What Sunny Saw in the Flames transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality? -Goodreads.com
Diverse: Takes place in Nigeria, Albino African Main Character and a POC author!
For once I think the front cover quote really captures the book. Ursula K. Le Guin says that, “there’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy pieces.” While I did see a few similarities between Akata Witch and other books I’ve read, the majority of it was unique, new and very different from many fantasy novels I have read.
Everything about Akata Witch is different, the Leopard people I like the most because of their differences from those without their abilities (the Lambs like us). The Leopard people don’t believe in material things and, if I read this correctly, they get paid with coins every time they learn something new. Already that is very different from everything else I have ever read.
While the story is unique, I think that the characters also make this very enjoyable. Everyone has their own personalities and you can tell who is who by how they speak and act. I liked how all the main characters were so different and talented, Chichi was probably my favorite because she was loud and energetic with a spark of power in her.
There were only two things that I disliked about Akata Witch, once is more of a personal opinion. The opinion one has to do with the chapters, I thought they were super long. I’m the kind of person that can’t stop reading until I hit the end of the chapter, with this one I had to stop in the middle. That took me away from it a bit because I had to remember what previously happened. The second thing is that I felt like nothing really happened throughout the whole story. The final battle was about one chapter long and was super quick. Even though it was quick I thought it was well done and pretty intense.
I know I compared Shadowshaper to the Shadowhunters already this week buuuuut I think Akata Witch was like Shadowhunters too. Like Shadowshapter, I enjoyed Akata Witch more! It was really good and I highly recommend reading it if you liked Shadowhunters, Shadowshapers or magical stories that are completely different from everything else. It’s probably one of my favorite books of 2017 so far!