i’m especially excited for today’s tgifbm! giveaway
because it’s books from two authors i really love and

i was fortunate enough to beta Huntress for malinda
and was especially excited knowing it was an asian
inspired fantasy. i enjoyed her debut ASH, but loved
Huntress even more. with Huntress, malinda immerses
us in a wonderful tale of friendship, danger, adventure,
sacrifice and love. all through her beautiful prose and voice
that is so uniquely malinda’s. let me just give you the first
two paragraphs from Huntress, and you’ll see:

She saw a beach made of ice, and she felt her heart breaking.

The ground where she stood was frozen white, but twenty
feet away, cold blue ocean lapped at the jagged shore.
Someone there was climbing into a rowboat, and she knew
that she loved this person. She was certain of it in the same
way one was instantly aware of the taste of sweetness in a
drop of honey. But she was afraid for this person’s life, and
the fear raised a cold sweat on her skin and a sick lurch in
her stomach, as though she was on a ship during a violent storm.

malinda is truly the only author who gives me goosebumps
when i read her prose from the sheer beauty of it.
(this happened for me when the heroine declared her love for
the girl sage she had been traveling with–so poignant.)
and the fact that Huntress has wonderful storytelling in spades,
doesn’t shy from breaking our hearts yet also lifting it with hope,
makes it an absolute must read this year.

it’s no wonder that just today, Huntress received a starred
review from Publisher’s Weekly
. congrats malinda, so well


you may remember my raving about Who Fears Death by
nnedi okorafor earlier this year. it was a fantasy novel with
dystopian touches rooted in african mythology and folklore.
it pretty much blew me away. the book has since been nominated
for a Nebula.

so i was thrilled to receive an arc of Akata Witch, nnedi’s YA
fantasy set in nigeria with sunny as the heroine:

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born
American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s
a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer.
There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she
discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent,” with
latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic
students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change
reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked
to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?

ursula le guin says, “There’s more vivid imagination in a page
of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary
fantasy epics.”

yes, ursula le guin. how jealous am i? but i totally have to
agree. what is so refreshing about nnedi’s novels is the
originality and imagination that shines through. Akata Witch
was a much lighter tale than Who Fears Death, with moments
of fun, discovery and coming of age. at the same time, it is
not without it’s frightening moments, all told so vividly.

another YA novel i can’t wait to release and be read by all!

so up for grabs for one winner:

Huntress ARC by malinda lo
Ash paperback by malinda lo
Akata Witch ARC by nnedi okorafor
Who Fears Death hardcover by nnedi okorafor

this prize package kicks butt! =) and because
i’m feeling generous, is open world wide! you know
the drill, tweet, fb status, LJ or blog about this contest
and link directly to this post. then comment here with
that link.
i’ll choose a winner by random on friday, 3/11.
good luck!!


71 thoughts on “tgifbm! Huntress & Akata Witch!”

  1. i’m so excited about this contest..i love sci-fi and speculative’s my facebook status post-

    thank you!

  2. our book club has been dreaming of Akata Witch since we finished Who Fears Death. On day soon, we might become a chapter of Nnedi’s Fan club because we’ve read all of her books and compare every written word to her amazing ability!!!

    I’m looking forward to checking out Huntress and Ash!

  3. OMG I just had an actual OMG moment (I also had one upon seeing Fury in real life so y’know this seems to be a common thing when Cindy is involved ;)

    I linked to it in my sidebar and shall Tweet it later.

    And I have Who Fears Death and Ash so really I just need Akata Witch and Huntress *makes puppy dog eyes* lol

  4. DAmn it! I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really want to win!!

  5. Ok I tweeted and facebooked and if I can think of a darn blog post, I’ll post on my blog because I’m dying to win this!!!!

  6. As someone who is part Nigerian, Nnedi’s work fascinates me. And now, thanks to your blog, I’m even more excited and can’t wait to read it! The word Akata is so interesting.

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