Published by Little, Brown and Company on October 18th 2011
Source: Owned Audible Book
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, 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 isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I really enjoy the audiobooks for this series, but I have a feeling if I’d read this in print form, I would have been skimming some parts. I was frustrating with Ethan, because he’s forgetting huge chunks of things, he no longer likes chocolate milk for God’s sake, but he doesn’t really seem too concerned about it until closer to the end of the book. He certainly doesn’t let his friends or his girlfriend know, which is just ridiculous- but I guess it is a bit realistic when it comes to how men treat health issues.
“Nah, I’m good, just need to put a little duct tape on the ol’ memory bank.”
So while this 3rd book dragged in parts for me, it also had one of the best moments of the series. Of any series, really. This is SPOILERISH, so maybe skip this paragraph if you haven’t read the series. So, Ridley is all using magic even though she’s not a Siren anymore, and she casts a spell that basically causes people to argue, and Lena and Olivia get hit by it and start arguing, and Olivia totally calls Lena out on her whiny emo attitude, and it’s HILARIOUS. I almost had to pull the car over, I was laughing so hard.
And while it might not have been my favorite entry, I did hurry up and start the 4th and final book, because the ending of Beautiful Chaos is a doozy. Also, because I knew Khristine Hvam was joining in the 4th book’s narration, and I was super looking forward to it.
Kevin T. Collins narrates again, and I think he makes the perfect choice for this series- so excited that he AND Khristine Hvam will be doing Beautiful Redemption.