Chaos by Christine O’Neil
Publication date: August 19th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen Ember
Number of pages: 286
Series: Kardia Chronicles (1#)
Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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.
An Agony Aunt and semi god? Two things I never thought would be put together. But they only added to the wonderful character who was Maggie.
A book hadn’t made me laugh properly in a long time before Chaos. The main character Maggie had some of the funniest lines.
Here is my favourite quote that will kind of give you a little teaser of the great lines I experienced in Chaos:
“Trans fats and chemicals. Come to Mama” – Maggie (66%)
The main thing that jumped out at me about Chaos was the characters. Maggie was so strong and she had a brain. She was so vivid and real and easy to imagine. Her supporting cast was pretty great too. There was Mac, Bink and Maggie’s healthy food loving friend (hence the quote by Maggie), without whom the story would be incomplete,
I loved the Agony Aunt sections of the books and reading Maggie’s responses. I loved the way she responded as She and then He (without Maggie’s permission of course) would take the time to respond as well. It told me a little more about who Maggie and Mac were and I really liked seeing two different points of views.
The references to modern books and movies were things I really appreciated. It made the book seem a little more realistic because Maggie seemed more like a modern teen. In fact, a reference to the song We Are Young (by Fun.) made me realise how much that song suited this book. Like REALLY well. Or is that just me?
If you like reading mythology books, you should definitely think about reading Chaos. I hope a sequel will follow because I am definitely interested in following on with the story.
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Goodreads 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.