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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.

277 pages, Hardcover

First published September 10, 2013

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Kiersten White

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Kiersten White is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Star Wars: Padawan, the Sinister Summer series, and HIDE. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise. Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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April 24, 2013

DNF. I read about a quarter of it and my feelings went something like: boring, boring, boring, offensive, boring, boring... ooh, look, my cat!

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August 30, 2013
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The Accused: The Chaos of Stars' cast, writing, plotting

The Offense(s): Criminal waste of time, cover fraud, squandering a great premise, using cliches and juvenile writing

The Prosecution: Jessie, a disappointed reader

Opening Argument: Ladies and gentleman, I present to you a blurb that promises Egyptian gods, a creative new take for young adult supernatural fiction, and an interesting plot. The Chaos of Stars delivers Egyptian gods, sure -- but shallow, lifeless representations of them. Instead of a new, fresh plot, the same old tropes and themes are trotted out to the reader's exasperation. It is a boring affair - full of instalove, a cheesy romance, and lackluster execution.

Exhibit A: Isadora's lack of personality. Surliness and self-absorption do not a character make. She doesn't even qualify for antihero status. She's boring, she's immature, judgmental, and impossible to care about. If it doesn't directly concern Isadora herself, she is uninterested. It's hard to stomach such a badly-written character.

Exhibit B: The Chaos of Stars uses the same theme so many other young adult novels fall prey too - magical girl, who is beyond gorgeous (of course) must wrestle with familial expectations while trying to figure out what she wants from life. If you're going to use the Egyptian gods as your main characters, make use of them . Don't make them fade into the background until it's too late.

Exhibit C: The writing. It's juvenile. It's unpolished. There's no subtlety, no depth or any real emotion evoked in the nearly 300 pages of the book. You can skim the last 50ish pages and miss nothing. That is not good. There should be ethos, pathos, building tension, a dramatic conflict. There is sadly none of that to be found here.

Exhibit D: The plot. Where was it for most of the book? Your guess is as good as mine and I read the damn thing. For the most part, White focuses on a romance with an impossibly gorgeous Greek boy who is more than he seems to be (think about that for more than two minutes and you will have figured out a twist.) and who is in love with Isadora because...well... who knows.

Closing Argument: I was disappointed by this book from the beginning. For so much potential, the premise is neglected and the execution is lackluster. The characters are one-dimensional AND unlikeable or wooden, and the conclusion lacks emotion.

Verdict: Do not waste your time. It's not worth it, and you're honestly not missing anything by skipping this. Don't be lured in by that cover, or the promise of something original. There's none of that to be found in The Chaos of Stars.
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1,014 reviews1,051 followers
July 6, 2017

“But yes, love as cancer holds up quite well. Something that grows inside of you against your will and without your consent, slowly taking over more and more vital parts until it kills you.”

Well that was surprisingly enjoyable, funny, romantic and yes, super cheesy. The beautiful cover doesn’t quite match the preceding descriptions. I thought this was going to be a serious, epic fantasy book derived from Egyptian mythology but I’m very amused at the comic almost silly take on these supposedly intimidating Egyptian gods and their stories.

Admittedly, I wasn’t very encouraged at the Goodreads average rating but in the first early chapters, I’ve come across with Osiris reading a newspaper in Tagalog (the first language of a quarter of the Filipinos’ population) so I decided the book must be worth reading. Lol. The entire thing including the plot is entertaining. It’s something less critical readers would probably enjoy.

Aside from the childish repetitions in the writing, perhaps the downside to the novel is its length. Being short and a standalone for a fantasy novel, there wasn’t enough of the stuff we usually find in fantasies like concrete world building, sufficient background and stronger characterizations. There isn’t much depth to the plot either but as it is, it’s a pleasurable, romantic (but emphasis on cheesy) read if you’re up to something a little fantastical, a bit mythological, quirky, swoony and quick to read.

All these positive words, however, do not discount the fact that I’m too annoyed at the prettiness of both the hero and heroine. Of course there’s a reason they’re both so beautiful but still.

October 16, 2013
Actual rating: 2.5
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. Those feelings have no place in my life and I will not let myself be a fool in love, with love, let it take over and destroy me.
It would be so easy for me to list what I disliked about this book, and rant about what a little bitch Isadora is and how much I hated her, but it's not so simple as that. You will get no arguments from me that our main character is an easy character to hate, but I find myself empathizing with her more often than not.

Why? Because she was me, at one point. Because she could be your sister, your cousin, any one of a million teenaged girls out there, during those oh-so-troublesome teenage years. That is why I cannot find myself detesting her completely, because really, is any teenaged girl ever so perfect? I'm sure they can be, I'm sure there are plenty who are, but I know damn sure I wasn't one of them.

The plot: Isadora is the daughter of the goddess Isis and the god Osiris. Despite being the daughter of ancient Egyptian gods, Isadora is mortal, she will grow old, she will die, she hates it. There is not much she doesn't hate, actually. She is resentful towards her parents, her brother, her own mortality; when Isis announces that she is having another child, Isadora takes that as the final straw.
I feel a wave of bleak sadness, a desperate, gasping sort of terror. This new life coming to our house forces me to face my own impermanence in a way I try to avoid at all costs. I’m replaceable. Utterly, completely replaceable.
Isis has been having dreams, of danger to come. With her pregnancy, Isis is afraid that she won't be able to guard Isadora of any imminent danger, so she decides (or rather, Isadora connives) to send her daughter halfway around the world, to her brother Sirus in San Diego, California.

I know that the United States is a relatively new country, but Isadora's opinion of it is pretty harsh.
America has no culture. There’s no weight of history, barely even centuries to pull on people. You can be whoever and whatever you want, genealogy and history and religion as fleeting and unimportant as the latest trend in style that’ll be gone as quickly as it came.

America has no roots. Nothing here lasts forever. I’ll fit right in.
Once in San Diego, she is horrified at the prospect of yet ANOTHER inconvenient pregnancy, in this case, her brother's wife's incoming baby. It's like all these babies are conspiring to pop out of the place to diminish Isadora's existence in the world. It's damned selfish, these parents and their new babies and wanting to have them is so "self-centered," and "selfish." Isadora's also aghast at the fact that she has to work. It's a pretty cozy job, working to organize her family's donated Edyptian artifacts at the local museum. She meets new friends, a cute new boy with whom she is absolutely determined not to fall in love.
I think if I fell in love with someone, I’d never be able to breathe, never be able to function because of the fear.
Meanwhile, strange things are happening, her house is looted, she has strange, dark dreams. What is the danger she has been dreaming about?

