I shed beautiful tears while reading Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud + A Giveaway

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Title – Court of Lions

Series – Mirage #2

Author – Somaiya Daud

Publication – August 4th, 2020.

Publisher – Flatiron Books

Genres – Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction & Romance

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

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Grooving while reading A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks

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Title – A Broken People’s Playlist

Author – Chimeka Garricks

Publisher – Masobe Books

Published – June 8th, 2020.

A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the alleyways of the waterside. A Broken People’s Playlist is a mosaic of stories about living, loving and hurting through very familiar sounds, in very familiar ways and finding healing in the most unlikely places.

The stories are also part-homage and part-love letter to Port Harcourt (the city which most of them are set in). The prose is distinctive as it is concise and unapologetically Nigerian. And because the collection is infused with the magic of evocative storytelling, everyone is promised a story, a character, to move or haunt them.

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Book Review: Moody by Destiny Henderson

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Title – Moody

Author – Destiny Henderson

Publisher – Self-Published

Published – September 5th, 2018.

A collection of all ages’ short stories featuring friendship, self-consciousness, love, and ice.

Pink is a Distraction 
Keva Knight liked bright almost obnoxious colors for a reason.

Jo and Terra 
Inspired by the summer heat. A slice-of-life featuring two friends at a gas station.

Play it Cool, Al 
Al is hit with a reverse love confession, job opportunity, and a new perspective of his childhood friend. Of course, his defeatist attitude doesn’t help him.

Ice 
There’s a rumor that Sasha has ice in her blood, and it may be the only thing keeping her alive.

Waiting for Bus 26 
She is waiting at the bus stop when he strolls by with a head full of curls and a navy-blue umbrella.

Dreaded Dinner Party Prologue 
Aucuria “Curi” Andrews is a homeschooled girl who’s tired of her dinner party-throwing parents. Nothing is set to change this latest party until a sabotage attempt and her parents’ reputation is challenged by a cartoonish nasty couple. It’s up to Curi to put a stop to the slander, meet some new faces along the way, such as the mischievous traveler Mister Wolfeman or ambitious Ophelia, and of course, eat some delicious food.

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Book Review: Son of Man by Amara Nicole Okolo

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Title – Son of Man

Author – Amara Nicole Okola

Publisher – Parrésia Publishers Ltd.

Published – May 16th, 2017.

A university graduate in desperate need of a job. An illiterate farmer’s vengeance for a dead son. A young pragmatic man humbled by the horrors of incarceration. An old man’s dying gift to a generation. A journalist’s courage in a notorious military government. A youth Corper’s temperance of religion, love and survival.

Their Stories. . .

From the quiet town of Umuahia, to the plains of the Jos Plateau, and the bustling hub of Lagos, these Nigerian men have stories to tell. Stories of life, love, family, happiness, sorrow, pestilence and death—situations faced every day in their lives. Armed with objectivity, some find peace with their resolutions. Others face dire consequences with prices to pay—with their freedom, or even worse, with their lives.

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My Very Long & Ranty Book Review of “the road to us” by sb. Maamari

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Title – the road to us

Author – sb. Maamari

This is the story of a first love.

This is the story of a first heartbreak.

And this is the story of two people who simply couldn’t rewrite the stars.

sb. Maamari debut poetry book deals with first intimacy experiences, emotional abuse, trauma, survival, and how love can change a person, for the worst or for the better. Each chapter serves a different story. Each chapter is set in a different time. But all chapters lead to the road of surviving the impossible. Sometimes love can be magical, and out of this world, but can lead to nowhere. This is the road of us.

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