Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: September 10th 2013
Source: Received paperback from publicist (Thanks, Megan!)
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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.

(Image and summary taken from Goodreads)


It's interesting to read a mythology book that isn't centered on the Greek or Norse gods/legends/etc. The Chaos of Stars gives an insight to the different gods there are in the Egyptian mythology and well, they're still incestuous/vain/power-hungry but insanely entertaining. Who knew that the Egyptians had that much drama in their lives too? It's like watching a Latin soap opera minus the Latin and the actually watching of the show. It all ties back to the family, you know?

Isadora gives a whole new meaning to having family issues. Like, seriously. Isadora is a likable character but her inherent need to be introverted and not let anyone in sort of blocks her appeal. I feel bad for her because she had to go through all that, and add in the fact that she's the only mortal in her family, she's got it pretty rough. She always feels like she's expendable and that her family will one day abandon her when there's a new child and I understand where the insecurity is coming from but I highly doubt her parents will leave her for dead. I think it's all about communication; that's the only way for her and her family to be able to properly convey what they feel and think. Other than the familial issues thing, Isadora's a pretty cool gal. She's an awesome interior designer and her designs sound amazing. It was interesting reading about her stay in the United States because I can just say, culture shock x100!! Her interactions with the people and her need to try to be normal was really cute. I also loved Isadora's wittisms and her love for the stars. It was pretty sweet.

Oh. My. Gosh. RY. RY. RY. He is such a sweeeeeeeet guy. I love that he writes poems and that even though he's insanely good looking and swoony, he's modest about it... okay, maybe not too modest. Haha! But yeah, Ry is a great guy (book boyfriend material) because with him, less is more. He doesn't say much but when he does, it's like a burst of sunshine and happiness... for me, that is. I actually felt really sorry for him because right from the get-go, Isadora friend-zoned him. Yes, she went there. It's mostly because she doesn't believe in love and everyone in her life is going to betray/abandon her so she told him they couldn't be more than friends... Ouch. (It's okay, Ry, I'm single!!) But everything is not what is seems, I don't know if you'll notice it but I did so I won't mention it but you'll know what it is when you see it. I am not being vague at all. *flies away*

There were literally times when I couldn't figure things out and I was left thinking, "Whuuuuut". It's good that there were unpredictable moments to battle out the parts that were sort of predictable because that just makes things more exciting. I loved that Kiersten White included Isadora's dreams because it really gave us an insight as to what might happen and they act as both a hint and a curveball. It all depends on what you make of it. Good luck, friends!

The Chaos of Stars shines with classic Kiersten White humor and wittiness that will draw not only entice you to keep reading but will also get you to join in on the laughter. While the romance aspect of the book was pretty evident, it was great that it was not the main focus of the story. The book was still mainly about the premonitions Isadora and her mom were having that will lead to something insanely crazy and exciting in the latter part of the book. Trust me, you will not see it. Unless you do... #Awkward I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait for more of Kiersten White's books.



  1. I'm glad you liked this one too! It seemed like I was one of the only people who did :/
    I love Kiersten's writing. And Ry is definitely amazing, isn't he? <3
    Great review, Louisse!

    1. At least you aren't alone now. ;) Haha! There's just something uniquely Kiersten that makes her books so special and yes, Ry IS spectacular *adds every known adjective out there* Thanks for stopping by, Richa! <3

  2. Good to know that you enjoyed this one! :) Uhhh.. to be honest, I actually DNFed her Mind Games book. But no worries because I surely will still read this one! :)

    Nice insights, Louisse. Very helpful! :D

    Kyle @ The Selkie Reads Stories

    1. I haven't read Mind Games yet because it seems different from her normal happy/funny books but I may try it out in the future. Thanks for dropping by, Kyle! :)

  3. I've heard mixed reviews about Chaos of Stars but I loved Mind Games, so I think i'll like this one.
    Great review, Louisse! (I really, really need to meet Ry soon! LOL)

    1. Thanks, Elyssa! :D I hope that you do read this one because I personally think that it's one of her best books so far. And yes, you DO need to meet Ry... ASAP. ;)

  4. Beautiful cover, excellent plot and review. This will be my read before vacation ends.

    1. YAY! I hope that you'll enjoy it, Daenielle. :) Thanks for reading!