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review 2014-06-09 07:30
Tour Stop: Guest Post, Giveaway & Book Reviews: Daughter of Isis (#1) & Son of Set (#2) by Kelsey Ketch
Daughter of Isis - Kelsey Ketch

Series: Descendants of Isis #1

Publication Date: 26 October 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Source: Dark World Books (In exchange for an honest Review)

Audio or Book: ebook

Length: 272 pages


“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*


Official Trilogy Book Trailer







My Review:

Wow what a book! I first saw The Daughter of Isis a while ago and though, I must try read this book sometime. Then I saw the tour for Son of Set and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the tour! I love books with strong Egyptian themes and this book did not disappoint. 


Characters & Storyline: 4/5

Kelsey does a wonderful job creating unique, strong and interesting characters. Natti & Seth were the most well developed out of all the characters. They were easy to connect to and care about. I enjoyed the fact that Natti could resist Seth's charm and see what a jerk he was initially, but I also enjoyed the fact that she could see the person beyond the facade. I was initially a bit frustrated that Natti knew so little about her heritage but it is definitely worth the wait to find out more. I do wonder why her grandmother did not leave her more answers and hope to find out more in the next book. Seth is totally swoon-worthy and the story has so many memorable moments. Natti is feisty - I love british persona and humor that she brings to the story. She is smart, quick and observant.  


The storyline was captivating and you couldn't help but get caught up in the story! 


Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  

The plot was great and the pace was perfect. Kelsey has an easy and enticing writing style and really does a great job bringing this story to life. Kelsey ends with so much suspense that I am so glad i can just pick up Son of Set and see what happens next!


Cover talk: 5/5 

What a gorgeous cover! It did catch my attention when I first saw it and I  definitely would have picked this one up in a book store!

Final Thoughts: 

This is possibly the best Egyptian theme book I have read so far and that is huge since I really have high expectations from books like this. If you love mythology.. get this book now!


My Rating:






Series: Descendants of Isis #2
Publication Date: 02 May 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Dark World Books (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 292 pages





“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”



Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra. 


Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.




*Note: Content for Upper YA*






I haven't quite finished the book in time for this post but I can tell you it is just as good and exciting! Seth and Natti are now on the run and Son of Set is full of exciting steamy moments, tender ones that make you heart melt as well and quite a few surprises! 


Guest Post: The Influence of Dreams


I’m in my old high school, after hours. My old backpack hangs over one shoulder as I walk through the familiar halls. The school is completely empty, just how I like it. I would usually find a little hidden nook to do homework, or sketch, or write. Easy-peasy. I know this place like the back of my hand.


So why can’t I find the exit?


I pass through several classrooms and even several bathrooms, but there aren’t any doors leading to the outside. Not even the enclosed courtyard! And the halls are starting to lead into dead ends I never knew existed.


It was like the school was becoming a labyrinth.  


I finally stumble to my locker, which is weird. I don’t remember it being across from the girl gym lockers before, but at least it’s something familiar. I go to open it, entering a random combination I seem to know by heart, when sudden I’m pulled away and forced to turn around.


A boy stands in front of me. I know him as someone I don’t like or trust. Yet his smile, I can’t seem to pull my vision away from it as he talks too rapidly for me to understand a single word he says. Besides, I’m too freaked by how close he is to me. He’s definitely in my personal space, but I don’t know how to feel about it. Should I just go with it? Should I shove him away? Maybe even kick him in the balls? Before I can make a decision, his lips are on mine in an awkward kiss, which sends my head spinning. My entire body cringes, and nausea take hold of my stomach.


Unfortunately, I’m also paralyzed. My brain has completely shut down for some unknown reason and I just can’t think straight. I watch him pull away with a gleeful grin, holding my backpack in his hand, and still, I don’t move. I know I should yell, shout, maybe even tackle him, but I’m still in shock from the kiss that still tingles my lips.


I watch him take off with my things and the next thing I realize is I’m on the floor, the entire building on fire around me. I call for help, but my throat is too dry and too sore to even cry a harsh whisper. I cough, try get to my knees and crawl, only to collapse again. I can’t get out. I have no clue where I am or where an exit might be. So I let myself fall back to the floor, praying for someone—anyone—to help.


