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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062135929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062135926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Booklist

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

More About the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thriller Mind Games. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California. Visit her at

Customer Reviews

The Good The characters, the story, all GREAT.
Chloe lee
In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even like her for the beginning of the book.
Kimberly C
I like how she brought Greek and Egyptian mythology together.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Reading Nurse on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Actual Rating: 3.5


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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on September 17, 2013
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."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serenity on December 6, 2013
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jump Into Books on August 31, 2014
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.
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