The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars

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By (author) Kiersten White

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  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 22mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0062294121
  • ISBN 13: 9780062294128
  • Sales rank: 39,589

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All good stories have a few false starts...Myth: The children of immortal gods are immortal, too. Reality: Isadora isn't going to be around forever - and her parents barely seem to notice she's alive right now. Myth: Once a god, always a god - that kind of power never fades away. Reality: These days, Isadora's relatives are clinging to the little bit of power they have left. And some of them would do anything to take it all. Myth: Every teenage girl dreams of falling in love. Reality: From what Isadora's seen, love is a painful mess. All she dreams of is a normal life away from her crazy family-minus any romantic drama. Myth: If you go far enough, you can leave the past behind. Reality: Isadora moves halfway around the world to San Diego for a fresh start, but quickly finds that there's no such thing as a clean break from family - and that leaving her old life may mean sacrificing more than she ever guessed. Kiersten White burst onto the scene with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, which won readers' hearts with its enchanting mix of magic and real-world teenage humor and drama. Her dark thriller, Mind Games, is an emotionally intense tale of crime and intrigue, which New York Times bestselling author Holly Black called A brutal, exciting gem of a book. The Chaos of Stars blends sweet romance, high-stakes suspense, and the magic of Egyptian mythology to create a complex, funny, and deeply moving story about true love and what it means to be a family.

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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy and the dark thriller Mind Games. Long fascinated by world mythology and ancient religions, she loves Egyptian stories for their epic family struggles and humorous frankness about the things that make people tick. You can visit her online at www.kierstenwhite.com and follow her on Twitter @kierstenwhite.

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By Giselle SM 23 Oct 2014 2

I was expecting this huge mythological retelling of one of the Egyptian Gods of Goddesses, but it was set in modern times with our main character hiding her true identity from the world. Now I'm not very well versed in Egyptian mythology (except for Anubis) and I was psyched to read all about it. There was a bit of history and some stories being told but it wasn't all there. I felt like I was reading a contemporary mystery instead. And that mystery didn't start until the middle of the book. And if you know me, I get very bored with story lines being really slow.

Wasn't a big fan of the romantic love that started too quickly and spiraled out of control. I had no idea why they were so interested in each other, and it felt too unrealistic. Unless you fall in love at first sight that is. Isadora is a likable character don't get me wrong, I just thought that her focusing on her relationships shouldn't have been the main priority. I did like that she wanted to make a name for herself with the exhibition that she was hosting. Though I did want her entire focus on that and not boys. Maybe that's just me being weird, but I did want more action to happen? It was boring at times, and I felt myself wanting to stop. I eventually forced myself to finish it, and it got better at the end. Even though the mystery wasn't that big of a reveal.

Overall, I would skip this one unless you love romances as your main focus. There were hardly any mythology aspects at all, and that's probably the main reason I picked this up in the first place.

By Brenna Staats 16 Jun 2014 2

I am such a sucker for all books mythology related - I just HAVE to read them to see what sort of spin the author has put on old myths. The Chaos of Stars was an interesting blend of old stories in a contemporary setting, but unfortunately it just didn't stand out enough to me.

Reason to Read:

1. A short, fast-paced read:

The story moves along very quickly, and it never felt like it got bogged down in mundane details. I easily breezed through The Chaos of Stars, and it was interesting enough to hold my attention until the end.

The problem? For me, it was simply that there was nothing different or unique about The Chaos of Stars. It felt like so many other similar books I've read before - so even if I liked some of the characters, they merely felt like caricatures of others I like better than these ones. I had the exact same problem with the overall story (just too predictable), the relationship difficulties (whether it's between Isadora and her family or Isadora and her romantic interest), and even the romance.

So yes, I chuckled at a couple parts. And I flew through this book. But when I finished it, I could tell this wasn't a story that would stand out in my memory. The characters and story were just too shallow for my liking, and they didn't feel nearly well-developed enough. There was so much potential here with the Egyptian gods, goddesses, and mythology but it just wasn't used.

ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received.

By Vu Mai Linh 22 Nov 2013 4

I started to read this book with no exception at all. Imagine my surprise when I discover it is really enjoyable. Remind me about how I fall in love with Matched.

The Chaos of Stars makes me smile, a lot. I mean it. Giggle and smile and almost laugh out loud (I read it at midnight and my family already go to sleep). Yeah, I admit Isadora is not a totally likeable character. But she is not suppose likeable. Isadora is sixteen, she supposes too stupid, ignorant, selfish and have flaw (my sixteen-year-old self always make my face red with shame). She is a mortal daughter of the Gods, not an angel (and the only angel I admire have a huge heart but **** up his entire family, so...). And she feels so real.

I love every character in this book, specially Ry. So adorable and funny. He makes me want to laugh and pet him at the same time.

By Alyssa Llanes 02 Nov 2013 2

Thank you to Sarah and Megan of HarperCollins for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from me.

Have you ever had that feeling when something feels off with the book you̢۪re reading? Something that bothers you so much but can̢۪t pinpoint what it is. That̢۪s what I felt towards The Chaos of Stars. I love reading Mythology related books that̢۪s why the moment I read the premise of this book on Goodreads, I thought to myself that I have to have this book. It̢۪s really promising and it sounds like it̢۪s a book I will enjoy so imagine my surprise when I̢۪m finding myself not enjoying reading it. Aside from the off feeling I had when I was reading the book, I also have few reasons why The Chaos of Stars ended up flat for me.

The first one would be because of the protagonist—Isadora. She was so annoying. She always nags about how her parents don’t love her, how miserable her life is, how she hates her family so much, how she hates how her life is. Ugh! She whines to herself half the time in the book. I do understand that she just wants to be free from the clutches of her family and their culture and that deep inside she loves her parents but for her to whine so much about it? Nope. Not acceptable. When she gets to a point that she complains so much, I was mentally berating her. I was like “Girl, move on. That’s life. You’re not the only one who’s suffering. Get over it and shut up!” Thankfully, Isadora stopped annoying me when it gets into the last few chapters of the book.

Second reason would be because of the words that the author used in the book. Some of it were unfit to the lines in the book, well, that’s what I felt when I read it. I think it could be better if she didn’t used those poetic sounding words or if she use words that will be appropriate to it. It seems to me that the author was trying to make the book half poetic and half not but messes it up. It’s really a good idea. It’s unique. But it’s just that she ended up using words that were not fit enough to the lines and instead of the reader—of me to feel that poetic feeling, I ended up feeling weird reading through the lines.

Third reason would be the disconnection I felt towards the characters. I just can̢۪t connect with them. Well, except for Thoth. I was really fascinated toward his character. Though he only appeared twice (or is it thrice?) on the book, I got that instant connection with him. He seems like a great character. I just wish he had more exposure.

The last reason would be the INSTA-LOVE. Need I say more to this?

Setting that all reasons aside, I must admit that while The Chaos of Stars made me frown half the time I was reading this book but it did still made me smile at some parts of the book (specifically the part where Isadora and Ry talked in the plane). I̢۪m not discouraging you not to read The Chaos of Stars. We all have different standards when it comes to books and it just so happen that this book didn̢۪t met mine but it might meet yours. So for those readers that enjoy a Mythology book especially Egyptian Mythology, go get a copy of this. It might make it to your list of favorite books.

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"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)