Flora Reviews… Chaos Unleashed (Chaos Rises #2) by Pippa DaCosta
Quote from Chaos Unleashed
Every hero needs a villain. Every angel needs a demon”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
So what’s Chaos Unleashed about?
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Title: Chaos Unleashed by Pippa DaCosta
Series: Chaos Rises #2
Published by Self-Published on 28 February, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes
No. of Pages: 309
From the ashes of the fallen demon court, a new threat rises…
Raised in a lab and trained to kill, I might not know much about being human, but I do know demons, and they don’t come more dangerous than the Prince of Pride—the devil.
My brother is trapped at the heart of Fairhaven—a demon stronghold. To get him back, I need Pride’s help. Trained to kill princes, I know I can’t trust this one. He’ll lie, cheat, and manipulate to get what he wants: a new Dark Court so that he can rise again as its leader. His pretty words and burned wings don’t fool me. I’ll use him and any means necessary to save my brother. I don’t have a choice. If I fail, if I can’t control the elemental forces gathering inside Fairhaven, chaos will be unleashed, creating a new Hell on Earth.
My makers tell me I’m too demon to love, too demon to care. But they made me this way. Now it’s time to show them all how demon I can be.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible*
Read: 18th – 23rd February 2019
Chaos Unleashed is the second novel in Pippa DaCosta’s urban fantasy trilogy, Chaos Rises. It features humans, half-bloods (demon/human hybrids) and a multitude of demon species. The story takes place almost immediately after the events of the previous book, Chaos Rises. This means that I don’t think it can be read as a standalone.
So, what did I like about Chaos Unleashed?
I bought Chaos Unleashed for my Kindle. However, as the Audible narration was being offered for a discounted price, I added that too. 😉 I alternated between reading the ebook and listening to the narration. This is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.
I’m already a fan of Ms DaCosta’s books.
The writing style is intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. I like how she paces her plots. The balance of tension, mystery and action she uses as well as the sprinkling of humour that she includes.
As a narrated book, I was once again impressed with Hollie Jackson’s performance.
Loving the pace at which Hollie read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. Her narration easily transported me into Gem’s adventure. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
Those of you who have read my reviews before, will know that I prefer my female lead characters to have plenty of gumption. She also needs to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful and never gives up. I must confess that Gem’s continued gung-ho actions did become a bit frustrating. She wasn’t listening to advice. Plus, she was single-minded about her brother, Del (in a dangerously blinkered way). I felt that the demon threat kept escalating because of it. However, with hindsight, I actually loved that Ms DaCosta continued to grow, evolve and develop Gem’s character through this book.
None of our characters in this book were your typical “good” or “evil” types, making it hard to tell who Gem could really trust. People are a myriad of greys, I think there is the potential of great kindness and great evil in us all and we evolve with every life experience we live through. This level of complexity is what added a very believable dimension to Ms DaCosta’s characters for me, both the human and demonic ones.
Chaos Unleashed has more darkness than the previous book.
Although I didn’t blubber like a baby reading it, a few of the more poignant, emotional scenes did cause tears to trickle down my cheek. I was never quite sure how things would end. The tension built dramatically through this book and I couldn’t work out which character would make it to the next one. I loved that I was kept guessing like this. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s gentle humour and well-written banter in this tale which made me smile. I feel it’s a sign of quality writing and character connection when an author can make me feel and get so caught up in the story.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I did give this book a 5 star rating, so no, 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 but (in my opinion), that’s deliberate; it’s all part of the journey and character/story development that Ms DaCosta makes us, the reader, experience to make the whole tale so involving.
Fans of Ms DaCosta’s highly popular The Veil Series will be more familiar with the world’s history, demonic hierarchy and have a greater understanding of the importance of The Veil that separates the demon world from our own. Existing fans will recognise some of the references and characters who appear or are mentioned in this book and may even have insights into this story. However, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read any of the books in The Veil series to enjoy the Chaos Rises trilogy. Any pertinent information is beautifully weaved into the tale seamlessly.
Chaos Unleashed is the middle book in this trilogy. As such, I expected to have some questions left unanswered. However fear not, dear reader, there is no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book! WooHoo! Brownie points to you, Ms DaCosta!
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 was kept guessing throughout this action-packed, emotional rollercoaster of an urban fantasy tale! Book 3 – Chaos Falls is waiting (im)patiently on my Kindle!
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 Unleashed to adults who love fast-paced adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.
Has my review of CHAOS UNLEASHED (CHAOS RISES #2) 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
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