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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062135929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062135926
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,580,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“White cleverly uses Egyptian mythology to depict teenage angst and generational conflict in a light, witty style.... Readers looking for a fresh take on paranormal stories will find a lot to love in this romance.” (School Library Journal)

“Eloquent in its mixing of Egyptology with the experience of being a teenager, Isadora’s story adds something unique to recent literary trends that blend the ancient world with the modern, and the character development, action-packed climax, intriguing family dynamics, and heartfelt romance will draw in fans of this genre.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Isadora's family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, when you're the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that comes with the territory.

Isadora's sick of living a life where she's only worthy of a passing glance, and when she's offered the chance to move thousands of miles away, she jumps on it. But as much as Isadora tries to keep her new world and old world apart, she quickly realizes there's no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nusaybah on 18 Oct. 2014
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Amazing book tying in the beauty of mythological stories with the modern day. For anyone who loves their egyptian mythology, this book is highly recommended!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Mythology story unlike the others 16 Jan. 2014
By A Reading Nurse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Actual Rating: 3.5

MY REVIEW:

This is another e-arc that I have had for since last year. But since one of my blogging resolutions is to get through atleast 100 arcs that I have recieved from Netgalley and Edelweiss. I decided to pick this one up because it was very different from any premise that I have ever read. As I am always looking for originality and something that would catch and keep my attention. At the same time I was worried about starting this, due to the fact that some reviewers whose opinions I usually agree with had given this book was negative comments. But alas as I am my own person, I chose to put those comments behind and give this book a chance.

The story is about a young girl whose parents happent to be Egyptian Gods who are immortal. Since her parents are immortal Isadora had always believed that she too would live forever. When she finds out that, she will eventually die she starts holding an unfounded grudge against her parents, specially her mother.

Isadora's mother Isis, starts seeing dreams about danger attacked their home, and as a precaution decides it would be best to send Isadora to live with her brother is San Diego. Isadora is extremly happy, since she has been wanting to leave her family in Egypt for a long time.

Things are not exactly what she planned for them to be once she gets to San Diego, as her unknowing to Isadora, her brother is married with a baby on the way. Isadora a tad bit spoiled has an issue with sharing her brother's affection. To top it off, her mother has set her up with a job at the local museum where she will be overseeing the set up of a new exhibit based on artifacts that her mother will be sending over.

As she starts school she becomes befriends a girl named Tyler who introduces her to a boy named Ry. Isadora finds herself immediately attracted to Ry, but is scared to allow herself to fall for him, as she feels that love is pointless since it can not be forever.

In addition to her social life Isadora still continues to have bad dreams, and they all end up the same: with her mother disapearing. As time goes on and she starts to realize that her perceptions of her mother has been wrong. She realizes that she most stop who or what ever is threatening her family. When the threat comes to San Diego and threatens Isadora, her friends specially Ry will come to her rescue. But there is more to Ry than Isadora knows. Will they be able to save Isadora's family? Will Isadora accept Ry's true background or will the knowledge keep them apart?

I have to admit that I too, like other reviewers struggled with Isadora's immaturity and selfishness. But I was happy to see her evolve and mature over time. The story is was kept me engaged to continue reading. I remember when I only had 80 pages to go saying to my friend Patricia, that OMG there is only 80 pages let, but thre are so many unanswered questions. But Kiersten White did a great job typing everything up in those last 80 pages. All in all, yes this book does have its issues, but if you get past them you will find a story that is very enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
MORE 17 Sept. 2013
By Crossroad Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lately I have seen a ton of really bad reviews for this book. So when I recieved an ARC in the mail from the publisher I wasnt expecting a book I was going to love. But, that is just what I got. So many books out there focus on the Greek Gods. From the series Starcrossed, to The Goddess Test. These book focus on the Greek myths. I was so happy that this one was focused on the Egyptian ones. I dont know what other peoples issues were about the book. But, I found it fast paced and wonderful!

This book is the perfect blend of plot, humor, and suspense! I also loved that it was very short. Just over 250 pages long and is a stand alone. I hope to read more stories from this world of gods in our time!

"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Chaos of Stars 7 Dec. 2013
By Serenity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Love this book! I loved Kiersten's Paranormalcy series, so I just had to read this. When I started the book, I was questioning if I would finish it. The start was slow for me, then it picked up. When the middle came, certain scenes bored me a little. Though it was only about 3 or 4 scenes. Other than that, I loved the book. The book kept my interest and the ending was SO GOOD.

Isadora is Egyptian who thinks she will live forever. One day she realizes her room is to be her tomb. Only her parent's are immortal. Her mother has power and is immortal, and was the one to make her husband immortal by bringing him back from the dead. Isis has healing powers and the god of childbirth, and her husband is the king of the dead. How strong is her power? Well she got the TRUE name of the sun god. That is something you tell NO ONE. Now with the name she can give Horus power and ability to take over.

