Salvare's Mountain (Vranon Lore #1) by D.P. Rowell is a story of Gideon accepting to work with his greatest enemies in his search for answers about hiSalvare's Mountain (Vranon Lore #1) by D.P. Rowell is a story of Gideon accepting to work with his greatest enemies in his search for answers about his wife's death. His only goal is to make his community grayless as he believes this magic killed the love of his life.
I didn't know what to expect when I got this book sent to me by the author. Yet, I was confident that it was above average, considering the other books I have read from this author.
I did like this one. I found the environment dark, not because there were scary monsters but because the suspense and mystery got me very anxious. I like it for this reason.
I liked and disliked the main character simultaneously; since I am speaking of my likes first, I love Gideon's fearless attitude. He is not just bold but courageous. I bet I would have packed my bag and say bye to the community that has taken so much from me.
Overall, Salvare's Mountain was a good read. The start was slow, but the book was interesting enough to keep me going until there was a change in the pace.
Even if Gideon is courageous, I found him to be self-centred. Most of his decisions are for his benefit. Little to no consideration is given to the people fighting with him. I understand that he is an angry and broken heart person, but his stubbornness can't be justified. He made up for it later in the book, though.
Finally, I did not get the right end, and this made me sad.
Overall, it is a good read, and I recommend it....more
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, a book I would love to love, but I could not overlook some things.
One evening I was going about on the strChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, a book I would love to love, but I could not overlook some things.
One evening I was going about on the streets of Instagram and saw a post by a friend from Facebook. Her page is exciting, so I chose to view all her posts when I saw the excellent-looking book cover. I paused to read her review and spent more time observing the book cover, and then I discovered a Yoruba woman wrote it; I mean, her name gave her away.
I was so excited that I started searching the internet to learn more about this writer and her books.
Children of Blood and Bone came out in 2018, but for some inexplicable reason, I learned about the book in 2020.
Tomi Adeyemi is the Hugo & Nebula award-winning author of the #1 NYT bestselling books and upcoming movies CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE + CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE.
Following her book reviews, I was super sure I wanted to read it, so I got a copy.
A ruthless king is hell-bent on killing any Maji who practised magic. Zelie, a young Maji, always finds herself fighting against injustice even when everyone around her is trying to silence her. Two captains cannot sail a ship, so one has to be kicked out.
The story is unique! I could tell I was in for a fun ride at the start of the book. There is so much happening at a time, yet it would be hard to miss something. The main characters are moderately developed and take you on a jaw-dropping adventure.
Tzain is annoying at first, but I got to appreciate him more during the book's course.
Zelie, the main character, is aggressive, and I am here for the excess energy. The book meets my expectation storywise, and I see why this book can do no wrong in a non-Yoruba person's hands.
Yes, I genuinely love this book,however, some elements are difficult to digest in peace.
The deeper I got into the story, the more I found elements that made me unsatisfied. Do you know the feeling of having a spoon of rice in your mouth, only to chew on sand? Yes, it was that unpleasant.
First, the misinterpretation of Yoruba culture, people, history, and lifestyle. I can't even say the story is Yorubaish; it just does not represent what I was looking for.
For instance, the mention of lavender, rosemary, parchment paper, rose, snow on the Ibadan mountain. These are not things that are easy to come by in Nigeria. The snow part was very annoying.
A Yoruba girl can't speak Yoruba? That's impossible. Considering that the characters were born in Yoruba land, there is no escaping the language. ALL Yoruba people who were born and raised in their land speak nothing other than Yoruba. I wouldn't have a problem if they are Yorubas who migrated.
The Yoruba language in this book throws me off balance. The first impression I got was that it was Google translated. Indeed, when I did some translation on Google, there was no doubt I was right.
Also, why are spells and incantations translated to English? You do see a translation to the numerous Harry Potter spells, do you? Sadly, the chants were weak; they did not embody the richness of the Yoruba heritage. I believe watching some Yoruba movies would have been of immense help to the author.
My list goes on and on, but I prefer to draw the curtains here. To this end, I am not interested in reading the second or third book in this series; I can't just bring myself to overlook these things.
That said, I invested in buying the Italian version of this book for my father-in-law because I was sure he would like it even if it is not his preferred genre. Well, I was right. He did love it, so I got him book 2 also. ...more
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a fantastic read. I was drawn to this book because it was written by a Nigerian writer. WaitingMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is a fantastic read. I was drawn to this book because it was written by a Nigerian writer. Waiting became difficult because there have been so many great things said about this book.
Creepy but entertaining is what I call this book. It is dark and will have you on edge quickly, but I couldn't stop myself from smiling for some weird reasons.
The story surrounds two sisters whose world revolves around each other. Korede, the older sister, is a nurse who not only cares for her patient but cares enough to cover the tracks of her psychopath serial killer sister. She has the last straw when her sister starts throwing herself at the man she likes.
This book is perfect; even if the story is heavy, the author tones the environment down with some humour, which makes it super enjoyable to follow. It is short with not a dull moment.
What I found unique about this book is all the elements that would make it mysterious were open and shared at the start of the book, making the reader feel like, okay, I know the killer and the accomplice; where is this book going? Well, you would be shocked at the route the story took.
Sincerely, I have nothing wrong to say about this book other than it is genius.
That said, if I know a person like Korede and Ayoola in real life (hopefully not), I will take ten steps away from Ayoola and 100 jumps away from Korede.