Does that last question sound terribly exciting, terrible dangerous, terribly intriguing? That's because, as hard as I tried to make it sound more...exciting, this book really wasn't exhilarating at all. The mystery took a side stage to the antics of Isadora and her teenaged rebellion, her exploration of San Diego and its beaches, her interior decorating skills, Isadora's enjoyment of her newfound freedom, which includes cutting her hair, dying it purple, and eating all the sugar she can stomach, and trying not to fall in love with Ry.

The details of Egyptian myths were really well-explained, but they felt so completely out of place with the rest of the novel. It may be accurate, but it just didn't work well in terms of the plot. This book worked better as a contemporary YA romance than as a Paranormal or an Urban Fantasy, as it is categorized. The paranormal is so unnecessary and so light that I would rather classify this book in Magical Realism than anything else, because there is nothing grand or godly about this book and its characters, even the gods themselves. I wasn't drawn in by the danger, because it was so sidelined and so briefly brushed over by Isadora's uncaring attitude, and when it finally happened, the climax just fell flat because it was unexpected and nonsensical.

Isadora: I didn't like her, but I can see where she was coming from. I was a pretty hate-filled teenager myself, so I can see a lot of myself in her. I understood her feelings of hate towards her unborn sibling and niece, as an only child for years and years, I felt like my little sister was usurping my parents' attention away from me. Yes, it was selfish, yes, it's irrational to hate someone who's that tiny, who's not even born yet, but when you have been the focus of your parents for so long, it's understandable to project that hate and that anger onto something other than yourself. I'm not saying it was right, but I can empathize with Isadora's anger towards everyone involved.

It's also really grating to hear Isadora's adamant insistent that she will never fall in love. It's also understandably teenager. Her cynicism, her fear of getting hurt, it's all understandable. I'm not trying to excuse Isadora at all, but there is a process of growing up. It is scientific. It is a process of growing up. It is a mixture of brain chemistry, of hormones, of self-realization, and Isadora just has not reached that stage of maturity yet, for most of the book. But you know what? Isadora grows up, she does so far too quickly for my liking, but she comes to realize that she is wrong, that her fixed opinions may be incorrect, that her parents are not as uncaring and selfish as she believes them to be, that maybe being hurt isn't a bad thing, that pain is momentary, and love is necessary in the long scheme that is a mortal life.

The Romance: There's insta-love, but it didn't bother me so much, mostly because Isadora is so determined to suppress her feelings completely. She sees this boy, who is inhumanly attractive, and he's not a bad guy. Isadora comes to realize that she may be developing feelings for him...and she runs away. She makes it clear that she wants friendship only, and even if we feel her attraction for Ry, the potential teeth-achingly sweetness of the situation is tempered by Isadora's bitterness in intently shooting his attempts at romance down. I have to admit, Ry is pretty cute, even if he seriously needs to give Isadora some space.
“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
Great character development, not so good on plot.
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May 10, 2013
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I wanted to enjoy The Chaos Of The Stars, I really did. I loved the description and cover for this book but I can't bear to read any more of this drivel. I'm DNFing at 20% for my own sake because this book makes me want to pull out my hair.

Isadora is by far the worst protagonist I've ever read about. Compared to Isadora, Bella Swan is practically literary genius.

Yes Isadora is that bad of a MC. She made we want to cringe and roll my eyes on every single page. She is constantly feeling bad for herself because she's not immortal.
My parents brought me into the world to die. They didn't love me enough to keep me forever- they didn't even pretend like they did.

Every single page she's constantly nagging how she's not immortal and how no one loves her. She should be happy her parents didn't disown her or kick her out because she's so irritating. She's mad at her mom for having another kid but I don't blame Isadora's mom at all. Seriously I would need another kid just to help keep me sane after dealing with Isadora. Isadora always tries to be funny but she epically fails every single time. "No squealing babies sucking on my girls ever, thankyouverymuch."

God help any guy who wants to have kids with this girl! Seriously, you would have to be pretty desperate to fall for her. I really hope there's no romance in this book because no guy in the right mind would ever like Isadora. I constantly had the urge to throw my kindle while reading this book.

Another annoying thing Isadora does is constantly calling her cousin Whore-Us instead of Horus. You're not funny, stop trying. She also walks into an airport and says that she hopes that America isn't like this. What? She then says that America has no culture.

Thank you Isadora for being insensitive and ignorant! She also seems to lack a brain and check out this intelligent statement she made:
"Who knew that living in the real world included so many people?"

I can't read this any more because I feel like I'm rapidly losing brain cells. This book is absolute trash from what I read and I can't bear it any more. I can't comment on the plot because I only read 20% but there was also way too much info dumping.
The fourteenth, Osiris's penis, had been eaten by a fish. Industrious and deterred, Isis just made him a new new one. That magical penis went on to sire Horus, who carried on the good fight against Set and Chaos."
The magic penis. I really don't understand the point of this pointless anecdote. I really don't care at all but Osiris's penis and it's extremely irrelevant to the story. I can't even wrap my mind around why Kiersten White decided to include this in The Chaos Of The Stars.

I can't torture myself any longer so I am dnfing The Chaos Of The Stars. There is no chance I'm going to waste my time continuing this book.
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June 25, 2017
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy of this book.
3.5 stars

Here on Goodreads you'll see some fairly low ratings for this book, but I don't think they're necessarily deserved. I actually thought this one was pretty entertaining.
Don't go into it expecting it to be an epic journey into mythological Egypt. No, it's more of a story about growing up and realizing that just because your parents aren't perfect, doesn't mean they don't love you.

The older I (and my children) get, the more I understand my own mother. And by understand, I mean sympathize. She had no idea what she was doing! I don't mean that in a bad way, either. If you have kids, you know what I'm saying. I mean, everyone knows the basics. Feed them, take them to the doctor when they're sick, don't beat them, and don't sell them to strangers. Easy, right? Yeah. Not so much. Turns out there's a lot of gray area in there...
I have this friend (true story) who told me she was going to get Purity Rings for her sons when they started middle school. She was serious.
*crickets chirping*
When it was time to have the talk with my boys, I Googled 'penis sores/swollen testicles' and clicked on Images.
Then I told them to think about that the next time they saw a pretty girl!
What I'm trying to say, is that those are both equally idiotic ways to try to keep our boys from having sex before mom is ready for it. Also, we both love our kids, but there isn't really a guidebook for how to do this whole 'parenting' thing exactly right. It's a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of job, and there's no way to say or do everything perfectly.

But my way was better. Admit it.

