself to finish it. I just couldn't connect with the MC and I just saw through so many things that she didn't. I completely lost my interest in the story, probably because the plot also didn't work for me. I would say that this book just wasn't for me. Would I read another book by this author? Yes. Her writing (wording, descriptions, world-building, and characters) was well done.
Rachel Schieffelbein
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! It starts you off with drama and mystery right away and doesn't really slow down a whole lot. There's plenty of twists and turns as Darlena tries to figure out Red magic, and her role with it. I'm looking forward to the next one! (Because I'm assuming there's a next one!) :)
Sara Larson
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a unique story - mixing witches with mythology. So interesting! Fast-paced and full of action; I tore through it in a day. Fantastic job Jen!! Can't wait for more....!
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Jen McConnel is an award winning author. She writes Young Adult and New Adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat, teaching, or wandering off on another adventure.

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