Review: Chaotic by C.A. Williams

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Title: Chaotic (Imperfection #1)
Author: C.A. Williams
Date of Publication: May 10, 2013

Adelaide McGregor was spinning out of control, in a world of pain that no one knew anything about. She put up a front, displaying a picture perfect girl that everyone wanted to be, but no one was truly there for her. Then she was sent away to live near her grandparents due to bad behavior when her mother decided she just didn't want to deal with her any longer. Without a penny to her name and no where else to go, her life was uprooted to North Carolina. Everything seems to be changing for the better with her fresh new start until she meets a guy who flips her world upside down all over again. Sometimes you have to make it through the struggles of imperfection in life for everything to come out as complete perfection, but Della hasn't quite learned that lesson yet.

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Shane of Itching for Books Blog Tours and Cori for the review copy! Still, receiving a copy for free in no way influenced my opinions. I don't think I can stop myself from ranting so there might be minor spoilers.

Chaotic, simpy put, was chaotic. I'm really sorry, I don't mean to be rude or to rain on someone's parade but this book isn't just for me. I saw some raves on Goodreads and while I do get why they loved it, I felt like I read a different book from what they reviewed. My lack of enjoyment for this book stems from my disconnect with the main character, Della, and actually, all of the characters. I just couldn't quite connect with her and I am totally not invested in the trials and tribulations she were and will be facing. Right from the get-go, I was turned off by how she spoke of badly of her supposed best friends. I mean, sure, they're lying, backstabbing bitches but then, why hang out with them? Oh well, maybe I just don't get the dynamics in their relationship.

Sure, Della majorly changed and grew after she was shipped off to her grandparents and forced to attend university. I did like that because I don't know if I could have finished this novel if she were her same self. However, even if I end up tolerating Della and that her very irritating mother got out of the picture, sadly, the plot was flimsy at best. I do get that it's more of a slice-of-life novel and that the conflict isn't a BIG conflict since this is just the first book of the series but I just found it lacking. Moreover, maybe it's just me, but I've read this plot a lot of times before and this novel didn't bring anything new to it. It was just the same old thing. I knew what was gonna happen right from the start and though familiarity works, if it can't even elicit a swoon from me, then why should I read this romance book?

Though I like Della with Justin, woah, Justin just changed his ways right after he met Della? The other guy, Nash, is her best friend from before. I know I am the biggest fan of best friends-turned-lovers novels but I just couldn't get past Nash cheating on his then-girlfriend with Della. Sure, they were attracted to each other and it was just kissing and touching but WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? YOU ARE CHEATING. TWICE. And a lot of flirting here and there. Wow. Lastly, I found the conflict at the end superficial. Sure, it might be a dealbreaker for Della but hey, they were both suffering and I just want to smack their foreheads together so they can realize what they should do and to end my suffering. But alas, I learned that this was the first book and I have absolutely no plans on continuing the series.

Overall, Chaotic was irritating at first and got bland after that. I'd recommend this for hardcore contemporary new adult romance fans. Do read some other reviews, especially the raves, because maybe this is your thing. Sadly for me, it wasn't. Well, you can't like them all.

About C.A. Williams

C.A. Williams lives in Michigan and is married to her high school sweetheart. While being a stay at home to her two boys she likes to read and write in between cleaning up messes and being a short order cook. Cori always had a love for books since the time she first started reading and started swapping books with her mom when she got a little older. Her love for reading turned into a love for writing and Cori has enjoyed every second of it. Thanks to all of her readers!

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