Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on September 10, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
THE CHAOS OF STARS, while it started out slow, blossomed into a lovely story with original ideas and just enough teen angst to keep me interested, but not make me go nuts. It was a quick, smooth read, with a fun cast of characters, both Gods and mortals, and a sweet romance.
THE CHAOS OF STARS was certainly original. The use of the Egyptian mythology in a genre that is typically very Eurocentric was something I enjoyed. The author’s additions- like the idea that to exist and continue to have magic, the gods had to have somebody remembering and worshiping them, were nice little touches. Plus, the bits at the beginning of the chapters, retellings of Egyptian mythology from Isadora’s perspective, were great. There was just such a sarcastic spin from Isadora, who was basically telling the stories of her family, even if they happened thousands of years ago.
While I liked Isadora, one character does not a book make. The cast of characters surrounding Isadora were varied and interesting. I especially enjoyed the friends she made in California. The combination of Tyler, and her boyfriend Scott, plus Ry, are a fun group with very real feeling interactions. Maybe they’re a little more witty than I was when I was 16, but it didn’t feel forced or faked. I also liked the romance between Isadora and Ry. Most of the book she pushes him away, confident she doesn’t want a romantic relationship of any sort. So, the two of them become friends first, before she realizes she likes him. It felt like the exact opposite of the love at first sight variety that we see so often- Isadora recognizes Ry is attractive, but it isn’t until she knows him better that she really gets interested.
My one complaint about THE CHAOS OF STARS was that it ended too soon. I felt like there was a lot of work getting to the exciting conflict, only to have the exciting conflict be a twist from what you expected and then oh! It’s over. What I did appreciate about the ending however, is that it tied up the majority of loose ends. From what I understand, it's a standalone novel, a thing I feel is rare these days, and something I like to see. All in all, I would recommend THE CHAOS OF STARS if you’re looking for something a bit different than your standard paranormal YA fare - it definitely offers a nice change of pace.