Isadora has lived a sheltered life in Egypt with her family. Now, her family is made up of Egyptian gods and goddesses, so it wasn't exactly a normal upbringing, but she had a happy childhood.
Until she found out that her parents hadn't bothered to make her immortal. Nope. She was gonna die just like everyone else. Her father, being the ruler over death, had a nice tomb made up for her, though.
Screw getting a dumb pony! My daddy got me my very own sarcophagus!
It also seems as though her mother only had her in order to keep from fading. See, the gods only exist if they have people who worship and believe in them. So every twenty years her mom has a baby, and Ta-da! a new worshiper is born. Isadora comes to believe that she does this to basically ensure that there is always someone out there believing in her and the rest of her immortal family.

The final straw for Isadora happens when her mother announces that she's pregnant. She feels as though she's being replaced (sooner than normal), and decides that she's done with her whole wonky family. Especially her mother. So when good old mom starts having dreams about something bad coming their way, Isadora see her chance for escape. With the help of her aunt, she manages to convince her mother that it would be safer for her to go live with her brother in California for a little while. Except her plans don't include coming back. Ever.

Once there, of course, she meets an awesome guy who thinks she hung the moon. He's gorgeous, he's talented, and he's perfect for her.
Pssst. He also has a cool secret, but I'm not going to tell you what it is...
Except she still can't get past the fact that she's going to die someday. For some reason, she thinks that since her life will eventually end, then there's no point in falling in love.
I'll admit that was an odd focal point for all of the relationship drama, but I decided to just go with it. You know, think of it as a metaphor for all of the 'psychological damage from childhood' that we have to get over to become an adult.

Although, I find that most people who blame their childhood for the reason they can't function as a responsible adult are usually idiots looking for an excuse to behave badly.
For example (I know you've heard this one), "I can't be faithful to my spouse/lover because my parents divorced when I was 10, and now I just can't fully commit to anyone. *sob*".
For those first 10 years did they force you to live in a box and eat crickets or something?!
No? Ok, then. Suck it up and move on.

And that's the plot of Chaos of the Stars.
Oh, there's a bit of danger lurking in the background (the dream stuff), but it isn't the main part of the story. Don't expect much from it, and you won't be disappointed. On the whole, I thought it was entertaining, quirky, and different enough to keep me interested.

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497 reviews364 followers
September 13, 2013
I kept a rigorous set of journals from the ages of 12 to 15. I wrote in them almost every day - I even got my friends to contribute little conversations when we sat together in class or hung out together. I tried going through them one day sometime last year, only to discover how terribly juvenile they all were, but hey, I was a tween!

Reading The Chaos of Stars felt somewhat like rereading those old diaries. Difference is, Isadora was a full 5 years my senior at the time of writing those diaries. She still acts like a complete brat. Her voice is barely tolerable. I could give so many examples of her punch-in-the-face-worthy behaviour, but this one struck me as just completely ignorant:

I’m glad to be here. Thrilled. America has no culture. There’s no weight of history, barely even centuries to pull on people. You can be whoever and whatever you want, genealogy and history and religion as fleeting and unimportant as the latest trend in style that’ll be gone as quickly as it came.

America has no roots. Nothing here lasts forever. I’ll fit right in.

WOW. Yeah, this was excruciating to finish. At least it didn't take long. Isadora has got to be one of the worst YA female protagonists I've encountered in a while. Then of course she falls for an amazingly gorgeous Greek boy with the bluest blue eyes one can blue in a blue moon... guess who (or what) he really is? Hint: he's Greek. *facepalms*

The use of Egyptian mythology didn't wow me. Kendare Blake's Antigoddess (same release day, ho ho) is a much better representation of interesting application of mythology to YA. All in all, just strike this off your TBR list. I quite liked Paranormalcy, thought the next two books were pretty crap, and haven't made it through 5 pages of Mind Games. Maybe Kiersten White just isn't for me anymore.

And yet another gorgeous cover ruins my expectations!
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667 reviews716 followers
April 23, 2013
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I am hugely disappointed by The Chaos of Stars , mainly because I'm a HUGE fan of Egyptian mythology. But the book really fell flat for me. Let me break it down for you:

Isadora, human daughter of Egyptian gods, hates her family because she feels like they use her to generate worship so that they won't die.
Isadora moves to San Diego.
Isadora becomes addicted to sugar and Coke (Coca Cola.. not like... cocaine).
Isadora works at a museum and makes some friends there.
Isadora goes to American restaurants for the first time and enjoys the food.
Isadora does some interior design.
Isadora has bad dreams and ignores them.
Isadora tries her very best to not crush on a guy because "Love is like cancer".
Isadora works on a display for the museum.
Isadora eats more American food.
Isadora complains about how much her family sucks.
Isadora has more bad dreams that she ignores.
Last 5%: we finally get some conflict, which ends in 2 sentences. Then, the story ends.

What I'm trying to tell you is that nothing happens in The Chaos of Stars. For 95% of the book there is no conflict whatsoever. There's actually very little Egyptian mythology too. Other than the history lesson info dumps at the beginning of each chapter (which I'll explain later), the book reads like a contemporary book. It's just about a girl moving to America, meeting friends, hating her family, not wanting to fall in love, working at a museum, and starting an interior design project.

I will admit that I didn't hate The Chaos of Stars at the beginning. But small annoyances started to really wear me down over time, and I finally realized that the book was lacking an interesting conflict.. so, my enjoyment dropped significantly.

First, every single chapter starts off with a description of Isadora's dream that night and then a 2 paragraph "info dump" about some Egyptian mythology. I personally never like reading about dreams in books. They're boring and ultimately I just don't care. I didn't even need to read the dreams to understand the plot. I get that she's having nightmares and that they're trying to tell her something bad is happening.. I don't need to read 50 dreams to understand that. And then the history lessons just felt like filler bits to remind us that we were reading a mythology book and not a contemporary romance. I didn't feel like the bits of history actually contributed to the plot at all. There are a few relevant points, but ultimately, it didn't feel that important and the relevant ones could have been presented in a much better way.

Isadora was a painfully annoying main character. For starters, her favourite word is "Floods". She uses it instead of things like, "Oh my god" or "Holy crap" or maybe "Shit". She says "Floods" instead. I wasn't too irked by it at first, but after a while it really started to bug me. But more importantly, Isadora was just so bitter. She hated her family and thought they were using her, so that made her bitter about life, love, and relationships in general. Her outlook on life was, "What's the point of falling in love if we all die eventually?" She even went as far as to compare attraction to cancer:

"What is wrong with being attracted to someone? It's a natural thing."
"Yes, well, cancer is a natural thing, and we try our best to kill it.
"You're comparing love to cancer. I don't believe it."
—The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Finally, I just got so sick of her bitterness and "nobody cares about me" attitude.

