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Chaos

(Kardia Chronicles #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  77 reviews
My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in lif
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ebook, 250 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by Entangled Teen Ember (first published August 19th 2013)
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nick
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

I hadn't read an entertaining YA Paranormal book in some time now which is why the summary for CHAOS piqued my interest. CHAOS was definitely a fun read with a spunky main character, but I did wish that there was more of a plot to it.

Maggie was a fiery main character. While I wouldn't say I connected with her, I did enjoy her. She didn't mince her words and said whatever came to her mind. Her wit and snark were undoubtedly the highlight of CHAOS for me
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Tiffany Riach
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not get enough of this book and its great characters. I absolutely love Maggie. I loved her style, her attitude, how she talks and of course her best friends Libby and Bink. Then there is Mac, I had a crush on Mac from the beginning, even though he is a total jerk in the beginning you can't help but like him.

Chaos is original, hilarious and an easy read that I could not get enough of. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an hone
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Larissa
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CHAOS is a fun new twist on Greek mythology. I adored Maggie's voice. It is extremely current and very teen. Maggie had me laughing out loud numerous times. Mac is a great bad boy--the kind you hate to love.

I didn't feel the romance between Maggie and Mac as much as I would have liked, and some aspects of the world (like the difference between a demi god and a semi god) weren't explained (or explained in an awkward place--like the middle of an action scene). But overall, this was a fresh, fanta
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Jennifer
Chaos is one of those perfect twist of Greek mythology and modern day. Maggie goes from being a normal high schooler to semi-god in a life changing episode. After she put her ex-boyfriend in a coma, a not so secret watchdog council sends out someone to evaluate if she should be “dealt with”. Maggie being an untrained newbie doesn’t really understand the implications with this and is more concerned about Mac, the hot guy that is messing with her school advice column. It’s not long before things t ...more
Jus Accardo
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My Gods... O'Neil's voice blew me away. Chaos is original, smart, and full of spunky moment that had me snarfing coffee. I have a new girl-crush and her name is Maggie.
Richa
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review, won
Originally posted at City of Books

When I found out that Chaos is rooted in Greek mythology, I flipped out. I love anything with Greek mythology! I really liked Christine's take on the concept. It's different and unique, and that made it all the more intriguing to me. The writing style also really appealed to me - I actually felt like Maggie was talking to me instead of narrating her story.

Maggie knows she's descended from Aphrodite, but almost nothing else about herself and her powers. She has n
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Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'CHAOS' is the first book in a young adult fantasy series that follows main character Maggie Raynard who suddenly learns that she's a semi-god descended from Aphrodite. When she loses her temper, things go horribly wrong - especially when she accidentally puts her ex into a coma. Enter the mysterious and handsome new guy named Mac Finnegan. He's continually on Maggie's nerves and definitely knows how to push her buttons. So on top of leading a normal teenager's life with school, friends
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Originally posted at Stay Bookish

Maggie's nemesis, Mac Finnegan, is extremely hot. Great physique, beautiful face, a holy-mother-of-god smile, charming gray eyes and an Irish accent to match- Mac is totally a dream boat. Add in that mysterious yet confident vibe he's got going on to those dashing good looks, he could have easily been my favorite character. But no, he isn't. I gotta say- it was Maggie's character I enjoyed most.

Maggie, the main protagonist, despite being the usual angsty teenage
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♥ Sarah
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Chaos was your garden variety YA "tween" romance read, but with added sprinkles of Greek mythology to quench your appetite for some "awesome-sauce" PNR. Well, that and the protagonist, Maggie: she was her own flavor, spice, and dish – she was the main entrée, the essential ingredient, which ultimately made this whole story so easy to read and enjoy.

Again, I repeat: I loved Maggie. I loved the way she spoke with so much spunk, attitude, and honesty. I loved that even though she was "tough" on th
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Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will start saying that when Maggie gets mad her powers are unleashing. Just like Jacob who becomes a wolf when he gets mad. I liked the chemistry Mac and Maggie had. The characters where all great. Her friends were supportive, understanding and the kind of friends I would like to have. There is a teacher who is all about the rules and Mac who is the perfect hero for a YA paranormal novel. Maggie is not pissing me off but she is also not my favorite person. Libby is. I ship Bink and Libby.

