“Okay, I will admit, got off to a confused start because I know nothing about Greek mythology much less Egyptian and the names and implications that I probably should know a bit about the backstory threw me for a bit, but I soon figured out the important pieces. I was sent for review though, so I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I need to be more patient when I start books and allow the story to be set up and evolve. I almost gave up on this book but Ry was too cute and interesting and the mystery intrigued me enough to continue. I eventually even liked Isadora because she finally got over herself and began to mature. I did like the Egyptian mythology since it was different.”Sydney wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Okay, I will admit, got off to a confused start because I know nothing about Greek mythology much less Egyptian and the names and implications that I probably should know a bit about the backstory threw me for a bit, but I soon figured out the important pieces. I was sent for review though, so I kept reading, and boy am I glad that I did.
Things really picked up for me once Isadora came to the US. I came to appreciate her voice even more, and I liked that she was tough, I loved her snark, and I also admired the vulnerability under it all. It is fun to see her adjusting to the culture, and always lends a light moment. I can't imagine coming here and really only cultural experience is from tv or a teen movie, lol.
And oh man, do I wish there were a picture of Ry. My imagination does a pretty good job, but I feel for the slightly antisocial, hot and secretly sweet and amazing guy. It was hard to see how Isadora held love and friendship at arm's length though because she didn't want to get hurt and was convinced that love would end and wasn't worth it.
Also, Tyler was amazing. She is also "working" at the museum and she takes Isadora under her wing. She is just this side of awkward which makes me connect with her immediately, because that could describe me.
The characters are amazing, I loved every interaction, serious to funny, and always wanted more. Isadora was unique in her culture, the way she grew up with gods and goddesses but is not one, and also that she has a passion that comes through, her interior design. I love how that was a theme throughout the book and also kept Ry in the picture even when she decides that she is attracted but doesn't want to have a relationship but doesn't want to get hurt. There is action too, and that kept things moving.
It was also a lot of fun to see the relationship between Isadora and her parents, especially her mom Isis evolve. They learn so much about each other, and that was a great plot element.
The ending was well done, and glad it tied up things pretty well. I am still really eager to get the next in the series.
Bottom Line: Great characters, so glad I picked it up.
“A fun chocolately filled book which delighted me. Mythology retellings are one of the few things that I really like. I was happy to see that this was very original and a fun way to tell a story. The Isis myth is one that I don’t get to see much as most of the retellings these days are from the Greek pantheon, not the Egyptian pantheon.
What I like is that Isadora seems like your typical teenager who is having parent issues and sometimes we don’t feel like we fit in. In Isadora’s case having a mother who is a goddess is suffocating for her. I mean Isis is one of these woman in mythology who is very powerful and successful in getting her own way. Isadora’s mother is someone who wants her daughter to be happy, but has a gift for making Isadora feel like she’s only around for her mother’s will. I think a lot of us feel like our parents don’t understand us or what we are going through. Isadora’s dreams warn of danger. Yet her mother decides to ship her off to her brother Sirius’s place.
Things get mighty interesting for Isadora when she decides to spend time in California with her brother Sirius. Sirius has been keeping his life a secret from the rest of his family. I felt that Sirius and his wife were just what Isadora needed. Isadora finds that going to a new place is good for her to grow as an individual. Isadora makes some friends. Having friends is one of the things that Isadora needs to grow. Tyler and Ry aka Orion really have fun and let Isadora into their circle. Isadora finds that she enjoys their company.
Plus the romance that happens between Orion and Isadora really was interesting as Isadora fears that being in love with someone will only lead to hurt and pain later on. Yet Orion tries to make her see that love is one of the greatest feelings a person can have. I think Orion sees things much differently as he feels very different towards being in love. As Isadora and Orion start to see each other they begin to have feelings. Feelings that are wonderful to experience for the first time. I thought that this relationship was really sweet and fun to read.
As the book progressed I felt like the last part of this story really had a lot of fun twists and gave us some really wonderful mother/daughter moments that were just really nice to see as Isadora and Isis always seem to be butting heads, but come together as a family. Family is important and a wonderful thing to have. Sometimes we need to almost lose it, to appreciate it.
I really enjoyed this book.”
“As the mortal daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris, to say that Isadora's life is complicated would be an understatement. While most of her family will live for eternity, she has been designing her TOMB since childhood. She's more than a little bitter, especially considering the strained relationship with her parents as it seems they only had her to have a built in worshiper to guarantee their own continued godhood. So when her mother gets pregnant with her "replacement" Isadora decides she's had enough and moves to the States to live with her other mortal brother. But life isn't any easier there as a dark cloud seems to have followed her, and being a mortal surrounded by gods has never been so dangerous.. or deadly.