I'm replaceable. Utterly, completely replaceable.
—The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

And then there's the whole thing with the dreams. At the beginning, Isadora's mother told her to watch out for bad dreams because she thought something bad was going to happen. So, naturally, Isadora has bad dreams, then DOESN'T tell her mother about them because she's mad at her mother. Of course, let's ignore a god, who obviously knows what she's talking about. And obviously those dreams do lead to something bad happening.

Overall I felt like every part of the book was predictable. I knew something was going to happen with the dreams and I knew The Chaos of Stars sorely lacked any kind of excitement or likable main character. There was no conflict for the bulk of the story (other than Isadora's "poor me, my family hates me" monologues) and when there finally was a conflict, it was squashed in two sentences:

I'm sad to say that this will be my last Kiersten White book. I've tried two of her books now and it's time to accept that we just don't click.
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March 1, 2013
as the human daughter of Egyptian gods.........Egyptian gods.....Egyptian
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April 18, 2017
This book is reminiscent of Rick Riordan's series on mythology, but unlike his, it's a stand-alone. That in itself is pretty refreshing, considering how everyone is writing series, trilogies, etc. It's so nice to pick up and read a book and actually have the story end with the final page. ^_^

I'm a fan of mythologies, so I loved the concept of following the Egyptians gods/goddesses and their offspring, with the setting being the modern world. I love the idea of them existing/navigating our time period. It's amusing in many ways, but also gives a story so much more history, so much more expanse of time, taking the gods of old and bringing them through so many centuries to now. I love history & mythology so much! So I of course loved that about this book.

I thought the plot was pretty decent. It flowed well, and took turns I wasn't entirely expecting, while some other points I did. While I wouldn't say it's the most engrossing book I've ever read, it kept my interest well enough and I never hit any boring points. It was a quick read in a world of ideas I loved, so I was happy with it ^_^

The characters were well done, our main character flawed, just as her parents are. You can understand her pain & bitterness, her past eating her up inside. I can relate to that on some things. So I think the part of this book I enjoyed the most was Isadora learning (with the help of Ry & Tyler) how to let go and learn to live. Not letting her past destroy her, but define her. Learning to live in the moment, and hope for the future. That can be such a hard lesson to learn sometimes, but it's beautiful when it happens. And I just loved to see her growth in becoming a more open, loving, strong woman. And I just loved Ry, and his constant pushing until she found her way there.

My rating for this book gets and extra half star for Isadora's growth and forward progress towards living the life her parents wanted her to have. So it's going to be a 3.5 stars from me :)
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June 28, 2013
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Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Harper Teen/ Edelweiss this has not affected my opinion of this book. I am also not a book archeologist or am claiming to be a doctor of any kind even though I have a JD which is technically a doctorate most people don't call me doctor unless they're my aunt.

From the Diaries of Dr. MJ---book archeologist: in LucasFilm's set for Ancient Egypt (hey, I need something more dramatic than my storage unit)

I made a strange discovery today on the job. I found a book. Okay, so I find a lot of books hidden in these tombs of forgotten books-but this book it hasn't been published yet. Why is an ARC in the Temple of the Forgotten? I must read it.

I read it. This happened.

Yes, my head really did explode. Or the little vein that's on my forehead popped a little bit. It was that bad.

As a book archeologist it's my duty to study how this book became what it is. It's a hard job, I know, but I'll do my best. I don't blame who tried to rid it from this world of its existence though. Might I recommend burning it next time because unless...

Oh, God, I can't believe I'm actually advocating burning a book. That's not me at all. Now I feel dirty.

I need to be scholarly. After all, that's what Dr. MJ is scholarly when she's not fighting the Nazis with a bazooka and finding lost antiquities....different archeologist. I only visit storage units.

So, how do I tackle this books awfulness. Let's start with the source: the author.

Kiersten White is probably best known for her Paranormalcy series which reads like a kid high on candy. I actually liked the first two a lot, but I never loved them like a lot of people did. I could never pinpoint why until now because of this book. After Paranormlacy was published White released Mind Games. The book was sort of a disaster. But it amazing that White tried something new, stream of consciousness, and that she wrote it in like two weeks (amazing, but it really shows). I had really high hopes for The Chaos of the Stars. I thought that without being on a sugar rush or the weird stream of consciousness that Mind Games employed, this might be the White book I was waiting for.

Boy was I wrong.

Instead, I found out what I hated about Paranormalcy because this book had the same proble: it was gimmicky.

If you take a part the few differences: Sparkly character replaced by sullen character, secret organization of paranormal hunters replaced with Egyptian compound, beep replaced with floods, girl moving to realty, they're very similar. Down to a lot of the same gags and humor. It's blatantly obvious here that White relies on her own tropes. Other authors that I like do this, but it's not this obvious. Take for example, Meg Cabot. You could make an argument that her characters are very similar, but each of her stories is unique and her tropes are altered more than changing beep to floods. Reading that just made me groan.

It probably also didn't help matters that I hated Isadora. I know why she was not a goddess because no one would want to worship this girl. She's horrible. She makes Bella Swan look like a happy character who loves life. That's how depressing she is. And she's just so self entitled. She hates her parents basically because she's going to die like...you know, everyone.

Get over it.

Seriously. That's her beef throughout the entire novel. And instead of trying to act all mature about it, what does she do dye her hair green and get a faux hawk and proceed to judge others on the beach and calls her brother Horus, Whore-us (real mature) .

I kid you not. She and her new friends also devote their times making fun of people in their swimsuits (in particular a pregnant woman).

A real sweetheart that one.

And of course because this is YA she's guaranteed a man-cessory who helps her break that hard bitchy exterior of hers (he doesn't, despite what White says). Let's describe Ry. He's described looking like Prince Eric and Evie Isadora keeps mentioning how blue his eyes are. There's a paragraph that's like blue, blue, blue (Oh, the art of the English language). And then bam, he's the descendent of Greek gods which is just completely random and irrelevant to the story except for the fact that White puts her foot in her mouth when she states that Greek and Egyptian mythology is the same thing.

Um, no.

They might share some similar elements, but they are not the same thing. The Osiris and Isis myth is completely different from the Persephone myth, for instance. The thunder god rules the Greeks, the sun god is in charge of the Egyptians. Greek gods for the most part were human figures, Egyptian gods often were a little bit more animalistic in appearance. I could go on, but I won't. And yes, White, I get your point that a lot of religions revolve around agriculture I read The Source for Mrs. R's World History class after all, but still different mythologies. And WTF was Ri the some of Aphrodite and Hephaestus was it just so that Isadora could get access to their Wonder Woman jet for the stupid climax?

You know what, I don't even care. It's the same thing with the whole basis of human spawns from two gods. There's no explanation for it. I'm just supposed to buy it.

