Welcome to this week in reading, and it’s time for your host Christy to take the stage ((enter theme music, anything but Jaws please)). Okay, okay, let’s be serious. Here are my reviews of two books I recently read. They are the memoir Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph by Jimi Akanbi, and My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe, which is science fiction. I received both books for free in exchange for providing reviews honest reviews. The authors found me through The IndieView.
First up is Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph by Jimi Akanbi. This memoir is the seventh book for Akanbi. In it, he discusses how he was born in Nigeria, was accepted to Georgia University in the US in the early 1990s and developed acute malaria. He discusses the ups (marriage, having a son, and university admission) and the downs (divorce and not being able to keep a job due to illness) of life.
The book features themes of hope and faith, with several mentions of God and divine acts. If you are not a fan of Christian books, then this one may not be on your to-read list. I believe in God and have myself witnessed events that I believe could not have happened if not for His presence. As well, I appreciate that author Jimi Akanbi is putting his personal experiences to paper and that English is his second language. I also like the title and the book cover art inspires me.
However, many parts of Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph disappointed me. The book was short at just over 100 pages, which is highly unusual for a memoir. I felt it needed to be longer; author Akanbi did not delve into any subjects very deeply, instead skimming over them. For example, he wrote that he was separated for several years from his son and that section was brief. Also, there were grammatical issues, including commas incorrectly used and awkwardly worded sentences. I tried to overlook it, but it was throughout the book and did hinder my reading experience.
Do I admire Jimi Akanbi for re-rooting himself in the US from Nigeria? Absolutely! Do I admire that he is writing in his second language? Yes! I just wish there was a deeper level to Almost Lost Hope: From Struggles to Triumph as it did have a lot of potential. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Next up is My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe. It is a science fiction novella that is the first installment in the Wolfegang series. The kick-butt main character is Kat, who likes to live on the edge, which includes racing cars. She is living life at maximum capacity, as though it will make up for the limits that her twin brother Kris faces as he is in and out of hospitals battling leukemia. Kat is recently reunited with her ex-boyfriend Kevin and is content, until one day BAM she drops to the ground and is taken to hospital.
At this point, I was very worried about Kat, which means I was interested in the character. Thus, good writing. I thought to myself, oh no, I hope she’s not sick with cancer too. Then the doctor’s speech of yes, indeed, she had leukemia too, had me saying “noooooo” in my head!
Then the doctor explained to Kat what seemed to be a ray of hope – an experimental drug that could cure both Kat and Kris. But this drug requires she be frozen. Unfortunately, Kat doesn’t have a lot of options as it seems her disease is spreading fast and, if she doesn’t take the drug, the doctor explains she will likely die within two years. Kris agrees to be frozen with Kat, to support her and to hopefully cure him of leukemia too. So, Kat and Kris get frozen, but something goes horribly wrong (I’m not telling you what happens as no spoilers here!) and they aren’t unfrozen at the originally intended time. Also, the world is totally different when they awaken.
Well, I was hooked by the first chapter of this book! I loved the flowing action, the quick pace, and the way all characters were explained. My only other criticism is a minor one; it was a bit confusing at first to have so many “K” names (Kat, Kris, and Kevin), but I quickly figured it out. I rate the book My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe 5 out of 5 stars. PSSSSTTTTT the eBook is free right now!
Have you read a book recently that you would rate 5 out of 5 stars?
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