Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars
by Kiersten White
288 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Rate: Average+ (3,5 gorjuss dolls)

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.
Isadora'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.
Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand'sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home. 
The Chaos of The Stars is a quick, mystical and funny read that shows the world of a teenage world whose parents are the well-known, ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. With a whole paranormal and ancient family, she has to deal with a family full of gods being the main character, Isadora, the only one who's not gonna live forever and never gonna be remembered.

Since the description of this book was only centered in Isadora's problems with her family, I was a little hesitant to read this book. Also, I have to confess, that I previously read some reviews and weren't all flattering. But a book with such beautiful cover, I had to give it a chance and an opinion of my own.

I really liked how Kiersten presented the ancient Egypt gods as "humanly" Gods. Meaning that Isis and Osiris are shown as parents of a child who's not a god (Isadora) and she's pissed off with her family because she thinks they don't care enough about her to make her last forever like the rest of her whole family. They have another kid, Horus, who's an immortal god and that's one of the reasons of Isadora's rants; Isis cared enough about his son to make him immortal, but not cared about her other kids, the one's she has had for thousand of years before Isadora. And the main character thinks she was born to fulfill her parents selfishness desires.

"You’ll be a great help to Mother,” Horus says, flashing his falcon-bright eyes at me in a cold smile.“Gee, thanks, Whore-us.” He can’t hear how I spell it, but it makes me feel better just knowing.

Isis is described as humanly possible without losing the goddess and religiousness touch of an ancient Egypt god. The same happens with Osiris, god of the Underworld. But, thanks to Isadora, we get to meet them all through her eyes, with a funny touch to the whole mystical situation. After all, she's a teenager who feels misplaced, but with mystical motives to support her rant.

Isadora is the perfect definition of a teenager, as you might have guessed. Once she arrives to San Diego, where her other non-immortal brother lives, she feels homesick and also rebellious to her mother desires. She would do the contrary of her mothers wishes. Sounds familiar? Yep, sweet-golden age of feeling out of place and that no one understand you.
She's also described as an angry beauty, who has an strong character, that I think's part of the reason she makes us laugh so much while reading her story.
What I didn't quite like about her is that she's constantly whining and complaining about... everything? I understood her, but up to a point. There's no reason to make yourself miserable all the time. And that's the impression she gave me. Girl, I'm not immortal either and I'm living my life just fine. Look at your friends as an example.

The mystical touch is brought to Isadora's life, not only by having a family full of gods, but by her dreams. Isis believes in the power of dreams, and Isadora's having some peculiar and mysterious dreams that doesn't cease when she leaves to San Diego. 

Don't get fooled by all the family drama, 'cause there's also a little romance here in this story. When she meets Ry and finds a shocking through about him, is like they were meant to be together. I would have liked more the book if their romance where a little bit more developed throughout the story. It's obvious that these two are meant to be together and that Isadora's only happy when she's with Ry, but, in my opinion, I didn't get the feeling that they grew as a couple at the end of the story. I would have liked to see more of that. Despite this, these two are really cute, sweet and seemed to get along just fine with each others weird personalities. 

"And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you."

We also meet some new friends: Tyler and Scott, who are simply amazing. Funny, good friends, and they get along perfectly.

The plot was well-paced and easy to read. I would say this was a quick read and, also, I was expecting a little bit more. The ending felt a little bit rushed to me. All the "good stuff" happened in a few pages, and I had to read it a few times to really "savor" the moment, the situation and the whole climax of the story.

Overall, it was a nice, sweet read with an original topic to write about. Also Kiersten White give her own personal view and wrote a modern and funny situation that could only happen to a human living among a family of ancient gods. So, Book Addicts, if you have some free time, give The Chaos Of The Stars a chance. It's a really enjoyable read and you'd love Kiersten's writing. That's for sure!

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Hi! I'm the New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. I also give the most awkward hugs in the world. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs, but then again, maybe you like awkward hugs.

As for me, I like writing flirting scenes, and fighting scenes, and sometimes I write scenes that fall somewhere in between the two, but only if I can't avoid it.

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