Author: Kiersten White.
Published: September 10th 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
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.
This book was fun. I’m actually surprised I liked it so much, since there isn’t much story when I think about it. The middle part is mostly about teenager hormones, but it was enjoyable. I think this book matched the mood I had: something easy, fluffy and funny.
The first thing that made me excited about this book (and no, I’m not talking about the incredible cover) is the Egyptian mythology – and to my surprise we also get some Greek. I like mythology and I haven’t seen many YA books with Egyptian gods, so bonus points for that. I liked that every chapter starts with some information, so there is no huge info-dump.
In this book Isadora is the shining star. She is someone you easily start to like, especially because of her teenager spirit. She struggles with the fact that she is the mortal daughter of two immortal Gods. Her feelings were understandable and I think it's logical that she wants freedom. So when her mother (Isis) sends her to her brother because she feels danger, Isadora is more than happy. Until she finds out that her mother got her a volunteer job, but it's not that bad in the end. She makes friends with Tyler (girl), Scott (Tyler’s boyfriend) and Ry.
Isadora develops subtle and I liked the influence of her friends. She tries to push Ry away, but it only makes him come closer. There is no insta-love here (yeay) and they are a great match. You got to like Ry, who is different – in a good way. He is always writing in his notebook (poetry, how romantic!) and he is a bit goofy. This makes up for the fact that he has flawless looks. White doesn’t portray him as perfect and that is great.
This isn't a book with much plot and it quickly unravels at the end with an interesting twist. It’s more about friendship, love and finding yourself. Normally, that would have bothered me, but White’s writing-style made up for it. It has a humorous tone and it’s light and easy. Perhaps it’s just because I was in a fluffly mood, but it worked for me. [Although it’s one of the reasons this book has a 3-star rating]
What I disliked was the fact that Isadora’s mother gets a baby every 20 years. WHY? I still don’t understand it.. I can see why Isadora believes that she is unloved, because her mother is a walking baby factory. Taking a child every 20 years is almost like replacing the old ones with a new play toy. Why would you torment yourself with losing a child all over again? I believe it has something to do with being worshiped to stay strong, but it strikes me as rather odd.
If you don't expect much more of this book than a fluffy read, you're good to go.