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Book Blitz: ‘Daughter of the Sun’ by Zoe Kalo

Daughter of the Sun
~ Cult of the Cat Series Book 1 ~
About the Book:

 

Title: Daughter of the Sun
Series: Cult of the Cat Series, Book 1
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy / Paranormal
Word Count: 93,000 words
No. of Pages: 330

 

Mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic…

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.

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About the Author:

Storyteller at heart…

A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has remained. Today, Zoe passes her stories to you with lots of mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic.

Currently, she balances writing with spending time with her family, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

 

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Book Review: ‘Korian and Lucy Part II’ by Zoe Kalo

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Title: Korian and Lucy: A Cult of the Cat Short Story Part II

Published: 22nd October 2016

Author: Zoe Kalo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zoe-Kalo

Twitter: @zoekalowriter

Synopsis:

NOTE TO READERS: “Korian and Lucy: Part II” is NOT a novel. It is a companion short story (about 9,000 words) to ‘Daughter of the Sun’ (Cult of the Cat Book 1). It’s meant to be read AFTER ‘Daughter of the Sun’ and “Korian and Lucy Part I,” otherwise you won’t get the full meaning or references to characters.

BLURB:

It’s January on the Island of Cats and Lucy is secretly pregnant. Her love for Korian is as invincible as ever. Together, they experience the magic of their baby’s movement for the first time.

But the raging Marmara waters and stormy skies match the turbulent state of Lucy’s soul. Isis continues to haunt her dreams. Her aunt’s new ruby ring sends a chill of suspicion up her spine. Scorpions crawl on the edge of her mind… Could Korian be right? Was her aunt involved in his mother’s death?

When Lucy is forced to reveal her pregnancy, she discovers she’s not the only one with news, for her mother and her aunt both have astonishing revelations of their own…

In a world that wants to pull them apart, Korian and Lucy must do everything in their power to stay together.

Review:

This short story is set five months before the birth of Trinity. It is again told through Korian’s POV and then through Lucy’s diary entries. You do really need to read these in order, and have read Daughter of the Sun first, or you won’t really know what is going on.

Oh now things have got a little bit more interesting. Clues where mentioned in Daughter of the Sun that the three would need to work together and it looks like we get a clue as to who they might be. We also get a glimpse into Korian’s life and how his father and Bithiah, her aunt, know each other. There’s a dark past with them involving the death of his mother but to what purpose? Red seems to be the colour of choice for Bithiah, which we learned in Daughter of the Sun, but we get a first look at something she acquired through dark means.

The prophecy gets explained a bit more through Lucy’s diary entries. Her mothers time is spent trying to decipher the papyrus to get all the answers they need. Cats galore are still present throughout – which being a cat person I love. They are very intuitive creatures and can sense when something isn’t quite right. Love when Lucy writes that Isis said she was going to send someone to protect her and she replies ‘I already have’. I think its clear who she sent to keep an eye on her.

We end at not so much of a cliff-hanger but a pivotal moment before the final chapter takes place. It’s almost like a count down until Trinity is born. One you want to read but also slow down, as you know the outcome for the parents isn’t good. Danger is brewing on the island and it seems Isis isn’t the only god playing a part with human lives. The island itself is taking its share of the turbulent emotions running amuck but soon they will be heading to London. It will become the end of their story but the beginning of what’s to come. Lets see how it all plays out.

Both part I and II are short reads but still manage to keep you intrigued for what’s to come next. Best read together though I felt. Lets see what Part III has in store.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Author Assistant for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Korian and Lucy Part I’ by Zoe Kalo

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Title: Korian and Lucy: A Cult of the Cat Short Story Part I

Published: 17th June 2016

Author: Zoe Kalo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zoe-Kalo

Twitter: @zoekalowriter

Synopsis:

NOTE TO READERS: “Korian and Lucy: Part I” is NOT a novel. It is a companion short story (about 6,000 words) to ‘Daughter of the Sun’ (Cult of the Cat Book 1). It’s meant to be read AFTER ‘Daughter of the Sun,’ otherwise you won’t get the full meaning or references to characters.

It is the tragic love story of Korian and Lucy (Trinity’s parents) and takes place in The Island of Cats nine months before the birth of Trinity.

