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The Rise of Chaos (Reborn, #1) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 7, 2014
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“The universe is powerful, Anastasia. Don’t ever be surprised about anything. Everything happens for a reason. There are no accidents.”
Anastasia Duke is in love with the man of her dreams, literally. She has never met him in waking life, but her connection to him is very strong. Her dreams provide her with an escape from her reality.
Her best friend and roommate Steven is her backbone. He supports her with everything, and is like family to her. Her actual family consists of a drunk, violent father, and her doormat of a mother.
Anastasia has a job opportunity in New York, but it seems too good to be true! She gets the job and is introduced to Lukasz, her guide. Lukasz has a twin brother, Tristan. The identical twins are two pieces to a whole, on opposite sides, created to balance the world. They are light and chaos…. unfortunately, for Anastasia, she doesn’t know who is who.
“Chaos typically wins and light rarely prevails…”
When her mother lets her in on a deep dark secret, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, and Anastasia vows to give her own life to stop Chaos… if she has to.
My Thoughts (Contains Some Spoilers, Skip To “Favorite Scene”)
I liked this story. The plot was interesting and it kept me guessing. The pacing was smooth and steady, with a few plot twists that made me gasp. I enjoyed the world building, which is very important, especially in a fantasy novel where you want to feel connected to the characters. I am interested in continuing the series.
Several things made me cringe which affected my rating. For starters, Anastasia mentioned that her mother wasn’t educated, never went to college, and didn’t have a “real job”. However, her mother worked from home, doing medical billing and coding. That is a real job in my book, and it does require training. I found that off-putting.
Next, there were several grammatical errors and misspellings that were a bit distracting.
Also, YES I GET THAT STEVEN AND ANA ARE BEST FRIENDS, AND THAT THEY HAVE A HISTORY! It was reiterated to death. In chapter 11 there was some repeat introspection from Anastasia about her relationship with Steven, which was completely unnecessary, as it was already clear that 1.) yes he is gay, and 2.) yes her father approved of her friendship because he was gay. -(Things the reader learns early on.)
And what, were Steven and Ryan married on the way to the hospital in the ambulance, or what? I get that the reader needs to have a little imagination, but what the heck was that about? One minute there is a wedding brawl, and the next Ryan is riding in the ambulance because he is married to Steven and able to do so. When did they get married?! While he was unconscious?!
Equally important, what was up with the supposed domestic violence scene? Why was her father even let into that apartment? And as far as I comprehended, her father cornered her… how is that grounds for domestic violence? And that restraining order? When did she go to court for that? She didn’t. (I need real life things to be realistic.)
Last, the ending ends where the book began. -I’m not sure what to make of that. It wasn’t exactly a cliff hanger, like I was expecting since this novel is part of a series.
I do however want to continue this series, despite my few problems with book 1. I really did enjoy the story, and the theories about good and evil, auras and souls, and soul-mates. I liked that Ana has a “gift” to read people simply by touching them, and that her colleagues at The Agency have their own special “gifts” too. The astral projection aspect was a neat twist too.
Anastasia’s visits in the magical forest, and later on the bridge next to the pond. The author painted a beautiful, serene picture, and I could imagine myself there.
I enjoyed revisiting this place, vicariously, through Anastasia.
I would recommend The Rise Of Chaos, by AnnMarie Stone, to lovers of paranormal romance.
***In the interest of full disclosure, an ecopy of The Rise Of Chaos was provided to me in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This is no way swayed my rating.
Some characters are still a little ‘fuzzy’ to me, like the twins (Lukasz and Tristan) and Andrew, as some answers to my questions about them are yet to be answered in the following books. Anastasia’s ‘ability’ was explained well enough for me, though sometimes it gets quite confusing because of the lack of punctuation marks. Anastasia’s Suffering is quite an introduction of the Reborn Series.
The book has some typographical errors and it lacks a particular punctuation mark—commas. Punctuation marks are very important because it gives a whole new meaning to the world so I’m a little disappointed in the lack of it here. I’m hoping that in the next books it will be a different experience. If I could reach inside the author’s mind for all the answers I wanted to stop this torture in my mind, I would. I can barely wait for the next book.