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Akata Witch: #bookreview


Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor had been sitting on the top of my to be read pile for too long. It’s been there for so long that I cannot remember who recommended buying it. There are quite a few books on my to-be-read pile so I try not to buy quite so many. (I try but am not always successful.)

Akata Witch looked so interesting that I bought it on Amazon anyway – with my own money and everything. Well, whoever told me about Akata Witch deserves all of the thanks in this world.

Akata Witch has been compared to the Harry Potter series, except that it’s set in Africa with characters who are African and African-American. I can’t say that the magic is the exactly the same either. Is magic the same around the globe? Probably not but I’m not an expert.

As far as I can tell, none of the characters are orphans. Sunny’s father reminds me of the uncle in Harry Potter. They are both jerks.

Akata means African-American. According to Wikipedia, the word may come from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria.

The main character, Sunny, is an eleven-year-old African-American albino. She’s also an excellent soccer player but she hasn’t been able to play in the sun for quite some time. Most of the time, Sunny plays soccer at night with her brothers.

Sunny probably has dual citizenship in America and Nigeria. I don’t know the exact guidelines for dual citizenship. Her parents moved to the United States from Nigeria and then recently moved back to Nigeria. Sunny discovers that she has magical powers that have been hidden until after the move back to Nigeria.

I loved Akata Witch. If they make the book into a movie, I hope that they do it justice.

I cannot wait to buy the sequel, Akata Warrior, to put on the top of the to-be-read-pile.

The Council: #bookreview



Well, it’s a good thing that I go through my emails to see if I missed or forgot anything. I’m human – a busy, unorganized, easily distracted human. Honestly, I was looking for another book related email but I found an email from Kayla Krantz regarding her book, The Council. So I decided to squeeze another book into the reading schedule.

Sometimes you just don’t know if you are going to like a book. There are times when I think I’m going to love a book and no – there’s no love.

I was not expecting to like this book but I really did. The plot was interesting. The characters were developed. It was hard to tell who to trust or not so there was enough suspense to want to keep reading.

Lillith and her friends, Clio and Helena, are getting ready for a ceremony which determines if they have any supernatural powers. They want to be powerful witches but not everyone develops magic. Lillith lives in an area called the Land of Five, which is governed by The Council.

There’s a cliffhanger so you’ll have to read the second book to find out what happens next. If I didn’t like the book, I would have zero interest in getting the second one. However, I need to know what happens to Lillith.


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12 Days of Christmas: Magic

12 Days of Christmas: Magic

Although I’m not a sugar plum fairy anymore, I still believe that there is something magical about the holidays. It’s just more difficult to find.
We’re all trying to recapture the magic. We drive ourselves crazy with shopping, decorations, holiday cards, Christmas programs, office Christmas parties, Secret Santa gift exchanges and so on. It’s not as simple as it used to be.
I think it can be simple again. The magic is in giving to others. It’s in the joy of watching kids open presents. Honestly, it is so much better to see how happy they are than to open my own presents.
The magic is in Christmas carols. Sometimes, they are so beautiful that I tear up a little. I still take some teasing from my friends, but it’s all in good fun. “O Holy Night” always brings tears to my eyes. On a side note, I’m also a big fan of Wham’s “Last Christmas.”
I think there is magic in Christmas because there is hope. Some of us hope for a better tomorrow or true love. Some of us are still hoping for a unicorn (hint . . hint Santa). Whatever the wish is, there is magic in knowing it is a possibility. It doesn’t hurt to dream of having or doing something fabulous. Like being a sugar plum fairy again. Since I’ve misplaced my wand, I will be doing something else fabulous like donating toys or taking wedding pictures for a friend. (The last one scares me a little but it will be fine)
Happy Holidays! Hope you all find a little magic this year!

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O Holy Night by Patti LaBelle (or as my kid calls her Patti the Belle)