Chaos

Chaos

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by Christine O'Neil
     
 

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Chaos (Kardia Chronicles) by Christine O'Neil

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

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Chaos (Kardia Chronicles) by Christine O'Neil

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying—and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I'm the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he's got secrets of his own...and they may just kill us both.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622662838
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Series:
Kardia Chronicles
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
199,332
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Christine O'Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn't terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she's stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn't reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she's probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She's also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja...or a Professor of the Dark Arts.

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Chaos (Kardia Chronicles) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not going to go into details about the plot of "Chaos". There are other reviews that do that much better than I. "Chaos" starts off running and immediately I wondered if I had missed a prequel or a novella that introduced us to this world. But it was rather refreshing to not have everything figured out.... just as Maggy slowly learns about her heritage, so do we. This is the kind of book that you very quickly become immersed in. When Maggy holds back tears, it is hard not to do the same! I wish I had had her aptitude for witty comebacks when I was in school. As you can tell, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I will certainly be looking for the next one in the series!
heartjess More than 1 year ago
A Great Twist on Greek Mythology Why You Should Buy It A fresh twist on an ancient story, Chaos will make you laugh, tear up, and fall in love with this descendant of the goddess of love herself. My Thoughts *I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via the author/publisher.* I may sound like a broken record, but I will say it again — I.LOVE.GREEK.MYTHOLOGY. I especially love when they are folded into a contemporary story. I’m pretty big on the Persephone/Hades love quandary, so this one was a bit different for me. Maggie is a descendant of Aphrodite, a semi-god. The closest I’ve read to this is the Starcrossed series. In a lot of ways Helen and Maggie are the same — they unexpectedly find out they have these powers when they are in their teens, no one really is there to teach them about who they are, and they are both threats in some ways. However, Chaos goes in a much different direction as far as mythology is concerned. And it does draw back into that contemporary/teen setting, where we are experiencing a lot of day-to-day with Maggie, Mac, and the other characters. Right off the bat, I could tell I was going to love this book. Maggie is HILARIOUS and had such a genuine personality. I could tell O’Neil poured her heart into the character. She made me laugh, but deeper than that, she made me care about her. She had a no-nonsense attitude that I respected and was just the right touch of goddess and human. The writing was natural and will connect well with teens. There was a lot of reference to pop-culture, which I loved, because it really grounded the story (again) in the day-to-day. The writing also was just witty and conversational — I felt like I was looking into a friend tell me a story. The drama in the story is a great blend of greek goddess major issues and normal teenage drama. It really made the book seem more genuine. Of course the back and forth of Mac and Maggie was a bit eyerolly, because of course we could FEEL the tension between the two. That, however, is normal in teen romance. Everyone else sees what the ‘couple’ doesn’t. I SHOULD have seen the end coming, it is one that happens a lot in these types of books. I hope, much like some other series, there will be a good resolution in future books. To me, the cover wasn’t really getting the essence of Maggie. Maggie was sexy in a non-descript way — with her tshirts, jeans, and vans. I know they like to sex it up for covers, but I don’t think we really got “Maggie” from that. I do like how she isn’t wearing make-up. Did I like it? YES. Will I be sticking with the series? SO MUCH YES! The series brought something fresh to the Greek myth retelling and I’m really excited to have had the opportunity to read and review the book. Overall 4/5 stars
