Akata Witch Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Posted July 26, 2017 by love2dazzle in Features, Giveaways, Promo Blitz, Reviews, Young Adult / 2 Comments

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 Blog Tour: Review and GiveawayAkata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Series: Akata Witch #1
Published by Speak on July 11th 2017
Pages: 349
Format: Paperback
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.


Week One:
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
July 21 – YA Wednesdays – Fashion Inspired by Akata Witch
Week Two:
July 25 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
July 26 – Dazzled by Books
July 27What Sarah Read – Review & Mood Board
July 28Alexa Loves Books – Review
Week Three:
August 2Once Upon a Twilight – Spotlight
August 3Books 4 Your Kids
August 4Hollywood News SourceAkata Witch Excerpt


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.

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About Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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