- File Size: 402 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CAR7ZO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Niki's Challenge Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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PROS: It starts well. It's intriguing and different.
CONS: What stood out to me about this book was that after their night together, over half of the book passes before they meet up again. What happens in between is boring and some of the information is redundant. Soon after Tony and Niki meet again, it doesn't take much for the two of them to commit to one another.
Parts of it seemed unrealistic. Niki was able to hide her tracks so well that her aunt and Tony were unable to trace her tracks. Also, I'm confused as to why David was pursuing Niki - especially after she became pregnant.
The storyline about Tony and the trap he had planned for a thief felt incomplete since we weren't told the conclusion of that.
3 STARS: Decent story. I really liked the start but was bored by the middle.
First, the premise of the story was a bit shaky. Niki, a paranoid, woman-of-steel who has a few meltdowns which leave her babbling incoherently to herself, drugs herself to sleep and mistakenly has the best sex of her life with Tony, who is so wasted, he also thinks the sex is a figment of his overactive imagination.
The next morning brings the horrible realization that the encounter was not a dream. Niki wants to obliterate the entire event from her life and apparently has been trained by her grandmother to do just that. She hires the people to make the event disappear from all records. Then she finds out she is pregnant. This is where the story entered it's decent into the abyss.
Niki could, on some levels, be hard to like. She seemed too hard for no reason. When she found out she was pregnant, she didn't even do all she could to find Tony, in fact, when they meet later, she is unwilling to confirm that she is even pregnant by him until her attorney tells her it could be trouble. That's low down to me, but, moving back to the topic, the story goes from her finding out she is pregnant to her speaking of the "babies" she is carrying WITHOUT mentioning she is having twins. I thought I had skipped a passage because that kind of news would be a big deal to someone who is knocked up by accident, so I back tracked, but there was no revelation or disclosure of her being pregnant with twins until much later on, up to that point I had to read the story wondering if it had been a typo(which is not uncommon in this genera) or if she really was having more than one baby.
There also was another guy interested in her; David, he had been after here for a few years but she always sensed something was not right with him. I thought this would eventually be revealed but nothing really materialized except he was sleeping with another woman, whom she was friends with, while pursuing her. Which is in poor taste but hell, she wasn't giving him any play so you can't be mad if he chooses to go where the fish are biting.
A few other things stuck out in this story. There was the unusual animosity her grandmothers had towards Tony for mistakenly sleeping with Niki. It pissed me off because he was just as much a victim as Niki was and unlike Niki, tried to give her a way to contact him if there was a pregnancy. His approach was logical while hers seemed borderline schizophrenic. They all focused on the fact that he was drunk that night but the story took a very jagged path in getting us to the point where we found out why that mattered. By then, the story was on the skids so it seemed like much ado about nothing!
The way Niki accepted Tony and fell in love with him was totally out of character for her up to that point. It was like reading another story. In fact, this seemed like a story the author had sitting around and decided to finish it, but forgot to go back to make sure everything blended or was cohesive with the new rewrites and edits. This was a huge miss for this writer who hooked me with her Men of 3X CONstruction series. Skip this one!
Aspects of the story I did enjoy were the interaction between Niki and Tony, the relationship between Rissa and Gale, and the support from both families on what could have morphed into a very disturbing set of events. I especially appreciated reading about love in various stages of life and in various forms. The comedic banter was good, too.
All in all, it's a good short read.
Most recent customer reviews
Niki is stubborn in the beginning. The story is very well written.