Saturday, November 2, 2013

Daughter of Isis Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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“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*

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My Review:

3.5 Egyptian Mythological Stars! 

As soon as I heard that this book was about Egyptian mythology, I knew I had to have it. I've been wanting to read more books like this, and I'm glad to say that Daughter of Isis was an enjoyable read, suspenseful and enchanting until the very end. 

In the beginning, we meet Natara "Natti" Stone, a British girl with Egyptian ancestry. After her grandmother died, her father relocated them to Setemple, California. Ever since her mother died, Natti has grown tired of anything to do with Egypt, and so has her father. So imagine her surprise when they arrive in town and see a pyramid statue outside the town hall. The school's mascot is a Pharaoh. The town even has a Pharaoh's Festival. She's surrounded by her ancestry, even more so when she finds a letter by her grandmother and a box containing an Eye of Horus necklace. And a secret that's been passed down from mother to daughter over the centuries.

As to the secret, the author keeps us in suspense throughout the book. Much of what is happening revolves around Natti trying to stop the advances of Seth. Now, I'm leery of Seth. Honestly, what he and his friends do is disgusting. Though when you learn why, when you learn that Seth is a Son of Set, much of his attitude makes absolute sense. For Set is the God of chaos and destruction. And Seth and his friends worship this God. I got more of the Egyptian mythology when it came to Seth's POV than in Natti's. It's ingrained in him; it's his way of life and how he's been taught. But Seth is more than a Son of Set; out of all of them, he has a conscience. And a heart.

I enjoyed the interactions between Natti and Seth, although sometimes it became too repetitive and too high school. I also thought Natti would be better able to resist Seth's charm. As a Daughter of Isis, I was hoping to see that she had more power than truth. That she could stop his advances much easier. But I also loved seeing her resistance, her strength. I thought Natti was a strong character, although I wanted to shake her sometimes and make her see the truth that she'd been ignoring. It takes her a long time to realize something isn't right with Seth. But there's more to this guy than wanting to please his father and keep wreaking havoc and chaos for his God. Seth starts questioning everything about his life when he meets Natti. The character development he goes through was interesting to watch unfold. 

I would have loved more of the Egyptian mythology. Much of what it's about is unveiled in random places throughout the story. Not random so much as it just made me want to know everything, so I became impatient to find out why Natti is so different. But the dangerous and intense sacrificial ceremony for Set by his followers near the end made up for that. This book had me hooked from the beginning with its underlying mystery, and it didn't disappoint. And that cliffhanger ending left me wanting more of the story and more of these characters. :)

As a debut novel and as the start to a new series, Daughter of Isis was so good! It snared my attention from the very beginning, and I loved how the story-line was intertwined with a little romance, a little Egyptian mythology, a little bit of suspense, and a whole lot of mystery and intrigue.


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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.

***Author Links***
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***GIVEAWAY!!!***
2 e-copies of Daughter of Isis (mobi or epub) + Swag (INT)  

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for participating in the blog tour!

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    1. You're so welcome! I enjoyed the book and can't wait to read Son of Set. :)

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