She Would Be King

She Would Be King

A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history?a dazzling retelling of Liberia?s formation. Wayétu Moore?s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia?s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history?a dazzling retelling of Liberia?s formation. ...

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Title:She Would Be King
Author:Wayetu Moore
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:312 pages pages

She Would Be King Reviews

  • Susan Henderson
    Mar 14, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

  • Tasha
    Nov 11, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

  • Beverly
    Sep 29, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 10, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

  • David
    Dec 02, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

  • Linda Robinson
    Oct 04, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

  • Bethany
    Aug 23, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

  • Trudie
    Nov 28, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Sep 25, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

  • Dawn
    Sep 24, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

  • Marchpane
    Nov 30, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

  • Megan C.
    Nov 21, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

  • Jan
    Nov 06, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

  • BookOfCinz
    Oct 13, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Sep 23, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

  • Dominique
    Jul 26, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

  • Darkowaa
    Sep 10, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

  • Katie Long
    Dec 02, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

  • Hanna
    Aug 13, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

  • Will
    Sep 28, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

  • Kelly Hager
    Oct 19, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    ?That was when my father told me that freedom as a Negro man was different. I was free, you see, he assured me, but there were some places where I could act free and some places where I could not act free.? ? She Would Be King fictionalizes the formation of Liberia through ...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

    Wonderful! Thought-provoking and a page-turner. I can't recommend it highly enough. ...

  • Meike
    Nov 18, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

  • Nicky
    Nov 27, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

  • Rachel (tablereading)
    Nov 18, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    ?That was when my father told me that freedom as a Negro man was different. I was free, you see, he assured me, but there were some places where I could act free and some places where I could not act free.? ? She Would Be King fictionalizes the formation of Liberia through ...

  • Jite
    Sep 25, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

  • Paperback Paris
    Sep 02, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

    3.5, rounded up. ...

    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...

    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...

    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...

    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...

    ?That was when my father told me that freedom as a Negro man was different. I was free, you see, he assured me, but there were some places where I could act free and some places where I could not act free.? ? She Would Be King fictionalizes the formation of Liberia through ...

    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...

  • Miriam
    Oct 30, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

  • Irene (Read.Rewind)
    Oct 29, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Oct 15, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...

    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...

    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...

    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...

    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...

    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...

    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...

    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...

    4.5 ...

    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...

    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...

    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...

    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...

    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...

    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...

    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...

    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...

    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...

    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...

    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...

    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...

  • Sarah Jessica Parker
    Nov 21, 2018

    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...