Isadora doesn't feel like she fits in anymore. When she was younger she had a good relationship with them. Days by the Nile with her mother, and visiting her dad in the other world, where sometimes she sees souls coming through and being judged. Because if your soul is good, you move on. If your soul isn't true, it gets eaten by this chick with an alligator mouth. Those where the good days.

Now Isadora is older and just likes being on her own, because she thinks, she ins't loved enough, because she will die. Though all things die, at some point. Right now things are okay at the house, until one day her mother brings up two things, that Isadora is not pleased about. Her mother is having a baby in two months, and brings up dreams and how they are powerful and can mean things.

Well Isadora is having dreams, but won't say anything about them. Eventually it leads to Isadora being sent to her brothers place in San Diego for her safety. At her arrival she finds out her brother is married and that his wife is also expecting a baby within two months or so. Yep, Isadora is just having a blast right now.

After settling into the house, she is told that she has a job at the museum. Her mother arranged this and is having her watch over the exhibit that she is sending over. Isadora isn't happy about, though eventually she learns to love it. She makes good friends, ends up falling for a guy who just happens to have parents who are also gods. Though won't say what kind. Just when she thinks everything is going good, Anubis shows up and ruins everything. He basically reveals a plan that he and someone are going to hurt her mother.

Well what to do but go and save her! I'll keep the ending to myself and have you all figure it out for yourself. I really enjoyed the ending! It was all very intense and very addicting! I give this book 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kiersten White delivers again 31 Aug. 2014
By Jump Into Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love anything to do with mythology, so when I heard this was about Egyptian mythology, I jumped at the chance to read it. More and more books are about Greek mythology, so this was a bit different and a very amazing book.

I was immediately pulled into Isadora's world, and the chaos that soon follows. She can't wait to leave home and get away from her mother and father, Isis and Osiris, and live on her own. She soon finds that moving in with her brother, Sirus, is her way out and makes it seem as if it's her mother's idea for her to go. She is soon making friends and a life away from home when chaos comes in the form of her half-brother which takes her back home.

I really enjoyed Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series, so I knew I would enjoy this. The characters are great, and there is even some eye candy in here with amazing blue eyes and dark hair. I would recommend this book to ages 13 and up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I LOVED it <3 27 Dec. 2014
By Ivyanna Colon-Greider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved The Chaos of Stars. :) I've never read much on Egyptian mythology before, and now I feel like it's something I need to explore thoroughly.

Throughout the book, Isadora, the main character and daughter of Egyptian gods, Isis and Osiris, is young and pessimistic: always in a bad mood and trying everything she possibly can to disobey her mother.

Isis sends Isadora away to live with her brother Siris and his pregnant wife, Deena because she's been having terrible dreams where evil envelops her and her daughter, Isadora. All along, Isis has been doing this out of mother's love, whereas Isadora believes she's sending her away because she doesn't love her.

Then, while in San Diego, Isadora meets Tyler, Scott, and Ry, and her attitude towards her parents and others starts to change slowly, but surely.

"Boys suck. Even when they have perfect blue eyes and ridiculously cool trucks. Maybe especially then."

Feelings start to develop for Isadora as she hangs out with Ry more and more. She had her mind set and she was determined not to fall in love with him.

“The night I was born, Orion was the most prominent in the sky, and it’s always been my favorite constellation. I can’t wait for this winter. Orion’s like the one constant in my life, the one thing I could always find when I needed comfort.” It spills out; I shouldn’t tell him anything, but I’m so relieved I’m giddy. He laughs again. “Well, that’s weird.” I turn and stick my tongue out at him. “Sure, Epic Poetry Boy.” “No, no, I don’t mean the stars. I mean, what you were saying about names and how important they are.” “What does that have to do with anything?” “Well, Isadora-not-Issy-or-Dora, I’m Ry— as in Orion.” His smile shines in the dark like a beacon. Like my stars."

I simply love Isadora and Ry. :) They are so adorable together, and I especially loved how the author Kiersten White shaped them. :)

"He laughs. “Just stick out your tongue.” Raising an eyebrow suspiciously at him, I do as I’m told, to see that my tongue is an unnatural shade of blue. He leans into me holding the camera out at arm’s length and takes a picture of us sticking out our flavored-sugar tongues."

“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”

“What if I decide my destiny is someone else?” “Then that’s your decision and I would respect that. Also I know a whole lot of gods to smite whoever it is you choose instead of me.” “You—” “Kidding! Totally kidding. Mostly kidding. Okay, not really kidding.”

"I flop onto the silver covers of my bed and stare at the ceiling. Ry jumps on next to me, bouncing me so hard I nearly fall off. “Hey! There I am.” He grins at the placement of Orion on my ceiling. “I thought you said you weren’t that Orion.” “Nope, just your Orion.”
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