Book Review: Kima

Title:  Kima

Author:  A. H. Amin

Series:  Standalone

Release Date:   November 3, 2016

Genre: YA / Fantasy


Blurb:  Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull. Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

What I liked:  The book is imaginative and fresh.  The writers joy and inspiration really shines through his words.  I applaud indie authors who push to bring their words to life.  It was great to see the care and thought the author puts in this story.  I’m a fan of allegory and this book reads like an allegory.  There are life lessons to be found and understood in the pages.

What didn’t work for me:  The writing was overly simplified in places.  I also had problems with the transitions from the animal to human perspective in some spots.  It made the book feel a bit disjointed.

Overall, if you’re interested in the subject matter you’ll enjoy this book.  It’s been a long while since I read The Whale Rider, but this book brought that one to mind.

I rate it: 3-5-stars

*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy that was provided by the author.


 H. Amin is an Iraqi author. He was born in Kuwait where he had lived most of his life there. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt. After that he traveled to China for his postgraduate studies where he also learned how to speak Chinese Mandarin. He had first came across with his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take an interest in literature. He started finally after he came up with the idea for a new fiction thriller book, Psychs – which was his first published book – after he received good criticism about his new idea.  A. H. Amin is living in between Kuwait and China at the moment where he still writes and explores his ideas. And when he is not strapped to his desk, he would be restoring people’s smiles in the clinics, jogging, or trying his best to stay on his diet.

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