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Ancient Egypt and Mortals: A Review of THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White

Posted by on September 7, 2013
The Chaos of Star 
Kiersten White
288 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

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’s your average teenager. Her family on the other hand, is not. Being Egyptian gods kind of singles you out, don’t you think? And being a mortal child to the goddess of rebirth and the god of the underworld, also means you don’t mean much. It’s complicated.

So when Isadora gets a chance to stay with her brother in San Diego, she goes quite happily, but America is nothing like it seems. With the constant dreams of darkness and the strange happenings going on, Isadora learns that the no matter where she goes, her past will always shadow her.

There are those books that leave you astounded when you turn the last page. And then there are the books that make you shake your head at how it failed to meet your expectations. This book just so happens to be the second type.

As you all know, I devour mythology books. They’re one of my favorite subgenres of YA, so imagine how happy I was to get my hands on a copy of this. But THE CHAOS OF STARS disappointed me. Fortunately, not as much as some books have.

There were times when I cringed at how lame some of the dialogue was. And actually shut the book when our main character complained. Yes, I like a couple of characters that have a tendency to complain occasionally. Isadora on the other hand tended to whine about her mortalness on pretty much every page.

THE CHAOS OF STARS isn’t that bad though, I found myself smiling at some of the remarks Isadora’s friends made. The mythology part in the story was actually pretty great, Kiersten White weaves Egyptian tales into the story perfectly.

With that said, although THE CHAOS OF STARS was a novel that didn’t go over the top, it still managed to satisfy me. Should you pick it up? I’d say give it a try – but don’t expect anything serious. It’s more of a light, lame-funny kind of book. Oh well.

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  1. I’m very much against the whole ‘feel sorry for me’ main characters. I like main characters to me strong and complaining every 5 seconds is a big turn off. Saying that the story does intrigue me so and I think I might pick it up (and of course that cover is amazing!!).

    I love mythology and as you said that was a good point in the book. It’s a shame it didn’t meet your expectations.

  2. Isadora did whine way too much for me. She seemed really juvenile towards the end, and I couldn’t connect with the romance. But I totally agree that the Egyptian myths were great. White did an excellent job with the lore! Great review, Asma :D

  3. I’ve been hearing such mixed things about this book it has me worried. I’ve loved all of White’s other books, but this one seems to be disappointing so many people I’m scared.

  4. I just finished this one and pretty much felt the same way. I also wish that the mystery would have been a little bigger of a pay off, but at the same time some of it was pretty darn funny and I still enjoyed it even if I didn’t love it. Great review!

  5. I have it preordered cause when I saw that it had Egyptian mythology in it, I just had to! I’m hoping I’ll manage to enjoy it more than you did!

  6. I was really looking forward to this book, but complaining characters always ticks me off. It’s so frustrating! Plus it drags the narrative. I’m still interested to read it, but it sounds disappointing. :/

  7. Aw, it’s too bad you didn’t enjoy this one more, Asma. I love mythology but am a bit hesitant to give this a try just because I’m not as familiar with Egyptian mythology and don’t want to be lost if different gods are mentioned. It’s also a shame that Isadora is so whiny.

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