His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher and I would love to pass it onto an ownvoice reader. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: His Only Wife

 

Author: Peace Adzo Medie

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Diversity: Ghanaian ownvoice characters!

 

Recommended For…: contemporary lovers, women’s fiction, chick lit

 

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

 

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual content)

 

Publisher: Algonquin Books

 

Pages: 288

 

Synopsis: Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’s house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity—a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was a well done book! I loved the characters and the story was entertaining. I also loved learning about the Ghanaian culture and I think the pacing was also well done as well.

 

The only issue I really had was that the ending was unexpected and I think a sequel would be great!

 

Verdict: It’s a great story! Highly recommend!

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Crowns of Croswald

 

Author: D.E. Night

 

Book Series: The Crowns of Croswald Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: magic lovers, HP lovers

 

Publication Date: July 21, 2017

 

Genre: MG Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed

 

Publisher: Stories Untold Press

 

Pages: 320

 

Synopsis: In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

 

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

 

Review: I had to DNF this read. This book is heavily *HEAVILY* inspired by Harry Potter and there are a lot of HP elements in it and because of the current climate with JK Rowling I’m not feeling very magical lately. The book also feels like there’s too much in it and it doesn’t have an easy reading feel to it. I will come back to this book in the future, but for now I can’t read it.

 

Verdict: It’s a great book, but not for me at the moment.