And you know, I don't. I don't.

Maybe it's wrong for me to question things when I read, but I want some explanation besides the facts you found about Ancient Egyptian mythology Wikipedia. Seriously, the tone of the info dumps read like Wikipedia.

It was pathetic.

It's not difficult to breathe life into mythologies. Even Josephenie Angelini has done that to a degree in that shit storm, Starcrossed. The info dumping was hideous in that novel, but at least it didn't seem to be like a ripoff of Wikipedia which made the rest of the book feel disjointed. It probably didn't help matters that were just some random bizarre parts of the book. For example, at one point the main character talks about her dad's magic penis.

Her dad's magic penis.

That is one thing I don't want to read about especially in a YA book. And yes, I know she was retelling part of the Osiris book but...mind bleach please!

I think the info dump, the lackluster narration, and the illy placed dreams made the pacing in this book seem very awkward and just sort of ruined climax. I didn't really know what to make of it and wasn't sure if there was supposed to be a sequel or much. I really couldn't make sense of the plot if there was one because I just kept groaning so much. Like when Ry assumes that Isadora speaks Arabic because she looks Egyptian and starts randomly speaking to her in it despite the fact she spoke to him in clear English with no accent.

This book is best forgotten. It sort of reminds me of the term lemon (not the fan fiction term, but the term we talked about in several classes describing car or other product that seems perfect on paper but just falls apart once you actually use it). I understand why this book has been hidden in this temple of lost books. But it needs to be hidden better where no one can find it. Unfortunately, though I see many people falling for it like I did. But a White sucker I am no longer. Not after this.
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1,013 reviews1,881 followers
June 14, 2013
Clearly the gods of beautiful covers feel very benevolent towards Kiersten White. Her Mind Games cover is simply gorgeous, but this one is even better because it’s actually connected to the story. I love the night sky and all those stunning stars…

Okay, moving on to more important matters now.

When I first learned what The Chaos of Stars was about, I was afraid the pitiful sum of my knowledge on Egyptian mythology would cause me to do this book injustice. But instead of making me feel like the idiot I am, Kiersten White elegantly took care of that problem by including small mythology lessons with a humorous undertone at the beginning of each chapter. It is through them that I learned who is who and what is what, which helped me feel less lost and enjoy the story more. And what a story it was…

When your mother is a goddess and you an insecure teen, a healthy mother-daughter relationship is simply not in the cards. Isidora is the daughter of Isis and Osiris, but she is not a goddess herself. As a mere mortal, she knows her life will one day end, and she knows her parents could stop it, if only they cared enough to actually try. Feeling hurt and unloved, she decides to leave Egypt, convinced she would never return.

While in San Diego with her favorite brother Sirus and his wife Deena, Isadora finds her first friend and meets a boy she really, really likes. Trouble is, Isadora has long ago sworn off love and she’s determined not to allow romance to enter her life. But Ry refuses to be dissuaded. If friendship is what Isadora wants, he’s ready to be her friend. If it’s a living, breathing restaurant guide she needs, he can become one in a heartbeat. Their friendship and romance were rather enjoyable because I always knew Isadora would come around eventually – that certainty made me smile even when she was being extremely difficult and frustrating. Besides, even though her logic was seriously thwarted, I understood where she was coming from, which is all that really counts.

"He's a show-off, that's what he is. I don't give a mummified cat whether or not he can speak Arabic. I add show-off to my list of reasons why I will never like Ry in a way that would be dangerous. And then I'm mad that I even feel like I need to have a list, which is another thing to put on the list I wish I didn't have to have."

Even with the strong paranormal (umm, mythological?) element, first half of The Chaos of Stars reads very much like a contemporary. Isadora has to learn about the modern world and discover things she’d never had access to, which is especially fun. The second half is a bit more exciting, as Isadora finds herself in the middle of a power play as old as time itself.

The truly brilliant thing about Kiersten White is that she somehow changes her writing style for each new book and/or series. She truly is a writing chameleon, and each time her ideas are unusual and richly imaginative. The Chaos of Stars is by no means free of flaws, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nevertheless. It’s been a long time since I’d felt compelled to finish a book in one sitting so that alone is enough to make me grateful for this reading experience.

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976 reviews113 followers
November 28, 2014
First of all, I apologize for the extremely long review but I had so much to say! I hope it doesn't scare people off. *-*

I got this book really early from the lovely people at Edelweiss and HarperTeen. So thank you!
I couldn't believe it at first actually because I hadn't known about this book for very long. I saw it on Goodreads only the week before and my eyes almost fell out of their sockets because of the gorgeous cover (I might even buy the print book once it comes out because I love the cover so much) and the amazing description. "the human daughter of Egyptian gods" Yeah. I just knew I had to have it. I've been intrigued by ancient Egypt and their mythology for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, I started reading informative books about it. Very nerdy, but what can I say? I'm such a historu and mythology fan. Ancient Egypt (after reading books) was my first love. But surprisingly, I had never really read a fictional book about ancient Egypt until now. So far I've always read more about Greek mythology but I'm so glad my first one about ancient Egyptian mythology was The Chaos of Stars because I enjoyed it so much and Kiersten White did such an amazing job on it.

Initially, I was rather anxious to read this book because I didn't want anything to mess with my love for ancient Egypt. I didn't want a book to mess it up, if that makes any sense. And also because this is my very first Kiersten White book. I know her from her Paranormalcy books although I haven't read them yet and of course also her more recent Mind Games book, which I also haven't read yet, unfortunately, but I heard great things about all her books. So I did look forward to finally reading a book of hers.
Also another reason why I was a little scared to start The Chaos of Stars is that I saw a lot of mixed reviews of it on Goodreads. It was repeatedly 4 and 5 stars OR 1 star or even did not finish ratings. Personally, I don't get how someone can't finish a book this great but everyone has their taste.

The Chaos of Stars is about sixteen-year-old Isadora who's the child of gods. She feels that because, her parents didn't grant her immortality, that they don't love her and barely notice her. More importantly she doesn't believe in love in any shape anymore. When the opportunity presents itself to move from Egypt to San Diego, to live with her brother for a while, naturally she jumps on the chance to do so. Once in San Diego things seem more complicated than ever. She finds new friends and even a cute boy steps into her life but when dark dreams take hold of Isadora, it might mean the end of her family all together. Can she embrace her heritage before it's all too late?

I really enjoyed this book. I actually read it in 24 hours. Yes, that's right, one day! That never happens! I was sucked right into it because of all the egyptian gods and the mythology of it all. Although, I have to say that the mythology was more on the background and it was really about Isadora coming to terms with who she is, finding her place and how she fits into the chaos of her family. I loved reading about how Isadora fit into this family. We got quite a lot of information about the history of these gods. Everything that happened to them in the past and how it all came to be.

