Published by HarperCollins Australia on September 10, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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'sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.
The Chaos of the Stars is a book that I really wanted to love, but sadly didn’t. It is set in Egypt which is pretty much my favourite dream destination ever, and features Egyptian gods and goddesses, with the main character, Isadora as a daughter of Isis and Osiris. Unfortunately, something about the light, quirky re-imagining of the gods and goddesses just didn’t sit well with me.
I really enjoyed the beginning where Isadora pretty much describes her weird and wonderful godly family and their quirks. However I was already cringing a few pages in as she refers to her brother Horus as “Whore-us” throughout the novel and wife Hathor as “his drunken floozy of a wife”. There’s just some places you don’t go when it comes to gods and goddesses but nope, she went there.
I have read and loved Kiersten White’s other series, Paranormalcy, and really enjoyed the bright pink-loving Evie with all of her spark, quirkiness and hilarious wit. Unfortunately, Isadora pretty much walked and talked like Evie, save for her eternal angst and dark thoughts against her parents and family. She would be completely bitter at one time and then a happy go lucky light-hearted joker the next. It was a weird combination that didn’t quite fit. I didn’t see where all the hate came from especially since her parents didn’t really do anything against her except to fall pregnant with their next child. I’m glad to report that Isadora does come around eventually though.
To my dismay, the intriguing Egyptian setting soon gets replaced with stereotypical setting of America. Isadora promptly jet sets to San Diego and does the usual thing like fall into insta-love with Ry, and then it becomes a poorly developed, soppy romance, none of all of that initial intrigue and wonder I had with it.
Between every chapter, there’s a description of Isadora’s dreams (or what I think are her dreams or her random thoughts) as well as some mythology. I liked reading these segments, but there was no explanation or significance to the chapters. I didn’t quite see their place and wish they sort of tied in some way. While the rest of the book is filled with light drivel of no particular substance, without these segments to keep me going I would have probably abandoned the book.
The Chaos of Stars is a really light book that adds a fresh unique and humorous personalities to Egyptian gods and goddesses, but unfortunately I felt like the book was filled with drivel of no substance. I wanted more mythology and less insta-love and not the run of the mill US setting. It is a coming of age novel with humour and angst, but I wouldn’t read it for the Egyptian mythology alone, especially since it was applied with such a light hand.
The cover is beautiful though and I’m glad it’s a standalone.
Rating: 2 out of 5
I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.