After finding myself disappointed with the lack of character and plot development in Akata Witch, along with the rushed ending, I read the sequel in hopes I would enjoy it more. I didn't. I hate leaving negative reviews, but I do not understand how so much went unnoticed in the editing process. The plot is all over the place and the world the author is creating is poorly explained. Some of the scenes are really poorly written, for example paragraphs like "Orlu looked at Sasha, Chichi looked at Orlu and Orlu looked at Sunny, Sunny looked around and saw a mask." Just really awkward writing. The dialog is often confusing and things happen for no reason or aren't explained in any way. I've read so much fantasy/magical realism and it takes a lot of development to carry a reader through such magical worlds. I wish the author had a stronger editor. The imagination is there, the writing is not.
Akata Warrior is the sequel to Akata Witch, which I really enjoyed as a light and adventurous read earlier this year. It picks up where Akata Witch left off, following Sunny and the rest of her coven as they navigate the trials of teen life, while also developing their powers as Leopard People. As with Akata Witch, Akata Warrior is packed full of imagination, and transports readers to two main settings: the fictional "wilderness" and to bustling Lagos. Anyone who is seeking fun and magic with a twinge of drama will enjoy this series.
I love both of her books and I really enjoyed them. Keep up the good work and bring out some more good reads.
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