“Soap operas got nothing on my family history.”

This would've been too much if it wasn't for the brilliant way Kiersten White wrote it. She always gave us a little bit more information at the beginning of each chapter. We also stepped into Isadora's very dark and frightening dreams, that was also nicely done. Really, all of that, the information about the mythology in Isadora's voice which always turned a little funny at the and and the mysterious dreams I loved so much.

The characters were all very interesting from the gods themselves to even Isadora's friends and even the bad guys were amusing. Some I liked more than others but I especially loved the dynamic of Isadora's friends; Tyler, Scott and Ry. Tyler was hilarious. It makes me wish I could be her friend too. Her boyfriend, Scott was also so much fun. And, Ry, well, what can I say about him? He's just too cute. Definitely book boyfriend material! I fell for him because of how he writes epic poems, they way his eyes are so blue that Isadora sometimes asks not to look at her (*chuckle chuckle*) and of course to top it all of he had to have a dimple. Dimples are a big weakness for me! So, yeah, I love Ry. And there's more to him that meets to eye. ;)
Besides Isadora's friends I also really liked her brother, Sirus where she comes to stay with. He's really nice and I also like his pregnant wife a lot. I think they are just what Isadora needs. To see how much they love each other and how much they already love their unborn child. I feel they really had an impact on Isadora, even when she didn't see it herself.
My favorite god in this book was Thoth, he was awesome. He talked with bird puppets (or whatever you wanna call it) and seems a little bit looney but in the end he really got through for Isadora and protected her.
Another favorite aspect was, and this might be a minor spoiler but I just have to say it, there weren't only egyptian gods, oh no, there were also... wait for it... GREEK GODS! Greek mythology has been also kind of an obsession with me lately with all the awesome books about it. But yay, Greek gods. Since it's mainly about the egyptian ones, they were more on the background and don't find out about him until way later in the book. But it's perfect! Althought a little, little bit predictable. You'll know what I'm talking about when you read the book.

Outside of this book by favorite god is Set, don't ask me why because I don't even know it, he just is. But unfortunately he wasn't in this book at all except for the information about the mythology we got. So that was kinda a bummer because I was sure he was one of the bad guys with everything bad he did in the past. But oh well, that's just a minor thing to me.
I must say, however, that I wasn't too fond of Isadora herself in the beginning. I didn't like how cold she acted to her parents and they way she treated him. Though, I totally understand why. But, really, it was all one big misunderstanding. If only her mother had talked more about her to why they left Isadora mortal, things would've probably gone a whole different way. But then again, we wouldn't have had this great book if that was the case. Another slightly minor point to me was how I was a little confused in the beginning as to why two gods like Isis and Osiris would have kids that are mortal. Now I know how it all works but at the time I was not sure about it all.
Also wasn't too fond about Isadora's mother, Isis. But I did feel how much she did love her. Her father, Osiris, god of the underworld, was sort of an enigma to me but I'm sure he can raise hell (Ha. See what I did there?) if his family is threatened. And that's those are the only reasons why I didn't rate it a full 5 star read. It was a really good book but not quite that 5 star amazingness I would've liked to feel but it's still a favorite of mine now anyway.
Even though I didn't particulary liked Isadora, I warmed up to her when I read more. She's actually pretty freaking hilarious. Ex: she calls her brother Horus, Whore-us. I kept cracking up when she called him that. But I liked her the best when she was with Ry.

"I open my eyes to see Ry staring at me, and my desert soul erupts with turquoise water, floods and cascades and waterfalls rushing in around my rocky parts, pushing and reshaping and filling every hidden dark spot."

They were adorable together and I love how Isadora could be her own person with him. And I could totally see how much he cares for her. *fangirling again*
Their romance was so sweet and cute. How love how there wasn't any instant-love, however there was instant attraction to each other. That was such a relief to me because I was so afraid that I would have to deal with insta-love yet again. Luckily it wasn't so. They were friends first and although Ry has his own secrets they were good together. Their relationship really grew slowly and I love how Ry let Isadora see that love isn't all about hurting in the end. When she finds out about this secret things about Ry, my heart broke for them because she was so hurt and mad. It was so sad. But anyway it turned out fine in the end, especially when things start to really go bad and a bad person is after Isadora. Ry never stopped trying to protect or love her.
I gotta say this about the bad guys. They were great. And trust me, you'll be surprised to find out who the true baddie is actually. It sure took me by surprise. You think you know the way how a book is going to go, but then it goes entirely the other way. Gotta love that when it happens!

One of the best things about this book, after all the egyptian mythology goodness, was Kiersten White's graceful writing. I adored it. It was really beautiful at times!

“My heart is sand and Orion's cruel tide has washed it away from me, scattered it, lost it.”

I mean, seriously, there are some really enticing sentences that are so alluring I want to paint them on my bedroom walls, I am not kidding. So I'm definitely looking forward to read more books by this author. And I'm also hoping that The Chaos of Stars will get a sequel since in my opinion the end was open to suggestion a bit and I don't like that. I want to know more about all the gods (both egyptian and greek!) and especially see more of Isadora and Ry. So, please, Ms. White, write a sequel! =D

Overal, The Chaos of Stars is a captivating read about egyptian gods but also about love, family and friendship and not taking the easy way out, that everyone just has to read. Kiersten White has created such a perfect world, giving egyptian mythology an exciting spin but also presents interesting information about the mythology which her main character also gives a funny spin on in turn. The writing was perfectly done, enchanting even at time so I couldn't get enough of this story and hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I did.
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Shelved as 'to-read-maybe'
April 6, 2013
I will only--and I mean only--be reading this one if it receives four stars or higher from trusted friends of mine.

Rest assured I won't be holding my breath--nor would I release it having not known I was holding it, which is something White's characters seem to have an annoying habit of doing.
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452 reviews131 followers
November 7, 2021
Popsugar reading challenge 43. El libro de tu lista TBR con la portada más bonita.

Del libro me gustó ese pequeño extracto al inicio de cada capítulo, porque en ellos hablaba un poco de la mitología egipcia y fue interesante, para no saber nada 🤷🏻‍♀️

En cuanto a lo demás, es un no para mi. Es un tema que pudo haber dado para más pero fue muy mal llevado, al final lo central en el libro fue el romance (instalove más encima).
Las situaciones y como salían de cada cosa era aveces absurda y sin mayor profundidad.

Haciendo un resumen el libro se trataba de una de los hijos mortales de Isis y Osiris, dioses de Egipto, en tiempos actuales que por cierta situación se va a EEUU a vivir temporalmente con uno de sus hermanos.