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to check out CHAOS by author Christine O’Neil after I saw the cover and read the description on Goodreads. It sounded like it would be great. Greek mythology, a super powerful teenager girl MC and dangerous secrets? Sounds like a fun read and guess what? CHAOS was great. From start to finish I loved getting to read this novel. I laughed, shouted and got intense feels. In CHAOS main character Maggie Raynard is a descendant of the goddess Aphrodite (otherwise known as a semi-god). Maggie’s semi-god powers have made her a walking, talking weapon that can cause some serious damage and destruction. Her abilities were what caused her to put her last boyfriend in a coma. Ever since then she’s been busy working on her anonymous advice column but when she suddenly starts to receive alternative columns written by somebody calling themself He. It doesn’t take her long to discover that Mac Finnegan is behind it. Mac is a total jerk and lately he’s made it his goal to try and make Maggie furious. But when Maggie learns why Mac has been targeting her and that he may know more about the semi-gods than she originally thought. Then she finds out that there is a semi-god counsel that has heard about Maggie and her abilities and believes that she’s a threat to everybody around her. Worst of all Mac holds Maggie’s future in his hands. The most memorable thing about CHAOS by far is author Christine O’Neil’s voice. The way that CHAOS is written is very unique. It’s told in the first person but the writing style does make Maggie’s character very clear and realistic. Throughout the novel I felt like I wasn’t just in Maggie’s head I actually felt like I was Maggie in certain scenes just because she’s written pretty realistically for a teenage girl.  There’s a lot of small things that were used in Maggie’s inner thoughts that really made her relatable and an all-around fun character. Who I really want to talk about is Mac Finnegan. I loved and hated him and wanted to punch him and cry over how badly I shipped (wanted him to be with) him with Maggie all at once. Mac Finnegan is this drop dead, too hot to touch Irish boy who has made it his mission to make Maggie’s life Hell. He has his reasons why (they aren’t the best reasons but because I want to make this as spoiler free as possible I won’t list what those reasons really are). Anyways, when he wants to be Mac is a total jerk who needs a good slap in the face… And on other occasions he’s this really sweet guy who you just want to hug. And sometimes Mac also comes off as a total player that you know is there to stir up trouble. As the novel progresses Mac and Maggie do have some attraction forming between them and I really liked it. I liked the forbidden aspect of their relationship, the dangers of it and how the two of them both want to be together. Readers are going to like what Mac has to offer, he’s a cross between a bad boy and a total sweetheart. It’s pretty great. From start to finish I was hooked on CHAOS, it was one of those reads that get you addicted and you just have no idea why but you know that you just have to get one more chapter in. With the way that this novel ended I have a pretty good idea that the sequel will be twice as awesome and way more intense. I also hope for more Mac because I really wanted my own Mac but life is unfair liked his character. I would recommend CHAOS to readers who are fans of Greek mythology/lore, readers who want a new book boyfriend (*cough* Mac! You need more Mac in your life! *cough*) and to readers who are fans of seriously awesome romances with large doses of badassery and a very witty main character.
Megz_0711 More than 1 year ago
So let me start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!! I can't wait for the next one to come out!!!  The book starts out with Maggie writing back to someone on her column. Now when she writes this column she signs it "she" so no one, with the exception of her 2 best friends, knows who "she" is. So from the beginning the reader can see that Maggie....isn't normal. She wants to be normal, but unfortunately she recently learned that she is a semi-god, a descendant of the Goddess Aphrodite. When I first learned this I was super stoked for her. I love Greek mythology....pretty much every aspect of it. I love the little twist that Christine put on with Aphrodite, I know I wasn't expecting that and it made it all the more interesting. But the reason that Maggie's wishes for normalcy is that she is having trouble controlling her powers. And it also seems that someone besides her family and best friend know her secret.... Mac Finnegan. Opinionated, annoying, hot-did I mention annoying?-Mac Finnegan, who had bareley given me the time of day since he'd come to Crestwood High. Mac Finnegan, who thought he was oooo cool with his Irish accent and his mocking smile. Mac Finnegan, who inexplicably made me want to lick him like an ice cream cone and then immediately rinse my mouth out with acid. Such an amazing introduction into all that is Mac. But anyways Mac seems to make it a point to go out of his way to annoy Maggie to no end. And I mean like EXTREME no end. As the story progresses we learn a little more about the Irish sexiness Mac and why he's really in Crestwood. We also get some amazing scenes between him and Maggie. We learn about Maggie's history as well as Mac's. There are quite a few plot twists and turns and things that I didn't see coming, but then other times my guy feeling was kicking in. Toward the end of the book I was SHOCKED and Rooting for my main man Mac. And I"m not very suspicious of some characters that come into play at the end. Things just don't add up and I'm very curious to see how the story ends up.  And once I finished the book.....it just wasn't enough. I needed more. I needed to know if Maggie would ever get a handle on her powers. What will happen with Mac? Will something ever happen between Mac and Maggie? What does being a decedent of Aphrodite really mean? Can things change? Ahhhh so many questions that need to be answered. All I can see is that this book was AMAZING and I can only image the world that Christine is going to create with this series. 
