By Franklyne Ikediasor Under the Udala Trees is a coming of age story like no other, one that shocks us, scares us, tugs at our heart strings and lifts the veil on a lot of the issues we pretend to forget. In this brilliant novel, Chinelo Okparanta manages to take on the horror of the Nigerian civil war and like Adichie in Half of a yellow Sun, she focuses on people whose lives were changed by the war rather than on the war itself. It’s a story of a shy young girl coming into her own, a story of humans becoming unfeeling to death andRead More →

In many cultures, stories and folktales are told not only to entertain, but also to pass on important lessons about life and living. Some of these stories are infused with magical realism; this makes them more memorable, and the lessons more so. This is what D.O. Fagunwa did. The stories do not merely tell of Akara-Ogun the brave hunter and his many adventures in the Forest of Demons, they also record important aspects of the Yoruba culture and tradition, such as religious beliefs, language (proverbs), food, dressing, music, artifacts, food, vocation, values, and social hierarchy. Some of the richness of our culture is preserved onRead More →

Blurb: On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. it is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true.Read More →

Blurb (from Goodreads): “This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to TallRead More →

Hi guys, My good friend, Anita, whom I affectionately dubbed “Neeta”, is up today. She talks about a Danielle Steel book she read.  Truth be told, I am no Steel fan. I guess it is because she takes the dark road…or the road not often traveled if you will. However, this book “Malice” takes on a journey of decay, truth, survival/strength and more. Danielle Steel’s “Malice” depicts happenings in today’s world and the sufferings of a girl child (teenager) with the consent of her “supposed” protectors; as well as willingness to survive against all odds. This book leaves no stone unturned and keeps you guessing!!! ItRead More →

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. And like all Chosen Ones, he is a hot mess. He has so much power, more than has ever been seen in the magick realm, but so little control. He only needs to slightest provocation to “go off” and leave destruction in his wake. He is kind of like Harry Potter if Harry was roommates with Draco Malfoy and they were in a really weird love triangle. They go to Watford, a school for the mages, where the Mage (think Dumbledore) brought Simon when he was 11. Apart from his annoying roommate Baz Pitch (Draco Malfoy), the only otherRead More →

Length: 197 pages Format: E-book Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley Kunal Nayyar, who plays astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory, tells of growing up in India and his admiration for his father’s principles and attitude to life. Nayyar’s father encouraged and respected diversity in opinions, and taught his children how to treat people well. After years of being the local badminton champion and fumbling around to get girls’ attention, Kunal moves to Portland for his university education.Read More →

I got an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of short stories. Although I don’t remember actually reading the one with the hiccups. The first story is one about a 9-year old with a divorced mother who took him everywhere  because the father agreed to pay for it as part of their divorce settlement. Or, as he later found out, for a different, deeper reason. Another story that caught my attention was the story of Harper, the unstable college freshman who wrote to her Junior High guidance counsellor about the travails ofRead More →

Written by Jane D. Everly, Havelock is a story about an anonymous (basically) woman who had a chance encounter with the MI6 and decided to turn it to her advantage. The book is the first in a series of books. The first part is short (63 pages) and easy to read. Eliana is a different woman. She has superior combat training and can take on two armed drug dealers by herself, tied to a chair. She is after information, but what? Or who?Read More →

Author: Rebecca Bahn Published: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group Format: E-book Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult ISBN13: 9780544110090 Source: Netgalley Blurb Marni is half-woman, half-dragon. Both sides of her are constantly at war and pulling her in different directions: the dragon in her draws her into the woods, a place that is out of bounds to the villagers, and when the Spirits in the woods start telling her it’s time to come home, the human in her wants to stay with her grandfather.Read More →