Y aquí más que nada se tiene cerca de un 80% de libro de cosas como mi familia no me quiere, solo me tuvieron para usarme, es que no creo en el amor, etc etc. Hasta que en el 20% restante pasa lo que debió ser el tema central del libro, porque al ser tan apresurado, fue muy conveniente y demasiado sencillo.

Pd: nada que hacer, pero que portada más linda tiene 🤣🙈

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6,084 reviews215 followers
April 23, 2018
I can't tell if I had a migraine before, while, or after reading this book. Either way my head is killing me and I'm trying to figure out who I hate more or less than Isadora.

The Chaos of Stars was chaotic AF. Isadora was so god damn annoying that I wanted to punch myself for picking this book up. She was an angry, bratty, and a stubborn girl. Even though she has some character growth throughout the book.. I still hated the bitch. God, I would rather reread the whole Twilight series THEN watch all of the movies than reread this book.

Besides hating the MC, she falls in love with the gorgeous GREEK guy. Yes, that's in all caps because even that whole love aspect was annoying. I didn't really care about the romance in this book. I would rather watch paint dry for 3 days than read any more of this "romance" or "Isadora."

Overall, this book was a disappointment. I was so happy to dive into another Kiersten White boo after falling in love with The Conqueror's Saga but man.. this book was not for me. I'll definitely try another book/series from her.. but I have no idea when that will happen.
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505 reviews257 followers
October 24, 2019
I started off not liking the story, but I think I warmed up to the characters starting the 2nd half.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• The plot in general was a bit rocky at times. I think there could have been just a bit more depth. And don’t get me wrong b/c I love the mythology aspect. I think it is more the combining mythology with the modern – it could have gone smoother and could have been more well-rounded. Here is this child of the gods going to San Diego, making friends, working a job, and hating her family – idk something was missing for me. I usually like a more “campy” feel but I guess I couldn’t quite get the right note while reading it.
• Still, I have grown to warm up to the characters and Isadora’s journey by the end of the book.
• Tbh the reveals of the 3 main plot points with were predictable. However, the 1st and 3rd plot points were still enjoyable to see come to fruition.
• I thought Isadora was a little spoiled and naïve, but I am glad that she does become more appreciative by the end of the book.
• Ry is sweet. I like his scenes w/ Isadora. I like their friendship-romance thing going on.
• I also like the friendship group they had w/ Tyler and Scott. I didn’t think much of it for most of the book, but by the end, I can appreciate it.

Overall, the plot could have been better. It ran bland to me in the beginning, but it became better later on. I like certain aspects, like the romance and the family theme. Isadora became more likable when she finally understood her family better. 3 stars

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1,047 reviews100 followers
November 21, 2021
"You should study current events," he says, standing tall again. "Then you will know why the god of chaos still walks the earth, and never needs fear oblivion."

3.5 🌟
This was good, I really liked Isadora and her friends. Her family is totally messed up but we've all learned from Percy Jackson that having gods in the family kinda makes that a given.
I can't tell much without giving stuff away but I got a few thoughts. That gift of language is the coolest gift ever and I'm jealous! The deal with Ry was kinda obvious from early on, Tyler is amazing, I never really got a clear picture of Sirus or Deena but what I saw I liked. The development towards the ending was super fast. The beginning is slow (not too slow, it was the right pace for me) and about 50 pages before the end everything just exploded. Everything happened at once and it's all over in about 5 minutes jsut when Isadora's development takes a huge step.
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332 reviews326 followers
August 6, 2019
Entertaining but forgettable. This book focuses more on the romance and angst rather than the Egyptian mythology. It is better off as a contemporary than a retelling in my opinion.
Overall, it was an okay read!
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1,704 reviews286 followers
June 24, 2019
I do love me some good mythology and I also love me some Kiersten White. And in my mission to read everything by her, I came across this book that I bought awhile ago but never sat down and read. This was a really quick read and it was fun.

Isadora just wants to live her own life free from her family's shadow. But that's really hard to do when you're the daughter of Gods. But when her mother becomes pregnant (again) and starts to have visions of a growing darkness, Isadora gets her wish and moves out to sunny San Diego to live with her brother - far, far away from her crazy family. But she quickly finds out, you can never escape the family drama.

Like I said, this was fun. Isadora was whiny at times, but I chalk this up to her being pretty much sheltered her entire life. When she gets to San Diego it's the first time she's really able to do anything on her own. So I was able to forgive most of her whining. The romance was also really cute. I had guessed the twist from this early on but it was still fun to see it play out. And Ry was just all kinds of adorable.

But I have to say, my favorite part was the mythology aspect. Most books tend to focus on the Greek or Roman gods - and I'm not complaining about this because Greek gods are my jam - but it was nice to see White break apart from that and choose to focus on the Egyptian Gods which I don't know that much about honestly. I knew the main players - aka the parents and the cousin/brother person (yay Gods families). But I was really interested in the other Gods whose histories we got to touch on.

So yes, this book was very cutesy and pretty predictable, it was also just fun and easy to read and sometimes that's all you need.
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191 reviews164 followers
December 12, 2021
So I read through this book pretty fast, it is an easy enough story to read through. I liked this book well enough, that is about as big of a credit as I can give it.
I could not care less about the romance. Like, okay. That's half the storyline so if you're struggling to care about these two characters getting together, good luck getting through this book. It was cute enough, but this book is just so short that they barely have enough time to flesh out the relationship, and that's saying something given most of the book revolves around them.
The pacing of this story is absolutely wack. Pretty much nothing happens in this entire story until the last 20 pages, the first 20 pages are used to setup the story and family dynamics and then Isadora is already in America. There were a few (albeit widely known) Egyptian references throughout her time there that I stopped being convinced the author changed the setting of the story to one she actually knew as soon as possible so as to avoid too much strenuous research about what living in Egypt is actually like. But I mean, there's like barely any mention or description of her home from the outside so I'm still thinking it a little.
Everything exciting that happens happens all at once and unfolds all into the conclusion of the story. It all feels incredibly rushed, almost like I got whiplash.
This story was enjoyable enough to keep reading, if not out of excitement it's almost over. I really enjoyed the family-sitcom style of Egyptian gods and felt this author's writing style was percent for bringing that concept to life, but I can barely get over the "quirky not like other girls" constantly reinforced main character. God, we get it.
Also, the twist with Ry at the end? Completely saw that coming.
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2,274 reviews545 followers
April 21, 2013
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.

The Review:

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.

