Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo

Book: Two Graves (Retribution Series #1)

Author: Zoe Kalo

Plot: 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.

My rating: 4/5 stars


First of all a huge thanks to the author and her team for sharing the copy of the book with me and giving me an opportunity to read the author’s latest work

I had read author’s previous work and that book had wowed me for its simplicity and lucid narration but come to this book and I was completely surprised with the narration and language of the book because it was completely different from the author’s previous work

The book uses a very different language style and quality and something that was completely opposite to the author’s previous works in fact the book in itself is quite different. The book uses a poetic and adorned form of language and travels through very intricate style of explaining and describing things. The narration focuses on describing emotions much more than anything and that plays for both good and bad part of the book.

The buildup is too much for the book that one gets tired of trying to figure out what the story aims at and at the end it sort of disappoints as to not being able to match the buildup it created for nearly more than half of the book but on the other hand, if you love a very unique and artistic narration and something on a much couture style then this book is apt

The book is like a creative, melancholic stage drama where everything is portrayed in its larger than life version .

For one the book clearly needs an acquired taste. I did take my time to get used to the language because it is not your usual read In general aspect the book offered a very unique read in every aspect but when it comes to core theme I was sort of disappointed with the kind of end the book gave, in spite of such large buildup.

Since it’s a short novella I would say it barely takes your time and gives you a very unique experience.





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About 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.

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