From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–Life is lonely when you're the 16-year-old mortal daughter of Egyptian gods. Isadora has been constantly reminded of her mortality ever since her parents, Isis and Osiris, showed her her own tomb as a young girl. Tired of her family's long history of feuding and scheming, she is counting the days until she is old enough to get away and live a normal life. That opportunity arrives when some bad dreams and an unexpected visitor cause Isis to send the teen to live with relatives in San Diego because home is no longer safe. Thinking that she is finally out of her parents' reach, Isadora is quickly proven wrong when she learns that her mother wants her to volunteer at a local museum to earn her allowance. Although she is wary of relationships, she can't resist befriending Tyler, a feisty girl and fellow volunteer. And despite her belief that love leads to chaos and disaster, Isadora gets close to Tyler's gorgeous poet friend, Ry. The strong bonds she forms help her appreciate her parents and embrace love for the sake of loving. White cleverly uses Egyptian mythology to depict teenage angst and generational conflict in a light, witty style. Although the characters are simplistic, the themes are clear and well executed. Readers looking for a fresh take on paranormal stories will find a lot to love in this romance.–Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Isadora can’t wait to leave her stifling family life in Egypt and join her brother Sirus in California. Her parents—Osiris and Isis—are gods, and she is merely human, and bitter about it, too. Her parents could gift her with immortality, but she believes they don’t love her enough to keep her forever. Now that Isis is pregnant again, Isadora knows she’s being replaced. Sirus is welcoming, and eventually, through her museum job, she makes friends, finds interior-design projects, and even falls for a strange, beautiful boy (who, readers will realize long before Isadora, is also descendant of gods—Greek ones). But when her ill-omened dreams keep telling her to return home, she ignores them until it’s almost too late. Self-pitying Isadora is hard to like, though she redeems herself by saving her family once she learns how badly she’s misunderstood everything. Unfortunately, most of the excitement happens at the end, with the rest dominated by romantic angst, dream sequences, and Isadora’s flippant mythology lessons. Readers enamored of Egyptian mythology may still like this contemporary perspective. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: White’s Paranormalcy trilogy brought her tons of attention, and a sweepstakes, mobile campaign, and more should keep the spotlight focused. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley