I’ll admit that when I first opened Chaos and Control by Season Vining I was expecting a bit of light fluff. I wasn’t even sure about it when I was given the opportunity to review it. I’d pegged it as one of those books that may be fun to read, but that was about it.
Boy was I wrong! The book’s description in no way prepared me for Preston or the emotional impact of this author’s writing style.
Chaos and Control is largely a character study style story, it is written from the two points of view of the main characters Wren and Preston. Character study stories are my absolutely favourite style of writing. I love a story that delves into the individual personalities of the characters (usually just the main leads) and the relationship between them. When done well you can forge an emotional connection with the characters and this adds a deeper dimension to the story where you feel invested in the highs and lows of their journey.
The formats of the two points of view were presented slightly differently in Chaos and Control. While Wren’s POV was in the normal narrative style, Preston was presented through the poetry he was writing throughout the story. This change from the ‘normal’ style was particularly well suited to Preston who is a damaged individual dealing with a crippling case of OCD. The poetry was perhaps even more descriptive than the narrative style in that it clearly highlighted his internal reaction to incidents in the book which often contrasted to how it was related by Wren’s POV.
Preston’s poetry perfectly matched the entire feel of this book. Season Vining is a talented author who has the ability to weave together the two points of view of the main leads with a flowing, lyrical prose. This is not a fast paced book, the writing is unhurried but it is not drawn out nor is it an arduous read. The almost dreamy quality suits the atmosphere of small town America and ties in well with both Preston’s condition and his poetry.
I would highly recommend Chaos and Control by Season Vining. It has been a while since I’ve been so engrossed in a book, and I haven’t read a story in such a beautifully constructed lyrical style for a long time. Although Season is a new author to me, I will certainly be looking at her other titles.
Chaos and Control by Season Vining is available as of 11 December 2017.
About the Author:
Season Vining grew up in southern Louisiana where food, culture, and family mean everything. She has lived in Houston, San Diego, and NYC—all of them providing colorful experiences and future writing material. She is a graphic designer by day, a complete font snob, and enjoys all forms of art. Her obsessions include live music, tattooed bad boys, vintage cars, and people who know the difference between their, there, and they’re. Season is a new mom to the cutest kid on the planet. She is the author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels—hot stories with heart.