Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of StarsTitle: The Chaos of Stars

Author: Kiersten White

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 288

Source: Copy provided by publisher (Thank you, HarperCollins!) / Bought from Fully Booked

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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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

The Chaos of Stars is a great read. It’s my first Kiersten White book and I find her writing style captivating. She writes clearly detailed descriptions that produce strong images in the mind. Kiersten White whipped up an original tale that creatively blends Ancient Egypt with the 21st century. The pacing isn’t too fast or too slow, which, I think, is a good thing because it keeps the attention of readers. Events transpired at their own rhythm and still showed how they are linked to each other in a coherent manner.

Of all the books I read this year, I’d say that The Chaos of Stars is the most family-oriented. Although it has a romance element, it focused more on the issues that the family of Isadora (the main character) is going through. It feels really good to have a break from reading stories that center on romantic relationships. As I read The Chaos of Stars, I realized that it has been a long time since I read a book that revolves around family.

Aside from the main character’s persuasive voice, it was also the mythology that drew me into reading from start to finish. It exceptionally illustrated the rich culture of Egypt and the fascinating history of Egyptian gods. I appreciated Egyptian mythology more with this book.

The characters are well developed. Isadora is a confusing yet likeable character. At first she seemed childish and self-absorbed. She annoyed me big time because of her whining and self-pitying. But as the story moved forward, I understood why she acted that way. Since most in her family are immortal gods, it is a legitimate reason to feel left out, with her being a human. As Isadora sees it, she’s just a “footnote” in her family’s story. In the end, Isadora discovers that she is mistaken. Everything she thought of her family, particularly her mother, was wrong. I won’t discuss about that in this review as I would reveal a lot about the story. Sorry, guys! 🙂

The secondary characters (Isadora’s friends) added color to the story. Tyler’s animated and outgoing personality is so engaging. She’s a good friend to Isadora and I really liked how she made Isadora feel welcome when they met for the first time. Tyler’s boyfriend Scott is also an awesome character. He and Tyler are so funny together! Both of them instilled a light and entertaining tone into the story. Then enters Ry, the gorgeous, charming guy who becomes Isadora’s love interest. His words made me blush and squeal with glee. So sweet and romantic! And did I mention that he writes epic poetry? SWOON. ❤

It was insta-love between Ry and Isadora but it was okay for me. Ry certainly brought out the best in Isadora and I love him for that! He helped Isadora open her heart to love and the possibility of a relationship between them. Isn’t that wonderful? In spite of Isadora’s “anti-love” attitude, Ry did not give up in getting the girl’s heart. Oh Ry, your star shines the brightest in the sky. 🙂 As readers savor the pages of the book, they’ll see instances that justify how perfect Ry and Isadora are for each other.

Laced with magic and mystery, The Chaos of Stars is a unique modern day myth that captures the essence of love, family, and most of all, the chaos that makes life challenging yet worth living.


4/5 stars

Favorite quotes: 

“Orion. Forever now, he has replaced my Orion stars in name.”

“But doing what is easy and safe is no way to live, and a life without passion and love is so far beneath what you deserve.”

“Good-enough can always be made better.”

“I guess we’re kind of opposites, because you’ve spent the last few years determined to love no one, and I’ve spent the last few years determined to find you.”

“I didn’t fall in love with you, I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. 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.”


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

  1. Hello there! Just wanted to say great review! I’m definitely going to have to pick this up sometime soon. I absolutely adore mythology of any sorts, and like you, I’m also looking to take a break from reading romance-oriented books, so I’m really excited about this book. Thanks for sharing!

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