Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mini Reviews: Akata Witch, And Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

So here's my first mini review post.

I'm doing a 365 book challenge. I'm on book 18 which is "Don't Breathe A Word" by "Jennifer Mcmahon"

So, unto my reviews.

Akata Witch
Description
from Goodreads
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent,” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too

Review
You don't find a lot of paranormal (and young adult) African books so I was excited to read this and I'm glad I did.

The charcters (and the reader) are constantly reminded that the world doesn't revolve around them. No matter how important you (think you) are, the universe will go on without you.

The only thing I didn't particularly like was the resolution. It was too easy, considering all the foreshadowing.

4 Stars

Zahrah The Windseeker
Description
from Goodreads
the northern Ooni Kingdom, fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal girls life.- she grows her own flora computer; has mirrors sewn onto her cloths; and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle.But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki , Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks.

Review
An exhilarating read.

It was a bit slow at first but it picked up towards the middle. It was a great read.
Zahrah is a wonderful character and I was rooting for her all through.

There's a lot of Alice in Wonderland in the book.

4 Stars

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