Reviews and information about books in the Occult genre that aren't romance-based or contain very little romance. If you have a book that fits that criteria and you're interested in having me review it, contact me. 

Daughter of Kali: Awakening By Shiulie Ghosh

I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This! This book is what I’ve been searching for, for a long while now. If not apparent, I adore supernatural stories that aren’t romance oriented, and Daughter of Kali sure did deliver. Yes, there’s some sexual attraction the main character feels for another, but it doesn’t distract from the main story. The author gives exactly what they promised, and I couldn’t be happier.

Kaz, the MC, is a lot of fun. She acts like a real teenager with a chip on her shoulder would. She can be loud and brash, but she does understand her limitations. Kaz is tough, but not a super badass because she hasn’t gotten any training yet. I would have chucked this story out the window if the main character was as amazing as her mom right from the start.

My favorite character is Em, though. She’s not just the nerdy sidekick that gets in the way more often than not. No, she’s awesome! What she’s able to do with magic is just incredible, and I believe that she’d be able to do what she does. I really sense her and Kaz’s relationship, and they play off one another so well. I could read a story just with the two of them, or just with Em. (I may have a tiny crush on this character.)  

I’m a huge mythology fan. I know more about Greek mythology since it’s the first mythology I read and fell in love with, but I couldn’t get enough of the Hindu mythology. It was easy to follow without being info-dumpy. I’m eager to see more of it, especially the demons. Those were really cool and creepy.

I have three qualms. The first is the presence of Kali. At first, she seemed to be more of a manifestation of Kaz’s subconscious as a way to cope with what happened to her mom, but then Kali relayed information that Kaz could no way know. So, was Kali actually there? Why? What connection does Kaz have to Kali, if any? Will Kali become relevant in the next installments?

The second I can’t go too much into without going into spoiler territory, but it deals with Em and her love interest. I really, really hope the author doesn’t take it in the direction I’m thinking. The way it is right now, it’s incredible. I’ve never seen it before (not saying it’s never happened, but I don’t read a lot of YA anymore), and I’d like it to continue. Em deserves it, damn it!

I did notice a few technical issues toward the end of the novel. These would have been caught with one more edit. The mistakes didn’t take away from the story, though, but they did smack me in the face a little since the rest of this novel is perfectly constructed.

I’m really, really eager to read the next book. This story has a great amount of action, magic, world-building, plot, and emotion. If you’re into those type of stories, this is definitely the book for you. I give this a 4.5!


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