September 15, 2013

Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 10th 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Format: egalley

Rating: 3/5

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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.

The Chaos of the Stars is a light read, entertaining, a little bit predictable and its main attraction (at least for me) was that it is about Egyptian mythology, I am not very familiar with it.

This book tells the story of Isadora, the mortal daughter of the gods Isis and Osiris, which lead a "normal" life with them until she learns that she will not become a goddess as her parents and older brother Horus, but a human who will follow the normal cycle of life and someday will die, when Isadora learns this fact she cries, make tantrums, get mad with her parents, etc.; therefore she needs to runaway from her parents and she manages to convinces them to send her on vacation to San Diego and there she´ll live with her favorite brother (who is older than her by 20 years), there she makes friends and begins to live a more or less normal, because until then she had lived with her parents, surrounded by Egyptian gods.

The story is told from the point of view of Isadora, which is not one of the best female main characters, since she´s self-centered, arrogant, whiny and somewhat annoying, so I did not liked her, what saves the story (at least for me) are the secondary characters: Ry is the romantic interest, Tyler is Isadora´s friend and Tyle´s boyfriend Scott, only for them this book is worth reading.

Overall it is a fun, light read, it has a good pacing and is entertaining. But the truth is that I expected more of the story, because I didn´t feel that the book was focused on Egyptian mythology, but I felt it more like a contemporary novel with the mythology as a background, as Isadora has minor powers, despite being the daughter of gods.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.


  1. I felt the same thing as you. This book felt more like a contemporary than greek mythology but still, I really enjoyed it!

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I have been curious about this one. It's a little disappointing there is not much of a story with such rick history to incorporate. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I just love the book's cover... so excited to read this one. Great review! :)

  4. At first, I was curious with this book since I love egypt mythology. But when I read your review especially the part that Isadora is "self-centered, arrogant, whiny and somewhat annoying" then...eng..yeah...I think I'm gonna postpone reading it for now. I'm currently in the mood for reading a kickass heroine :))
    Thanks for the review

  5. Hmm I was really excited for this book since I was intrigued by the idea of Egyptian mythology, and I haven't really read anything that was the same sort. I guess I could still give it a try although I'm not keeping my hopes up that I'm gonna love it, especially after you mentioned how the main character was. Haha :)

  6. This does sound like a fun book. I do enjoy crazy Greek mythology. It is crazy what they came up with.
    Thank you for your review.
    I hope to win/read/review it myself

  7. I do enjoy Greek mythology and the crazy things they came up with.
    It does sound like a fun book. I hope to win/read/review it as well.

  8. It's a shame this isn't too focused on the Egyptian mythology despite its setting. I feel like it could have been more awesome if it did. Thanks for your review!

  9. I'm not familiar with Egyptian mythology either but I'm open to finding out what it entails. I really love the cover work too.

  10. The Egyptian mythology part intrigues me, but I shy away from angsty heroines.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I just bought this book today, and I am looking forward to reading it. Like you, it was Egyptian mythology that attracted me to this book. I am a sucker for mythology lol
    Great review.

  12. Anything mythology related, and I am in. This sounds like a good book. Maybe not perfect, but definitely good enough for me to check out. And I love the cover!

  13. Isadora sounds like she would annoy me. I am still on the fence about this one. I am curious about it but not ready yet.