July 28, 2017

So Much Good Juju: Macky Reads Akata Witch

Akata Witch book cover
If I were allowed to, I would write pages and pages about how much I love Nnedi Okorofor’s Akata Witch. It has set my imagination ablaze and rocketing at light speed like nothing else I can currently remember. Even now, I am thinking back to my favorite series that involved magic of any kind (Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, Christopher Paolini, to name a few) and I am honestly drawing a blank as to whether or not I had this kind of crazy adrenaline rush. 

Maybe I’m just new to Nigerian culture and lore. Maybe I'm just psyched that we have a very real, very strong female lead that is also a person of color. Maybe, regardless of culture, race and representation, Nnedi Okorafor is just an amazing, world class storyteller who, by the way, also happens to rock the culture, race and representation game so hard. 

This has instantly become one of my favorite “me and my friends save the world” stories of all time! If I were younger, I would actually create a wiki-page or a blog or a fan-site for it. That is the level of obsession I have with Akata Witch. Well-paced, well-plotted, exquisitely rich lore and world building plus very relatable characters? There is no way this book misses out in any of those aspects. Really, the absolute best thing about Akata Witch is how fresh and unique the story is, while at the same time having a timeless feel. This will be a brilliant story - any time, any day, any decade. 

The very beating heart of this story is a young girl who finds herself caught up in a world of such wonder and danger that not even her own latent and unique abilities are enough to win the day. What will it take to win? Well, you'll have to find out for yourself! Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book right now. 

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor | Series: Akata Witch #1
Publisher: Speak | Publication Date (this ed): July 11, 2017 (or. April 14, 2011)
Source: Paperback received from the publisher (Thanks!)

Since this is an official stop on the blog tour celebrating the paperback release of Akata Witch, you're in luck - there's a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) sets that include the paperback of AKATA WITCH and a galley of AKATA WARRIOR (ARV: $10.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on July 17th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 7, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about August 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops!
July 17 – An AfroBoricua Reads – Review
July 18 – YA and Wine – Review & Wine Pairing
July 19 – A Page With A View – Top 10 Books for HP Fans
July 20 – NovelKnight – The Sorting Hat
July 21 – YA Wednesdays – Fashion Inspired by Akata Witch
July 24 – Wandering Bark Books – Spotlight
July 25 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
July 26 – Dazzled by Books – Review
July 27 – What Sarah Read – Review & Mood Board
July 28 – Alexa Loves Books – Review
July 31 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
August 1 – The YA Book Traveler
August 2 – Once Upon a Twilight – Spotlight
August 3 – Books 4 Your Kids
August 4 – Hollywood News Source – Akata Witch Excerpt


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