Sunday, May 8, 2016

REVIEW BLITZ ~~ Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA Mythological Fantasy
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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.
3 Out Of 5 Stars
 As soon as I heard that this book would be based on Egyptian mythology, I was immediately intrigued.  The fact that it was YA – in this particular case – made it even better, because I thought it would focus more on the history aspect than adding in too much romance that can sometimes get distracting.  In this case, I was not disappointed.  It was definitely more based on the mythology than on the characters’ relationships.

When Trinity is mysteriously dropped off at a convent, even more mysteriously found almost 17 years later by a grandmother she never knew she had, and picked up by an “assistant” of her grandmother’s that instantly gave her a bad feeling, I knew we were getting into a good story; especially when there are hints that there may be something unusual about Trinity leading up to this point.

However, what got me interested in the book also made the book feel like it was dragged out a bit too much.  There were several parts where there was so much Egyptian mythology explained, that although interesting, it made the story drag, and distracted from the buildup of exciting parts.  There was so much explanation, in fact, that in some parts I got confused as to which historical figure was possibly causing current day events, and if they even WERE causing them.

I really, really liked the direction this story was going, and I it kept my interest all the way to the end, even though it was at times information heavy, but then I ended up disappointed when I got to the ending only to find a very open, and slightly confusing cliffhanger.  It didn’t wrap most things up, but leave the door open for the next chapter in the next book.  For me personally, it seemed like a lot of work to get to the end of this one with not as many answers as I would’ve liked, and therefore I’m not sure if I want to go through that much in reading the next book.  However, if you’re looking for a book that has very interesting information about a great deal of Egyptian mythology, you may like this book very much.  For me personally, it just wasn’t enough balance of story and history – it was a bit too heavy on the historical information for me.  This book is definitely a personal preference in what you are looking for in the story.  As I said, it was still very good, and kept my interest, it was just a little TOO much for me in what I was looking for in a story.

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.

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