Saturday, January 11, 2014

Same Book, Second Look Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Published: September 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

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.

Kiersten White is a fantastic author.  I loved her humor and wit in Paranormalcy and have been eagerly awaiting her new titles.  While I have yet to read Mind Games but I wanted to try out Chaos of Stars because the premise seemed fresh and new.  Hmmm....a young teen Egyptian god.  Interesting...

So the story started out a bit slow for my taste but quickly picked up.  Turns out Isadora has the same teenage angst as the rest of the average teenage population in North America.  Minus having immortal gods for parents of course!  She has the same kinds of insecurities and dating apprehensions but then she meets Ry.  He sure sounds like a stunner.  I'd like to meet Ry in person one day.  :)  She struggles to find her own identity while separating herself from the myths of her mother yet in the end, it is her family that she values most and she eventually learns that the stories that used to bother her are now the fabric of what makes her and her ancestors truly unique.  This was a nice change from my most recent dreary dystopian reads.  It was refreshing and heart-warming.  Two thumbs up for me!

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