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I am definitely split writing this but I won’t give into rewarding something just because it has cultural value. The black part of me likes that the author tried to acknowledge and put in some of our struggles but I don’t think it was done in a productive manner. She portrayed a constantly victimized black person and this is just one perspective that isn’t truly reflective of the total black experience. It’s somewhat unfair to white people making them all seem ignorant or outright belligerent. It’s unfair to black people making it look like we are constantly worried about race. Some of us are proud and extremely happy with what we have achieved and feel a connection to all that came before us without the explicit need for family walls and names. There is injustice and unfairness in black lives but this was a ham handed way to present it. The fantasy book lover in me hated the main character. She was entitled, whinny, and overall weak. She was crazy self righteous and bold but when it came to actually facing enternal and external challenges she ran and or collapsed. It was like watching a child throw temper tantrums to get her way and then when she did and realizing it wasn’t what she wanted throwing it away. The magic system could have been interesting if you didn’t have to wait 85% book to get to it. I applaud the effort but I truly didn’t enjoy the experience.