UnabridgedBookshelf More than 1 year ago
CHAOS is an explosive and powerful start to the new Kardia Chronicles series, and I for one cannot wait to see where the next book is going to take Maggie and Mac. CHAOS uses mythology as part of the background story, while there is the obvious Ancient Greek mythology; other ancient mythologies do make an appearance. Christine O’Neil used a very interesting concept of distant bloodlines of the old ancient gods and human mixing to make demi and semi-gods, each with their own unique gifts that share traits with the god of their bloodline.  Maggie never knew she was not completely human, until she woke up with power that she has no control over and she is not sure if she can get control over them. Then her accident with Eric sets things in motion and Maggie is no longer sure if having this power is ever going to be a good thing. Just when she thinks she has a gripe on herself, Mac Finnegan enters the picture and he has made it his mission to rile her up and drive her crazy every way possible. When it starts to mess with her control, she starts to wonder if she is going to end up like all the other Kardia Aphrodites evil and power hungry.  I will have to say that I love mythology especially the mythology about ancient gods. I am guessing the history nerd in me is drawn to it. With that love of mythology, I really like the way Christine O’Neil took the basis of it and created her own story with it. Everything from Maggie’s powers to discovering other types of semi gods had me completely enthralled, and my inner history nerd devouring everything. The best part is you do not have to know anything about mythology to enjoy the story.  I think that anyone who likes a good paranormal story with a side of romance must add CHAOS to their reading list. Entangled Teen continues to put out incredible stories by fabulous authors, and their new Ember line is off to the best start with a novel like CHAOS. I know I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Kardia Chronicles.
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
Chaos is one of those perfect twist of Greek mythology and modern day. Maggie goes from being a normal high schooler to semi-god in a life changing episode. After she put her ex-boyfriend in a coma, a not so secret watchdog council sends out someone to evaluate if she should be “dealt with”. Maggie being an untrained newbie doesn’t really understand the implications with this and is more concerned about Mac, the hot guy that is messing with her school advice column. It’s not long before things turn ugly for Maggie and seems like Mac is the only person that can help her and even that is questionable. One of the things I really like about Maggie is that I don’t like her in the beginning of the book. That sounds crazy right, but honestly there were some things that made me mad like the way she talks to her mom about the grandma situation. I thought in my head, she is being so immature and guess what, she should be because she is a teenager. I like that I didn’t like her because it gave her room to grow and as the book progresses, I really start see the other characteristics about her that come out the more you get to know her and as she develops through the book. I thought that was fantastic. So by the end of the book I was rooting for Maggie and thinking you kick butt girl! I’m a greek mythology buff so I love when it’s incorporated and the use of it in this story is awesome. Especially when you get towards the end but I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t talk about that. I do however love the fact that it’s using Aphrodite mostly. You wouldn’t think the goddess of love would be a complicated thing but think about the gray area. Sometimes people do great and wonderful things for love, but there are also people who do bad twisted things in the name of love. It can go either way I like how that is kind of woven into the story.  I love the chemistry between Mac and Maggie. As the book goes on it gets better and better. It’s one of those things where it can be steamy without them even doing anything. Especially the way that other characters factor in. I just loved reading it. I think they are one of my favorite couples. There are also great supporting characters. I love when the main character has some best friends. She has one that is Libby and that is who she tells everything to. Then there is Bink who she has been close to since they were kids but there are just some things that can only be shared between the two girls. Bink has an over protective streak that is endearing, he wants to beat up any guy that messes with Maggie which is why she sometimes doesn’t tell him things. Very sweet. Wow an explosive ending I would say when I was about 80 percent I actually took a break and told my husband that I had to get ready because I knew it would be intense. Plus I knew that I had to read it when I was going to be able to read from there to the end because there would be no stopping which is what happened. So good I can’t wait for the next book, I must know what happens!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
CHAOS (Kardia Chronicles #1) by Christine O'Neil 4 ½ of 5 Stars Maggie Raynard is not a normal teenage girl.  She is a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.  You would think that wouldn’t be bad thing, except for a lot of semi-gods receive negative powers.  In her case, they are like succubus sucking the love from things or people.  Unfortunately, for Maggie, she didn’t know about her heritage, and she started to get her powers early putting her boyfriend Eric in a coma. To make matters worse there is a new guy at school named Mac Finnegan, who is quickly becoming her nemesis. Maggie writes an anonymous advice column called “She Said.” Mac decided to counter with “He Said” constantly criticizing "She" and writing the opposite viewpoint.  To make matters worse, for some unknown reason, Maggie is attracted to the jerk. But wait theirs more, now Maggie is on the radar of The Council of Amaranth an organization that polices the semi-gods to make sure they do not cause damage and expose their race.  Her only hope might be none other than, Mac Finnegan. I really liked this book.  It is written from Maggie’s POV.  It is entertaining with never a dull moment.  The plot is interesting with a different twist.  The characters are believable and likeable, faults and all.  Christine O’Neil did an excellent job with the first book in the Kardia Chronicles.  I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.  ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.  
