Genre: Fantasy Age category: Young Adult
“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*You can find Daughter of Isis on Goodreads.
Kelsey Ketch's debut novel will keep you reading from start to finish. I reallly didn't want to put it down for sleep.
Natara "Natti" Stone just moved to the United States from London after her grandmother is murder. Her father planned to live in a small town to let them both recover from the lost of their beloved but what they didn't know is that this little town in sunny California loves Egypt. After how much Egypt meant to her mother and grandmother and how they both died, this is the last thing they want but is too late to go back.
On her first day of school Natti meets Seth, charming, confident and don't takes no for an answer. Seth is used to getting what he wants with a simple look and a smile. He has all the girls in the school wanting to be his and he takes advantage of it. But Natti is immune to his charm and something inside Seth wants to control her and keep her all to himself.
I loved Natti's personallity. She's a strong and caring, she stands up for her friends and sometimes she just wants to fit in. I felt she was a very real character strugling to fit in not in just a new school but in a new country. She has a love-hate relationship with everything Egyptian, it conects her to her family but at the same time reminds her of their deaths. Seth on the other hand loves it.
The way Kelsey explains the myths and legends from Egypt makes it easy for the reader to understand and follow the story without needing Google to come to the rescue. The story is paced almost perfectly, while some moments felt a bit slow for my taste, I was never bored. The last part of the book specially keeps you on your toes.
What I really liked about it was the Seth's POV, they allows us to understand the in and outs of this secrets societies and how much pressure he's under from his father and order. It makes is easier to understand his character because he doesn't tell Natti much. For me, Seth grows a lot in this book. He learns about himself, about what he wants from life and what he's willing to risk to get it, even when that means going against everything he was ever told. Natti on the other hand is already a strong person but she discovers more about her heritage than herself.
As the blurb states, this book is better for mature teens, it contains drug use, alcohol, murders and some mention of rape.
Overall, I really Enjoyed Daughter of Isis and I can't wait to read the next book and see how it all continues.
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