BLURB:

Something is stirring on the Island of Cats…

It’s early September. Korian and Lucy are newly discovering the indomitable intensity and power of their love. Lucy’s mother gives her a chilling warning her about their family curse and the tragic consequences this could have for Korian’s life.

But Lucy strikes a deal with the goddess Isis to keep Korian safe, a bargain that can’t be broken.

When disaster strikes, Lucy must ask what Isis really wants. Is she a mere pawn in the goddess’ scheming game, or are there other much darker forces at work?

The world wants to pull them apart, but Korian and Lucy are determined to stay together.

Review:

This short story is set nine months before the birth of Trinity. It is told through Korian’s POV and then through Lucy’s diary entries which gave it a different vibe to Daughter of the Sun. The Island of the Cats is still playing a part in a future that’s already been set in motion, with Lucy just a pawn in Isis’ game.

We get a glimpse into the love affair that would set a series of events into motion. The Goddess Isis clearly had her own agenda from the start, among the other Gods. She saw the special child that would be born from their romance. You can clearly see they were drawn together for a reason but they are merely pawns playing their part in a game they won’t see complete.

The curse of the Walford family, in regards to its priestesses, when it comes to the men they love is a bad one – death seems to become them. Lucy confides in her mother that she knows she can’t break the curse but that she feels its safe to be with Korian because Isis came to her in her dreams. The feeling of warmth and love from Isis soon gets misplaced when a vision shows Korian in an accident. The force of her love is what drives her to write in her diary that she would do anything to Isis if he didn’t survive. Call on all she would fear but the only threat that would make her pause it seems is one to end her own life. Now this is when Lucy knows she is part of something larger. Her life is important to a point but as she cannot see a future for herself, just a blank space of emptiness, she doesn’t really know what’s going to happen next. She just knows she needs to keep her threat clear so Korian is safe. He may know she is different but even with a voice telling him to stay away he can’t leave her. They are in it together, how long together time will tell.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Author Assistant for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Two Graves’ by Zoe Kalo

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Title: Two Graves: A Novella (Retribution Series Book 1)

Published: 31st August 2016

Author: Zoe Kalo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zoe-Kalo

Twitter: @zoekalowriter

Synopsis:

(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series of standalone novellas centered on the theme of revenge and a famous work of literature, in this case Dante’s Inferno.)

A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.

For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.

Review:

“Want to know my recipe for courage?” I said, barely above a whisper. “Welcome death. When you welcome death, there’s nothing to lose. When there’s nothing to lose, there’s no fear.”

Wasn’t sure what to really expect from this one but man alive from the moment I started I was gripped. A suspenseful thriller that draws you in and holds you right until the end – well for me anyway.

The story is told in two parts running alongside each other with Angelica being the key link. Present day you know she is a violinist playing at a concert, preparing to go to a masked ball after it. From the start you know she wants revenge and answers for something but are kept in the dark until near the end at a point in the book where nothing would get you to stop reading. The Maestro seems to be her focus but that doesn’t stop other characters being pulled into focus when the need arises.

The past is seven years previous where she lived with her mother and Shaun, who we later find out is her little boy. A cutie you want to wrap up to keep safe. She is focusing on an audition she has coming up to get into Julliard. If she can get that it could see her way to start a great career and be able to take care of Shaun better. Each memory we are shown shows the same day progressing. Bringing us that much closer to understanding what she needs revenge for.

At times in the present day she feels lost or at odds with what she plans to do. She has a gun and at the start of the evening has every intention of using it, but with outside forces seemingly pulling the strings is her game of revenge about to be over? Was she ever really in control? The moment she entered that mansion it was like she stepped in to the devils home. She’s falling down the rabbit hole into the abyss unless she can find a safe way out – that’s if she really wants it.

An enticing story and even though it was short it still had the ability to hold your attention. It didn’t need to be longer as the suspense was there. Characters were strong and well rounded in this dark delight – a psychological thriller at its best. Almost feel like you should listen to the music mentioned while reading to give you that extra kick of mystery and power behind the dialogue. Dante’s Inferno is mentioned a lot throughout though and as I haven’t read it in places I was a little confused. Its best to just to with the flow with this one and let it take you where it wants you to go, follow the music to lead you to the answers you seek.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Authors Assistant for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Daughter of the Sun’ by Zoe Kalo

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

Published: 1st April 2016

Author: Zoe Kalo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zoe-Kalo

Twitter: @zoekalowriter

Synopsis:

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.

