Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

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Synopsis

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

Review

Can one ever really return home? This is the question I feel pushes the story along in book two. We see Binti finally returning home to follow the other  Himba women into the desert in a ritual that Binti hopes will have her cleansed of all the anger she holds. Upon returning home she does not get the welcome she expects and is often finding herself once again almost of an outcast in her own way.

Binti is torn between being her true self and conforming to a group identity for the love she desires. The Himba race is one that is close knit and seeks achievement as a group versus as ones individualized self. This reoccurring theme is a good one in its own sight as it does ring truth of us as human beings. Do we conform and do whats easy for the rest of society or be ourselves and risk rejection?

This short novel is one i again enjoyed and am looking forward to the third installment! I feel the shorter length is perfect for the book and works well! The writing is beautifully poetic and I am hooked! 5/5 stars.

 

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (January 31, 2017)
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Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy #2) by Ruthanna Emrys book review

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Synopsis

Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives on land. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

Review

Fans of Lovecraft are sure to fall in love with this novel! While being the second book in the series, and me not having read the first, this book stood just fine on its own and nothing felt lost to me. The writing drew me in immediately and I could almost hear the characters voice ring in my head and the sound effects surrounding them. From page one I could not put it down! This quickly became a “one-click” read for me.

While this does ring reminiscent of Lovecraft’s works there are vast differences. The author has her own unique voice in his world. This book shines out and gives us a new age feel to these books we grew up with and loved so dearly. This wonderfully written cast shows us the more “human” side of things and what is to be on a deeper level wrapped around a much larger universe and what our scale is upon it.

Lovecraft once wrote a novel called The Shadow Over Innsmouth and now in this novel Deep Roots, Emry’s gives a world built upon that and how Aphra must rebuild what has been destroyed and try to stop developers from taking away everything for their own selfish gains. ideally in this novel we see how what looks monstrous on the outside is not quite as monstrous inside. That maybe as humans we are much more monstrous than the mythos would make us to believe. I feel that allegorically this novel is intended on some small sub level to so just that.

This novel to me is definitely character driven as it dwells heavily upon our actions and personality. I know some said this book relies heavily on plot and while that may be so, i see this having full effect from characters and their own motivations. I definitely need to read book one to this novel! I can’t wait! 5 stars from me and now an avid fan of Ruthanna Emrys.

 

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (July 10, 2018)
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Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

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Synopsis

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Review

This wonderful little novel was really well done! For something less than 100 pages i was blown away at how poetic the writing was. The world was so beautifully constructed! The Himba’s (Binti’s tribe) area deeply spirtual one. They all feel one with the land on which they live. The Himba’s wear the clay of the land on their face and hair (see cover) as a way of being connected to it.

The tribe is content with where they are and have no desire to leave. Except for Binti, where the chance to go to Oomza University comes available she decides to go. This story while being sci-fi focuses more on Binti as a character and her actions. We see how she perceives the world around her and how she navigates through it.

I really feel that this is intended for a younger audience with the way it is written, while being exceptional the science end of it was not as heavy, HOWEVER that does not take away from the fact i immensely enjoyed and did not want to put it down. I loved how she finds her sense of belonging and trying to fit in when she is an outcast and the only one of her kind. I think there’s a mini lesson in that in this book, and that’s what makes a book so great is those books with hidden and underlying messages. 5 stars from me.

 

  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (September 22, 2015)
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#Murdertrending (MurderTrending #1) by Gretchen McNeil book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

Review

/sigh…. I really wanted to like this book more than I did….I did like it enough to finish it out of curiosity but the YA market is so over saturated with this type book right now and nothing really stood out to me to really LOVE it. There was over the top gore and violence that made this book seem like it was on the edge of YA to adult.The cheesy names in this book bothered me too. i.e.-Molly Mauler…(insert eye roll here). The info dumping in this book was on a whole different level. It was way too informative and read more like statements than a fiction ya.

2/5 Stars

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Freeform

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

Review

This was a wonderful time-slip novel! It’s so hard to find one that I like, but Jaime blows this genre out of the water! She is a relatively new writer I believe, but it’s hard to tell as she has the voice of a seasoned author that’s been writing for over a decade. The two stories in this were expertly woven together. I found it easy to follow and the transitions between both were smooth and fluid. I loved how well written the charters were. They had lots of depth and grew on me. The setting were well done too. I loved all the descriptive backdrops. Definitely give this 5/5 stars.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

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Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy #1) by Mikayla Elliot

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Taken from all she has ever known and loved, Neva finds herself swept into a world of vampires where she learns she will determine their future. Yet she quickly discovers she is the target of a vampire, Zachariah, seeking to stop her from altering the vampire lineage. She must decide which path she will take while trying to protect the family she left behind, and discovering a past she cannot escape.

Review

I really loved this book! It wasn’t all cut and fluffy like I thought it was going to be. It was a little darker than that and I really appreciated it as it was a game changer in the book industry. Thedryk and Neva were both really well written characters! You really see Neva come into her own while under the care of Thedryk.

Zachariah was interesting. he had his own motives for everything. I was hesitant this would turn into a love triangle and be tweeny but no…it didn’t. Overall I loved the plot to this and the scenes were well written. There are plenty of surprise twists I didn’t see coming, so i stayed intrigued by this book and kept on reading! I’m excited to see what will happen next.

 

Published: July 31st 2017

Series: Black Ice Trilogy

Paperback: 224 pages

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Star-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen #2.5) by Roshani Chokshi book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.

Death and Night

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold

Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram’s new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword

There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

Review

*insert major swooning here* Roshani brings another gorgeous book to life! I fell in love with her writing when i first read The Star Touched Queen! I eagerly awaited A Crown of Wishes and needed more. So when I heard of an ARC opportunity for her third installment I jumped at the chance and pretty sure I had some major fangirling.. (I may or may not have screamed at my desk at work when I got the email)

In this third installment to this world, Roshani brings us a book with mini stories set in the same world. The first story, Death and Night is more of a prequel to The Star Touched Queen. This story gave me all the feels as my heart is still hung up over The Star Touched Queen, I mean that book left me an utter mess and now I get an even closer look at the characters, which means all new tears form ugly crying.

The second story, Poison and Gold we get to see more of Aasha’s story who was focused on in A Crown of Wishes. You really see Aasha grow in this story! She already came so far in A Crown of Wishes, but in this one she gets even more character depth and you get to see an even deeper side to her. I think in this one she really learns to stand on her own and you see her start to finally accept herself.

The third story, Rose and Sword is a story being told by a grandmother to a little girl. You get to see some of your favorite characters come back and get reintroduced into the worlds of Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. Like everyone else has stated already, be warned you will be left a broken mess in the floor sobbing after this story. I’m still not okay and I don’t know if I will be again. My heart is in shreds and I can’t stop ugly crying.

Overall, I loved this book and I hope to see more in this world. Roshani is a beautiful writer and brings so much to life. her descriptions are so vivid that you are immersed and see the world the way she wants you to. Seriously, her writing is so creative that you will be instantly captured and you will yearn to reach out and experience it for yourself… (if only it was truly real). The plot to each story was amazing and I’m glad we get to see more to the stories of the characters we have come to love. I can not recommend this book enough. While this can be read as a stand alone, I don’t suggest it. I highly suggest reading her other two books first so you get a better in depth feel for the characters and that way it don’t ruin the first two books later on.

This gets all the star ratings in the world, but since its on a scale of 5, I have to say 5/5 stars. Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press who provided this e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Shelved: YA, Fantasy
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press