What I didn’t expect was see the boy who just used a kiss to deceive me. He kneels over me, speaking once again. I think he’s even saying my name, but I can’t make it out. I head is too fogged over to concentrate. I can only tell by his expression that he’s in a panic as he desperately tries to pull me to my feet. Yet my body has already given up the fight. So, in a last ditch effort, he lifts me up and carries me out, finding the exit which I had failed to find before . . .


Dreams are such funny thing. Not only do they reveal truths about your thought process—which in that case, I’m sure Sigmund Fraud would’ve loved me as a case study—but they help inspire the imagination.


To those who have read Daughter of Isis already, this dream actually should sound somewhat familiar. In fact, it’s the one that started it all. This is the first scene I ever wrote for the Descendant of Isis Series before the concept was even fully developed. Interesting, right? I mean, who would’ve guess that a full trilogy could stem from just this one dream?


Yet it did, and it wasn’t so much the dream itself that captured my attention. These sorts of dreams (labyrinths, feeling lost or chased by some sort of danger, never finding a way out, being an inch from death before waking up) are typical for me. I still get them, even today. But there was one new anomaly I couldn’t get out of my head: the boy who saved me.


I’m sure my dream books could have told me what it meant, but honestly, I wasn’t interested in the meaning of the dream. I was interested in the boy’s backstory. Apparently, I knew who he was in my dream, but I wanted to know who he really was? What was he looking for in my things? And why come back to rescue me after he had clearly gotten what he wanted?


Slowly, I started answering my own questions, writing them in a journal. The story just blossomed from there. A day later, I brought in the Isis and Osiris story into play, along with the tale of Ra’s secret name. Kind of amazing, really. I never had a book hit me quite like this one. All because of a boy—one I obviously didn’t fully like, ironically—in a dream. 




Author Bio:

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.


Author Links: Goodreads l Website l twitter








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review 2013-11-08 00:00
Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)
Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #... Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1) - Kelsey Ketch 3.5 Stars! Liked it, but there was a few parts that were incredibly disturbing to me and I just can't get past them. I am interested to see what happens in the next book because of where this one ends, I just hope that the next one isn't disturbing. Full review to follow for the blog tour.
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review 2013-11-03 00:00
Daughter of Isis
Daughter of Isis - Kelsey Ketch This was a fantastic read! When I choose to read this book, it sounded intriguing and I figured I would enjoy it. However, it turns out that this novel was better than I had anticipated!

It starts of with teenager Natara Stone (Natti) moves to America with her father. They leave their home in London after the tragic murder of her grandmother. The come to the small town of Setemple only to learn in it has very strong Egyptian theme (including a pyramid). This sets the pair off as it reminds them of Natti's mother who died. Upon arriving at their new home and unpacking, Natti comes across a box her grandmother had given her and in the box was a mysterious letter her grandmother had left for her to find. This is when my interest really picked up. I quickly wanted to unravel the hints of the letter.

The other character we meet is Seth. At first I could not stand him! He charms his way through school and sleeps his way through most of the female population there. Although I loved seeing how he keeps chasing after strong-willed Natti! While is character is sleazy at first once I started reading more from his perspective I actually felt sorry for him. He is a tricky one to peg down. His best friends, Q and Ky, I hate. Nothing nice to say about them. Natti, on the other hand, I LOVED. She is spirited, caring, witty and full of life! She is very easy to like and I enjoyed seeing her British backround show up now and then.

Overall, Kelsey Ketch did a good good with blending in some Egyptian style and lore into this book. It is easy to follow and she explains things well. The book has a great pace to it. Brisk enough to keep things going but paced enough to draw the reader in.

This book has some very mature themes in it. Lots of sexual references, drugs, human sacrifice, mind control, etc. Nothing too strong of over the top, but dark enough that I encourage this more for older teens and adults only. It starts off light but as the story delves deeper it also gets darker. So readers be warned!

There is a romantic element here, but it is mixed with possession, fear, hate and confusion that it by no means is a main focus. It has just enough to have you wonder about the pair but nothing more. This was a nice change in a young adult novel that focuses on a male/female lead combo.