mixerbach More than 1 year ago
Just finished CHAOS, my first read by Christine O'Neil, and wow, what a ride! This book was everything it promised to be and a lot more. I've added it to my favorite's shelf. I've told all my friends. I would be shouting it from the rooftops now, were it not for the threat of criminal prosecution following last time. Our heroine is a hotheaded, spunky high school Junior named Maggie who's world was recently turned upside down. And it's not because she didn't make the cheer team or her boyfriend dumped her for that slutty girl who puts out or any other yawn-inducing, angst me to death BS. No, Maggie finds out that her Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-etc-Grandmother was none other than Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Errrrmahgrrrrrd! And now she can f-ing kill people with a touch. One problem, BIG problem, when her temper flares, she can't control it. When I thought I had seen it all it all in fantasy/sci-fi stories, Christine O'Neil bursts through the door, cape flying dramatically and truly saves the day with this book. Ms. O'Neil's writing style is fun, fast and very funny. I unapologetically lol'd all over myself time and time again reading this book, in between bouts of "just one more page" and "well I can't stop now!" Christine's portrayal of Maggie, Mac, Libby and Bink are fresh and real. We KNOW these people. Maybe we WERE/ARE these people. Seeing them come alive on the page was so much fun. When I read that this book was part romance, I did honestly slow my roll a bit. Nothing against it, but it's usually not my scene. But nothing in this book seems forced or out of place. The scenes fit into the story beautifully and the story is compelling. If this is what romance is usually, sign me up. My only complaint - less complaint and more request - is that I wanted to know more. I have questions! They need answers! Ms O'Neil, (whip crack!) back to your word processor! In the meantime, mark me down as a huge fan of this book and this author. I was blown away by CHAOS and I hope book 2 comes along soon. Tomorrow would work well for me.
lchardesty More than 1 year ago
CHAOS is a fun new twist on Greek mythology. I adored Maggie's voice. It is extremely current and very teen. Maggie had me laughing out loud numerous times. Mac is a great bad boy--the kind you hate to love. I didn't feel the romance between Maggie and Mac as much as I would have liked, and some aspects of the world (like the difference between a demi god and a semi god) weren't explained (or explained in an awkward place--like the middle of an action scene). But overall, this was a fresh, fantastic read. I'll definitely be reading the next one! 4.5 stars
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'CHAOS' is the first book in a young adult fantasy series that follows main character Maggie Raynard who suddenly learns that she's a semi-god descended from Aphrodite. When she loses her temper, things go horribly wrong - especially when she accidentally puts her ex into a coma. Enter the mysterious and handsome new guy named Mac Finnegan. He's continually on Maggie's nerves and definitely knows how to push her buttons. So on top of leading a normal teenager's life with school, friends, and boys, Maggie has to learn how to control her powers while not using them on Mac. To make a bad situation worse, Maggie learns that there's a council of semi-gods watching her every move and they're prepared to take her down if she makes a wrong move. Now Mac seems to be the only one on her side, but he's definitely hiding something - something that might get them both killed. This was a really fun and exciting first novel in a new YA fantasy series that deals with mythology. The plot wasn't completely original since mythology is a big trend in the genre lately, but the author use of semi-gods and their powers along with the council and other story elements made it stand out from the others. The characters were realistic, all with their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. I really liked Maggie as a main character. She was believable, witty, smart, and definitely has attitude. I liked watching her character change and grow throughout the book as she learns about her powers and who she really is and then stepping up when she has to. The relationship between Maggie and Mac was rocky at the beginning and kind of cliched, but I liked their bantering and the way they eventually warmed up to each other. I loved all the detail and description the author put into the book about the mythology, especially the gods, semi-gods, their powers, and the council and its history. I found all of that really fascinating and I think it added a great dimension to the book. I hope that the next installment will allow us to go even further into that world and learn more about it. The writing was incredibly well done with a great pace that kept me reading eagerly to see what was going to happen next. I really liked this book and I'm glad that it's just the beginning of what promises to be an awesome series, but now I have to wait for the next book to be released. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and paranormal fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
RichaP More than 1 year ago
