Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars
by Kiersten White
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Publication Date: September 10th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062135926
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss

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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. (Goodreads)
I have read Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series in the past, and really enjoyed the books! So of course, I was super excited to get my hands on The Chaos of Stars to see what journey Mrs. White would take me on next. I found the book to be quite an interesting read.

I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the character, Isadora, in the first half of the book. I do believe that it was for a reason, I think it was because she had hardened herself to… well… life, to keep herself from getting hurt even more than she already had been. However, we do see her start to become a different person, with the help of the absolutely adorable Ry, and I really like the person that she became. Ry, as I mentioned before, is completely adorable, and he totally made the book for me.

The secondary characters in the book were really great, particularly Tyler, who is, in fact, a girl. I found her completely relatable, and I love, love, love her character! Her boyfriend, Scott, was the perfect match for her as well.  Isadora’s brother and his wife were super sweet as well. I really enjoyed their parts of the story.  And of course, there are some bad guys that you are totally going to hate, but I’m not going to tell you who it is and spoil it for you. Did I mention that Ry was totally adorable? I did?  It bears repeating. And there is a twist in the story with Ry as well. Very interesting!

The book was based on Egyptian mythology, and I found it a bit confusing and hard to keep up with at times. I’m guessing it’s because I don’t know much about this particular form of mythology. It was interesting, nonetheless, and I would definitely love to read more.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great, the storyline was engrossing; all of which made for a really great read. Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. I'm to the part where Isadora gets her hair cut. I'm enjoying it so far though, yeah, connecting with her is a bit of a challenge. Interested to see what happens next!

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  2. I like Egyptian mythology, so this sounds like a great read. Nice review!

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  3. It's good you were able to eventually connect with the MC, and awesome that she changed some over the course of the book. I have been meaning to get this one off EW, but I'm pretty sure my library will get it eventually so I'll check it out then. It sounds good!

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  4. I wish I knew more about Egyptian mythology-I feel like that might have made this a much richer read. Instead I tended to be kind of annoyed by Isadora, feeling she lacked substance.

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