Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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From Harper Teen:

Isadora′s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She′s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can′t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she′s a mere mortal.

Isadora′s sick of living a life where she′s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora′s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there′s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can′t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Isadora is a girl with a love for interior design and the night sky… She is also the daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Wanting to be away from her selfish goddess mother and her home that is quite literally a tomb, Isadora goes to California to stay with one of her half brothers. There, she is finally able to really let her rebellious streak run wild. But even immersed in the loud, crazy world of California, she finds she can’t escape her family’s dark history.

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (Harper Teen) is the first fantasy set in a contemporary world that I have really liked in a long while. It offers interesting, and oftentimes humorous, retellings of the ancient Egyptian myths with a hefty dose of Isadora’s signature sarcasm. And you don’t even need to be familiar with the ancient myths to understand the plot—although if you are familiar with them you will undoubtedly pick up on some sneaky (and fun) hints. The explanation behind the gods’ existence in our world didn’t feel forced at all: the gods still exist in our world only because there are humans who still worship them and those who are no longer remembered just don’t exist anymore. Simple. Perfect.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, Isadora, especially in the beginning, though I warmed up to her by the end. Her aversion to love is just so polar opposite to my own beliefs that I had some trouble identifying with her in the beginning and I found it made her come off a bit whiny. That being said, I loved the secondary characters that she makes friends with and the love interest, Ry, was awesome. I had Ry’s story figured out pretty early on, but I would have liked more about him. If there is a sequel, I hope he will be the focus. I enjoyed the way the relationship between Isadora and Ry shifts, but most of all I loved the banter between the two—it was hilarious and definitely left a goofy smile on my face. Also, this book has the best description of fate vs. choice when it comes to love that I have ever read—major bonus points for that!

While I found the ending rushed, the rest of the story kept a great quick pace that engaged me throughout. I really liked the detail of myths and dream sequences dividing the chapters.

The Chaos of Stars is fun and fresh. As a fan of ancient mythologies, this storyline was right up my alley and very enjoyable. It is a light read, ideal for readers looking for a new mythology book to add to their reading list.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5 hearts)

This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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