We Slay Book Club January Pick

Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejide

I don't know what this book was trying to convey but I was just not getting the message. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I still had emotional connections to some of the characters. But without a plot, I felt lost while reading this novel. Nothing really happened until the third part of the story and that wasn't until the last 20 pages or so. There was too much build up, not enough resolution. In the future, I'll be avoiding this author for the simple fact that her writing is borderline obnoxious.


Time of the Locust was a beautiful written book, that tackled some very interesting subjects. The way Yejide wrote about autism was nicely done and flowed very well on the page. I really like how the author approached each characters form of imprisonment. Brenda imprisoned in her overweight body, her lackluster day to day existence and the wall she cannot get over to connect with her son and her vow she made to Horus. Sephriri with his autism and his lack of awareness to connect with the outside world. The brother in his lack of motivation to do anything and Horus with his literal imprisonment. The villains in this book were incredibly creepy to me, they were written well that I felt for them as well. The only thing that bothered me was that the heart of the story, the part I was looking forward to occurred in the last chapter. What! Why? I wanted to see more of the budding relationship between father and son, why did you give me just a taste? The story ending on a moment of hope, after a lot of littleand big defeats, it was nice. I would like to listen to an audio book by this author.


For the year we are reading a 12 book series along with our regular book club pick

The Awakening by L. A. Banks

Damn it. I was not trying to get caught up in ANOTHER series but here I am. I'm starting off the new year with a new obsession. Vampire Huntress Legend reminds me of the Anita Blake series but with a diverse cast. I just hope the awesomeness of this first novel carries throughout the books to come. I can't believe I waited this long to read it. Here's hoping Damali and her crew keep me interested.


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Kelly Burden

Hi! I am a Children's Librarian in Baltimore, Maryland.