Akata Witch Review

Title: Akata Witch
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Series: Akata Witch #1
Publisher: Viking Children's
Publication Date: 14 April 2011
Source: Penguin Random House South Africa
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 349
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 19 July 2017 - 30 July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Cover. 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?

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This book is currently being re-published with a whole new look which looks pretty fantastic! I absolute love the new covers. So, I decided that because of the new publication, I would request this book and see what it is about. I seriously cannot wait to read this book mainly because I already read very little books based in South Africa, never mind in Africa. I really enjoy books that explore the different cultures of a country and I also feel like this book is one that empowers.

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book! I cannot wait to jump into it. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money out of my own pocket has been spent in acquiring this book. Please note that in no way does this affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own!

Writing Thoughts:

The author is talented but sometimes it felt like there was just too much information being dumped, especially towards the end of the book. The author creates a vivd picture of what the people of Nigeria are like in this time of the killings. It was as if I was there, walking among the Nigerian people and experiencing everything through Sunny. I also really enjoyed the little excerpts from the book that Sunny was reading to learn about being a free agent.

Plot Thoughts:

The book was definitely interesting and unique. The world of the Leopard People seemed both fun and dangerous. It sounded exciting. Everything was building up to this one moment that I felt just never came. It took way to long to happen in my opinion and just wanted things to move along at one point.

Character Thoughts:

The characters are so diverse. Each have these amazing and distasteful characteristics. The author gave us very real characters. They were well rounded and very accessible. They were also very entertaining to read about.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was a good, no, a great book. But the climax took way to long to happen. The writing was really good, the plot was also really great and seemed inviting. The characters felt as real as you and I. It was a great reading experience. Thank you to Penguin Random House South Africa for sending me a copy of this book! I really enjoyed it!

Yours in Reading,



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