Author: Kiersten White.
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family. (Published Summary.)
The Chaos of Stars is a fun, light-hearted read for when you need something fluffy. There’s nothing amazingly inventive or new about the presence of Egyptian god/ess parents, but they do add humor. The thing you have to accept is that this is actually a story about Isadora making real friends, exploring her passion (interior design. How awesome is that?) and falling in love. There’s theoretically a save-the-world theme running behind the scenes, but it doesn’t really work; recurring nightmares through six-sevenths of a book, then an abrupt final bad-guy reveal and subsequent defeat, are not enough to make that an actual plot arc.
Overall nothing special, just fluffy fun. The main downer being a ridiculous amount of stifled romantic attraction. Because thank you, Dora, we’ve got it. The boy’s gorgeous. No need to go on. And on.
(“But-” No, we really do understand.)
Sexual Content: “She’s the goddess of beer. And sex. My mother’s favorite son married an eternal lush.” / Girl wonders if her uncle’s trying to flirt with her (exits the situation). / “Boyfriend?” […] “No. In fact, I feel a little dirty because of my occasional lustful thoughts, since I’m taken. Still, I can appreciate beauty, right?” / Guy basically says he has trouble making friends because all the girls just want to hit on him. /”The only one happy about this situation (wall-work) is Tyler, with her infinite supply of ‘if only we had more studs!’ jokes.”/ Girl giving museum tour: “Perhaps the greatest evidence of Isis’ magic, however, was her breasts’ ability to remain so round and perky after nursing hundreds of pharaohs.” Brief kissing.
Language: 4 derogatory terms, 4 scatological term,
Violence: Recurring nightmares throughout the book about a devouring blackness that swallows various characters, including sometimes the dreamer herself. Girl comes home to find her house/room smashed up pretty badly (unknown searchers). Second-hand news that a delivery guy was attacked and is now in the hospital with most of his major organs failing (SPOILERS: she later finds out an Egyptian god ~magic~ embalmed them while still in his body). One character hits another in the head with a rock, (he was trying to kidnap her) and flees – trips and hits her head on a stone step, acquiring a minor concussion. One character punches another. Egyptian gods try to murder each other (as usual); one summons a poisonous snake and throws it another.
Other: Note that most chapters are prefaced with snippets of Egyptian lore: since these are no-detail and brief, they’re not included in the above content, but Egyptian gods are just as violent and lascivious as Greek gods.