I have to admit that I almost did not finish this book. Don't get me wrong, there were parts that I really enjoyed, but I had a really big issues with the narrator, Isadora which at times made it difficult to continue reading since everything was colored through her eyes. She was so selfish and grated on my nerves like nails on a chalkboard, at least for most of the book that is. She did slowly start to change her attitude some as time went on, but honestly that too little, too late for me by that point. She was just so convinced that her perception of things was the only possibility and refused to even think of seeing anything in a different light. This in turn led to really terrible relationships with her family and in my eyes made her little more than a self entitled selfish brat. You may be asking why I did decide to continue on with this book even after my very strong issues with Isadora, and honestly the answer to that was easy. The side characters and the mythology thankfully outshined her. I have to admit that the side characters were so strong considering this was a first person narrative, so we only get to see them through Isadora's eyes, but they were. I especially loved Tyler as she was the sweet and spunky best friend determined to set Isadora up with Ry. And Ry, well I could go on and on about him since he stole my heart pretty early, but since he is one of the best parts about the book, I'll leave it at that to avoid giving too much away.
Now, onto the mythology. I feel like I should start with a disclaimer that I have always been incredibly fascinated with Egyptian mythology, so of course this book really jumped out at me. That being said, I enjoyed how the mythology was played out. Granted there was one issue that I wished had of been explained a bit better, and that was the mortality of the god's children, like Isadora. The only mention made was that after some naughty behavior from some of the younger gods, that perhaps it was better to not create any more gods. But there still was no real explanation as to how two gods could possibly have mortal children, or why they would consistently have another every 20 years. But putting that aside, I especially enjoyed the balance between the new and the old explanations of the mythology. Each chapter would start with a short tale of the ancient past and how the gods came to be in their roles, and then it would continue into a short modern section where Isadora explained how that tale then related to the modern version of the gods and her parents. I just felt it was really interesting how the old and the new were tied together, and made it really right up my alley since I'm such a sucker for Egyptian mythology.
While this review was rather easy for me to write as I felt I had a lot to say about this story, and I probably could have continued on even longer, I am having a very hard time deciding how to rate. THE CHAOS OF STARS is one of those books that I both loved and really hated at the same time. Perhaps hate is a bit strong, but I definitely had strong feelings against her. And yet I was so captivated by the rest of the story. If I could rate it separately, I would give Isadora's character a one star, and the rest a 4.5-5 star rating. I guess the best thing to do would be to take an average of the two and go with a 3 even if it isn't quite the best representation. So I'll end by saying, THE CHAOS OF STARS was an enjoyable read with an excellent use of mythology and secondary characters, but readers should be warned of the grating narrator.”
“I'm a fan of Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series, I loved Evie, the unique world she lived in and more importantly, the dialogue and KWhite's writing voice, she's frickin' clever with her lines and I love her brand of snark! Her upcoming YA novel, THE CHAOS OF STARS, didn't disappoint me, its theme about familial loyalty pulled me in and I'm sure Isadora is someone a lot us can relate to regardless of our age.
Like most YA Fantasy novels, THE CHAOS OF STARS based itself on a popular myth. This time around, KWhite added a spin to the Egyptian pantheon. Isadora is the nth daughter of Isis and Osiris, she's seventeen and feels neglected by her parents and at the same time suffocated by Isis' controlling ways. So like most teens, she tried to escape only to find out that family is family. On top of this minor family crisis, their pantheon is threatened by an unknown entity and the fate of their dysfunctional family is in the hands of Isadora but will she make it on time or will her efforts be for naught?
Aside from the gorgeous cover, right off the bat, THE CHAOS OF STARS had me laughing with Isis "mourning" Osiris' death, all the while Osiris is in the dining room, reading the paper in his robe and mummy wrapping. Aside from the novel being an easy read because of it's straightforward story telling style, it's also interspersed with amusing mythical anecdotes about the Egyptian pantheon and Isadora's prophetic dreams about an impeding threat to their family. Isadora in particular is such a delightful heroine to read, she's rebellious, headstrong and very witty. Isadora is in that stage where she wants to be an adult, craves independence, finding her identity by foolishly going against her parents and not really paying much attention to the love and care they're trying to give her.
Despite its mythical influence, THE CHAOS OF STARS felt normal and non magical for the most part. Even if Isadora is the daughter of powerful immortals, she's human like us albeit more learned. KWhite didn't put a lot of stock in Isadora's lineage, we won't see super charged demigods nor will we see Osiris and Isis exercise their God powers. They seemed very normal and I actually liked how grounded KWhite made her characters even during the main conflict. There's no hocus-pocus, no ritualistic sacrifice, no potions or anything of the sort, it was a matter of the villain coming out in the open and Isadora rushing off to save her parents and the fate of their pantheon.
THE CHAOS OF STARS has an easy and comparatively simple plot mostly because it feels more contemporary and less fantasy. Another thing that I really liked about this was KWhite glazed over the romance part. Isadora has a love interest in the gorgeous Greek poet, Ry, but it was more of a crush than a shot at first love or anything like that. Ironically, Isadora has commitment issues and I loved how Ry didn't push her and was content to just hang out with the Egyptian princess and sincerely tried to get to know her. And I really liked that because that's the norm with teen relationships not the crazy love triangles and the dramatic histrionics we usually read in YA-Fantasy. There's a twist to this budding romance but for the sake of not spoiling your reading experience, let's just say that Isadora isn't alone in her plight.
