Book Review: Two Graves: A Novella by Zoe Kalo [Blog Tour]


“A Ball… A Violin Player…Revenge.”

Title: Two Graves

Author: Zoe Kalo

Series: “Retribution” (Book #1)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 121

Format: eBook (PDF)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (🌟🌟🌟)

Review Also Posted On: Goodreads

Book Synopsis:

(TWO GRAVES is a short novella. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series.)

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.

Book Review:

Story begins with a girl giving herself a pep talk before she was going to the ball to play in an Orchestra. in the ball after playing… the main character seems to be interested with the Maestro… later on the Main Character’s name was revealed as Angelica… and she was in the restroom with the Nauseated Melanie, Angelica’s Character seems to be uncomfortable talking to other people she seems socially awkward and quite disturbed. Each chapter would go from Present to  Seven Years ago, Where Angelica said “Where it all started.” She woke up late… went to the kitchen to have Breakfast… saw Shaun (her son)and her mom. didn’t feel like talking so she excused her self and went out. and got to McDonald’s and ate the food. went to the bathroom… aaaand regurgitated everything she ate… with some blood… the story keeps jumping from Present to Seven years ago and you will follow Angelica’s adventure on the Boozed up, Drugged up, Mansion. Where she seeks revenge for the death of her son. (if I add anymore details…. I’d spoil the whole story.)

The Book, 

I don’t really give book ratings like 3 stars on books I review. but I have to be honest with my reviews. Considering this was a Novella, books usually redeem themselves near the ending of the book. but Two Graves left me quite confused. so I’ll talk about the positive things about the book first. Present to past Chapters, The details on the Classical Music used and Played. even the details in their surroundings. so that’s all the things I like din the book, now to the things that kinda bugged me… the book gives off a poetic feel…. that would sound good if I was talking about a book with poetry in it but. almost all the paragraphs had a poetic feel that’d leave you confused AF, it was a little too much. And at times the character would imagine bloody scenarios or she’d imagine stuff while she’s playing her instrument. If you’re not that much of a book reader and you decided to try and read this book since well it is only a 121 pages… but you’d literally have a list of words you wouldn’t understand… let’s just say some words her are too deep…  I tried to make a friend of mine read it and she stopped reading it after a few chapter… because you’re like 5 or 8 chapters in the book but you’re still confused as to what’s happening. I get that it is about revenge, getting max, but the way it was told was really….. CONFUSING. and the ending seemed really lacking. in ways the story should have a little something on the the last few chapters but it didn’t. overall a fast paced book, since it is just a Novella and Novellas isn’t really that long. But more simple words. would’ve gone a long way.

Would I recommend this book?

Yeah.I’d recommend it since it is just a Novella… you’d finish it in hours… even minutes. I say that it is quite confusing but maybe the author would redeem herself in the other books in this series we would find out soon enough.


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