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 received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via the blog tour put together by the Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
There was a lot about DoC that I liked, and didn’t like. One of the major things I didn’t like was Darlena–the heroine and POV. Well. I had extremely mixed feelings about her. She was annoying at times, brash, impulsive, and I disliked the choices she made. The “bad girl” factor to her wasn’t endearing, I felt bad for the people around her who just wanted to help her. In the things she says, she shows a lack of wisdom, understanding and responsibility.
At first, it was really cool; like falling into a fairy tale. But Trinity didn't believe in using Magic unnecessarily, and soon I felt more stifled than before. I'd always hated the fact that I could do magic, but I wasn't supposed to use it all the time. What's the sense in that?
But then again, there were times when I was very conflicted about all of these things because that’s who Darlena is. It’s the reason she’s friends with the people she’s friends with, and why she does what she does. The whole reason why she was able to choose Red magic and it worked out for her. I hate the “typical teenager” stereotype because not all teenagers are like that. In fact, a good population of them aren’t like that. But like most stereotypes, there’s truth buried in it and Darlena is that is who Darlena is.
Darlena needs people to help her, and she doesn’t even see it. She’s quick to be offended and a real brat when she does become offended.
"Why would you assume Rochelle had anything to do with what happened?" Justin paused. "She's not as... focused as you are. And she's dangerous." I laughed humorlessly, fighting back tears. "Not as dangerous as I am now. She had nothing to do with me getting kicked out. She just cut class to try to make me feel better. Unlike some people," I spoke quickly, not giving him the opportunity to interrupt, "who seem to think now is the perfect time to make me feel like shit."
First of all darling, you were on the brink of tears before the goody-goody boy you love and tried to seduce and then broke up with when he refused you–called you. And not only that, but you fail to remember that you are now taking your wrath out on him when all he’s trying to do is help you. Oh yeah, and your friend Rochelle? She is dangerous. She is a bad influence. She is a practitioner of black magic. What exactly did Justin say that was not warranted?
You know, while I say all these things, I’m still really figuring out where I stand with Darlena–and that’s because I can understand her confusion at the sudden changes in her life. Of course, that doesn’t excuse the person that she acts like, but she is relatable in situation and as a character.
"Look lady," I said, dangerously rude beyond caring, "you still haven't told me anything, and now I think I just killed those people in that car."
Oh, gee. Dangerously rude? That doesn’t sound like Darlena at all.
And here’s the problem. Through the story line, I recognized more and more that Darlena has her moments of heartbreak and struggle, triumph and breakthroughs. I loved the ways she saw Hecate, and sometimes her ability to be “dangerously rude” brought humor and a mentality of YEAH, SHOW EM WHO’S BOSS to the story.
The supplicating tone of my mother's voice made me even angrier. "Now look here, both of you," I cut in and my mother gasped. "She is a great mom. If you think I've got an attitude problem, lady, that's all because of you. My parents aren't to blame for anything I do. I'm sixteen for gods' sake, I can do what I want. So if you're pissed, blame me, not her." I glared defiantly at Hecate for a moment, even though my heart was racing.
Wowwwww. Can we say *cough* dangerously rude *cough*?
There’s definitely a lot to this story for sure. I think it has a lot of potential and is really interesting once you get into it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to love Darlena in any way, which was hard for me because I really wanted to enjoy this book. I loved the way that the characters grew throughout the course of the novel. Even Darlena began to change ever so slightly. The pacing was steady and the magic was definitely an intriguing aspect of DoC. Overall, I would recommend it as a paranormal read–but only if you’re okay with Darlena. I believe she’s one of those characters that is outspoken and bold, the kind that not everyone will like. She just wasn’t for me. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 308
Series: Red Magic
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