The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (Review)

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Synopsis: Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Cover: The cover is what really attracted me to this book. The gold is absolutely dazzling with the electric blue background that really makes it pop. I was walking the aisles in Barnes and Noble and instantly picked it up. It had a mystical feel to it that absolutely drew me in.

What I Have To Say:  The Chaos of Stars revolves around Isadora, one of the several (and assumably) many children of the Egyptian god and goddess Osiris and Iris. At the age of sixteen, Isadora is sick and tired of living in her home with her oh-so-godly parents and her brother, Horus, and his wife, with some other various godly relatives. She feels as if she was only conceived to worship her parents and keep their magic strong. In order to get away from the family drama, stuffy tomb, and her father Osiris’ (God of the Afterlife) moldy mummy wrappings she decided that she wanted to escape to San Diego where her brother, Sirus, had escaped the clothes of his control freak goddess of a mother, Iris, (Goddess of Fertility and Motherhood) and made a life of his own. After Iris became paranoid in her own house and feared the safety of her daughter, Isadora was allowed to leave her family in Egypt and go to San Diego.

Upon arriving, Isadora finds out that her brother Sirus has developed  more of a life than she has let on. She then discovers that she’s focred to work a job, arranged by her mother, at a meuseum setting up the Egyptian exhibit where she is once again surrounded about the same family history she was trting to escape.

But something dark has followed Isadora to San Diego and her dreams are telling her that her mother is in danger, but can she let go of her grudges in time to save her?

I absolutely loved this book! First off, the fact that the main character was Egyptian had me very satisfied since I am also part Egyptian. Reading about a book character who shares cultural similarities with me is absolutely riveting to read. Secondly, I love any type of mythology, but I usually only see or read about Greek mythology in various YA books. But to finally find one with Ancient Egyptian mythology is refreshing. For me, I felt more connected to the character and more interested in the book.

Now, the main character Isadora is stone hearted, but an extremely strong character. Being in this modern city of San Diego is quite different for her. She has never had friends and that is something that Isadora discovers when arriving to San Diego: true friendship. She finally encounters people other than family and puts her in situations that would never happen if she never left her confines of Egypt.

Reading about Isadora figuring out how to live her new life is funny to read about, especially her new obsession with Coca-Cola. Her passion for interior design is also something different and new to read about. The transition was difficult for her at some points in the story but she was always determined to adjust quickly. Isadora was an entertaining character to read about and kind of inspired in some ways to be tougher in life, but not so tough to the point where I couldn’t let anyone in, which is something she learns to do while she is away from home.

There is also a romance aspect in the book, but of course Isadora’s stone heart and stubborn mind does not allow things to flow smoothly like the River Nile with her love interest Ry. Isadora claims she does not believe in love and Ry wants to help her get over that feeling so she can learn to love, not just romantically but to also learn how to appreciate her family.  Reading and watching them converse with each other through constant banter and moments of intense affection definitely entertained and was a nice touch in the midst of Isadora’s story.

During the second half of the book things start to get more serious and dark when a dark and brooding force is threatening Isadora, her brother’s family, her godly family back home, and even haunting her dreams. Isadora must make the choice of remaining the stubborn girl she is and not caring about the threat that is endangering her family or give in and allow herself to love her family, and fall for the one boy who cares enough to try. I absolutely loved this book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is the least bit interested in magic and Egyptian mythology.

Rating: ★★★★★

– Sarah

 

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