Author: Kiersten White Published: September 10th 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Categories:...
Synopsis: 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.
Review: My sister was laughing at me when I said that closest to Egyptian mythology that I know is Yu-Gi-Oh by Kazuki Takahashi (the original one not the series after it). I mean there’s Osiris and Isis in there that could count on something right? Now, I don’t know if I should be thankful that I have extreme low knowledge with Egyptian mythology therefore I cannot validate how the author integrated it in the story. Some people are picky and sometimes I’m one of them. And this time I wish I know just enough to know the difference. I don’t know why but I just have that nagging feeling.
So…Chaos of the Star? Egyptian mythology and Kiersten White screams awesome and a must read. So read I did and you know what, it didn’t turn out to be that awesome. There’s still that enjoyable feeling whenever I read the author’s quirky dialogues. And how she manages to make her heroine sound like a real teenager is what I absolutely love about her writing. I feel the authenticity in her voice but sad to say this time it didn’t work. I was annoyed with her when she threw hissy fits whenever she didn’t get what she wants. She’s arrogant which she always declines and told them that she was just being confident. Most of the time, she acted like a petulant child, throwing sometimes offensive side comments. So in conclusion, I didn’t like Isadora that much.
There’s not much of mythology than I expected. And perhaps the problem lies on how I patterned my expectations after a successful middle grade book series about Greek gods. I thought since it has the same foundation, with humor and incorporation of mythology I’ll get the same satisfaction. But it has the same ingredients alright but not the same execution. Yeah, that’s on me, I get it.
While I’m interested with Isadora’s love interest Ry, with his basics (hotness and intriguing heritage) all covered up, it still didn’t match up. I thought it will recover my brewing annoyance and boredom, but he comes out too predictable. I knew from the moment they met that there’s something supernatural about him. I was just bidding my time until he said it himself. And the romance while not cringe worthy it didn’t add anything to improve my enjoyment of the story. Even with the climax rolling I still see myself nonchalant about everything. I wasn’t even surprised when I found out who wanted to kill her and her mother.
But nevertheless, there were times that I did enjoy it. Isodara while annoying have some endearing yet very, very rare moments. I don’t know how to end it, so I’ll keep it simple, I was really disappointed.
I received an eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: I will be stone and stars, unchanging and strong and safe. — Isadora (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)