I really enjoyed THE CHAOS OF STARS and its inherent message about family, love and loyalty. I loved its simplistic way of telling the story by keeping the story focused on Isadora, her angst, the pains of transitioning from a young adult to a new adult. The sparks of first love, friendship and finding oneself. And most important, I love the theme of mother and daughter relationship and the ebbs and tides it goes through. KWhite is a great YA go-to and for sure, you'll see me taking more shots of her.”
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Great book filled with mythology, humor, romance, and adventure.
Opening Sentence: When I was a little girl, I still believed I was part of the world’s secret magic.
Isadora is your average 16 year old girl except for the fact that her parents are Egyptian gods. Her mother is Isis the goddess of motherhood and her father is Osiris god of the underworld. Even though her parents are immortal Isadora is not. Isadora grew up thinking she would be immortal, but once she learned that wasn’t ever going to happen she started to resent her parents for it. She felt that they didn’t love her if they didn’t want to keep her forever. After that Isadora vowed to never let anyone into her heart again so she could never be hurt like that by anyone else.
Isadora’s mother is now pregnant again. Her mother has been getting dreams that prophecy Isadora getting hurt, so she decides that Isadora needs to leave Egypt until the baby is born. So she is sent to live with her brother Sirus who lives in San Diego. Isadora couldn’t be happier about leaving and she hopes to never return to Egypt ever again. Her mother has set up a job for her working at a museum that has a special section on Egyptian Gods. While working there she makes some new friends. While struggling to adjust to her new normal life Isadora starts to get haunting dreams as well. In her dreams her mother seems to be in danger but because of her bitterness towards her family she decides to not say anything, and the consequences could be greater than anything she ever imagined.
Isadora is a great character. She has a funny, spunky attitude, and a great voice throughout the book. She has some really funny dialog and I found myself laughing at her character quite often. She is totally gorgeous, but she isn’t stuck up at all. She is very artistic and she loves interior design. She does have some flaws, one of them being that she has a really hard time learning to love others. Because of her childhood she has decided that she won’t let herself fall in love with anyone. As she starts to open up to her friends you get to see her vulnerable side. She grows and learns so much about herself. I really loved her as a character and connected well with her.
Tyler is the first person to befriend Isadora once she moves to San Diego. Tyler is a girl that is about the same age as Isadora and she also works at the museum. Isadora instantly likes Tyler and her funny corky personality. Tyler is sweet and really funny. She doesn’t care what others think about her and she is very confident in who she is. She is a really great influence and friend to Isadora. I really enjoyed her character and I thought she was a great asset to the book.
Tyler also introduces Isadora to the beautiful Ry. Ry is an interesting person. He is a total Greek hottie with olive skin, dark hair and striking blue eyes. He is always writing in a journal he keeps and seems to be oblivious to everything that is going on around him. He instantly takes a liking to Isadora, but of course she is cold and keeps her distance from him. But he is very patient and prescient with Isadora and I thought it was so cute. His views on love are very different from Isadora and he really tries to help her cope with the pain and hurt she has felt all these years. They have really cute chemistry and I just loved them together.
I really enjoyed this book. The mythology was very interesting and different than most YA mythological books. I thought that characters were very entertaining and fun. The plot was intriguing and had some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. The humor was great and I found myself laughing most of the book. The book flowed really well and it was a fast light read. I have read other books by Kiersten White and I have really enjoyed all that she has written, but this would be my favorite book of hers so far. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mythology or a fun light YA read.
I follow her line of sight to a guy sitting in the curved hollow where two tree trunks meet, furiously scribbling in a black notebook. His hair is one shade away from midnight, worn a little long so that it curls just above his eyes. He’s wearing khaki pants and a pale blue button-up short-sleeved shirt, showing off some seriously beautiful olive-toned arms. Wires dangle from earbuds and he hasn’t looked up to see us yet.
“Boyfriend?” I ask. I hope she doesn’t decide to have lunch with him instead. I definitely don’t feel brave enough to go buy something on my own.
Tyler laughs. “No. In fact, I feel a little dirty because of my occasional lustful thoughts, since I’m taken. Still, I can appreciate beauty, right?” She leans forward, so far that I worry she’ll lose her balance and topple right off the bridge. “Hey, RY!” Finally he looks up.
Floods, I have never seen such eyes.
They’re crystal blue, a shade that shouldn’t exist on the human body, a shade I immediately crave, a shade that makes my heart beat a little faster—almost as if I recognize it. I want to steal it, paint it, throw it into every room I ever decorate. It’s the most perfect blue I’ve ever seen. Even from this distance his eyes are simply remarkable.
He pulls out his earbuds and smiles, a dimple on one side but not the other, though it looks like he’s not quite focused on us, like his eyes are seeing just past us. He waves, and I have to admit Tyler is right about “appreciating beauty.”
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Chaos of Stars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”