The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

September 4, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 14

chaosTitle: The Chaos of Stars [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Release Date: September 10, 2013
In My Opinion: Don’t even touch it!
One Line: The main character was really annoying and the story was pretty dull.

About the Book: 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 in the Stars was yet another disappointing read for me this summer, or this year, rather. I usually adore Kiersten’s writing and she usually writes interesting and engaging stories, but this book was a bust for me. While I did appreciate the Egyptian mythology aspect of the story, and I loved the little blurbs at the beginning where you learn more about the Egyptian gods, unfortunately, the rest of the story was rather dull and uneventful. Also, I couldn’t stand Isadora.

Isadora is the daughter of the Egyptian gods, Isis and Osiris, but here’s the kicker: She’s mortal/human. Even though you eventually find out why they decided to make Isadora mortal, in a roundabout kind of way, I still didn’t like the way that aspect was handled. Isadora’s personality left something to be desired. She annoyed me much of the time and I never connected with her at all. Sure, she doesn’t feel loved by her parents and wants to break free and live her life, who doesn’t!? But she handles it in a childish way and I just didn’t like her thought process. My motto is, if you want people to treat you like an adult, act like one. When she eventually learns to grow up, I still didn’t care for her. The other characters were pretty boring and lackluster, too. Ry’s big secret was a no brainer and I didn’t care for the romance, or what was passing as the romance, at all.

Everything just felt very choppy and boring to me. I wasn’t interested in this at all and it was a miracle I managed to finish it. When the characters annoy me and the plot is dull and really doesn’t go anywhere, then the book is a flop for me. Nothing really happens! You get a explanation of her life in Egypt. Then she has to move to San Diego because her mother was having dreams that she’s in danger. Most of the book is her in San Diego, meeting new, and rather lame, people while griping over the fact that her brother has a pregnant wife he didn’t tell her about and the fact that he actually cares for their parents. Finally, the mystery is solved and rather easily taken care of, which was pretty anticlimactic.

I felt like this book wasn’t on par with Kiersten and the rest of her books and I honestly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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14 Responses to “The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White”

  1. Rachel @ hello, chelly.

    Wow, I have to admit I heard about this book and was sort of curious, but not enough to add it to my TBR list. But after reading your review, I think I will wait a long time to check this out (or probably won’t at all). I’m sorry to hear it was such a disappointing read for you!
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  2. Teresa

    You know how I felt about this one, I couldnt get through it and DNF’ed it. I just couldn’t handle Isadora at all! She was childish and immature and I really didn’t think her life was this terrible thing she made it out to be. Granted I didn’t finish reading so maybe I missed something, but I just couldn’t do it. Once she was mad at her brother for having a life outside her, I was done. I’m sorry you havent seen your brother in years, did you expect him not to have a family. And there was NO reason for her to be mad about him having a child!!! That was the point where I knew I just needed to stop. Thanks for the honest review!
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    • Vivian

      Haha, Ikr?! The cover was deceiving, for sure. Oh, thanks, I’ll have to give that book a try then!

    • Vivian

      Haha, yes I love the cover, but the book was a total miss for me. I think it was really Isadora that did it for me. She’s a total buzzkill and too immature for my taste.

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