Daughter of the Sun: #bookreview

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I discovered this book, Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat by Zoe Kalo on Goodreads. Someone posted a note in of the book groups asking if anyone would like to do a review.

Normally, I don’t read books on Kindle. It always seems like it would be convenient but I like real books. This is the first book that I’ve ever finished on the Kindle App so it must have been decent.

The main character, Trinity, is an orphan who discovers that she has a grandmother. She spends quite a bit of time learning about her family history, which has been kept a secret from her. It is like pulling teeth to get anyone to tell her anything about . . . well, anything.

She moves to an island filled with cats. It seems like a dream come true. However, Trinity has to do some major investigating to find answers. She also says, “I want answers,” on every other page. That’s an exaggeration but she does say it too much.

Overall, the book held my interest. Part of the story involves Egyptian myths about Bastet, who is generally referred to as a cat goddess. Her original title was “lioness warrior goddess of the sun.” If that phrase was on a shirt, I would totally buy it.

There is also a romantic love interest. I read another review that said the love story wasn’t necessary but I believe that it plays an important part of the story. I can’t tell you why because it would give away too much.

If you’re interested in Egyptian mythology, cats and mysteries then you will enjoy “Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat.”

 

 

Connect with the author Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook/ Twitter

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*This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours. 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Crane Wives, Foxlore

The Crane Wives, a quartet from Grand Rapids, Michigan, remind me that there is still really great acoustic rock bands out there. In the past, I listened to a lot of acoustic music. (Hellooooo Lilith Fair, I miss you so much.)

The Crane Wives are close enough to where I live that it’s possible to catch a live show.

The album, Foxlore, was released in 2016. They write their own music. It comes from an honest place. In fact, their bio on Facebook says that their interests are, “Creating honest music and sharing it as much as possible.” I believe them.

Their music is like Indie- Pop-Rock, sort of like Jewel but more upbeat. They use three part harmony and acoustic instruments in most of their songs.  I love all of their songs, but “Curses” and “The Ghost”  are my personal favorite.

Kate Pillsbury and Emilee Petersmark are the lead singers. They both play the guitar too. Bassist Ben Zito and percussionist / vocalist Dan Rickabus round out the band line up.

Foxlore on Spotify

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Hag-Seed: #bookreview

 

The book  Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood is a reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. If you haven’t read the tempest or haven’t read it in over 15 years like yours truly, there is a two-page description in the back of the book. However, I think that most people will understand without the summary of The Tempest.

The main character, Felix, is a famous theater director who is betrayed by his right hand man, Tony. He exiles himself to a shack in the middle of nowhere. Felix remains a hermit until he sees an opportunity for redemption and revenge by teaching prisoners about literature. I cannot tell you any more except to say that many of the characters in The Tempest mirror characters in Hag-Seed.

 

I read The Tempest when I was in college. I remember that it was one of my favorite stories but I couldn’t remember why. So I was so excited to see that Margaret Atwood wrote a book based on The Tempest.

It only took me two days to finish the book. I only put it down when it was absolutely necessary. Sometimes I would watch Lost on Netflix while reading the book. The show was more like background noise.

The book did remind me why I loved The Tempest. It was like a magical soap opera – as good as any telenovella. It had drama, romance and magic.

I cannot even name one thing that was bad about the book. I think it’s a really great book and everyone should read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Stars at Night, The Beginning

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Stars at Night is a kickass group of four ladies from Los Angeles. They are a little bit punk, a little bit rock and roll – some of my favorite things in the world.

Their first album, The Beginning is available on Bandcamp. It was released in 2010. They were supposed to release a second, self-titled album in 2016; however, I cannot find it.

 

You guys should defnitely listen to and buy this album. This morning I was feeling less than motivated. After listening to Stars at Night, I feel re-energized. Coffee also helps. I highly recommend Stars at Night and coffee.

I enjoyed the songs, “Not Torn Apart,” “Your Destiny” and

If I was going to be in a band, I would want to be in this band. They have so much energy and talent. However, I don’t have musical abilities so maybe they would let me be a roadie or the band photographer or something.

 

Stars at Night, The Beginning on Bandcamp

Stars at Night on Facebook