Akata Witch

You guys! I am so behind in my book reviews! I’ve read three books since my last review, and have been hesitant to pick up another book until I finish my reviews. Which means I don’t get to read awesome books. So here I am, hoping to catch up while baby and husband sleep. After all, if I’m stuck in a hotel room while everyone else is sleeping and storms are looming (and there’s no spa or anything), I might as well write reviews.

Hopefully I can do justice to each book, since it’s been so long since I’ve read them.

Nnedi Okorafor (Hugo award winner for Best Novella for Binti) is an author I found via Twitter (have I mentioned how awesome Book Twitter is lately? Because it is awesome), and one book I kept seeing was Akata Witch. When it went on sale on Kindle, I decided to snatch it up. (I technically don’t have a budget for books, but I do try to limit my book purchases. I’ve been burned too often) Continue reading “Akata Witch”

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Monster Boy by Ruth Fox

monster boy cover artGood evening, fellow readers!  Tonight, I’ve got a special treat for you.  It’s my first-ever review of a book I received free for the select purpose of writing a review.  You may be used to my old format of rambling my way through my impressions of the book.  This will continue, but I’ll also give a brief biography of the author at the bottom.  I’ll also give links to pages where you can purchase the book.  In that way, it’s slightly like an advertisement, but it’s the least I can do to show my appreciation for the free book.  And, as much as I like reading books, I love sharing the works of up-and-coming authors!  This will be the only time I give this so-called disclaimer.  From now on, I’ll assume you can figure it out for yourself.  Author bio + links to purchase = I got a free copy.  Anyway, on to the book!

Welcome to Silvershine! This city, on a little island in between New Zealand and Australia, is pretty much cut off from the rest of the world.  It has its own television programs, its own car manufacturers, its own smartphone factories.  It also has its own secrets.  You see, a vast wall cuts Silvershine in half.  North Silvershine is an idyllic city with safe neighborhoods where kids often run off to play Monster Tag at night.  South Silvershine, on the other hand, is cloaked in a dense yellow fog that corrodes metal and destroys any technology that’s exposed to it.  Monsters lurk within the fog, peering out through a hole in the wall, and North Silvershine’s residents wonder when the monsters will come through. Continue reading “Monster Boy by Ruth Fox”