Another great read from this author: this time a really creative novella!
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. Goodreads
This is billed as a YA book but it read much older, not necessarily in content but in the telling. That was a really nice surprise because I’ve read similar blurbs for other YA books but this one felt like it really broke the mold, nothing like any other I’ve read from this genre!
It uses Dante’s Inferno as a backdrop in more ways than one, many obvious connections and some more subtle ones. These all tied together really nicely and elevated the intelligence of this book. It was really, really well done! I haven’t read Inferno though I have heard of it, but this one actually reminded me of a different book I read, Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, which also involves a maze of rooms.
This novella moves very quickly and at times, it feels like the narrator may be going slightly mad. Her thoughts jump back and forth and what’s real and what’s not gets all confused. I’m still not really sure that everything that the narrator describes really happened or if some of it was just in her mind, but this confusion felt deliberate. It all plays into the theme of this descent into hell and makes the novella more myth-like.
I really would like to read more about this story, though I’m not sure there’s anything more to tell! It was a really enjoyable read, definitely a dark story but entertaining all the same. I think I’ve got a new favourite author on my list (same author as the Daughter of the Sun)!
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About the Author: 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. She is the author of the YA fantasy series CULT OF THE CAT.
Who are your favourite YA authors? Let me know in the comments!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review