Kelsey Ketch on Redemption In YA Novels

Today’s guest post is by author extraordinaire Kelsey Ketch. Kelsey is the author of Descendants of Isis series. Next week you’ll learn a bit more about the series for now, enjoy this guest post.

Kelsey KetchRedemption in Young Adult Novels

Many plots in Young Adult are about redemption, usually for one’s self or in another character. In my young adult fantasy series, the Descendants of Isis, it’s actually one of the major themes when it come to my main character, Seth O’Keefe.

If you started reading Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis Book 1)
today, you would find out first hand that Seth is definitely not the perfect book boyfriend. He’s does things that generally make people’s skin crawl, even Natti’s. It’s what he does. It’s what he’s born to do.

Seth’s family worships the Egyptian god of chaos, Set, and he and his father are two of the last blessed with the power to charm anyone into anything. The expectations placed on him and his future in his cult are phenomenal. It also doesn’t help that his cravings for lust and greed resonate from a dark presence that rules overs his heart.

But redemption isn’t always about righting all the wrongs in someone’s life. For Seth, that would be impossible. Finding a reason to change, on the other hand, and being brave enough to do so might be another story. It would only take the right person to see beyond the charm:

Seth crept up behind Natti’s locker door and leaned against the wall while he waited. Swinging her backpack over her shoulder, she shut the door and jumped.

“Oh, bloody hell!” She placed a hand over her heart, startled. “And here I thought this might actually be a good day. Silly me.”

She began to walk away, and Seth stepped into her pace. Slipping his hand into hers, he called on Set’s blessing. An easy application of magic trickled from his fingertips into her skin. “Skip first period with me. I know a little, quiet place we can just talk.”

Natti pulled her hand away. “You’re lying again. And I already know what your intentions really are, so cut the bull.”

The predator inside him was growing hungrier. Seth stepped in front of her, increasing his power so it radiated from his body and enveloped his victim. “Okay then. Let me take you away from all this to a place where we can learn all about each other. In the physical sense.”

Natti gargled a chuckle and brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Wow. You are really laying it on thick today, aren’t you?”

“Come on, Natara!” Seth stared into her sparkling amethyst irises. They captured him immediately, drawing him in like a moth to a flickering flame. “Don’t you want to be with me? To let me set your blood on fire with pleasure?”

Using his charm, he mentally instructed her to touch him. He felt her mind give a bit, and Natti raised her hand. It hovered in mid-air for a moment; her fingers stretched out to brush his chest. Natti shook her head, regaining her focus, and quickly reached for the strap of her backpack instead. Seth’s heart sank into the pit of his stomach.

“Actually, no.” Natti shrugged and walked around him. “Not at all.”

Seth growled, “You’re going to fall under my spell one of these days, Natara Stone. I can promise you that.”

She smiled. “You must really thrive on rejection then. As I said before, it’s going to take a lot more than you can offer to get with me.”

“You’ll find in time that it’s just enough.” He laid his arm over her shoulders. His confidence building when she didn’t pull away. He amplified his spell, hoping the dose would finally let him slip in and take control.

“What is it with you? It’s like—” Natti let out a soft moan and placed the palm of her hand to her forehead. “Oh God, why do these conversations we have always give me a headache? I think this the worst yet.”

Will Seth really be able to redeem himself? Find out by reading the series. 🙂

About Kelsey

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.

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