Friday, September 6, 2013

Ember Teen Presents: Chaos by Christine O'Neil; Blog Tour, Book Review, and Tour Wide Giveaway!

"Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we've launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it's name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O'Neil. Read away!" Entangled Teen Ember is a division of Entangled Teen that specializes in digital-first YAs

Title: Chaos
Author: Christine O'Neil
Series: Book One in the Kardia Chronicles
Published By: Ember Teen August 19, 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly I can kill people when I lose my temper. 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 council for semis that wants me dead. They think I'm bad to the bone and when my ex suddenly dies, it's like everyone is determined to take me out. Mac might turn out to be my only salvation, but he's got secrets of his own---that may just kill us both.

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About the Author:
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.

My Thoughts and Review:
Here is a little secret about me most of you might not know, I am a sucker for a snarky, witty, fiesty, kick butt heroine (or hero, I'm not picky) and that is exactly what I got in Maggie. Through in some mythology and you have my dream book. Can I just say I love Maggie now and call it good with this review? No? Are you sure?

Okay, maybe that isn't enough to portray how great and fun this read was so I 'll be good and make this longer, after all, I am pretty sure the publisher is looking for a little more and the author probably wouldn't mind a few more details either. So here goes.

This book, KICKED butt. And then, it took names and kicked butt again.

Maggie is so sarcastic, so snarky that it actually makes her loveable. I know, weird right? She is border line witchy and I loved every minute of her witty banter, hot temper and sometimes downright pissy attitude. I couldn’t help it, the girl rocks. Her inner monologue is almost as good as her outer and to top it off she has some pretty amazing friends to back her up.

Mac is surly, ornery and downright rotten at times but his softer side shows through just enough that he too becomes pretty loveable and irresistible. The mystery behind just exactly who and what he is, didn't hurt either. And together, these two were pretty explosive.

I loved the mythology of the demis and semis and even though everything wasn't laid out and explained it some how worked. It didn't bother me because it makes me want to pick up the second book so I can find out more, learn more about Maggie's powers and the different abilities of all the semis. And even though the romance was nice, I love that it wasn't the center of the book, that there was action and a plot that wasn't all about the love (I know you are gasping right now and can't believe I, the hopeless romantic, just said that, but it's true) but more about Maggie, her powers, her heritage and the secrets behind all the people in her life that knew what she was and didn't tell her.

I am really looking forward to the second book because honestly, this was a fun read that kept me smiling and laughing and even sometimes swooning a little. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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  1. I have seen these books around but still haven't read them. I must tell you that I'm a sucker for that kind of kick-ass characters too :) I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Great review :)

  2. I think you would really like this one then Tanja! :)

  3. The mythology sounds great it this, and to be honest this book is new to me, I knew about Darker Days and am reviewing that for October.

  4. I hope you like Darker Days Kim, I want to read that one as well. :)

  5. Oh this sounds like my kind of book. I am definitely going to get it. Great review.

  6. I want to read this one, I loved Darker Days and I am usually a fan of Entangled Teen books. I might just have to do this for Wicked!

  7. Thanks Ellen and Heidi, I hope you both do give this one a try!

  8. YES! I'm exactly the same, I absolutely LOVE a snarky, witty, fiesty, kick butt heroine (and hero).

    Maggie and Mac sound awesome, and this story sounds totally kickass. Can't wait to give it a try! Awesome review :-)

  9. Yay! You will like this one Lauren!

  10. Oh this sounds great! I love the witty, snarky characters that kick butt! This sounds like a lot of fun!