This is one of those books that I looked at for about half a minute at the library, liked the cover, was interested enough by the blurb, and decided to take home with me. The plot is basically thus: Isadora is the mortal daughter of immortal Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. She is disillusioned by her relationship with her powerful mother, feels unwanted by the god of the dead, aka her father, and thus moves to San Diego to live with her mortal brother, son of same immortal gods. Of course, there is also some dark threat looming over the whole family of gods at the same time that all of this is happening. The book is a combination of, angst-ridden-teen comes-to-understand-her-complicated-family and normal-teen-immersed-in-supernatural-world-saves-all-the-supernatural-beings, plus a little romance splashed in.
I did enjoy this book, it was a fast, fun read, with some angst, some romance, and some good friendships. But I have a lot of problems with it. The biggest of these is that even when Isadora finally comes to understand her immortal mother and accepts their relationship for what it is THEY NEVER ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUE BETWEEN THEM AND IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL! And that bugs me, in case the all caps didn’t get that across. The best part of this book is the way that Kiersten White makes ancient gods comes to life with real and interesting personalities, mostly through the medium of Isadora who has a lot of fun stories and anecdotes about her immortal relatives. The details she gives to the gods personalities and the way she shapes their modern day relationships based on their ancient pasts is really interesting and those parts were my favorites of the novel.
I said that this book was a fun, quick read, but it’s quick because everything is rushed. I had a hard time believing Isadora’s transformations and revelations. She hardly seems to struggle, and when she does struggle it’s pointed out so blatantly that it doesn’t feel like she’s really working for it. In short, the emotion of the novel feels forced.
In my ideal world this novel would be rewritten to develop the characters more fully, to give more room for exploring a modern family of immortal beings and getting more in depth into the mythology and magic that allows the book to function, and it would deal with several issues and question that I found were never resolved nor answered to my satisfaction. All in all I’d give this book a 3/5.