Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James Published by: Narrative Landscape Release Date: April 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 620 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal […]

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Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta

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Disclaimer: I completed this review more than a year later and it’s very likely I may have forgotten specific events in “Under The Udala Trees”. However, my overall feeling and thoughts on the novel as when I read the book remain the same. … Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2016 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 374 Source: Bought Find It: Kachifo Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, […]

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Book Review – The New Tribe

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“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side”. This would make a nice tagline for The New Tribe. That or Just live your life, man! The New Tribe begins when a young couple, Arthur and Ginny Arlington decide to adopt 2 babies Julia and Chester. The story revolves mainly around Chester, the African boy being raised by White clerics in a small white town. Considering that his is the only black face in town, Chester’s childhood could be described as a walk in the park. At least when compared to the stories we’ve heard of similar experiences. However, relative comfort isn’t enough to […]

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Book Review – Chasing Butterflies

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Chasing Butterflies gives a look into the dynamics of a toxic and abusive marriage. We meet Titilope and Tomide as they ‘celebrate’ their wedding anniversary – in quotes because Titi spends most of the time wishing for a better reality. Things quickly go downhill from there and the story soon begins to read like a manual for getting out of an abusive relationship (not soon enough) while resisting societal pressures that’ll try to convince the victim to that they’re crazy/wicked/selfish for finding the exit. In typical Yejide Kilanko style, Chasing Butterflies isn’t just a story for the sake of one, it […]

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Book Review – When We Speak Of Nothing

When We Speak Of Nothing is a coming of age story about Karl, a transgender male who on top of having to deal with the constant bullying and discrimination which comes along with being different, has to take care of a mum so ill he needs a state-appointed guardian to look after him and had practically been adopted by Abu’s family. This is a pretty rough deal for anyone but Karl has Abu who more than anything is incredibly loyal to Karl and their friendship. Life isn’t perfect but there’s a co-operation between Karl and Abu. They get each other, work […]

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