12578305The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Release Date:September 10, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ALA 2013
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.– Goodreads

Let’s get this out of the way. Isadora is not a nice person. It is hard to relate to her and want to read about her because she is that much of a strong, stubborn, mean girl. Her parents barely know she’s around, she doesn’t relate to anyone she lives with, she takes this out on everyone. White created a mean girl. A well fleshed-out mean girl, but for part for the book you will want to shake her. Particularly when Isadora uses gems such as “Whore-us” for Horus, and talks about how his wife, Hathor, is essentially a drunken floozy.

Here’s the thing. Hathor is the Goddess of beer and sex.  I have problems calling anyone a drunken floozy, but if one is the goddess of beer and sex, I bet that you’re going to like, and even enjoy, BEER AND SEX. Crazy, I know.

This made it harder for me to enjoy Isadora, because she was overly juvenile at points. Yes, her parents barely acknowledged her in her giant family, and that is going to hurt, but there comes an age when you realize that and adapt to become a better, stronger person. Then she gets shipped to her brother’s, and at the airport she judges everyone for essentially having no culture and being superficial. Yes. Judging isn’t superficial at all (and this is coming from someone who enjoys people watching).

While there is the background of Egypt, most of the novel takes place in San Diego, CA where Isadora finds a group of friends and learns that her brother has been keeping secrets of his own. All of them grew on me, I enjoyed the story and the characters, and wanted more. What I didn’t enjoy was this novel built up to a great climax scene…that never happened.

The big scene never happened and all the questions I had through the book weren’t answered. I understand all books don’t come with a neat happy bow ending all the time, but with this being a stand alone I was hoping for that BIG scene. I was hoping for answers on how two Gods had a human child every 20 years. While I did enjoy the novel, and I’m glad to see White has strengthened her writing, I was still disappointed by my unanswered questions.