Review: Chaos Rises

Chaos Rises Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Betrayal, pain and constant warfare, that is all Gemma knows. She never asked for this life, but this is what she gets as a lab rat bred for unknown purposes. After she and her brother, Del, escape through the Veil and into the States, she makes a bargain with the devil. This series is a new spin off from Ms. DaCosta's Beyond the Veil Series. Whilst it isn't necessary to read the other series, it does help a bit.

This series did not pull me in as much as the other. Gemma seems to be a watered down version of Muse from the other series. It isn't that Gemma is bad or lacking, she just seems hard for me to warm up to. She is conflicted and twisted. She is in some senses an anti-hero. She isn't one I'm impressed with because at the heart of it, she is trying to stay willfully ignorant. It is clear she is being played yet she keeps lying to herself. Perhaps this is why it makes it difficult for me to become engaged. It does help set up for the next book as this one is all about chaos. The title is aptly named.

The world building is easy to follow for those who read urban fantasy. For those who are new to urban fantasy, it may be a bit rough and unfamiliar. I enjoyed this post apocalyptic world Ms. DaCosta's created. It will be interesting to see where she takes it. I can say that the males in her books are all so seductively evil. They have their hidden agendas and one can't help but be entranced by their power and promises. Ms. DaCosta excels in creating the ultimate bad boy who will probably leave a female burned and died. Yet she'll probably die with a smile on her face. This dark urban fantasy is recommended to readers who enjoy demons and their false promises.

*provided by NetGalley

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