Saturday, September 7, 2013

EMBER BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: CHAOS (Kardia Chronicles #1) by Christine O'Neil

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 life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying—and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I'm the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he's got secrets of his own...and they may just kill us both.

My Thoughts:

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 the story. She has this super sarcastic inner monologue going on throughout the whole book. I loved it!! But she doesn't just keep all those thoughts to herself. She lets that wit and sarcasm out for all to see. She can drop the F word with the best of them, but then she can be so loving, thoughtful and caring. She really struggles with her feelings over her increasing powers and the events that lead to her ex boyfriend Eric being in a coma. She really was a fantastically well rounded character.

Mac Finnegan was a bit of a mystery for most of the book. He was incredibly gorgeous, cocky and self assured, but because the story is told from Maggie's point of view, and Mac didn't give a whole lot away about himself, it took a little longer to get to know him. But every now and then he would give Maggie a little insight into what his life has been like and we slowly got to know him better. But it wasn't until almost the end of the book that we really get to understand more about what has made him the man that he is today. 

Mac Finnegan.
Opinionated, annoying, hot - did I mention annoying? - Mac Finnegan, who had barely given me the time of day since he'd come to Crestwood High. Mac Finnegan, who thought he was soooo cool with his Irish accent and his mocking smile. Mac Finnegan, who inexplicably made me want to lick him like an ice cream cone and then immediately rinse my mouth out with acid.

While Mac infuriated Maggie, her attraction to him was pretty evident from fairly early on in the story, but I spent a good portion of the book questioning whether it was completely one sided. This is no gushing romance where the characters couldn't keep their hands off each other. Whenever things occurred between Maggie and Mac they flowed and developed naturally. I loved their banter and their teasing. I adored Mac's nickname for Maggie. I really loved that the author didn't go with instant love between the two of them.

The support characters were all pretty awesome. Maggie isn't all that popular but the two best friends that she has, do more than make up for that. Libby and Bink were caring and supportive. Always ready to jump to Maggie's defence. While not really prominent characters, her Mum and Grandma are an important part of the story and I have a feeling that they may play a much bigger part in the next book. And then there is Rafe. Oh, how I despised him. Even from when he's first introduced to us there was something a bit off about him but eventually his true colours are revealed.

I loved Christine O'Neil's writing. I loved her characters. I loved her world building. I loved the development and pacing of pretty much everything. One thing I'm looking for in the next book is a bit more insight into the world of the semi-gods and some more glimpses into Mac's character. But overall Chaos was a fantastic, well paced read.

4.5/5 Stars.

Author Bio: 
Christine O'Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn't terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she's stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn't reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she's probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She's also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja...or a Professor of the Dark Arts. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.

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