Heart of Crystal, Obelia Akanke

African American Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Crystal was permanently scarred by her ex-boyfriend last semester. After a few months of attending a writers’ group she joined as a form of therapy, Mario, the group leader and a spoken word artist, asks her out. She is reluctant to start another intimate relationship, so things are further complicated when a second group member pursues her. Secrets are exposed, tension mounts, and tempers flare as Crystal struggles to discover who she can trust. As the end-of-the-year performance gets closer, pressure builds as students prepare to compete for a win – for a career boost…and for Crystal’s heart.

Heart of Crystal is a novel written by Obelia Akanke who I must add is an incredible author who managed to keep me entertained and captivated from the first page until the very last! Heart of Crystal is a fantastic book that is full of enthralling literature, splendid characters and a well-developed plot that usually only occurs with authors who have written multiple books for decades! Heart of Crystal is incredible and if you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a moving romance that will captivate as well as entertain you from beginning to end then Heart of Crystal is for you, however if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this gem of a book!

Heart of Crystal is a romance novel, however, it is a romance novel with a twist because the journey the reader encounters throughout the course of the book is not always a lovey-dovey romance that will charm you. Instead, it is a romance novel that explores themes of abuse and overcoming your past relationships, and the result is emotive as well as entertaining. The reader in Heart of Crystal will be introduced to the protagonist of the novel, Crystal and Crystal’s last relationship left her permanently scarred. Crystal however despite her ex-boyfriend and their relationship has decided to try and move on, and so she joins a writers group as a form of therapy, and there she will meet Mario, the group leader who also happens to be handsome! Mario likes Crystal, and he decides to ask her out, and although Crystal is tempted, she does not want to be hurt again. Crystal’s life, however, will become even more complicated when a second member of the group sets his eyes on her, what will she do? Especially when tension mounts and secrets are reveals? You will have to read this stellar book to find out!

The story of Heart of Crystal is one that I would define as a guilty pleasure, it is the type of book that will be perfect for women (and men if they love romance novels) to pick up and get lost in for the afternoon. The easy to read language combined with the thrilling components and the shocking secrets that will excite readers, ensure that readers will be entertained and turning the pages with haste from beginning to end… I know I was! And this is all thanks to the talented author Obelia Akanke.

Obelia Akanke is an author who I believe will be a big hit sometime soon and I genuinely mean this. There are a lot of authors out there today, and many of those write romance but the genre is awash with generic, cliché romances but Heart of Crystal is far from this and is, in fact, a refreshing twist on romance. The unique story combined with the many poignant themes make Heart of Crystal a stellar romance novel that will stand out from a crowded genre.

Obelia Akanke makes her novel Heart of Crystal stand out by her characterization of her characters, in particular, the character of Crystal. Crystal is a broken young woman who is trying to get her life back on track; the reader will readily sympathize with Crystal thanks to her traumatic past. Crystal for me was instantly likable, and this is because Akanke writes her character believably and honestly and that will charm her readers.

Overall Heart of Crystal is a sensational novel by a very talented author – one that you must all watch! So I, of course, have to award the stellar book five stars! So please, if you are looking for a romance with a twist that combines classical romance themes with unique and poignant ones, then you will adore Heart of Crystal!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Heart of Crystal. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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Obelia Akanke

Thank you for taking the time to read and write such a lovely review! It’s always good to hear that others enjoyed my story, too. When you pour yourself into a book, you hope that the people reading can connect and understand your intentions and story. I realize my style is different from many because I tend to write so there is something to consider in the piece whether it be a poem or a novel, which is why I consider myself a “true life poet.” I hope this book is fun to read, encouraging for those who need it,… Read more »

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