Wednesday, January 15, 2014

10 Things I Love About Kiersten White's The Chaos of Stars

  1. The cover - Seriously though. How fantastic is that cover? And having read the book it is very fitting to the story as well.
  2. Isadora - Kiersten White has this way of crafting really interesting main characters. Her female leads are never boring, they always have clearly defined personalities and interests and unique voices. And Isadora is no exception. She is strong, but flawed. She has a temper, but isn't mean. I loved her penchant for interior design as well. It was a great aspect to her character that also played a significant role in the plot.
  3. Ry - He's just as unique as Isadora with just enough mystery to make him interesting without him falling into brooding, bad-boy territory.
  4. The relationship. I really liked that Ry and Isadora's relationship moved through different stages. They aren't just suddenly attracted to each other - there's a lot more to the story, and their friendship develops as they spend time together. Even when Isadora isn't happy about him being around.
  5. The mythology - So many people have recently spent time playing with various mythologies. I really liked the background that is woven in with the Egyptian gods without that being too overpowering so it was still mainly Isadora's story.
  6. Isadora's family history - I really liked the little snapshot sections of Egyptian mythology at the beginning of the chapters. Not only did it give enough of the mythology to help establish the background for people not really familiar with it, but having it in Isadora's voice made it perfect.
  7. I know this is a little detail, but I loved the way the chapters were numbered.
  8. Tyler - She is the perfect foil for Isadora. She stands out, but doesn't overshadow the story or Isadora.
  9. Food - I really liked how Ry is obsessed with all these little eateries and how he wants to share that experience with Isadora. I was hungry through a lot of this book. And Isadora's obsession with all food unhealthy was hilarious.
  10. Family - I liked the development of Isadora's understanding of family and her relationships with the various people (and gods) in her family. It was poignant without being too hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-moral-ish.
So go check out The Chaos of Stars and, if you haven't read Mind Games yet, you should because Perfect Lies comes out next month!

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