The Chaos of Stars Paperback – 9 Sep 2014
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“White cleverly uses Egyptian mythology to depict teenage angst and generational conflict in a light, witty style.... Readers looking for a fresh take on paranormal stories will find a lot to love in this romance.” (School Library Journal)
“Eloquent in its mixing of Egyptology with the experience of being a teenager, Isadora’s story adds something unique to recent literary trends that blend the ancient world with the modern, and the character development, action-packed climax, intriguing family dynamics, and heartfelt romance will draw in fans of this genre.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
From the Back Cover
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 divine relatives can barely remember her name. After all, they're immortal—and she isn't. 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.See all Product description
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I am so glad I did!
The first few chapters were a little bit slow, but they are important to understand the historical and mythological background of the text. After getting through those first chapters (directly after Isadora moved to San Diego) the book picked up and I couldn't stop reading.
The beautiful irony of Ry's full name was so beautiful that I got chills just thinking about it. His character was so well developed and a large part of how I fell in love with the book.
Most romance novels like this are very predictable, and I was confident I had predicted all the events correctly, but was pleasantly surprised by the plot twists in the end!
A great read, I would definitely recommend it, and I cant wait to read the rest of her books!!!
I also loved the story. It kept me craving more and more, even when there wasn't much happening. I wanted to read a book that made me excited to read again, because it's been so long since I felt the passion to just read and read and read. This book did exactly that and it was so wonderful! The story was entertaining, and it was different from anything I've read. Instead of the protagonist that discovers they have powers they never knew of, this story is about coping with the fact you don't have powers when everyone else in your family does. The mythology was so fun to read, and it was written in Isadora's very entertaining voice which is attitude and humor.
By no means was this book boring. It was refreshingly different and incredibly fun to read.
Isadora is the mortal daughter of Egyptian gods. However, she didn’t always know she was mortal. Talk about a rude awakening! I was so fascinated by her life and how her heritage affected her. Seeing her family and their actions through her eyes was a treat. I have to admit, I’m not nearly as “up” on the Egyptian pantheon of gods as the Greek or Roman. The made the excerpts at the beginning of the chapters really helpful. Also, Isadora “tells” them and, as White bestowed her signature humor and wit upon Isadora, each one had me laughing.
The story itself kept me engaged and trying to figure out some of the more mysterious aspects of the plot. Having some familiarity with mythology helped me pick up on a couple things but others took me by surprise. Part of it was I just kept getting so distracted by the endearing characters that I forgot I was trying to piece something together! This is certainly not a complaint. I loved the characters and their idiosyncrasies. I was also impressed with how easily I was able to relate to a character who was raised by deities. The overarching theme of family (and trying to find ones place in their own) is something readers can connect with.
In the case of The Chaos of Stars, the pleasure you get from the gorgeous cover only hints at the enjoyment to be found in the story it contains. A fun and delightful book. I can’t wait to get the library copy in to share with my students!