Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta
Series: Chaos Rises #1
on June 29, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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'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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
So I was banging around on Netgalley, coming off an Urban Fantasy high from reading An Unhuman Journey, when I found Chaos Rising and it was listed as both UF and Romance. Heck yes! The author had good ratings for another series and this is the first in a new one so I requested that sucker as fast as I could.
Once I cracked it open, I read a bit, got confused, read a bit more, and got more confused. It’s a spinoff series so I expected a bit of that, but I felt like I was thrown in the deep end without lessons or even those floaty thingies. Once I finally started figuring things out, I was hoping I’d start enjoying it more, but this was not to be.
This is a well-written book and I’m sure fans of the other series will adore it. My main problem with it stems from the fact that it’s categorized as a romance, and there is NONE. Not one bit. There’s a girl who may or may not eventually end up with a certain guy but it never happens in this book. In fact in this book, they have no loyalty whatsoever to each other and take turns betraying the other person. This is not romance. This isn’t even admiration from afar.
My other issue is it’s unbelievably, soul-crushingly depressing. I don’t mind a dark book but I need occasional rays of light to shine through the darkness. This had none. There was a hopeless air to it that clung to the pages like kudzu. It felt like every other sentence we are reminded that half-breeds are always owned and it never goes well for them. Even the Empire Strikes Back had humor to it, even as they were encasing Han in carbonite.
Nothing about this book worked for me. The heroine kept banging her head against the same wall, there wasn’t really a hero, and at the end, I felt like the book ended but it hadn’t really gone anywhere. But, and this is a huge but, if I had been expecting a straight up UF I may not have minded this. It had decently written characters with lots of layers to them and an interesting plot. If I was rating it based on it UF tag, it would get a higher rating. Unfortunately, it is tagged as a romance. My first thought was 2 stars, but I can’t in good conscience rate it that low.
3 Not A Romance but An Okay Dark Urban Fantasy Book Stars
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