Fiction - Supernatural
196 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2023
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Abandoned by his mother at the age of eight, Gregory Hawkins had spent most of his young life in the foster care system. Through foster care, he meets Rami Black, who becomes the brother and family he never had. Out of their deep shared love for rap music, Gregory and Rami start creating rap music and quickly become a favorite rap duo dubbed Black Hawk in Chicago. Before they know it, they are signed to a huge record label in Los Angeles, promising them a brighter future in the music industry. As they find their feet around the Hollywood scene, they are faced with choices that push them to their spiritual limits, rock their relationship, and change their lives forever while discovering their true natures. But the people they meet along the way will really determine their destinies and their purpose in this wicked world. Get yourself Shariyah Levvi’s Oblations to discover more.

If you are looking for a gripping paranormal novel with a touch of mystery, Shariyah Levvi’s Oblations is it. Featuring an exciting, dynamic, and diverse cast, Levvi weaves an intriguing plot in a compelling tale of love, betrayal, black magic, evil, fame, money, blackmail, music, and murder, among so much more. Levvi had me hooked, flipping through page after page with spell-binding plot twists, mind-blowing cliffhangers, and edge-of-the-seat suspense. The evocative depictions hurled me into the world of players in the rap game. It felt like watching a Hollywood movie and I would love to see Oblations on the big screen. Levvi depicts the cast’s traits and emotions well, giving them authenticity. This made them easy to connect with. Through misinformation, money, and the allure of fame, Lucifer believes he is winning the battle of souls. But is he going to win the war between light and darkness?

Doreen Chombu

How far would you go for fame and wealth? Would you consider making a deal with the devil? Hawk and Rami, two foster brothers, aspire to achieve more than just recognition within their community. With their looks, talent, and determination, they believe they have what it takes to make it in the music industry, and when Hardcore Records offers them a contract, they become excited and hopeful that their dreams of becoming stars will finally come true. However, Rami is blinded by the glitz and glamor, while Hawk remains grounded in his love for music and the message it conveys. They soon find themselves caught in a battle between good and evil, demons and angels, and Yahweh and Satan. To discover the fate of the brothers, get a copy of Oblations by Shariyah Levvi.

Oblations is one of the most intense books I have ever read. The drama, suspense, and shocking revelations were almost overwhelming. Shariyah Levvi has written a captivating story that will stay with the reader for a long time. I must caution that this book is not suitable for sensitive readers as it contains disturbing scenes of sexual assault, drug use, and creepy rituals. However, this is a must-read as it delves into the decline of morality and how the music industry exploits young and talented people, filling their lives with vanity. The epic showdown was satisfying, and the open ending was perfect for future installments. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author. Overall, it is a great piece of work.

K.C. Finn

Oblations is a work of fiction in the supernatural, occult adventure, and suspense subgenres. It is suitable for mature adult readers owing to explicit scenes of sex and violence as well as strong language throughout. Penned by author Shariyah Levvi, this gripping tale merges hip-hop, the occult, and history into a narrative of supernatural thrills and treachery. Rami and Hawk, two talented young rappers from Chicago, embark on a journey to sign a recording contract with Hardcore Records. Their rise from foster care to social media stardom sets the stage for a promising future, but as they delve deeper into the music industry, they confront unexpected challenges involving demonology and the Illuminati. The narrative explores the choices they must make, delving into themes of sacrifice and the price of fame.

Author Shariyah Levvi has crafted a novel that delivers an immersive experience into the world of hip-hop and the occult. I enjoyed the unique and imaginative blend of elements of the supernatural with the struggles of two protagonists trying to navigate the complexities of the music industry, which went together surprisingly well. The pacing keeps the reader engaged, and the infusion of history and occultism adds layers of intrigue that make it so you can never quite guess where the next thrill is coming from. The central characters, Rami and Hawk, are well-developed with some fantastic dialogue exchanges that highlight their attitudes and upbringing. Their journey becomes more than their music as they confront the darker forces at play in their lives, some literal and some metaphorical. Overall, Oblations is a highly recommended read that transcends genres, offering a unique and thought-provoking exploration of ambition, sacrifice, and the pursuit of success.

Pikasho Deka

Prepare yourselves for a gripping supernatural thriller with Shariyah Levvi's Oblations. Gregory Hawk was only eight years old when his mother abandoned him and left him as an orphan. Raised in a group home, Hawk met Rami Black, another orphan with whom he grew up to be as close as a brother. As the two young Chicago boys step into adulthood, they become talented rappers and arrive in Los Angeles to make their mark under music producer Big Don Walker. However, the price of fame soon catches up to Rami, and he becomes besotted with a conniving woman named Vixen, who introduces him to the occult. Meanwhile, Hawk's relationship with Rami sours, and he finds himself in the company of an extraordinary man called Melaku Cohen. Using his Nephilim abilities, can Hawk stop Vixen and Rami's nefarious plans?

With a touch of romance, mystery, drama, intrigue, and a dash of the supernatural, Shariyah Levvi weaves an engaging yarn for readers. Oblations has its hooks in you from the very first page and keeps drawing you in the further you read. The narrative is well-paced, and you don't want to take too many breaks while reading. Levvi drops some unexpected curveballs that make the plot totally unpredictable, and you're constantly wondering what's going to happen next. The characters are well-developed, and they seamlessly slot into the machinations of the plot. One character named Mali has a rather alarming outlook toward a minority group that has some disturbing parallels to prejudiced people living in the real world today. Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to supernatural thriller enthusiasts.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Oblations is a supernatural novel by Shariyah Levvi that revolves around two talented foster brothers, Hawk and Rami, who are plunged into the music industry. The brothers sign a recording contract with Hardcore Records, only to realize that the industry is more complex and dangerous than they had initially thought. They undergo changes that test their bond and morals. Hawk chooses to follow a path that focuses on the enlightening message of music, while Rami desires notoriety and wealth. Rami's choices lead him to find love in the wrong place, which further pushes him toward the dark side. Meanwhile, Hawk's new acquaintances help him discover his divine destiny. The brothers are separated by their different paths, but what will happen when they collide? You can find out by grabbing a copy of this book.

Oblations is a fantastic novel that took me on a roller coaster of emotions. The twists and turns are unexpected, and the ending is shocking. Shariyah Levvi is a creative writer who grabs your attention from the first scene to the last. Hawk and Rami start as ordinary people who have no idea what is going on in the spiritual realm or the music industry they want to be a part of. I loved their character development and the different paths they took. It shows that every individual has the choice to be good or bad, and their decisions have consequences. The book has great lessons that you can use when making life-changing decisions. The author does an excellent job of describing the characters and scenes, painting a vivid picture of what is happening. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading realistic supernatural novels.