Review | Daughter of Kali: Awakening by Shiulie Ghosh

Monsters are real. And I might be one of them.

Kaz Deva definitely has her demons. She’s a half-Asian teenager with a chip on her shoulder and a home life she desperately wants to escape. But then she witnesses the impossible – her mother killing a monster without breaking a sweat. And suddenly her world is turned upside down.

Kaz discovers she comes from a long-line of demon-slayers stretching all the way back to the Goddess Kali herself. An ancient deity who seems to have plans for her.

Kaz is dragged right into the middle of a supernatural war, and everything she thought she knew turns out to be a lie. Except her feelings for a guy she can never have.

As she learns the truth of who she is and where she comes from, something awakens inside her. Something cold and ruthless. It could make her almost invincible. But it could also drive her to darkness.

With the battle between Warriors and demons becoming ever more deadly, Kaz must find a way to survive her destiny and save the people she loves.

Can she embrace her power and become the Warrior the world needs?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one but wanted to read it based on the synopsis. This was a really fun read that moved at a good pace with serious Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes. Kaz as a character definitely had a lot to adjust to and deal with which is not always an easy thing – but was very compelling, even when her behavior wasn’t the best. The side characters also had depth and felt dimensional, which was great to see, especially in a debut. The writing style kept the book moving at a good pace and felt very polished. Overall it was a fun and fast read.

Happy reading!

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