When I found out that Chaos is rooted in Greek mythology, I flipped out. I love anything with Greek mythology! I really liked Christine's take on the concept. It's different and unique, and that made it all the more intriguing to me. The writing style also really appealed to me - I actually felt like Maggie was talking to me instead of narrating her story. Maggie knows she's descended from Aphrodite, but almost nothing else about herself and her powers. She has no idea how to control them, and she's already had one pretty huge accident regarding that. When Mac, the new and infuriating guy in school, tells her he can help her, she's not sure what to think. Mac's always been a thorn in her side, and she's never known why. Now she does. Mac was sent to her by the Council, and if she can't keep her powers in check, they'll sentence her. Maggie's life is at stake, and so is Mac's, though she doesn't know it. Chaos takes us through Maggie's struggle to control her powers while simultaneously repressing her urge to suck the love out of people. Yeah, you read that right. Maggie's character is the perfect blend of snarky and compassionate. I loved her badass-ness and her humour. Also, her concern for her grandmother really surprised me and made me feel for her more. Though I wish her grandmother had more of a role in this book, because I can imagine that she'd be very interesting to get to know. Maggie's got two best friends - Bink and Libby, who she loves more than anything. They're always there for her, and vice versa. Libby even knows her secret, which is something she's never told anyone else. But Maggie still has the urge to steal love from people. It gives her satisfaction. And so she is compelled to steal objects that have meaning to people. It can be anything - from jewelry to pictures. And she can't stop herself. Side effect of being descended from Aphrodite. But I liked how much she progressed over the course of the book. Maggie learns to deal with her power, with help from Mac, and it was cool to see her develop. Mac, on the other hand, I couldn't seem to like. He annoyed me quite a lot in the beginning, with all the stuff he pulled on Maggie. And they got worse. Mac isn't the kind of guy you'd immediately fall for, so I didn't get Maggie's insane attraction to him and inability to get him out of her head. I mean, he's been nothing but terrible to her, except for a few moments. He's cold at best. But I did start to like him towards the end, though I'm thinking it's a little too late for that to happen. Mac does a total 180 degrees and suddenly he's all concerned and protective of Maggie. Quite a drastic change. But I'm looking forward to the sequel to see how their relationship develops now that they both have admitted to liking one another. A side character I really loved is Bink. He's been friends with Maggie for fifteen years, so they're obviously really close. I liked that there was no hint of a love triangle there, because the best friend thing is so overdone. Kudos to Christine for not going down that lane! Bink's funny, goofy, and cares a lot about Maggie and Libby. He's like a rock hard support, and I think Maggie's really lucky to have a friend like him to depend on. Like I said, the mythology aspect really drew me in, especially the fact that the semi gods have powers. I can't wait to meet some other semi gods and find out what their powers are! And I do hope Mac becomes more likeable in the next book. Chaos is a strong start to this series, and I did enjoy reading it. I don't know what to expect from the sequel, since there wasn't a cliffhanger (thank god!) but I'm looking forward to it. *Thank you to Heather Riccio at Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC for review*
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Chaos by Christine O’Neil is the first book in her new YA Kardia Chronicles series. Our heroine in this story is Maggie Raynard, who is 16 and has recently discovered that much of her life has been built on a lie. A boy lies in a coma, because one night she became angry and lost control of herself, using powers she never knew she had. Her mother and grandmother have kept this secret for years, as she awaits her next birthday, where her powers will become full force. She must learn to control those powers, as Maggie is a semi god. Will she be able to control them? If she does not, how many more people will she hurt? When we meet Maggie, she is writing a secret column for students…an advice column, using the surname, SHE. No one other then her friends, knows that Maggie is She. This was her way of escaping from the reality of her future. Her best friend, Libby, knows the truth, and help keep Maggie sane. Her other friend from childhood, is the school’s star quarterback, Bink. It is Libby and Bink, who are always there for Maggie, and the three of them are great friends. One day, after one of her advices posts, she finds a note in her locker. It is from someone who is mocking her advice, and starting his own rebuttal advice, calling himself HE. Maggie knows it’s the hot looking new student, named Mac Finnegan. Eventually, Mac will reveal to Maggie who he truly is, and her life is about to change. Mac is another semi god, or perhaps someone stronger. He was sent to investigate her by the council of semi gods, as a uncontrolled semi god is a danger to everyone. Mac at first is cold, letting Maggie know she is destined for failure. In time, he sees another part of Maggie that changes his tune, but he knows the result will be the same. So he takes it upon himself to try to help train Maggie to learn to control her dangerous and powerful ability, which could cost her life. What ensues is an exciting, and at times fun story of two people not meant for each other, yet who have become strongly attracted to one another. Maggie lets it be known that she is falling hard for Mac, but he backs off, and refuses to acknowledge his attraction. Mac knows there are others watching Maggie, and time is of essence. But her temper, which is also uncontrollable, and some of her past which changes things, causes her to make a bad mistake, pushing Mac away, and putting her own life in danger. As I said, this book has an interesting concept, exciting story, lots of action later in the book, and a lot of humorous moments. Christine O’Neil has created a wonderful savvy heroine in Maggie, who is very opinionated, and thinks nothing of telling it like it is…at least her version. What happens to Maggie? Will Maggie and Mac become a couple despite the odds? Who is the betrayer and why? Who is the Council that will decide Maggie’s fate? You will need to read this book to find the answers. I enjoyed Chaos, and can’t for the next book.