Chaos Rises (Chaos Rises #1) by Pippa DaCosta – Review @PippaDaCosta

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Flora Reviews… Chaos Rises (Chaos Rises #1) by Pippa DaCosta

…So what’s Chaos Rises about?

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Chaos Rises (Chaos Rises #1) by Pippa DaCosta – Review @PippaDaCostaMy Rating:
Title: Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta
Series: Chaos Rises #1
Published by Self-Published on 4 June, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes
No. of Pages: 290

When the veil fell, any half-bloods not strong enough to withstand Chaos were torn apart. Some, like me and my brother, survived the Fall. Most did not.
That's the good news.
The bad news saw a whole other world try and devour ours. Demons, we call them. They came in countless waves. Destroying. Killing. Many people thought it was the end...
The Fall lasted a week. Tens of thousands died. Hell almost claimed our world as its own. And then, from one day to the next, it was over. The veil came back, stronger than ever. I'm not sure if anyone knows how it was put right. But I do know it's been six months since the Fall, me and my brother are on the run, and the leftover demons aren't the most dangerous things in LA. We are.

Genre: Urban fantasy / paranormal Sub-genre: Angels, demons.

WARNING: Intended for adult readers due to themes some readers may find distressing.

Source: Bought
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible*

Read: 30th September – 6th October 2018

Chaos Rises is an urban fantasy novel featuring humans, demons and half-demons. It’s the first book in Pippa DaCosta’s trilogy Chaos Rises and is set in the same world as The Veil Series. I devoured that series back in 2016, loving every page. However, I don’t think you have to have read it to understand or enjoy Chaos Rises.

So, what did I like about Chaos Rises?

I bought Chaos Rises for my Kindle. However, I also downloaded the Audible narration because it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading the kindle version and listening to the story on Audible. This is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.

I’m already a fan of Ms DaCosta’s books.

DaCosta’s writing style is intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. I like how she paces her plots and the balance of tension, mystery and action she uses. As a narrated book, I was impressed with Hollie Jackson’s performance. Loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

I liked the premise for the Chaos Rises and the Veil world.

Humans know about the existence of demons but we don’t know the full truth of their power. Some demons have chosen to live in our world inside human look-a-like shells which they refer to as their vessel. The rest of demonkind live in their own realm called the “Netherworld.” Half-demons are considered abominations/scum by the full demons and are owned as pets or killed at birth. The Institute is a human organisation that studies demon-kind, sometimes in a demonic-brutal way so that the human race has the means to fight demons. I appreciated the way that Ms DaCosta revealed the necessary world-building without upsetting the pace of the tale.

I loved that our characters in this book were not your typical “good” or “evil”. It made it hard to tell who Gem could really trust. However, in real life, people are a myriad of greys. There is the potential of great kindness and great evil in us all. This truth added a very believable dimension to Ms DaCosta’s characters for me.

Chaos Rises kept me guessing right to the last page. It made me smile, cry and had me, literally, on the edge of my seat. In short, I was gripped.

So, um, was there anything I didn’t like about it?

I did give this book a 5-star rating. Therefore, nothing niggled or grated on my nerves while reading it.

That’s not to say that I didn’t find the actions, reasoning and behaviour of some of our main characters frustrating at times. However, (in my opinion), that’s deliberate: it’s all part of the journey. The character and story development that Ms DaCosta forces us, the reader, to experience makes the whole tale so involving. They are all Demon NOT human.

Chaos Rises is the first book in the trilogy. I expected to have more questions than answers when I finished reading it. However, fear not dear reader, there’s no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book! WooHoo!

So, basically what I’m saying is…

I really loved this book! It had everything that I look for in a 5-star read. It’s well-written with a huge amount of twists and turns. I’m kept guessing throughout this action-packed, emotional roller-coaster of an urban fantasy tale!
I loved Chaos Rises so much that I’ve just downloaded book 2 – Chaos Unleashed and book 3 – Chaos Falls. They’re waiting patiently on my Kindle!

Content Warning:

This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.

I’d recommend Chaos Rises to adults who love adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.

Has my review of CHAOS RISES (CHAOS RISES #1) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself.

Keep reading to find out more about the series and its author.

Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta

Chaos Rises is an urban fantasy trilogy featuring humans, demons and half-demons. It’s set in the same world as The Veil Series. However, I don’t think you have to have read it to understand or enjoy Chaos Rises.

Books in the Trilogy

Buy CHAOS RISES in print, eBook and audio format through the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

About Pippa DaCosta

Author - Pippa DaCosta

Pippa DaCosta is a USATODAY bestselling, two-time DragonCon Award Finalist, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel semi-finalist hybrid author. Before securing a traditional publisher, she published the Veil Series (a x5 book urban fantasy series) independently in 2014. Pippa is traditionally published with Bloomsbury and Random House Germany. Her work has been featured in the Galaxy Chronicles anthology, part of the Future Chronicles series. Pippa continues to independently and traditionally publish fantasy and science fiction. Her books have been downloaded, bought and listened to over 1,000,000 times. 

Pippa also writes as Ariana Nash.

She lives in Cornwall, England. 

About Hollie Jackson

Narrator - Hollie Jackson

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie's voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my review. Now go buy this fantastic book! 😉

Pippa DaCosta has become one of my favourite authors. Before you go, check out the other amazing authors on my favourite list.

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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