Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: The Unstoppable Octobia May

Fiction State of Mind-03

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I received a complimentary download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review

I was drawn to this book because of the African American main character. Set in the 1950’s, the novel explores Octobia’s adventures in he Aunt’s boarding house. Her newest fixation however is that one of her Auntie's boards is a Vampire! The Vampire subplot at first appears to be a bit of whimsy since so much of the book is rooted in historical facts. However Flake keeps the readers guessing as we follow Octobia’s investigations.

This was a quick yet meaningful read with an adventure filled ending. Octobia’s approach to life is very refreshing especially once the reader learns about her near death experience and overprotective parents.
I also really loved that the characters didn't speak in stereotypical Sothern vernacular.  Yes people in the South have a distinctive way of speaking but unfortunately some authors rely on overuses slang and butchered English. Everything about these characters was authentic and I was grateful for it!

This is my 57th read for Coyer Summer Vacation

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