In The Middle Daughter, we learn that there is fragility and compassion in dealing with people who are consumed by grief, especially the ones who do not know how to carry on life.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a story about finding hope in the hopeless and holding on to hope when it seems all is lost.
Convergence Problems by Wole Talabi was absolutely stunning from start to finish. Every short story could possibly be expanded by 200 or more pages, but nothing was overdone.
I lived in Ghana for four years, and No One Dies Yet took me down memory lane with vivid descriptions of the Makola market and the delightful Twi language.
The Death of Vivek Oji has rich themes. Themes that cut across both generations, ones that cannot be overlooked or even taken away from the story if you wanted to.
Leech is a very eerie and somewhat unique storytelling of the beginning of an epidemic from the perspective of a symbiote
Aster Fall comes highly recommended, just like the debut, for a variety of readers that enjoy Progression Fantasy and Wuxia/litRPG
The Son of the House is built around strong female characters, women who take center stage while the men do very little and stay in the background.
The Blood Stones is a new political fantasy thriller from the stable of a masterful storyteller and builder of passionate characters.
Ania Ahlborn’s Brother is an atmospheric thriller that’s made me think of evil, its effects and consequences, and whether it can be redeemed.
And Then He Sang a Lullaby raises vital questions about love’s authenticity and confronts hate, impunity, and violence against queer individuals.
Choke is about a junkie who drops out of medical school. The reason why he dropped out of med school is not clear, for obvious reasons. But the junkie is intelligent.
Battlefield Reclaimer is a good read, well-made, with much forethought about the progression, level structure, and overall magical system employed.
The Rascor Plains is for fans of fantasy that contains phantasmagoric world-building and out-of-this-world magic!
The world-building is unique, sparse and intricate, weaving sci-fi speculations and progression/portal fantasy with absolute expertise; wondrous and immersive beyond measure.
Homegoing beautifully explores the life of two half-sisters who never even got the chance to know one another.
The central theme for me is motherhood. Efe’s experience shows how nobody can prepare you for what to expect when it comes to being a mother.
I read this because I loved Chika’s debut novel and couldn’t wait to get into it. For me, this didn’t top it, but it was a good read.