Book: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on March 6th, 2018
Genre(s): YA, fiction, fantasy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Series? Yes (second book out in 2019)
Plot: (Goodreads synopsis)
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
My heart. This was an astoundingly well written and wholesome story. Painful, yes, but amazing nonetheless. This book paints a beautiful picture of a world not so unimaginable from here. There are so many wonderful attributes in this book that I’m not even sure where to begin. I can really see why this book made such a splash when it was published a couple months ago. This is one of the few books that I’ve found that have been oober hyped-up, but actually worth the read!
What I Liked:
- How easy it was to get into the story. I know that according to my Goodreads, I read this book from May 8 to June 4, but I wasn’t actively reading it until about May 30th. And once I was invested it was impossible to put down. I would sit down and read for a second, the next thing I know 100 pages and 2 hours are gone. The book was daunting at first (525 pages), but I can’t believe how fast they flew by.
- The writing. Zelie and the world around her came alive in these pages. From the very beginning, the words and style bring this world to life.
- The fantasy world. It amazes me the things that come out of some people’s imaginations. This one is no exception, there was so much going on, so many characters, and the culture. Wonderfully developed. Perfectly executed.
- The characters. I loved all of them. I was heartbroken as some of them fell. I felt the excitement of a new crush. I was betrayed along with the characters in the book. So great. Not only were their emotions and lives real, but as the book moves on we get to see them change and grow into themselves. Which I think will just keep adding to the story as we patiently wait for the next book.
- The plot. If you haven’t noticed, this book has me completely obsessed! The world. The characters. The slavery. The rebellion. Who could resist? I sure can’t. Everything about this story is wonderful. It has so much packed into it that I can’t believe it took me a month to “officially” read it.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Switching perspectives is always a little risky in my mind and, while I believe it was important and added a lot to the story, I did struggle to keep them straight as the story went on.
- There is so much left to find out!!! Not sure if I should really count this one, but I hate starting series before their done and this may be the worst one yet! I want to know what happens next, but the next book isn’t scheduled to come out until next year! [it’ll be worth the wait, right?]
There are just so many amazing things happening in this book, it’s hard to put it all into perspective. I give the book 4.5 stars because Ms. Adeyemi offers so much to the world in just over 500 pages. There is love, and hate, and rebellion, and suffering, and friendship, and fate. And I could keep going. I usually worry about picking up books that are so hyped-about, but I am so glad I didn’t write this one off. It is an amazing book, putting readers like me into worlds we can never imagine.
I would recommend this book to… well, honestly, everyone. I think this is my next “shove it in everyone’s face because you should read it book.” Especially people who love YA and fantasy, but I really think anyone would enjoy it. And if you can’t enjoy it because magic and fantasy isn’t your thing, you can enjoy it for the quality of writing and the character building that happens. Seriously. So much is going on with this book.
Last note: if you do pick it up. Make sure you read the author’s note at the end.
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