Monday, May 2, 2016

Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo ~ Review Tour and Giveaway

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat #1)

Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mythology
Length: 330 Page
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Source: Review Request (tour)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

This was an amazing story! I really loved Trinity. Coming from a very sequestered background as an orphan at a nunnery, to a private island where she can do just about anything she wants. It's quite a journey she goes on - and the place and freedom are just the beginning.

I want to go to this island - desparately!!!! Cats are everywhere, and the island takes care of them so well - to the point that dogs are illegal. Can you imagine how many purrs and head butts you could get there? But these aren't just random cats - they are a very important part of the story as we learn the mythology of the cat goddesses of ancient Egypt.

The mythology was beautifully done. Revealed piece by piece as Trinity finds out more about her history and her destiny. Who she really is. Part of the mythology is revealed with one heck of a crazy lady, too. I loved the bad guy, incredibly developed and very scary at the end.

I'm going to have a hard time waiting for book two. While there wasn't a cliffhanger, there is definitely more to come in Trinity's story.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author:
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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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Jasmyn! This sounds like a great read and well written, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

    1. It was a lot of fun. Readers that enjoy the modern mythology stories will love it.