I received this book for free from Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Published by Speak on July 11th 2017
Source: Penguin Random House LLC
Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she's finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is amazing. When Sunny’s family moved away from the United States to their native Nigeria, she was nine years old. Now 12 year old Sunny is an outsider among her classmates. Sunny is constantly bullied by other kids because of the fact that she was born in America and she is an albino. When Sunny sees a vision of the world’s future, she learns that she is a Leopard, or a person that has magical abilities. This starts Sunny’s journey and the reader is in for an incredible ride.
I really liked the opening first pages of this book where there is talk about candles. I love candles. I really felt that right away I was going to love Sunny. Sunny is one of those characters that you don’t have to worry about because you know she is going to overcome anything that is thrown her way. Once Sunny discovers that she has magical abilities she begins to see another part of her world. This is this entire community and place that she was unaware of before. I can’t express enough how much I really enjoyed Sunny’s journey of self discovery.
Okorafor’s wiritng is amazing. I found that I was really enjoying the story, plot, and characters. There are so many diverse people and thoughts in this book that I really enjoyed getting to know everyone in this story. I have to say my biggest complaint with this story is I feel like the ending was rushed. Which I am lucky enough to have book two to read but I think the ending could have used more care. This is definitely a book you should read. The sequel is coming out in October.