Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

Posted May 2, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

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Daughter of the Sun by Zoe KaloDaughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo
Series: Cult of the Cat #1
Published by Create Space on April 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 330
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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five-stars

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew. But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities. Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

Main points

This book was so super good! It had a fantastic plot and great characters. A really nice mix. The romance—what little of it there was (so far)—was also done well.

I liked Trinity a lot. It’s not often that I read about girls who are very hot-headed and have quick tempers. And disobey rules. It’s refreshing. It’s also pretty neat to watch someone turn into a cat—basically. I’ve always considered myself part-cat, so it’s fun to see it for real. Man, I do love cats though. And it was pretty clear that some of the other characters were definitely bad. Others were questionable but revealed themselves. I was iffy about Ara, her eventual friend, at first but once they actually became friends it was much better. It’s so much better having friends than not. Then I began to like her. I could see where she was coming from even if she wasn’t likable all the time. I did like how the two girls were so different. And Seth doesn’t have a huge role here, but he might later.

The plot was busy but super exciting. It was one of those things that you have to try to figure out—connect the dots where you can. Some mysteries I guessed a mile off, and others came out of nowhere. Some of them just sort of gradually became confirmed without being officially discovered, but it didn’t matter so much to me because I had been treating it as fact the whole time. For sharp eyes and sharp senses it will be easy. Anyway, I’m usually more of a Greek mythology person—Percy Jackson and all that—and the one time I started Riordan’s Kane Chronicles, I so wasn’t into it. I felt like I would have been except I didn’t know as much as I did about Greek mythology at the time. I don’t know what it was now—maybe because it’s been so long since I’ve read Percy Jackson, or because it was introduced properly—but this time the mythology was a lot easier to keep straight and I enjoyed it tons. I was kind of looking for Set, though. Anubis, his son, was mentioned once. Osiris’s mutilation was mentioned, but she didn’t mention that it was Set who did it, or that Set helped Ra get rid of Apep. Maybe he is not important to the story. Maybe he is not important yet. Oh well. I’m prepared if he comes up.

But everything about the book was great. Great writing, great characters, great plot. Very immersive reading experience. I’m glad, because I really want to get into Egyptian mythology, and the best way to do that (for me) is through fiction.

 reaction upon finishing

OH SO GOOD

this book in one word

CATS

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About Zoe Kalo

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Rating
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
four-stars
Ending
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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