Review of The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars
By: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Barnes and Noble

An electronic copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Summary (via 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.

The Story:
There were elements of The Chaos of Stars that were very interesting, mostly concerning the Egyptian mythology. Unfortunately, the other aspects were less enthralling and not a lot stood out. The pacing was very slow and this book lacked the action of White’s Paranormalcy series. There was never a need for me to rush through the pages seeking the outcome.

I think this might have been a character driven book? I can only assume that one of the goal’s of the novel was to show the growth of the main character and to allow the reader to journey with her. There was growth but it was little too late in my opinion and never was enough to make this a truly interesting read for me.

The Characters:
Isadora, the main character, was the biggest fault about this book to me. She started as a spoiled, entitled, whiney and overall dislikeable character. I had no interest in her and struggled through the first forty percent of the book trying to get past my annoyance with her. After that point she started to grow and her character became much more tolerable. I never grew to like her but it was much easier to follow the story in her point of view.

My favorite character was Ry. He, along with the other two main secondary characters Taylor and Scott, were the best aspects of this book. Ry was even capable of making me enjoy Isadora a time or two. He is a well rounded, funny and likeable character.

Final Thoughts:
I was drawn to Chaos of Stars by the beautiful cover art and the premise of a mythology driven plot. I wasn’t ever fully immersed in this book and found a lot of it a chore to read. The last bit of the book picked up significantly and I began to become more invested only for the book to end.


  1. says

    Great review Kristen 🙂 I’m sorry that you didn’t love the book, though. I must be honest and say that I have never read the summary for this book (A) don’t think it would be anything for me, especially not now after having read your review. Thank you for being honest about the things you didn’t like <3 Isadora sounds painful, hih.

    • says

      I think if the MC doesn’t annoy you –you’ll have a much better experience than I did. I hope you enjoy it and ill be curious to hear your thoughts!

  2. says

    I requested this because of that gorgeous cover, but then the reviews started rolling in and I just couldn’t do it. Especially after I was unable to finish the Supernaturally books. It’s never good when a book becomes a chore to read. 🙁

  3. says

    I was soooo looking forward to this one! Oh well, I’ll read it and hope it’ll work slightly better for me. I was so excited for the Egyptian mythology part, since it’s not commonly used and I like Kiersten White’s writing style! I really enjoyed Mind Games and Paranormalcy, so I had high hopes for this one!

  4. says

    Hmmm a shallow spoiled character AND a slow story? No thank you. I was intrigued by the Egyptian mythology but I just don’t have the time nor the attention span necessary for a book that drags and has a crappy MC. Happy it picked up a little for you, and on the plus side it’s on more ARC down!

  5. says

    I’m sorry to hear that your experience with this book wasn’t all that great. I’ve been hesitating about this one because the summary alone comes across as being rather lacking? Perhaps that’s just me though. I think, I’d pick this up at the library, but won’t go out of my way to buy it.

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