This is a great read for fantasy or mythology fans! The book draws you in and keeps you wondering the outcome every step of the way. I hope to know more about the next book in the series soon. it is definitely one I will be keeping an eye out for!
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review 2013-11-02 05:11
Review - Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch
Daughter of Isis - Kelsey Ketch

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*


Daughter of Isis is a YA urban fantasy featuring a mysterious organization rooted in ancient Egyptian culture that has set up shop in the desert of California. It's somewhat ironic that Natti and her father leave England to escape the Egyptian artifacts that dominated the lives of her murdered grandmother and mother, only to end up in Setemple, CA dominated by the dangerous Sons of Set.

Natti is confused by her grandmother's murder and by the strange heirloom she left behind. Not only that, but some of the students at her new school have strange 'abilities'. She spends a lot of time running from Seth who has developed an intense interest in her. Though she's attracted to Seth, she tries desperately to avoid him due to his player reputation which she has witnessed with her own eyes. At home she works on a translation for the mysterious necklace left to her by her grandmother.

Seth is the son of the high priest for the Sons of Set. He has been groomed to one day take over from his father. He is blessed with a magical ability to charm everybody. Everybody except Natti, which fuels his interest in her. In this novel Seth is the one who goes through a big change as he realizes that what he has been taught his entire life doesn't mesh with his new feelings and views.

The plot is interesting, though, I do admit that I've always loved the ancient Egyptian culture. I loved Natti, and though I wanted to hate Seth (and did at the beginning), he managed to worm his way into my good graces by the end. The dialogue between Natti and her American friends was amusing at times, especially when she had to explain her idioms. The beginning and ending of the novel are fast-paced, but the middle drags just a bit.

I recommend Daughter of Isis to everyone 17+ that enjoys urban fantasy with a bit of romance. The content of this novel is not suitable for younger readers due to sexual situations. If you like ancient Egyptian culture, definitely add this one to your to-read list.

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review 2013-11-02 01:00
Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch
Daughter of Isis - Kelsey Ketch

And here I though I would be reading a light, paranormal book for fun. Kelsey Ketch showed me different. I was completely surprised by what I found in the covers of this book, though it took me some time to get there. When it began, it felt a lot like Twilight. There was just too many similarities to ignore. Unfortunately, I still don’t love that about the book. The good news is that it really got into a groove of its own. That’s when things got interesting.


I’ll go ahead and admit that I know absolutely nothing about Egyptian mythology. I’ve read one book containing it, and that was years ago. I guess I can’t really be an authority on how well the mythology is represented, but it really works. It felt genuine, and I did cheat a little and check out some other reviews to see if other readers agree. The consensus seems to be that the mythology is perfectly incorporated. I guess I’ll have to brush up on my Egyptian mythology for the next one.


The characters were tough. While I liked Nattie, for the most part, she sometimes irritated me. Seth was awful throughout most of the book and she still found him attractive. I don’t know about everyone else, but there’s just a point where hot guys turn ugly, and he was definitely walking that line. Obviously, I wasn’t a big fan of Seth. He got a little better as I learned more, and I expect there’s more to learn in the coming book. I have to admit it irks me a little that there are so few characters to like. Sometimes having great evil characters is wonderful, but I also need someone to get invested in fully. Nattie was pretty much my option for that.


What I really liked about this book was what I would consider a kind of commentary on gender roles. The men is the book are held most of the power. It was sometimes hard to read, but I think it’s an important message. After all, in many parts of the world, that’s still true. Even in our society in the U.S. women are often objectified and seen as more of a sexual object than anything else. Just listen to the way some of your guy friends talk about them when they think you’re not listening. I think what makes this a really interesting and original book is that Ketch is dealing with the issue of gender roles and sex as a tool for power in a fantasy setting. It’s probably not the first time an author’s done that, but it’s the first time I’ve read a book like this.


There are some flaws, but it’s a worthwhile read. I recommend this to reading of fantasy and paranormal fiction. I also think this book is best suitable for ages 16 and up. While there’s nothing particularly explicit going on, there are what I would consider adult themes that are better dealt with by older teens or young adults.

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