Book Review: The Chaos Of Stars

The Chaos Of Stars CoverBook: The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White

Published September 2013 by HarperCollins|199 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Stand-alone

Genre: YA Paranormal- Mythology Re-telling

You can find The Chaos Of Stars on goodreads & Kiersten White on Twitter, Facebook & her blog

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

I loved Paranormalcy, and when I saw The Chaos Of Stars, I knew I had to read it!  What I think surprised me the most was how I liked it, but not as much as I thought.

I really want to start off with the setting: my hometown of San Diego!  I loved that Balboa Park- and the Museum Of Man, in particular- was the setting for a good chunk of the book!  I actually used to work at one of the museums in Balboa Park several years ago, so it’s a place that’s very familiar to me.  I really could picture everything so well, and I’ve been to the Museum Of Man a few times, so I knew exactly which museum White was referring to without her having to name it. I kind of wish we saw more of Balboa Park, but I also understand why it’s limited to the Museum Of Man.  And I wish that it didn’t take White so long to name which museum Isadora was volunteering at.

And it actually works really with Isadora’s story and how she was the human daughter of Isis and Osiris. There’s this ancient Egypt exhibit that’s been there for as long as I can remember, and I loved seeing Isadora’s reaction to volunteering there, given her connection to ancient Egypt and its mythology.  Her reaction to the resident’s Free Tuesday was absolutely hysterical and pretty spot-on.  It took me a while to stop laughing, because I still have some very interesting memories of resident’s Free Tuesday.  I don’t think it was meant to be funny, but to someone who’s worked 3 years worth of Free Tuesday, it’s absolutely hilarious.

Side Note/Explanation: Balboa Park has 13-ish museums and the San Diego Zoo, and every Tuesday, some of the museums are free to San Diego residents.  It rotates every week, so different museums are free every week, and every museum has one free day a month. Except for the 2 or 3 museums that are already free.

As much as I loved that San Diego was the setting for a good chunk of the book, I was kind of surprised that San Diego was the other setting…because I don’t typically associate us totally awesome ancient Egyptian artifacts that other cities might have.  Don’t get me wrong, Balboa Park is a really awesome place, and there’s is some really cool exhibits in the museums, but it seems like things tend to go to places like New York or L.A. or London.  I know it’s away from her parents, and she kind of needs to be away from them in order for the ending to happen (and really, getting artifacts like the ones that Isadora has seen her entire life would be great for the Museum of Man), but it’s still slightly weird.

Speaking of Egyptian mythology, I love that The Chaos Of Stars focused on Egyptian mythology, with only a hint of Greek mythology.  I haven’t come across too many stories focusing on Egyptian mythology, and there’s maybe two or three other books that have done Egyptian mythology re-tellings that I can think of.  It’s definitely different, and it’s an interesting take on Egyptian mythology.  It was slightly confusing in the beginning, which made it hard to get fully into the book, but once Isadora got to San Diego, things seemed infinitely less confusing.

Her crossing paths with the Greek mythology version of herself was interesting, and I liked the idea that all mythologies have human children out there, and that the different gods and goddesses are real.  I kind of wish that the mythology White added were explained a little better, but it did make sense by the end of the book.

And this is random but I had to say that I love the cover!  It’s so pretty and simple and goes with the book so very well.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked The Chaos Of Stars, but not as much as I was expecting or hoping.  I love that it was set in San Diego, and in a place that’s really familiar to me!  I was slightly confused in the beginning, but the fact that it’s a re-telling of Egyptian mythology is pretty unique.  The Chaos Of Stars gets 3 stars.

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