Diversity Spotlight Thursday is meme hosted weekly at Bookshelves and Paperbacks and aims to highlight diverse reads of any kind.
Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
This week’s theme is books set in an African settings!
What I have read
Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?
I had many mixed feelings about this book and its sequel. Sure it’s a delightful story that gives light to African mythology, but I guess I found it hard to connect with the Leopard Society and their harsh treatments of the characters… But other than that there were some really good characters introduced here and needless to say I really enjoyed the mythological wonders in this book and the setting in which I read it (Namibia). I definitely will look out for this author in the future because the books I have read from her are so different in a really good way 🙂
On my TBR
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
I nearly took this with me to Namibia back in June but mum would only let me take three books 😦 Anyway, the hype around this series has been huge from what I’ve seen and not only that but there seem to be many glowing reviews from my friends too. I just love books and travel and I know I don’t have to read this (or any other) book whilst in a certain location, but for me I find I get immersed more if I read a book based in one culture in that particular culture or one very similar. I’m glad my library has these books in anyway…
Soon to be released
In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.
Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima’s dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.
With Arzu’s help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj’s same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.
Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She’s immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima’s magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she’s not sure she wants.
As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj’s true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he’s hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj’s former best friend, Bo.
Beasts Made of Night was my favourite book I took with me to Namibia mostly because it was so immersive with culture and the magic system. After the cliffhanger ending I’ve been wanting to find out what happens next and what the conclusion to these wonderful characters stories will be. Once again I know I’ll feel compelled to read this book in a similar setting when it comes out because I don’t know if anyone else has done it, but books like this are really brought to life if read this way… Anyway, I look forward to reading the reviews for this and wonder whether the majority will like this more than the first book as Beasts Made of Night didn’t seem to have a very high GR rating I’ll always be on the lookout for mythology induced books anyway 🙂