CULT OF THE CAT – Series Blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.

But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.

In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. If you like cats, Ancient Egyptian mythology and history, mystery and intrigue then this is the book for you. Luckily I like all the above so this was a great book for me to get stuck into.

Trinity has grown up in a convent all her life after being abandoned as a newborn on its steps. She doesn’t like to see the cruelty of others and can be very hot headed, so when she sees the convent bully tormenting a cat, one that she’s come to like, she goes right over to sort her out. Talking doesn’t work though so she ends up punching her in the face; the cat gets a few scratches in too! Unfortunately for her though the nuns just happened to come back out at that moment and not before when Beth was pulling a cord around the cats neck. She is called in to see Mother Superior and goes straight on the offensive to explain what really happened not realising that’s not why she was called in. A strange feeling comes over her before she notices another woman in the room. She gets a shock when she finds out the reason behind her being there. She has a grandmother Margaret, one who has been looking for her for years and now wants her to come home. A sense of malevolence is coming from the messenger Dr Nassri though but she has no reason behind where it is coming from – yet! Before she leaves, only when they are alone, Mother Superior gives her a letter that was left with her as a baby. Something she feels she needs to keep secret and safe for it holds a mystery. Now she has to leave almost straight away. She is excited and a little scared but more than anything she doesn’t want to leave her best friend Brianna behind. She is a little hurt that Brianna isn’t there when she gets in the limo to say goodbye but gets a pleasant surprise when the cat she had saved earlier – soon to be called Slugger – jumps in with her, Brianna might be closer than you think. She is thinking there is no chance she can keep her until Dr Nassri says ‘What’s one more’. She only understands this when she gets to the island. It’s called the Island of Cats and is full of them. They outnumber humans 3 to 1 I think, definitely only an island for those who love cats – dog lovers I think will have to get your own island.

Trinity’s first impressions of the island are that of beauty from the scenery and its people – well that is right up to before a guy on a jet ski goes past splashing water all over her. All she wants to do now, other than dry off, is talk to her grandmother. She needs answers but doesn’t get what she was expecting. Her grandmother is very sick; something she thinks she can help with from one of her many personal mysteries she has carried for years. Her grandmother does get to speak to her but only for a moment and only long enough for her to tell Trinity that the three of them must work together. Trinity has no idea what that is meant to mean and other than a ring her grandmother passes over to her she doesn’t know what to think. Deep in the first night there she decides to try and get back into see her grandmother to see if she can heal her only to be stopped by Dr Nassri – who seems to appear as if from nowhere after Trinity sees what looks to be an outline of a big black cat. The news is bad when she wakes in the morning though as she fines her grandmother has died.

With her grandmother gone she fears she will never get the answers she seeks. But being an inquisitive person it doesn’t take long before she starts looking for the answers herself. Along the way she gets help from her ‘cousin’ Ara. She might come off as stuck up to begin with but it’s just a front. Once she gets to know her she realises she isn’t the only one who has been kept in the dark all her life.

There seems to be only one distraction for Trinity, slowing her down from finding out what is happening to her and what is going on with the islands secrets. And that comes in the form of Seth – the boy who happened to soak her with the jet ski her first day there. She is drawn to him in a way foreign to her from being so sheltered within the walls of the convent. She wants to be near him at first but when she finds out about a curse in her family line she knows she needs to keep her distance to keep him safe. It’s easy in theory but harder in real life.

With more secrets coming to life and hidden passageways showing a darker side of someone and the island itself, it’s not just the festival Ara and her need to worry about it might be their lives. The longer Trinity spends on the island the more she starts to understand it, and her families, past. It will also bring out more questions though – like ‘why am I acting like a cat?’ Great story to keep you intrigued right to the end, loved all the Ancient Egyptian mythology and history told throughout (I even remembered quite a bit of it from another book I had read ‘Lost Voices of the Nile’, shows something stuck!) and leaves it open for a good start to the rest of the series which I will want to check out.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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