Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Chaos of Stars: By Kiersten White



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.


First off I’m a sucker for a book with myths and gods in it. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse, you name it. I don’t know why but I tend to have a soft spot for them. That’s not saying I will automatically love books that use these myths as building blocks or its gods as characters, all it’s saying is I usually am attracted to them and give them a little bit more patience when deciding if I liked them or not.

In this case I didn’t need the extra patience.

The Chaos of Stars is a great YA book. It’s much less a book about the gods and mystic abilities, as it is a story about the changes in family life when a newborn is on the way. The story centers on Isadora’s feelings of being shoved out of the family with the arrival of a new baby. On top of that are Isadora’s conflicting feelings of wanting to rebel from her mothers wishes and missing home. There is also a love story element that readers will enjoy and that helps move the story along, but the crux of the emotions being played out are ones of a typical teenager. What makes The Chaos of Stars interesting and different though are White’s creative background to the story, the fact that Isadora’s parents are not accountants and teachers but are instead actual Egyptian gods, Isis and Osiris, and that the reason they continue to have children is to continue there very existence, as their power and survival is based on belief in them. On top of that White has a fantastic writing style that will suck readers in from the first pages and keep them glued there until the last word.

All in all, White is fantastic at taking imaginative and intriguing worlds and telling a story based on normal teenager emotions that readers will relate to. She did a fantastic job in her Paranormalcy series and she again does a fantastic job of it here in the Chaos of Stars. If you’re looking for a book where you’ll relate to the characters and the emotions, yet want a bit of magic in the story, then this is the book for you


Publisher: HarperTeen

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