The Chaos of Stars
By: Kiersten White
Published: September 10th, 2013
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
SynopsisIsadora'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
This book was absolutely exactly what I needed. After reading Omens (review to come) and loving it, I was a little bit scared to start a new book. But The Chaos of Stars delivered! It is definitely a short or 'easy' read, meaning it didn't take a lot of brain power to read. Which was perfect for me because my brain uses all its energy trying to keep up with university!
The book has a bit of a Percy Jackson-esque vibe to it but with less focus on epic plot lines and more focus on everyday life, struggles and emotions. I found it more interesting than some contemporary novels I have read, I think that little twist of Egyptians myths helped keep me interested in the story. When I was a kid I read every book on Egyptian and Greek mythology in my school library multiple times.
However, it was a little bit predictable, (I guessed the Ry twist very early on.) I also thought Isadora was a little bit too static, she was basically angry at her parents (mostly her mom) for the entire book and she didn't even stop to consider her parents point of view. I'm not 16 anymore but I'm pretty sure I listened to my parents back then (and still do)
Another interesting thing happened to me reading this book. A lot of the time I don't actually pay attention to a main character's name when I'm reading because I very rarely say their name out loud. I just read and my brain goes "this combination of letters = main character". This can be a bit awkward when I discuss books with other people and I get the name completely wrong. But I remember Isadora, mostly thanks to a very specific conversation between her and Ry.
Does anyone else have a name problem when they read?
Overall I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, mythology, contemporary with a fantasy-ish twist or Percy Jackson fans! (Its really good guys!)