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review 2016-10-30 05:28
Book Review: The Chaos of Stars
The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

Book: The Chaos of Stars


Author: Kiersten White


Genre: Teen Fiction/Mythology/Romance/Coming of Age


Summary: Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, when you’re the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that comes with the territory. Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she’s offered the chance to move thousands of miles away, she jumps on it. But as much as Isadora tries to keep her new world and old world apart, she quickly realizes there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. - HarperTeen, 2013.


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review 2014-12-31 03:38
The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

This was fluffy and ridiculous and full of emailing ancient gods to keep in touch and I had a kind of glorious time with it. 


Isadora is hard to like. She is one of those teenagers that makes me feel so much better about my own teen years because as problematic as I was, I was not at this level of awful. She is the meanest and most selfish member of a group who apparently, even before meeting her, liked to go down to the beach and mock people's swimwear as a pastime.


Just chew on that for a moment. 


She's anti-children, she's anti-love, she's anti-any good feeling like ever except those that come from interior design, and she also suffers from being the least interesting character in the novel. When she finally does get around to changing, she did it way too quickly, as well, which made it feel unreal. The novel would have been significantly more fun if it had not been filtered through her hateful viewpoint.


Which is a shame, because the rest of the novel was nothing but fun. Hard to take very seriously, really, but there is nothing wrong with that, personally, and I loved watching the ancient gods of Egypt handling the modern world and their extremely messed up relationships. Isis in particular was fabulous, but I loved all the little details of the ancient mythology of the gods followed by bursts of what they were actually doing living day-to-day and not just on the cosmic stage.


Set and Osiris get together once a week to play board games.


Ry was adorable, although I started figuring things out with him way before Isadora did. 


In the end, I liked that this was a fun, fluffy ride that used Egyptian mythology (which is ignored way too often, I feel), but it was definitely not more than that. I'd love to see something take the basic premise and run with it, but it is probably not the kind of thing that lends itself to serious treatment. 



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text 2014-12-31 03:35
The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

If you always let yourself love others, you'll get back more than you give. 

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review 2014-12-30 00:00
The Chaos of Stars
The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White This book doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up..

When I first saw this book, I thought, "Egyptian mythology? Gorgeous cover? I'm in!" But in the end, this book just couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be. She's the daughter of 2 Egyptian gods. She has lived her whole life in Egypt surrounded by other gods. She has wanted for nothing, and doesn't appreciate anything (typical teenage angst). There is a lot of family drama that could have been explored. There is a bit of a mystery to unravel. There is danger. There is a girl coming of age. And there is teen romance. If the author had concentrated on one or two, this book might have been three stars, but sadly, it has no idea what to develop so I'm giving it 2.
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text 2014-12-27 17:40
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

Calling this now:


Ry is the Greek version of what Isadora is. Child of gods, or perhaps a minor god himself.

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This is fun, though man, teenage horribleness is extreme here. I can tell I am supposed to like these people, but the gods are significantly more understandable, if only because their nastiness is at least not so damn petty.


Also, I just love Egyptian gods. They are fun and not utilized in literature often enough, I feel.

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