YA REVIEW Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch

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Hey Addicts I've got a review for you today of Kelsey Ketch's DAUGHTER OF ISIS. I received a review copy of this book from Lola's blog tours. My review is my own opinion and I'd love to hear what you think of it :)  And as such my rating for DAUGHTER OS ISIS is a 4!
But lets get started with the a little more info about the book. Added points for such an amazing cover!
 


Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1)

by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 26, 2013

Blurb:
“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:

Natti Stone was forced, by her father, to move with him to a small Cali town, from her beautiful city London after her grandmother was brutally murdered, just like her mother was. And all that information is packed into just the first few pages of the book! It gave me very great hope for DAUGHTER OF ISIS. Though I find it hard to believe a US city, no matter how small and especially in Cali, to be all Egyptian themed. They even have a huge pyramid in the middle of the city. But, okay, I can deal with it.
After such a wham bam start the next few chapters were a little slow for me, as expected, because we need time to get the whole new school/friends/hot guy stuff set up.
And speaking of hot guys. Our good/bad guy hero is Seth O'Keefe. WOW is all I got to say from the appearance standpoint. His crazy father is a priest for the Sons of Set cult and he fully intends for his son, Seth, to follow in his demented footsteps. Sean O'Keefe, the father, is everything I would expect in a diabolical and sadistic cult leader, and he terrified the hell out of me! Well done Kelsey Ketch, well done.
But back to Seth, the son. He was not what we normally get in paranormal YA hero (and I am grateful for that and give Kelsey a little more credit for it) He is essentially a spoiled-rich-high school-prince-douche that became infatuated by Natti. He has the two obligatory jerk wad wing men, both also members of the Sons of Set. To be honest I wasn't much of a Seth fan, only became slightly more of a fan after he proved he was more than his father's son.
But this book is called DAUGHTER OF ISIS, time to return to said daughter, Natti.
Natti finds a box her grandmother left her that contains a beautiful necklace and a confusing note telling her that she is a Daughter of Isis and needs to protect the necklace and her secret from all. But, as typical in books and movies, Natti has no idea what being a Daughter of Isis means, or even who they are and why she has to keep all of this a secret. Seth is a virtual story teller of Egyptian history, so naturally she's tempted to ask him about it. What she doesn't know, that can cost her her life, is that the Sons of Set are her sworn enemies and are hell bent on killing all the Daughters of Isis. 
That certainly puts a crimp in Seth's plans to get with Natti. 
I'm not sure how much more I can say without dropping some spoiler bombs, so I'll say this: I did read this book in one day. But I think that was because I was waiting for.......something that I felt the book promised but never delivered on. The potential was definitely there, just never seen through.
The second book SON OF SET is already out,and even though I did like this book, I'm not in a rush to get the second. I really have no idea where Kelsey is going to take the story from where she left it off in this book. That holds me back as much as it intrigues me.
Overall I like Natti, she's a solid character with just the right amount of snappy attitude and common sense. A trait that seems kinda hard to find at times. The cover is beyond gorgeous, and pushed me to give this book a 4 star rating rather than the 3 1/2 I was planning.
Thanks Mrs. Ketch and Lola for letting me review this fun book. Read on below for a nice excerpt from DAUGHTER OF ISIS.

You can find Daughter of Isis on Goodreads 

You can buy Daughter of Isis here:
- Kobo 
***Praise for Daughter of Isis***
“Daughter of Isis is an addicting and enthralling read brimming with Egyptian mythology. Readers will be pulled into the story after simply reading a page!” —Emily, Reader Rising

“I always enjoy a good book about Mythology and Daughter of Isis brings a thrilling modern day spin to one of the tales. Kelsey Ketch wove the story perfectly and sucked me right into her magnificent world.” —Naomi, Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Excerpt:
“Natti, you need to relax,” Seth finally said.
She froze in her place and looked at him. “Relax! Are you mental? My best friend was drugged!”
Seth stood up from the long, ratty sofa, peeled apart her hands, and took them into his. “You don’t know that for sure.” He brushed his thumbs over her skin in soft, smooth strokes. “Just let the doctors worry about it.”
The calm, soft tingle of his touch seeped through her skin, coursing lightly over her nerves and releasing their tension. Her mind and body began to calm down, making her realize how badly every muscle had been physically shaking. Slowly, layer upon layer of fear and stress simply vanished until she felt nothing at all. She looked up at Seth’s eyes, drawn to their warmth and comfort.
“Okay . . .” Natti spoke, almost breathless. “How do you do that?”
“Do what?” Seth’s voice was seductive as he leaned his forehead against hers. His scent of spice cologne, myrrh, and sandalwood consumed her senses, and his eyes captured her soul.
“This,” she pressed. “The sensations of your touch. I’ve been feeling it all night and even before. Ever since we met. And don’t try to lie. I know you’re doing it, but how?”
Seth smirked at her question, his eyes turning their focus to her hands. “It’s nothing.”
Natti couldn’t help smile as more of the tingling sensation slipped over her skin. “Oh, it’s something. What is it?”
His beautiful full lips tempted her with a smile. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”
“Try me.”
Silence fell between them while he seemed to think it over, meanwhile massaging her hands with his thumbs and fingers. The pressure, the release, each movement slowly pulling her thoughts and focus onto his hands. “Touch is a magical thing, Natti,” he explained. “It can comfort.” He raised one hand and stroked her cheek, soft and gentle. “It can entice.” His thumb moved along her jaw and applied pressure as it traveled down her neck, causing her to shiver with delight. “And it can hurt. Whatever the intensions, it brings two people together. It makes a certain . . . connection.”
Though there was no heaviness of a lie, she chuckled at his response. “You’re right. I don’t believe you. Touch is just a sense. A tool the human body uses.”
“Yes, and it’s a powerful tool when used the right way.” His honey voice teasing her, tempting her. “Now come sit with me and relax. Wanda will be all right.”



 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. For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

There you have it, addicts! Catch ya next time
-Dynomoon




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