Sunday, 13 March 2011

Review: Night and Chaos by Naomi Clark

Title: Night and Chaos

Author: Naomi Clark

Publication date: 18th January 2011

Series: The Deva Chronicles #1

Source: Book Lovin’ Bitches eBook Tours

My rating: 6/10

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Ryan McCarthy fled Applied Paranormal Theory and Tactics, her father, and her lover six years ago, desperate to build life away from the weird science and supernatural experiments of her childhood. But everything she hoped to escape comes back with a vengeance when she's kidnapped and tortured by a possessed APTT employee out for revenge on the man responsible for his possession: Ryan's father.

Now, reunited with the lover she abandoned, Ryan is forced back into a world of danger and darkness she no longer understands, pursued by enemies with powers she can't fathom. But Ryan's not entirely powerless herself. She'll have to use every trick she knows - as well as the mystic gift she hates - to stay ahead of those enemies. And that will be easier said than done.

My thoughts:

This was one of those reads where I loved the beginning, didn’t like the middle so much and then liked it again towards the end.

The story really does start off with a bang. Ryan is already fighting for her life and is clueless about why. Great start right? I loved how she got out of the situation in that it tells the reader what the story is basically about in the most exciting and engrossing way. It was great.

I loved the plot. The storyline was great. Really different to anything I have ever read before. The idea of experiments gone wrong was great and it worked really well.

I loved the characters too, especially Ryan and Van – Ryan’s former lover. They had great backstories and worked really well.

The only thing I had a problem with was the way events were explained to Ryan. Since she had run from APTT and hadn’t been back for six years she had obviously missed out on a lot of key events. So, of course, she had to catch up.

I just felt that maybe the whole story of what happened with APTT was told in a bit too much detail all at once. It kind of sucked the mystery right out of the story. Don’t get me wrong, what happened with the APTT was intriguing, but I thought it would have been even more mysterious if I, as the reader, was told in bits and pieces where I needed to know to understand it all. To break it down a bit.

Like I said though, the ending was great. Totally unexpected. Plus it ended with a great cliff-hanger. I do really want to find out what happens as soon as possible!

About the author: Blog/Twitter/Goodreads

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she's not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author. although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Jami said...

Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for pointing out your likes and dislikes. First time hearing about Night and Chaos so thanks for sharing! :)

Alison said...

This one sounds interesting. The middle of a book is the hardest to get right. A slow middle is better than a slow beginning, in my opinion. I like that it has a unique plotline and strong characters.

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