average YA fantasy

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Ughhh, this book had so much hype surrounding it, but it just didn’t do much for me. It just seemed like a typical YA fantasy book. There wasn’t anything that totally blew me out of the water or had me hooked and invested in the story. I did appreciate the influence of African culture that was woven into the story; it did give a unique spin to an otherwise typical fantasy story. I thought the characters were okay, however, again they didn’t do a whole lot for me.

I just wanted to be hooked by the story and I didn't feel that pull that would transport me to another world. I had a hard time concentrating on the story and being able to really imagine it in my mind, which is a pretty big deal for me when I'm reading. I need to be taken into the pages and become part of the story. This one just didn't do that for me. This book ended up being just average despite how much I wanted to really enjoy it.