I rea
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Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Very entertaining and thrilling YA story. Once finished it felt like it's setting up for some major things to happen in the coming book(s) for Mag's and Mac. Full review to follow soon for the blog tour.
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Maggie Raynard is different. She's a descendant of Aphrodite, more accurate a semi-god, and she suffers the consequences of it. When she's angry, she becomes a dangerous weapon and when she
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Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Greek mythology seems to be the new vampire. And you know what? I’m fine with it. It’s interesting, it’s around us and it’s romantic (not necessarily “swoon” romantic.)Maggie Raynard lived a normal life with her parents and grandmother for 16 years. When she was a girl her father died. When she turned 16, her bloodline of semi-gods descendants of Aphrodite started manifesting her hidden powers. Most dangerous of them is: her hands can kill you if she’s angry, stressed or any other type of negat ...more
Chapter by Chapter
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chaos (Kardia Chronicles #1) by Christine O'Neil I really wanted to check out CHAOS by author Christine O’Neil after I saw the cover and read the description on Goodreads. It sounded like it would be great. Greek mythology, a super powerful teenager girl MC and dangerous secrets? Sounds like a fun read and guess what? CHAOS was great. From start to finish I loved getting to read this novel. I laughed, shouted and got intense feels.
In CHAOS main character Maggie Raynard is a descendant of the god
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Kayleigh {K-Books}
Chaos Review on K-Books

Right from the moment I first heard of Chaos I really couldn't wait to read it. I a huge fan of Entangled Teen books and have loved pretty much every single one I have read to date so that was enough for me to want to read this book. The bonus? when I read "Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite." I just about squealed. I am such a huge fan of mythology and I adore mythology in novels, particularly greek mythology, so it turned Chaos into a want to read into a
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Chapter by Chapter
I really wanted to check out CHAOS by author Christine O’Neil after I saw the cover and read the description on Goodreads. It sounded like it would be great. Greek mythology, a super powerful teenager girl MC and dangerous secrets? Sounds like a fun read and guess what? CHAOS was great. From start to finish I loved getting to read this novel. I laughed, shouted and got intense feels.

In CHAOS main character Maggie Raynard is a descendant of the goddess Aphrodite (otherwise known as a semi-god). M
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
I don't know what I imagined dying would feel like, but it definitely wasn't this. No life flashing before my eyes. No sweet fond memories of my childhood. Not even regrets. Just...nothing.

The book description for Chaos pretty much sums up perfectly what the book is about, so I'm not going to go into too much detail and rehash things too much, I'll just jump straight into my thoughts.

Maggie Raynard has got spunk!! Being inside her head guaranteed that there was never a dull moment throughout
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Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)
The main reason Chaos drew me in was the premise of mythology because I'm always up for it. Maggie recently found out she is a descendent from Aphrodite and is therefore called a semi (like semi-god). However, she doesn't have cool, kick-ass powers but instead has to contain her powers for fear of hurting those around her as they're really destructive. Then Mac shows up, determined to piss her off to the end of times. It turns out he's actually also a semi and was sent by The Council; he's been ...more
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Chaos was amazing. It was spectacular. It was superb. Words cannot describe the awesome that is this book. If you look here, you can see that about a month ago, I was part of the cover reveal for this book. The language in this book is a bit over the top, and I don't recommend it to readers who are either younger or like clean books. The romance isn't as over the top, but the moments, which are few and far between, are steamy. I find that Entangled Publishing tends to have really good taste in b ...more
Barb Lie
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chaos by Christine O’Neil is the first book in her new YA Kardia Chronicles series. Our heroine in this story is Maggie Raynard, who is 16 and has recently discovered that much of her life has been built on a lie. A boy lies in a coma, because one night she became angry and lost control of herself, using powers she never knew she had. Her mother and grandmother have kept this secret for years, as she awaits her next birthday, where her powers will become full force. She must learn to control tho ...more
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to be reading and reviewing Chaos for the Ember Blog Tour to kick off Entangled's newest branch to their teen line. I am always fascinated by mythology and reading the different ways it's woven into stories. Chaos was quite different from the things I've read in the past.

At first I was finding difficulty in liking the two main characters Maggie and Mac. Maggie was
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Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review & more, visit Such A Novel Idea.

