Blogmas Day 10: The Best 2017 Standalone

Standalone

Today’s topic is about the best standalone I’ve read in 2017. There was so many choices as fantastic standalone but the good news is I’ll get to feature these books in another category this month.

My standalone choice for 2017 is a grandiose book. The one that reading had me transported in a movie like Out of Africa.

Today’s winner is Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Here is some of what I wrote about the book:

A mix between “Gone With The Wind”, “Out of Africa” and “Spy Games”.

It was grand! Not because it was a big book only 360 pages but because it was grandiose, packed with so many messages, intense moments, grief, heartbreak, rebirth, hope, utter despair and gorgeous backdrop.

Whereas the horrific events made me fall into the book immediately I needed some time to get used to the sometimes “flamboyant” phrasing. Then it grew on me and added to the magic of the book. I could hear Bahati talking my ears off, admire “The Big Five”, feel the heat of Africa, the scent of crowded markets, feel the rain pouring upon my head… I loved “Gone With The Wind” and this book will give you the same dramatic and utterly romantic vibes.

  A mix between “Gone With The Wind”, “Out of Africa” and “Spy Games”.

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It was grand! Not because it was a big book only 360 pages but because it was grandiose, packed with so many messages, intense moments, grief, heartbreak, rebirth, hope, utter despair and gorgeous backdrop.

Whereas the horrific events made me fall into the book immediately I needed some time to get used to the sometimes “flamboyant” phrasing. I get the attraction between Jack and Rodel was nearly instant once you passed his grouchy/wounded lion (un)welcome. It was meant to be. But some phrasing was just too elaborate and I was “Really?” in the beginning. Then it grew on me and added to the magic of the book. I could hear Bahati talking my ears off, admire “The Big Five”, feel the heat of Africa, the scent of crowded markets, feel the rain pouring upon my head… I loved “Gone With The Wind” and this book will give you the same dramatic and utterly romantic vibes.

That said I’m convinced this book is movie worthy.

Seriously if I was a producer I would buy the book’s rights just now.

My movie would have:

-gorgeous landscapes with sunsets in Africa under the Kilimanjaro silhouette. Big animals prowling the savannah ready to pounce and kill their prey;

-killing spree in Mall with bomb exploding for good measure and a net of evil villain abducting albino kids to quench the blood thirst of superstitious powerful people;

-romance with high voltage chemistry between a handsome “oozing testosterone” hero and a sexy British;

-colorful side characters;

-personal quest to honor the deceased memories;

-insightful messages about grief, life, resilience, true beauty…

The cast was just perfect:

a sexy British teacher mourning the loss of her sister dead in said Mall attack.

a VERY male and VERY handsome broken hero.

a very chatty Massai obsessed with his skin care and dreaming of being a movie star.

a badass very old lady. I want to be Goma when I’ll be an old lady! Seriously she’s like ninety and rules her world on a farm in the middle of Africa. She wears mummus like a queen, doesn’t bat an eyelash when her life is threatened and she has to face three killers.
“Never piss off an old bird. We’re cranky, constipated, and we need our beauty sleep.”
She is a badass old chicken! I bet all my grandkids would like me to drive them to school just to show off their so cool grand-mother.

And how was the romance you say?

Well judge by yourself;
“You and me . . . we’re too grand, too magnificent to fit into ordinary. I love you, Jack. It’s big love. Huge. I can’t stuff it in a letter or an email. I’m not okay with that. I’m not an okay girl. I’m an all or nothing girl.”

Would you go watch my movie? I bet you would! »

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And you what is your favorite standalone of 2017?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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6 Replies to “Blogmas Day 10: The Best 2017 Standalone”

  1. This sounds like an amazing read! Adding it to my TBR! My favorite stand-alone’s of 2017 are Eliza and Her Monsters, Punk 57, and An Enchantment of Ravens

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I loved Punk 57 and An Enchantment of Ravens. Now Elize and her monster is on my TBR!!!

  2. The name by itself is movie worthy…LOL!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know right? LOL

  3. You’ve sold me Sophie! This is definitely going on my tbr! I think my favorite standalone this year would be Sophie Chen’s The Luster of Lost Things. It’s a beautiful story that just leaves you sighing happily at the end.☺️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you for the recommendation Kim!!! Adding it to my TBR <3

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