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Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out their introductory post, here.
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Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West 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 in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?
During a time where I had some extra cash from school and life, I decided to make a few book purchases. This was one of the books I bought during that time. I bought it at my local “Books-A-Million” store that is in the local mall.
When I initially read the synopsis for this I was drawn into it. I felt, and still do, that this would be one of those powerfully important reads, even if it contains magical elements. It is all about living within a culture as an outcast, in some form. I think this is a powerful theme and I want to see how it is handled here. Then to know that she is thrust into a life that she doesn’t expect for herself at all is something that I definitely feel like I would enjoy reading. The fact that a group of magic users have to go against a criminal that has magic as well just sweetens the pot for me. I love a story that has elements of reality, but then switches it up and takes on elements of magic. I just realized that this is what magical realism is, opps, I guess even a book blogger can start to understand concepts as they are writing out a review. Go me right? I think this would become one of my favorite reads, if I got around to it. This is why I bought it back when I saw it on those shelves and the synopsis is what keeps it from being removed from my bookshelves for something else. I feel that this book deserves a spot on my shelves, but now I just need to get around to reading it.