Why You Should Buy It

A fresh twist on an ancient story, Chaos will make you laugh, tear up, and fall in love with this descendant of the goddess of love herself.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via the author/publisher.*

I may sound like a broken record, but I will say it again — I.LOVE.GREEK.MYTHOLOGY. I especially love when they are folded into a contemporary story. I’m pretty big on the Persephone/Hades love
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Sharon
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Chaos is the first book in the Kardia Chronicles by Christine O’Neil and was a nice start to the series.

Our protagonist is sixteen-year old Maggie Raynard who has the unusual ability to use her fingers as weapons of mass destruction when she is angry; she is a semi-god, a distant descendant from the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Maggie is clueless about her powers and how to control them but knows first-hand the damage she can cause after putting her ex-boyfriend in a coma.

Ma
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Brianna
3.5 stars

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

As an avid fan of mythology books, I obviously had to read this one when I got the chance. The synopsis spoke of a descendant of Aphrodite, with a very bad temper. I got that, all mixed with some real-life issues such as grief, and some YA high school drama.


As a protagonist, Maggie was pretty average, with the exception of her bad temper. She wasn't really likable until I got a good way through the novel. I felt horri
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Meagan
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So let me start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!! I can't wait for the next one to come out!!!

The book starts out with Maggie writing back to someone on her column. Now when she writes this column she signs it "she" so no one, with the exception of her 2 best friends, knows who "she" is. So from the beginning the reader can see that Maggie....isn't normal. She wants to be normal, but unfortunately she recently learned that she is a semi-god, a descendant of the God
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Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
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I don't know what exactly I expected from Chaos, but it's certainly far from what I got. This take on mythology is fresh and unique, but to be honest, what kept me reading was the characters; they all had spunk for days and I could read about them even without Maggie's semi-god drama factoring in their story.

Now let me talk about the stars of this book. I liked Maggie right from page one, but as soon as she declared herself a YA reader, we clicked.
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Amy
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My feelings for this book are a lot like the feelings of the main character, a teenage girl, they go up and down. For the most part I liked most of this book, but there were times when I felt like it was maybe just a little too much. The book is about a girl named Maggie who a year before found out she is descended from Gods, the Goddess Aphrodite to be exact. She has the power to strip away love from others. Unable to control her power she caused an accident and her ex-boyfriend is now lying in ...more
Ornella (Nyx)
A copy was provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

After seeing the cover, reading the blurb, and then the excerpt for chapter 1 I had figured I would love CHAOS so I jumped at the chance to review this when I was contacted. I figured wrong. The first chapter was incredibly misleading.

CHAOS was your typical YA book with all the major points that I can no longer stand reading. From the first chapter, I thought Maggie was going to be a spunky, strong, independent heroine. She sur
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Hilde
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, series
First off I have to say I haven't read many YA books dealing with mythology, so although the theme seems to be a popular one these days, it was new to me - and I found it very interesting. I actually wouldn't have minded more info on the semis and their history, but at the same time I appreciate that there are no info dumps to slow the story down. And it is by no means a slow story - there is always something happening to move it along and it never gets boring.

In the beginning I alternated betwe
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Unabridged Bookshelf
CHAOS is an explosive and powerful start to the new Kardia Chronicles series, and I for one cannot wait to see where the next book is going to take Maggie and Mac. CHAOS uses mythology as part of the background story, while there is the obvious Ancient Greek mythology; other ancient mythologies do make an appearance. Christine O’Neil used a very interesting concept of distant bloodlines of the old ancient gods and human mixing to make demi and semi-gods, each with their own unique gifts that sha ...more
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“So maybe he'd teach me, train me, and I would fall a little more in love with him every day and then he'd leave anyway. Or maybe not. Either way, I'd take it, though. I'd take him for as long as I could get him and worry about the rest when it came.” 1 likes
“I turned around, still trying to catch my breath, and there he was, strolling by, a cocky grin splitting his sinfully beautiful face.

Mac Finnegan, who had decided that being the new kid wasn't bad enough, so he had to actively go out of his way to make enemies. Mac Finnegan, who wanted to turn my world upside down rather than minding his own business. Mac Finnegan, who didn't know the meaning of live and let live.

Mac Finnegan, who clearly had no idea who he was fucking with.”
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