Notable Scene:

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.
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September 29, 2013


So what do you do when your mother, Isis is THE goddess of life and your father, Osiris, is THE god of death? As a sixteen year old, Isadora wants nothing more than for her parents that she literally worships, to pay attention to her. She also has epic family issues that make a soap opera look like child's play. Her aunt slept with her father and she has a half-brother, Anubis, who is all evil from that union. Her oldest brother is married to a drunken slut. Oh, and her mother has tried to kill the sun god, father of them all and has somewhat succeeded. When Isadora discovers that the room she has been decorating is actually her tomb, she freaks and has a major melt down when she realizes she is not immortal like her parents. Added to this, she has been having horrible dreams and her mother is also having them.

When her mother decides that she must go away, Isadora gets her unspoken wish and she is sent to her closest brother, Sirius, in San Diego. Her mother has also arranged a job for her at the local museum to display some of her mother's things, that Isadora describes as cast-offs, but in reality are priceless artifacts. There she meets Tyler, a girl who turns out to be something she never thought she would ever have: a BFF. Yes, Isadora is up on all the latest trends but has never experiences any of them in person. She also meets a sullen poet, Ry, short for Orion, the constellation she was born under. Ry quickly becomes the focus of all of her thoughts but since she feels that nothing is permanent, why should she ever fall in love? Even if the boy is handsome as a Greek god and makes her melt inside?

This is such a wonderful retelling of Egyptian mythology mixed with a bit of Greek. There is such a humorous undertone to White's writing that I just adore. Even though the background of the story revolves around ancient myths this is really a contemporary romance. There is also a mystery going on around Isadora and her family's power struggles. This just has the right balance of both to keep your interest and make this a super fast read. Parents: this is really acceptable for even pre-teens since there is no language issues, only a few kisses and a few instances of violence, which is less that what is on cartoons these days.
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Author 29 books5,609 followers
October 12, 2013
So nice to see the Egyptian gods getting some play! A fun story, and White's writing is excellent: you felt like you were touching and smelling and tasting everything Isadora was. I am not a romancy person, and this is a very romantic book, but I enjoyed it despite myself.

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2,119 reviews1,335 followers
August 27, 2013

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Although Kiersten White's previous novel, Mind Games, did not work for me at all, I still decided to give The Chaos of Stars a try because it has a stunning title, a gorgeous cover and a background brimming with potential. While the book started off with a lot of promise, it failed to live up to the maximum potential because of flaws in the characterization and the world-building.

The Chaos of Stars' main character, Isadora was not my favorite main character. Her personality was unlikable and her bitter attitude towards everything in life made it difficult to identify with her. Isadora is the human daughter of two immortal Egypt Gods. Because her parents refuse to make her immortal, she believes that they do not love her. Throughout the entire book, this was the main theme. Isadora whined and whined and whined about how her parents didn't love her and how she was forgettable. It got to the point where I seriously wanted to slap the girl a few times. It was clear that her parents were actually supportive of her and her mother constantly made sure that she was safe and sound, but because Isadora refused to get see beyond her judgmental and selfish views, she never saw the love that her parents cherished her with. What's worse was her perspective of love. Just because she refused to believe in love, she immediately made her opinions on those who actually believed in it. For instance, when she met her brother Sirius in San Diego after 15 or so years later and found out that he was married and his wife was expecting, she was literally disgusted. There were multiple instances like that where I just wanted her to shut up. In addition, she was so rude to Ry, the love interest and quite possibly one of the sweetest guy ever. She acted like a bitch with him because the guy was romantically interested in her. Only some of the secondary characters were fleshed out while the rest were uninteresting, bland and one-dimensional. However, I enjoyed the characters of Ry, Tyler and Scott. They were certainly the highlight of The Chaos of Stars.

The plot was non-existent. The major aspect of it only developed in the last 20 pages of the book and quite honestly, I thought it was a joke because of how silly the whole thing was. When you read a book based on Egyptian mythology, you expect some form of world-building. But not in The Chaos of Stars. Kiersten White failed to establish a rich and complex world. What we get as world-building is tons and tons of info-dump, which to me does not constitute of world-building. There were also multiple unanswered questions, some which I thought were critical to the story-line. I also had a gripe when it came to some of the humor used in the book. I thought that it was juvenile, insensitive and at times ridiculous. At one point in the book, Isadora compared love to cancer. That, in my opinion, was cold-hearted, callous and unnecessary. There was also some other story about her dad's penis, which I honestly don't have the energy to go and look up, because just mentioning it makes me cringe. I'll admit that the writing in The Chaos of Stars was thousand times better than the writing in Mind Games, but it still wasn't that enjoyable. It's a shame because I actually thought I was going to enjoy the book because it started off well. Despite my grievances with The Chaos of Stars, I did think there were some enjoyable elements to the book, namely the friendship between Ry, Tyler, Scott and Isadora. Unfortunately, even the sweet and fun moments between these friends weren't enough to compensate for its other faults. I think this is where my relationship with Kiersten White's books ends. Her books always are full of original ideas, but she fails to execute them to my liking.

From my review it might seem like The Chaos of Stars was an utter disaster, but it actually was not. It did have some entertaining scenes, but it could have been such an epic book had the issues I mentioned above not been present. While this might not have been my kind of book, do check out other reviews before deciding if you want to try it out or not.
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796 reviews1,232 followers
September 20, 2013
I've said many, many times before that I think Kiersten White is a good funk-breaker author. I look forward to her stories, especially when I have a lot on my plate, because I know I'll tear through them, they'll keep me entertained, and they'll jumpstart a good reading kick. They just get me in the zone; she has this quality to her writing that draws you along and makes you keep turning pages - even when it's flawed, it goes down like candy.

But surprisingly, The Chaos of Stars didn't quite get there for me. It was still candy, I still devoured it pretty quickly, but it was like the candy in the vending machine that wasn't quite what you were craving, but you got anyway because at least it was chocolate...

Read the full review here!
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445 reviews232 followers
June 28, 2016
In all honesty, I purely read this book because the "And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” quote kept going through my head (blame the severe WestAllen hangover I'm still nursing) and I needed to know what that was about. Based on friends' reactions I knew not to get my hopes up too high though and yeah, this is a mildly enjoyable but shallow story of how a rather dramatic case of teenage rebellion nearly caused the end of the Egyptian pantheon. And imo that quote is wasted on this particular couple.
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Author 24 books8,940 followers
December 16, 2015
First of all I love Ry, also his full name Orion. He's so sweet. Practically perfect in every way. Love the heroine's superpower of interior decorating. I was like, "Yeah, that totally IS how the room should be." I'm not great at it. I'm an I-know-it-when-I-see-it decorator and I'm never good at explaining it. So cool to read another YA about Egypt. Felt like I knew all these gods and goddesses really well and I can really appreciate the story more because of it.
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