Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White


The Chaos of Stars

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 of Stars was by far one of my most anticipated 2013 releases since I adored Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series and Mind Games was a fun read as well. I can't say that The Chaos of Stars totally lived up to my expectations, but it wasn't a serious let-down either.

This book has an awesome and original idea - I honestly never thought I'd see an mythology book based on Egyptian mythology since generally Greek and Roman mythology seem to be the craze these days, with a little Norse thrown in every now and again and I love what White did for the mythology, with Isadora's story mixed in with the stories of ancient Egyptian gods. Honestly, it was a fantastic idea and it was pulled off quite well, excusing a few issues in execution and plot holes.

I've always enjoyed reading White' writing, honestly even if the story was boring I would still be entertained by the writing. Thankfully The Chaos of Stars wasn't boring, I was really absorbed in the story even though I realised when I finished the book that actually not that much happened and I think that this is because I enjoyed reading Isadora so much - she was a very honest and fun narrator. I also couldn't help but love Ry even though his plot-twist was extremely obvious!

The main issue that I had with this book was that there didn't really seen to be a lot going on until the end and whilst the characters and narration kind of made up for it I do wish there had been more white knuckle, gripping moments. I mean, I don't think that the book was made bad by this, but I would have LOVED it if there had been a little bit more action like the Anubis show down at the end - hopefully in the next book there will be!

Overall, The Chaos of Stars was a great read even though there was a lot of build-up and not a lot of action. I did still enjoy reading it since Isadora was an amazing character and she basically made this book as great as it was. Still, a little bit more action wouldn't go amiss. Definitely one you should try if you're a mythology lover!


Overall Rating: B

Book released 10th September 2013 by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (Edelweiss)

6 comments:

  1. Shame there wasn't as much action as you were hoping! Glad you liked it overall though. I love mythology so I'll definitely be reading it at some point. Great review, thanks! :)

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  2. I think I mainly liked this novel because not a lot of things happened. Even though it is mythology but it mainly read as a contemporary.

    Great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  3. Great review!

    I'm super excited about this one for the same reasons that you were: Egyptian Mythology!!

    I can't wait to get it and read it and see what I think!

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  4. I loved the synopsis for this book and ever since then have been dying to read it. I have been seeing a lot of mixed review for this one, but I am glad to see that its full of mythology. Hopefully I will enjoy it when I finally read it.

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  5. I agree about the fact that this book lacks of a plot, but I liked Isadora's voice enough to enjoy it :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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