Today's review is on Kasala: The Curse, by Akinsowom Ahubelen, is by an author who found me on Instagram. First, the cover is lovely. I love books that display emotion. The eyes of this cover showed me innocence and possibly a bit of fear, making me want to dive right into her story.
So here's the summary:
After a struggle with an elderly woman, a young girl becomes the victim of a curse that threatens to destroy her life and those of the ones she loves. Her only salvation lies in a statue.
She joins forces with an art thief who is on the run from guards of The Lodge. A secret society; whose members are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to retrieve this statue and protect their secret.
In a breathless race through the streets of Lagos, and a face-off with a deadly soldier, intent on a mission from which he cannot fail.
A soldier on a mission, but also locked in a desire to be with the woman he loves. He must not return without the statue, he cannot lose his woman.
Because the author is known for comic books and adventures, I was hoping for something huge with Kasala: The Curse. I was looking to be taken away, especially since the story took place in another country. Seeking to be immersed in culture and a fantastical story, I found myself trapped within a novel that wanted to read like a graphic novel/comic book.
I'm not going to lie, I felt dupped. The story had me everywhere, unsure what it was trying to share. Kasala introduced many characters who were to eventually converge for the story's plot, but the introductions weren't smooth. They weren't developed well either, preventing me from forming any sort of attachment, thus causing me to lose interest. Next, the voices changed so much, I wasn't sure if the book was supposed to be told in second, third or first person!
Lastly, the errors were abismal. I tried to push through them, but I was reading the book as a finished product; not a pdf. Sadly, that means the book is lost till revisions are made to the ebook. There's a process I know I've shared for publishing, after experiencing various mistakes. We all have a starting point; I'm sure this will hash out eventually, and be morphed into an interesting story soon.
I bet the author's comics are great, but as far as a novel is concerned, a lot of help is required. I'm moving on to the next book!
*One Way Ticket is next.
Author: Azubike A. Ahubelum
August 27, 2016
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