Author: Kelsey Ketch
Publisher: 272 Pages (October 26th, 2013)
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Synopsis: “Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.
The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.
The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.
*Note: Content for Upper YA*
Review: 3.5 Stars - Daughter of Isis is the first book in the Descendants of Isis series by debut author Kelsey Ketch. Filled will Egyptian mythology, some extremely disturbing cult like worshiping (among other disturbing things & teen boys) and otherworldly powers, this title was both cringe inducing and addictive just as Seth’s charm.
Nattie and her father have made the move from London to just about the middle of nowhere desert in California. Her mother and grandmother murdered under mysterious circumstances, her father wants to get away from anything that might remind them of what’s happened. That includes all things Egyptian as the ties that lead back to painful memories of the two deaths. Funny enough they just happen to be moving to a place that has a lot of Egyptian ties. The town just doesn’t know how much or closely those ties truly are.
I liked how Nattie didn’t take crap. She did and said what she wanted. She didn’t fall in line and stood up for herself and those around here. I loved the new friends that she meets, just sad that they weren’t in the book as much because I could see a budding relationship happening and I liked how they all clicked together.
Then we have Seth, Ky and Q. The “it” guys that everyone wants a part of around the high school. Nattie senses something different about them; she just can’t put her finger on it. I was not a fan of any of them from the beginning to end. Ky and Q were… sorry I can’t think of any other thing to call them other than assholes. Hate isn’t a strong enough word. They made my skin crawl and while Seth did as well, he at least had some few and far between redeeming qualities. You just had to really look to find them.
As for the disturbing part… it was shocking to me how callous and calculating these three characters’ could be. They made me sick to my stomach and really bothered me. When I think back now it still bothers me which is why I find it so hard to see any of those redeeming qualities in Seth. I still see them through a haze and he has A LOT to make up for, which is why I’m looking forward to the second book. I want to see if he’s able to see all the things he’s done to others for what they really are… that he’s been a predator and has MORE than taken advantage of many, many people. I mean, to me he’s more than taken advantage of girls and I’d even go as far as.. ugh! I don’t want to say it so I won’t because it’s a really harsh word but I can’t help how I feel!!!
In the end I liked this one and though it’s been hard for me to get past the disturbing parts of this, it’s the reason why I can’t give this more stars then I have. It’s not easy for me to be offended yet this one pushed things a bit too far for me. Now the real question is would I recommend this title to others? Yes, but I think it’s for upper YA readers. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next title and am eager to see what others think about this one too.
About the Author:
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
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