I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Chaos focuses on an average teenage girl named Addy who travels to another realm in her dreams. And while this isn’t the first book I have read that in involved the subjects of dreams and other realms, it is the best.
This is a 500 page book, and not one page is wasted with unnecessary filler. We get to know who Addy was before she found out she was a Realmwalker. Then once she travels to Chaos, we learn how that realm is different from ours, who Addy’s fellow Realmwalker’s are, and what type of magical abilities each of the Relmwalkers have. And finally we get to have a spooky good time reading about the creepy shadow creatures Addy and her new friends have to fight.
There isn’t much to say about the time before Addy knew she was a Realmwalker. A few chapters are devoted to getting to know her and how uneventful her life was, but the action begins quickly, and the book never slows down again.
I don’t read a lot of books that involve magic and the few that I have read bored me when it came to explaining the magic system. Surprisingly, that never happened with this book, and by the end, I felt like I understood Chaos and everyone’s powers almost as well as Addy. This book has certainly whetted my appetite for more detailed Fantasy novels in the future. It was a perfect introduction to the genre, and took away my fear of diving right into reading a book like this in the future.
Except for the final chapter, the entire story is told from Addy’s point of view so she is the only character I got to know very well. But I did see glimpses of everyone through her eyes, and they are all charming and likable.
This was without a doubt the most positive book I have ever read and sometimes the positivity could border on annoying, but I also liked reading about characters who cared about each other so much. I spend a lot of time complaining about insta love, but I loved the way it was handled in Chaos. Addy doesn’t instantly fall in love with some guy; her romance takes plenty of time to develop. But she does instantly fall in love with most of the other Realmwalkers. They meet and form a deep and unbreakable bond immediately.
Addy was a perfect addition to their family, because she believed in all of them so much, and she became the glue that held them together as a group.
There appears to be a budding love triangle in this series, and so far it is bearable.
The two men in question are Sam, the heroic leader of the realmwalkers, and Mikhail, the mysterious brooding Russian who no one seems to trust.
Sam is such an honorable stand up guy that I wanted to like him. He is sweet and fiercely protective of Addy, but he’s also boring. You see? I don’t like saying things like that about obviously wonderful heroes, but this is why I don’t like love triangles. If Sam was the only potential love interest, I wouldn’t be able to get enough of him. He is darn near perfect. But when I compare his boring perfection with Mikhail’s brooding mystery, I can’t help but root for the underdog.
But potential love triangle aside, this was simply a fantastic book and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Because of violence, some scary scenes, and very mild language, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up. Seriously, if this were a movie it would be rated PG, and there are no sexual situations.