- File Size: 3252 KB
- Print Length: 91 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Segilola Publishing (September 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IMMZ8FO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Abiku: A Battle Of Gods Kindle Edition
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This story deserves major props for its concept, which takes the genre of paranormal romance and transplants it from North America and Western Europe to Nigeria, where most of the action takes place. Nigerian culture is presented naturally, through Dayo's eyes, so that we see it from the point of view of a member of the culture rather than as something that has been exoticized and distorted for foreign consumption. The use of Pidgin English in certain passages, where it is presented as a normal and natural way to speak, is particularly refreshing.
I also liked the idea of presenting the narrative as a letter from Dayo to the reader, which allows her to speak in a breezy, conversational style that flows like an oral narrative. The trade-off is a lack of the description and development that the reader might expect to find in a written work: the plot and characters are for the most part sketched rather than depicted in full (although FYI: the sex scenes are quite explicit). This does not read like a typical paranormal romance, and at times I found myself wanting more, as it felt like there was enough plot for twice as much book at least. However, readers looking for a quick (I finished it in about an hour) read with a refreshingly different heroine and setting may well want to check "Abiku" out.
I received a free review copy of this book.
The story has great potential and a good premise but there needs to be more attention paid to the setting, mood, and the overall character development. I liked the notion that Dayo lapsed into this alternate spirit world through the use of drugs, but the author doesn't have any knowledge of crack cocaine use. (Not that I'm implying she should) However, crack use is not known for the sensual, dreamy, hallucinations that she's describing, but instead users often report fright and paranoia. So, having a knowledge of that made it hard for me to suspend disbelief. I also thought it was weird how she was so willing to jump right into drug use as well as taking on an alternate realm lover.
Dayo comes from a rich family and has a privileged lifestyle. Once free from her parents' supervision, she seduces her father's chauffeur and they start a hot, steamy affair. Things start becoming strange when sex and drugs seemingly push Dayo into another realm. It's a mythic realm in which she begins an affair with a man who appears to be a god.
Is she hallucinating? Has she gone mad?
As the story spins out, she also has some tough choices to make.
The erotic scenes were well written and the first half of the book was particularly powerful. I'd have preferred a bit more fleshing out of the final scenes, but overall, this was a very enjoyable read.
I received a free copy of this book and this is my honest review.
If you're a fan of erotica, fantasy and romance, this book might be for you.
What I liked:
I thought the book was fairly well written. Considering the story is being told from the perspective of the main character, Dayo, writing a letter to a friend, the style and tone of the work made perfect sense to me. And to be honest, I wondered if the parts where the author trails off in her writing were accidental or intentional. Either way, I thought it was a nice touch.
I also enjoyed the use of 'Pidgin' English. It gave the dialogue and conversations a more authentic feel to them. Given the story is based, in part, in Nigeria, it would have been a bit off-putting has the characters spoken in perfect English. There's a glossary in the back to help you better understand the literal meaning of the words, in case you forget or are confused later in the story how these things tie into the story line.
The erotic scenes were done tastefully. The scenes were explicit, but they weren't trashy. You get a sense of what's happening without all the vulgar details some authors like to elaborate on. I personally am not a huge fan of erotica, but this was something I could tolerate without feeling annoying or repulsed by the details.
All in all, Salawu does a wonderful job of stringing together the various themes of Nigerian culture, coming-of-age and sexuality, vulnerability, lust and mythology into a fast-paced story of a woman who unafraid to explore her sexuality, and discovering the truth of who she really is. There are a number of interesting twists in the story as the plot unfolds, and as more of the secrets and revelations are brought to light, many of the questions I had in the beginning were resolved by the end.
What I didn't like:
Basically, I didn't like the length of the story. I get that it's meant to be a novella or a very long short story, but considering the heavy themes and plot involved, there's a lot left to wonder about. You also miss out on much of the character development that's often seen in love stories, or any story involving matters of the heart and faith.
My only other 'con' was that there was no full-on conflict between the gods. I was expecting a major showdown of some kind, given the title and the synopsis I'd read from the author. But this was my own assumption, and nothing the author alluded to in the story. I was just hoping for more of an "epic" ending, if you will.
In total, I thought it was an enjoyable read. But it most definitely should have been longer. :)
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