Welcome to my blog stop for The Fantastic Flying Book Club's tour for Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel.
by Jen McConnel
Release Date: March 25th, 2014
Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.
Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.
I enjoyed the writing style. I thought that plot was well paced and thought out. I really like that the romance is already established and I really liked that fact that Darlena and Justin are broken up. So it’s not that they are working towards a new relationship but dealing with one that might not be quite over. So it was nice to have something different in that way. I loved how the characters came together and the whole premise of the story in general. That Darlena pledges herself as a Red witch and nobody knows what that means.
Daughter of Chaos has a huge cast of characters and I really enjoyed them all.. You have Darlena who is kick ass in her own right as the MC but I loved that we cross paths so many different Gods and Goddess as she finds her way through Red magic. I also like her strong relationship with her parents, especially her mom. It was is so refreshing to see that and nice for her to have that kind of support system. She has a best boyfriend and an ex-boyfriend that they struggle with the ex part of their relationship. I loved each Goddess introduced and that Jen didn’t just stick with the Greek myths. She incorporated some other ones too. Plus there is Hecate is one scary queen of witches.
Sometimes I hate betrayal in a book because it breaks your heart but sometimes I down with a good betrayal. One that makes sense and I can understand the motivations. So ya I definitely could see it in this book. It’s a nice touch.
There is magic casting it was not overbaring and not underated either.
This is one of those books that I liked so many things about it, it’s almost harder to come up with a coherent review. I just want to keep saying this was awesome and this was awesome. So in short I have to say I really loved this book.
If you are fan of Witches and Mythology this is a fantastic blend and the book is absolutely for you. I recommend it for your reading list.
I decided to make a short playlist of songs that remind me of the book.
Can't Remember to Forget You by Shakira
Black Magic Woman by Santana
I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She's a graduate of Western Michigan University, and she also earned her MS in Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
Follow Jen on Twitter @Jen_McConnel, and visit www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.