Author: Kiersten White
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, when you're the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that comes with the territory.
Isadora's sick of living a life where she's only worthy of a passing glance, and when she's offered the chance to move thousands of miles away, she jumps on it. But as much as Isadora tries to keep her new world and old world apart, she quickly realizes there's no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family.
stalked followed Kiersten White’s blog for years before I even read a book by her. I finally read Mind Games last year and loved the hell out of it, so I immediately snagged The Chaos of Stars when I saw it. I’m not quite sure why I haven’t read her Paranormalcy series yet, I even have the books already. I’m an odd one, I guess. Anyway, I enjoyed The Chaos of Stars a lot! It didn’t rock my world like Mind Games did, but I still have much love for it.
The premise of this book is pretty cool. Egyptian gods are still around and doing the stuff gods do … well, at least the ones who continue to be thought of and prayed to are. Isadora is the human offspring of Isis and Osiris, which means no godlike status or immortality for her. She has a serious chip on her shoulder because she feels insignificant and used by her parents. When she goes to stay the summer with her brother in San Diego, she learns a whole lot about family, love, and friendship. But she has to watch her back, because it’s not all sunshine and lollipops when she gets there.
I loved the mix of the mythology and the real world. I admit, it always takes me awhile to get into a book when any type of mythology is in it. I don’t know why that is, because I do love that kind of stuff. It’s just the way I am. With The Chaos of Stars though, I was immediately immersed in the story. I appreciated that White didn’t bog it down with too much information on the gods – it was just the right amount. This made for a quick read, which I’m always happy for.
Kiersten White knows how to write characters that I love. Isadora is a confident, snarky chick that doesn’t want to love because it, like everything else, will eventually come to an end for her. I didn’t fully agree with her stance on that, but I completely understood why she would have that fear. Also, it made for some funny moments when she went from living a very sheltered life in Egypt to having to figure so much out in California.
All of the other characters rocked too, especially the friends she made. Tyler (girl, btw) has a great sense of humor and was the perfect friendship match for Isadora. Then you add in Scott, Tyler’s boyfriend, and you get a load of fun shenanigans. Of course I can’t forget to mention Ry, the laid-back poetry writer. I really enjoyed the dynamic between him and Isadora, and thought he balanced her out well. Plus there was a cute twist with them that made me smile.
Overall, The Chaos of Stars was a fun, quick read that held my attention from beginning to end. White is 2 for 2 with me, so far, and I with without a doubt continue reading her books.