The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

Synopsis

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Review

The third and final installment in the series! This installment showed such vivid creativity and wonderful world building in a brilliant conclusion! I have to say i am deeply in love with this world by now. I’m sad to see it end and would love to see more or maybe a spin off in this wold setting.

In this installment I feel like we finally see Binti find her own voice and truly become who she is meant to be both spiritually and as a person. The prose of this writer keeps me hooked. The story grows more and more imaginative and the world builds upon itself in each installment.

Binti’s friendship has grown and you see how much more relateable she becomes. She finally accepts her power and realizes who is she is without letting it change her or make her into some conceited. You see how culture is expanded and how each one differs and what it means to be apart of that one you belong to. I love seeing how you can fight for a cause and stand up to the adversity without being violent. Kind of reminds me of a sci-fi Harry Potter in its elements like that. 5/5 stars from me.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (January 16, 2018)
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Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3 year-old-son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry’s departure, his super-smart wife Seema, a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account, has her own demons to face. How these two imperfect characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is the heart of this biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

Review

Lake  success was interesting…… I haven’t read much of Shteyngartian before just bits and piece here and there. This book was different in style of what I have read before. I feel that maybe the humor that was in this novel was more political based and there were small pointers to the Trump era race. There was beautiful structure to how this novel was written. It did flow smoothly and the author is a highly intelligent person. While I normally don’t read these type (political) novels, I was still intrigued. You can tell the author blended his sense of writing in with small hidden clues within this novel to mask or hide his views on the current race while leaving it simple enough to pick up on. Overall, I would give this novel 4 stars for its diverse structure. I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Random House

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Review

WOW!!!!!! Just wow……. I cant even…. This book still has my jaw dropped. It was that good. I really didn’t even see a fraction of the twists and turns. This book kept my full attention as each character was introduced, with you never really knowing each one’s motives until its too late, and the mask has “slipped off” so to speak.

The plot to this book contained far more than what the synopsis ever could dare to describe. The sharpness and fluidity of the author strikes something that can not be erased. The development of each character was beautiful and flawless and will leave you reeling.

This book took me far out of my comfort zone , leading me on a path of a downward spiral, staying up reading till almost four am. This book was a mixture of the classic game of clue, mixed with the twists and turns of some most loved murder mystery classics!

A definite 5 star book in my opinion. I received this e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 4, 2018 by SourceBooks

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It by Brian Murphy review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

The small ship making the Liverpool-to-New York trip in the early months of 1856 carried mail, crates of dry goods, and more than one hundred passengers, mostly Irish emigrants. Suddenly an iceberg tore the ship asunder and five lifeboats were lowered. As four lifeboats drifted into the fog and icy water, never to be heard from again, the last boat wrenched away from the sinking ship with a few blankets, some water and biscuits, and thirteen souls. Only one would survive. This is his story.

As they started their nine days adrift more than four hundred miles off Newfoundland, the castaways–an Irish couple and their two boys, an English woman and her daughter, newlyweds from Ireland, and several crewmen, including Thomas W. Nye from Bedford, Massachusetts–began fighting over food and water. One by one, though, day by day, they died. Some from exposure, others from madness and panic. In the end, only Nye and his journal survived.

Using Nye’s journal and his later newspaper accounts, ship’s logs, assorted diaries, and family archives, Brian Murphy chronicles the horrific nine days that thirteen people suffered adrift on the cold gray Atlantic sea. In the tradition of bestsellers such as Into Thin Air and In the Heart of the Sea, Adrift brings readers to the edge of human limits, where every frantic decision and every desperate act is a potential life saver or life taker.

Review

This non-fiction book was wonderfully written. The history through out this novel is spun almost like a work of fiction. I really enjoyed the authors tone of writing. It was fabulously done. The author did a great job of showing the Victorian era compared to the current era in which we live. The whole learning experience was well done in a way that wasn’t boring or felt like it just rattled on. I stayed intrigued on the subject matter and actually ended up researching it after i finished reading this. The only small complaint i had was that it felt like it strayed a bit at times, however it wasn’t bad enough to where i had to sit the book down or skim read. Overall 4 stars!

I received an e-Arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Da Capo Press