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.
First Sentence: When I was a little girl, I still believed I was part of the world’s secret magic.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Kiersten White’s books are either a hit or miss for me. I disliked Paranormalcy with a passion because of the annoying main character, but I enjoyed reading Mind Games because hello, assassins (even though the book didn’t have any assassinating at all). I don’t know how I’ll feel about The Chaos of Stars though – all I know is that I’ve seen tons of mixed reviews on the book, but add a pretty cover and I will definitely read it. However, since it’s a Kiersten White book, I did expect the book to be at least a little fluffy.
The first couple of chapters of The Chaos of Stars was quite enjoyable, if not a bit confusing (if you don’t know a little about who’s who in the Egyptian myths) to read about. Isadora was relatable because of her similar family issues and I understood her desperate need to escape from her family. However, as I slowly read on, The Chaos of Stars slowly went downhill. Don’t get me wrong – The Chaos of Stars is still a good book – but just not really my style.
“Whatever. What’s the point? Nothing lasts forever. Relationships only hurt.” (ARC 120)
The first thing that stands out to me about The Chaos of Stars is that it’s a book about Egyptian mythology. Here’s the thing though: there’s only two things in the book that really focus on Egyptian mythology – the names of the Gods in the book (there are so many Egyptian names to remember!) and the small snippets of a different Egyptian myth at the beginning of each chapter. Everything else in the book is basically, well, family drama and romance. That’s the best way I can sum it all up. It is disappointing really because I wanted to read The Chaos of Stars due to the fact that the majority of the book was supposed to be about Egyptian mythology, the only kind of mythology that I haven’t read about.
Call me silly, but I didn’t actually expect there to be a romance or a love interest in The Chaos of Stars. The summary tells us readers that the book only talks about Isadora’s messed up family – in fact, none of the summary hints to anything about a romance. Well, there is romance in the book. In fact, I’ll say that the romance plays a huge part in The Chaos of Stars, simply because Isadora refuses to fall in love with her love interest because she got burned by her parents’ love for her before.
The whole “I am determined not to fall for him because love is bad” thing kind of got annoying after a while. Readers will easily know and figure out that Isadora feels the opposite of hate for her love interest, Ry, when she constantly pays attention to him, notes what he’s doing, thinks about his very handsome looks every time she sees him, you know, all those mushy feelings you have once you fall in like with someone. I just wanted to grab her, shake her, and scream at her to just accept it.
Butterflies are stupid, fragile things that have beautiful and tragically short lives. Electricity kills people. I don’t need a new person to suddenly spring up under my skin and push out who I was, who I’ve already decided to be. (ARC 147)
Like some other young adult books out there, Isadora does curse, but she has her own version of the curse word. When Isadora uses the f-word, she literally says “floods” instead. Yes, I’m dead serious. At first, it wasn’t annoying at all, but after seeing that for a while and sometimes seeing it used for no apparent reason at all, Isadora’s “floods” habit slowly started to annoy me. (Why does Isadora say “floods” anyway? Is it because of the Nile river in Egypt? I want an explanation!)
The major downfall of The Chaos of Stars was that the climax of the book was in the last forty or so pages. Yes, I’m serious, the climax was in the last forty of so pages of the book. There was a mystery component of the book that discovered in the beginning and was solved in the last forty pages – aka where the climax is. The middle of the book consisted of romance and two very short “oh no, what happened?!” incidents revolving around the mystery component of the book. Yeah, floods.
Chaos take him. I’m done. (ARC 29)
If it was up to me, I’ll categorize The Chaos of Stars as more of a chick-lit and romance book than a mythology book. (I still don’t know why goodreads didn’t mark romance as one of the genres The Chaos of Stars has. It’s like Halloween without the candy.)
Will I recommend The Chaos of Stars to anyone? Sure, if you’re looking for a fluffy chick-lit book with a cute romance. (Man, I still grin like a fool when I think of that scene with Ry in it.)