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“The Place That Gave”

Synopsis

Buzzcut, doll face, secret prude and healthy snacks brand ambassador, Theana Green, loses her money, boyfriend, and reputation in a matter of days. She thought her ‘rags to riches’ story would stay on “riches” for a long time. But the discovery of illegal additives in the snacks she promoted kicked her back to the bottom of the pit. The once-beloved doll was now a disliked troll. Even an escape to a distant village in Nigeria couldn’t hide her from mistrust and scheming of the villagers. Her plan to reinvent herself wasn’t working…and a sexy crooner with a face that could melt even the strongest of icebergs refuses to leave her alone!

Heartthrob and talented musician, Ramsey Edet makes women lose their cool. Despite his success and fame, his bad reputation kept catching up with him. One sight of Theana looking like a chocolate beauty that walked out of an Afremov painting was all it took to get him interested in what life had to offer after all.

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Reviews

“The Place That Gave is the second book I’ve read by Emem Uko and once again I really liked it. I loved the modern social media elements of the story and how fragile the industry is. The impact made to her life, whilst enjoyed, doesn’t last long and Theana ends up back at the being trying to create a life she loves. The ups and downs of her life, the challenges she faces, make for an easy read that you won’t want to put down. I really liked the characters and the plot, and the message behind the whole book.”

“I really liked the book “The place that gave” by Emem Uko. It was entertaining, funny, romantic and the story is great! I learned a lot about Nigeria, their culture, their people and traditions as well. Would definitely recommend this books for some fun, interesting and romantic reading!”

“Notice Me”

Synopsis

Music DJ? Sure. Being the frontman of a popular band in a foreign country? Never in his wildest dreams. Anders finds himself living a cool life but at a price of projecting an effeminate image to the public.

His fans love it. They’ve only known him since his makeover after his debut as a singer. They don’t know the manly Anders. But the girl he wants to notice him thinks he’s not her type. Now he has to choose between his public image and his private life. Millions of fans versus one? Their happiness or his happiness?

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Reviews

“Loved it! It’s the first book I’ve read that linked my kpop obsession (dont judge😁) with reading. Though not specifically about kpop, you can see the parallels. It’s a beautiful love story. Makes me wonder how some of these kpop stars who have to abide by the characters created by their agencies are able to reconcile this with their “normal” life post stardom. Who knows the real you?”

“Notice Me is a book filled with originality and energy the kind you only seem to discover from young writers full of passion. Uko’s cultural background comes across in her writing, and pop-cultural influences in the story. The subject matter isn’t something I’d particular go for myself, but it is written in a way that makes it accessible to someone like myself outside the perceived target demographic. There is certainly a revealed depth about the industry that never seemed apparent to me previously, but now I think I’ll give more credit to the struggles and passions of Millennials, and will for sure read more of Uko’s books.”

“Janus”

(the sequel to Façade)

Synopsis

Circumstances have made Emma grow up so fast within a year. Janus, the sequel to Façade, explores how she handles a budding career, grief, and danger. After getting the part of a much-talked-about movie role, Emma’s path as an actress seems promising. But she finds that her journey in the movie world is full of pot holes. Rumors rise as easily as fog. Enemies are made as fast as a spinning wheel. Privacy is precious, but cannot be achieved easily. Is the life of an actress for her?

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Reviews

“I came across this book without realising it is a sequel but I found it perfectly readable without any prior knowledge of the main character. I was interested in a couple of references to her (the main character) as…The book is definitely aimed at a young adult audience but I’m a bit older than that and still enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down easily! I had to know how the story ended and what happened to the main character! Overall – definite page-turner.”

“A lively, fast-paced story that kept my interest from the first sentence to the last. It is maybe not the kind of book I might have usually chosen but I really enjoyed reading it nevertheless. Uko has a way of captivating readers and making them want to read more, for sure. The characters were believable and interesting and there were plenty of plot twists and turns to keep readers on their toes.”

“Hers to Tell”

Synopsis

Born with OCA1b, Cara Ella Smith couldn’t be more different from her sisters. The need to move far away from family lands her in Miami, where she becomes a writer. Her first novel indirectly aids Detective Abram Jonah in the arrest of a vile human being, and she becomes a target as a result. On the day of her 8th book signing event, she is almost run down by a vehicle, which she narrowly avoids because she is pulled away from the road by a dashing hunk, Jet Meyer. There is a nagging fear that tugs at her. Jet is hiding something. He skillfully evades personal questions that Cara asks him. Cara is plagued with anxiety and nightmares from her near-death experience, but deep down, she knows that her distress has more to do with Jet than the incident.

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“Hers To Tell is fast paced, suspenseful and intriguing read, full of twists and turns. This is Emem’s second book and she is definitely someone to keep an eye on as she is a breath of fresh air who knows how to keep her readers turning the pages and wanting more at the end of each chapter. Emem does a wonderful job both developing her story lines and characters. As a mystery and thriller reader, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of a good mystery.”

“What a wonderful book, the author did a great job keeping the audience interested amongst the twists and turns in the plot. I found the characters, especially Cara, very strong and intelligent. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of suspense and mystery!!!!”

“Façade”

Facade Book Cover

Synopsis

To the naked eyes, Emma, a recent high school graduate, is beyond beautiful and smart, which is a combination that would give any girl an immeasurable sense of self-confidence. But as it turns out, the eyes are yet to discover and understand the real Emma. Adam, her saving angel who is wise beyond his years, wholeheartedly accepts the real Emma and teaches her to do the same.

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Reviews

“I love this book! … I like how the story unfolds the life of Emma; very well written. Kudos to the author!”

“Amazon just asked for one word to describe the mood of the book and I clicked on “lighthearted” and then thought oh wait i think it’s “hopeful” and now I’m wondering if “thoughtful” is perhaps the better one …”

“If you haven’t read this book yet, You are really missing out! I opened this book and I couldn’t put it down!”

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