Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062135929 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062135926 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Great book filled with mythology, humor, romance, and adventure.
Opening Sentence: When I was a little girl, I still believed I was part of the world’s secret magic.
Isadora is your average 16 year old girl except for the fact that her parents are Egyptian gods. Her mother is Isis the goddess of motherhood and her father is Osiris god of the underworld. Even though her parents are immortal Isadora is not. Isadora grew up thinking she would be immortal, but once she learned that wasn’t ever going to happen she started to resent her parents for it. She felt that they didn’t love her if they didn’t want to keep her forever. After that Isadora vowed to never let anyone into her heart again so she could never be hurt like that by anyone else.
Isadora’s mother is now pregnant again. Her mother has been getting dreams that prophecy Isadora getting hurt, so she decides that Isadora needs to leave Egypt until the baby is born. So she is sent to live with her brother Sirus who lives in San Diego. Isadora couldn’t be happier about leaving and she hopes to never return to Egypt ever again. Her mother has set up a job for her working at a museum that has a special section on Egyptian Gods. While working there she makes some new friends. While struggling to adjust to her new normal life Isadora starts to get haunting dreams as well. In her dreams her mother seems to be in danger but because of her bitterness towards her family she decides to not say anything, and the consequences could be greater than anything she ever imagined.
Isadora is a great character. She has a funny, spunky attitude, and a great voice throughout the book. She has some really funny dialog and I found myself laughing at her character quite often. She is totally gorgeous, but she isn’t stuck up at all. She is very artistic and she loves interior design. She does have some flaws, one of them being that she has a really hard time learning to love others. Because of her childhood she has decided that she won’t let herself fall in love with anyone. As she starts to open up to her friends you get to see her vulnerable side. She grows and learns so much about herself. I really loved her as a character and connected well with her.
Tyler is the first person to befriend Isadora once she moves to San Diego. Tyler is a girl that is about the same age as Isadora and she also works at the museum. Isadora instantly likes Tyler and her funny corky personality. Tyler is sweet and really funny. She doesn’t care what others think about her and she is very confident in who she is. She is a really great influence and friend to Isadora. I really enjoyed her character and I thought she was a great asset to the book.
Tyler also introduces Isadora to the beautiful Ry. Ry is an interesting person. He is a total Greek hottie with olive skin, dark hair and striking blue eyes. He is always writing in a journal he keeps and seems to be oblivious to everything that is going on around him. He instantly takes a liking to Isadora, but of course she is cold and keeps her distance from him. But he is very patient and prescient with Isadora and I thought it was so cute. His views on love are very different from Isadora and he really tries to help her cope with the pain and hurt she has felt all these years. They have really cute chemistry and I just loved them together.
I really enjoyed this book. The mythology was very interesting and different than most YA mythological books. I thought that characters were very entertaining and fun. The plot was intriguing and had some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. The humor was great and I found myself laughing most of the book. The book flowed really well and it was a fast light read. I have read other books by Kiersten White and I have really enjoyed all that she has written, but this would be my favorite book of hers so far. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mythology or a fun light YA read.
I follow her line of sight to a guy sitting in the curved hollow where two tree trunks meet, furiously scribbling in a black notebook. His hair is one shade away from midnight, worn a little long so that it curls just above his eyes. He’s wearing khaki pants and a pale blue button-up short-sleeved shirt, showing off some seriously beautiful olive-toned arms. Wires dangle from earbuds and he hasn’t looked up to see us yet.
“Boyfriend?” I ask. I hope she doesn’t decide to have lunch with him instead. I definitely don’t feel brave enough to go buy something on my own.
Tyler laughs. “No. In fact, I feel a little dirty because of my occasional lustful thoughts, since I’m taken. Still, I can appreciate beauty, right?” She leans forward, so far that I worry she’ll lose her balance and topple right off the bridge. “Hey, RY!” Finally he looks up.
Floods, I have never seen such eyes.
They’re crystal blue, a shade that shouldn’t exist on the human body, a shade I immediately crave, a shade that makes my heart beat a little faster—almost as if I recognize it. I want to steal it, paint it, throw it into every room I ever decorate. It’s the most perfect blue I’ve ever seen. Even from this distance his eyes are simply remarkable.
He pulls out his earbuds and smiles, a dimple on one side but not the other, though it looks like he’s not quite focused on us, like his eyes are seeing just past us. He waves, and I have to admit Tyler is right about “appreciating beauty.”
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Chaos of Stars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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