It’s no wonder that this series is being dubbed “the Nigerian Harry Potter”. Full of magical realism, endearing camaraderie, and creepily exciting adventures, fans of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan will no doubt devour this spicy arrangement.
Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor brilliantly parallels her books with popular Euro-fantasy, but she is no copycat. This fresh and funky series is only comparable because it demonstrates the best possible aspects an author can create within a book: an engaging connection between reader and characters with an investment in the characters’ predicament and outcome, all within a captivating environment.
This sequel begins with an amusing brief synopsis of the previous book, making it a smooth start for readers who are new to the series, or those who need a refresher of Sunny’s past year.
Sunny’s commencement within the secret Leopard Society ceases to slow down as she and her friends are faced with a new and perhaps even more dangerous threat. While Sunny’s revelation of what she is and the gifts she possesses have her feeling in-between worlds, all uncertainties have to be left aside as decisions and action come to the forefront.
The introduction of new mythical creatures composes a boisterously fun and compelling affiliation with the main characters. These authentic, dynamic characters, both friend and foe, create a fascinating need to find out how the story develops.
The lively world building accompanied with how perceptible the author makes the West African culture within both the lamb and leopard societies, is a festivity of absolute craziness that is unbelievably believable.
This book comes across as less brutal than its predecessor because most of the violent incidents are either reports or magical. Encompassed with cultural folklore, this is such an enjoyable read that if it weren’t for the mild language (please see content review below), I would readily recommend this to kids as young as 10- 11 years old.
This sequel delivers a much more satisfying ending and is jam-packed with gratifying conclusions. But don’t call it quits just yet, questions still loom, posing the query, will there be a third installment?
Be prepared. Incredible juju is about to take place once you open this book.
Review of an Advance Reader Copy provided by the Publisher
Profanity/Language: 22 Religious exclamations; 39 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 2 derogatory names; 13 scatological words; 6 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: Several (10-15) threatening warnings issued; report of murder; mention of teens encountering and surviving a deranged killer; about 11 incidents of humorous violence; extended scene (about 1 page) character is grabbed roughly by fantasy creature; mention of individual having been killed; mention of violent deaths (2x); encounter of physical threat; report of past violence; mention of physical injuries; extended scene (about 6 pages) character reports their violent gang initiation, receives severe injuries; extended scene (approximately 1 page) mythical creature attacks human; extended scene (about 1 page) character threatens an individual’s life; an adult threatens physical violence against a teen (dangerous); extended creepy scene (about ¼ page) ; extended creepy/scary scene (about 3 pages); extended scene (about 1 page) character is attacked by fantasy creature; extended violent fantasy scene (about 1 ½ pages), mention of injuries incurred; report of disciplinary beating; extended scene (approximately 1 page) character feels threatened by mythical creatures; few (about 3) reports of violent people on dangerous roads and in city; threat of a fight; extended scene (about ½ page) physical fight; memory of severe property destruction; extended scene (about 7 pages) characters encounter a creepy fantasy creature; extended scene (about 3 pages) character recounts violent bullies as a child; extended scene (about 4 pages) teen fights off violent fantasy creature; extended report (about 1 pages) teens recount fighting off violent fantasy creatures; humorous violence causes mild injury; report of property destruction by magic; magical induced injuries; extended scene (about 2 pages) report of violence; report of violence; fantasy creature is chained and taken prisoner to a disciplinary council; implication of death; report (about 2) of violent altercations.
Sex/Nudity: Joke of nudity (non-sexual); mention that girl likes boy; male teases that he will have many wives; teens kiss and nuzzle one another; several (10-20) brief instances of teens holding hands and/or brief kiss, flirting, embracing; report of male having many girlfriends and being flirtatious; male draws a picture of a sultry looking woman; report of seeing a naked toddler (non-sexual); few mild, brief sexual references; male character is described as a ladies man, frequently spends nights at women’s houses; mention of woman’s breasts (non-sexual); adult woman presents herself as topless (non-sexual, cultural preference); male sex organ is referred to; report of teenage brother having a girlfriend; teen love triangle presents itself; unmarried adult couple live together; couples’ kiss is described as obscene; teen declares love for another teen; mention of sexually transmitted disease; sexual reference joke.
Mature Subject Matter:
Secret societies, gang violence, magic/magical violence.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Use of medicinal drugs; adult smells of cigarette smoke; adults drink beer; teens smoke cigarettes a few times (3-5); teens with adults attend a nightclub, adults drink; teens throw a party and drink.