Another Fantastic Installment in the Adventures of Sabrina Spellman | Review: Daughter of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina continues with its next enthralling installment: Daughter of Chaos!


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Half-witch, half-mortal sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman has made her choice: She's embraced her dark side and her witchy roots. Now her power is growing daily... but will it come at too high a price?
 
Sabrina Spellman has just made the hardest decision of her life: She's leaving behind her beloved friends at Baxter High. Now it's time to follow the path of night and find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Sabrina has always been good at the school thing, but now she has a whole new world to navigate. Her power is growing daily, but it comes with a high price. She must always remember her new allegiances and the cost they have on her friends... and on herself.

And then there's her new classmates. Prudence, Dorcas, and Agatha are friends, kind of, but can Sabrina trust them? And what about Nick Scratch? He's as charming as ever, but will his feelings for Sabrina last?



Daughter of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan 
Rating: ★★★★★

  As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

No other author could write Sabrina Spellman like this. End statement. I've said this before, during my review of Season of the Witch and I will gladly shout it for the people in back. Honestly, Sarah Rees Brennan knows the characters of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in the most vivid of ways and creates compelling companion novels that coordinate beautifully with the television series.

Dark and intriguing, this novel reflects the very best of the show. Ignited by brand new storylines and an engrossing familiarity, Sarah Rees Brennan adds an extra layer to the stories we've only just begun to know. Much like within the pages of Season of the Witch, Daughter of Chaos builds onto these stories and characters in a way that is believable, snarky and fun. The bleak atmosphere of the series is as present as ever, with an added bonus of life.

To avoid spoilers, here's what I'll say: Daughter of Chaos takes place between the time of the winter solstice episode and part/season two. Glimmers of the series thus far can be found in various ways of foreshadowing, and as a whole the novel makes me all the more excited to dive into part three come January. Readers can expect tugs of emotion, hope and fear from this installment and it is honestly can't miss material.

While companion novels that correlate with television series can be tedious and merely rehashing episodes we've already seen, Daughter of Chaos is not in that category. Sarah Rees Brennan builds onto established plotlines and relationships, tying into the series and standing on its own entirely. It is an added layer that is similar to forgotten or lost episodes--developing context just a bit more.

There is a little something for everyone in Daughter of Chaos. From unspeakable calls of horror, to lingering romance, to warm and cozy friendships and family bonds, to general coming of age angst, this novel is the perfect tie-in to the series.

Sabrina Spellman is in her prime, still gaining her footing inside her witchy exploits. The perfectly complex heroine. Her near opposite, Prudence Blackwood/Night is as dangerous, witty, snarky, sharp and, somehow, warm as ever. Nick Scratch is as charming as you remember, with an added bonus and one half of an unexpected bromance. (Seriously--if you are like me, rooting for the trio: Harvey, Sabrina and Nick, this book will give you life.) Harvey Kinkle, too, is at his best: flawed, soft but strong, timid but growing.

Overall, Daughter of Chaos was every bit as twisted and dreamy as I'd hoped. I loved the ever evolving stories and the way in which Sarah Rees Brennan breathes life into these characters. While it was chilling and a little spooky, I felt like the novel was its strongest when it focused on the layers of friendship and love--my biggest highlights were the scenes that Harvey and Nick shared, the hints of their peculiar almost-friendship tied into their love of Sabrina and the way that we see Harvey and Susie's friendship's real depth.

In short? This novel was nothing short of amazing and fast paced. My heart is soaring and I'm so excited to see where the show, and the third book, takes us next. If you think I'm making grabby hands at my computer screen, you are absolutely correct.



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