Authors: Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles
Published June 12th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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 from the Great Barrier, 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 powerful Supernaturals is affected -- and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What -- or who -- will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it's not Lena -- and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself -- forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and he's afraid to ask.
Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
SPECIAL BONUS: Includes "Dream Dark," a thrilling short story set before Beautiful Chaos. When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But he had no idea it would change his life forever.
(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)
I think these books get more captivating as I read them. The mystery deepens and action steps up. I love these books. The authors do an amazing job of creating a world that seems so real and intriguing. I find myself wrapped up in these books, unable to put them down.
I love the characters and the relationships they have. Link is fun and brings light to the story. Of course I love Ethan and Lena, but I also really love Macom and Amma. They really bring this story together for me. I love strong supporting characters.
The ending of this book... I think I am still holding my breath. So I will get to it so I can jump into the next installment.