Thursday, March 10, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by Jen McConnel - Ashley's Review + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Thursday! Today, we're really excited to be a part of the blog tour for the final book in Jen McConnel's Red Magic series,  Triumph of Chaos! Ashley really enjoyed Daughter of Chaos and Gods of Chaos, and has been looking forward to reading this book for a while.

Before we get to Ashley's review, here's a little bit about the book and Jen. Also make sure to visit all of the other incredible stops on the tour (you can find the schedule by clicking the banner above), and enter the giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post!

About the Book

Title: Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3)
Author: Jen McConnel
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Synopsis: After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made, but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a terrifying choice.

Purchase Links: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

If you haven't read them yet, be sure to check out the first two books in the series as well! 

Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1):

Gods of Chaos (Red Magic #2):

About the Author

A Michigander by birth, Jen McConnel now makes her home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She writes NA, including the recently released Adventures Abroad series (Bloomsbury Spark), the award winning YA novel Beautiful Curse (Swoon Romance), and various other works. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Visit to learn more!

 Ashley's Review

I've been waiting so long for the end of this trilogy! I've wanted to know how Darlena deals with Hecate and her Red magic powers, and learn even more about this great world that Jen McConnel has created! Is Lena able to save the world, or do Hecate's plans come to fruition? 

There's so much at stake in Triumph of Chaos, and the title had me worried about the outcome from the very beginning! Lena has so much on her plate, especially after the events of Gods of Chaos, and I can't even imagine having to make some of the decisions she has to make. There were times though, when I felt like she was making terrible decisions or spending more time whining than actually trying to come up with a solution. To me, Lena was much more annoying in this book that in either of the other two books.
Since Lena spends so much time trying to fix things and/or run away from her responsibilities, this felt like a much slower book. I was still frantically turning pages to find out what was going to happen, but it just seemed like there was very little going on other than Lena complaining and trying to reverse everything that had happened. Izzy and her coven have huge problems they needed to deal with, and I really wish we had seem more of that (even though I know this is Lena's story and not Izzy's). I just really liked Izzy and would have really enjoyed seeing even a few of the events from her perspective.

We're reunited with characters from the previous books and get to learn a little bit more about them, and we're introduced to a few new characters that I wish we had more time to get to know. Old relationships are broken and new ones are formed, and I really enjoyed watching all of the different people in Lena's life meet and interact. I especially enjoyed learning more about the gods and goddesses who want to help Lena! 

Overall, this book was a decent ending to a great series. I still have so many unanswered questions though, and I felt like there was just a huge chunk of information missing when I finished reading. I still think anyone who has read the rest of the Red Magic series would enjoy this book, and would definitely recommend the series to any lovers of YA Fantasy books, especially if you like books that reimagine popular mythologies! I really hope Jen decides to write a novella or even some scenes from Izzy's perspective though, because I'd love to see more in this word, especially from a fresh viewpoint! 3/5.

The Giveaway!

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by Jen McConnel (INT)

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