Children of Blood and Bone
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 ...more
(by the way. I am in no way making fun of you, Caitlyn or anyone LGBTQ or straight. I just found the comment by Elias to be ROTFFLMFAO HILARIOUS and could not resist adding a comment of my own .... I at least hope SOMEONE got a laugh 😂 out of it!) (less)
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Note: I'm going to start blocking people who come onto this review to tell me that I have read or reviewed it incorrectly. I tried it, I didn't like it, I wrote about my feelings. What do you want? A five-star review? Write your own. 😊
After reading some of the five-star reviews for this book, I'm reevaluating how much I trust some of my friends. This was a terrible book. I don't think I've been this disappointed since picking up FLAME IN TH ...more
Hmm, where does one begin?
Sooo, does the book that made headlines well before it was even published live up to its hype? It truly saddens me to say this but unfortunately, no. It absolutely does not and I’m pretty certain I’m in the minority.
At its core, this book was supposed to be about Institutional racism and oppression so I loved the message it was trying to relay but I hated the execution. What could have been an epic fantasy was ruined by its ...more
The writing was fantastic. Despite being such a large novel, the pacing was well-done, where I felt I was flying through the novel much quicker tha ...more
“No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.”
4 1/2 stars. Wow, I have had quite a week. I started Children of Blood and Bone last Thursday as I was going into labour (because, why not?). Normally, I would devour a book like this in a day or two, but those of you with kids will know that's just not going to happen with a newborn.
Instead, this book rode with me through the hospital stay, sleepless nights, and postpartum weepies. It kept my eyes open on those long, long nights. ...more
I always prefer to decide for myself if the new overhyped YA book is worth it... and I'm happy to say that this new Fantasy book totally was!
I loved the magic system, the world, the characters and cannot wait for the next book!
My only complain is with the romance. I hate romance. I hate how everyone needs to be paired up especially in YA and how cheesy it is. I kinda wish this series was adult instead but if you're looking for a book you'll fly through I totally recommend this o ...more
It wasn't a terrible book, I am just a horrible hollow kind of indifferent towards it. My heart was itching for an experience that I just didn't get.
I loved this book so much! ❤
This book is everything and I have a new favorite author =)
I try not to think of her....more
But when I do, I think of rice.
When Mama was around, the hut always smelled of jollof rice.
I think about the way her dark skin glowed like the summer sun, the way her smile made Baba come alive. The way her white hair fuzzed and coiled, an untamed crown that breathed and
While it's a good book (for most YA fans), I found it far too typical, too clichéd, too predictable.
The book has spawned a lot of awesome reviews. For a debut novel, Tomi Adeyemi has actually done quite well. The writing style is especially good. But then, most of the good reviews garnered by this book are from Americans and Europeans, not Africans (especially Nigerians). She has the right idea, blending Yoruba mythology with regular YA. It's a great idea, but I must s ...more
When you’re a university student, it’s very hard to finish a 500-page book in less than two days and not be five assignments behind, especially this close to the end of the semester.
But here we are, with me still alive and breathing and on track, as impossible as this may seem. I have to thank the author for making this a fast-paced story that does not include a guessing game in every new chapter – otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to read this one ...more
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Buddy read with Adri! 🦊
(And my favorite BookTube reviews: Frankie's, Tati's, & Lauren's!)
“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. It was thinking we’d never fight back!”
Children of Blood and Bone is worth every ounce of hype and praise it has received thus far, and I only anticipate it to receive more and more, especially since you’re all ab ...more
I really don’t know how to begin this review and I’m pretty certain that this is mostly due to the fact that it seems to be unpopular opinion time. *lol* Truth be told, this rarely happens when I read a book. If my friends say they loved it, I usually end up loving it too and ...more
So t ...more
In the meantime - THIS WAS AMAZING. Each of the characters goes on their own intriguing journeys throughout the story, and I enjoyed going along for the ride so much. The setting, magic, and characters were so vibrant and full of life.
I need the sequel, and I don't know what to do without it D:
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s start with the basics: I am *in love* with the cover! Like, for real. Just look at it. It’s gorgeous. Lit. So pleasing to look at.
Okay, moving on. How much, on a scale of 1 to 10 do I love a good old dark mysticism story? The correct answer is 11. I do love this stuff. But it has to be really good. And the one expanded in Children of Blood and Bone is actually excitingly good. The book is part of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, so I am expecting more and bette ...more
*Insert standing ovation here.
Wow. This was incredible! I'm always cautious going into a hyped book because you never know what you're going to get. I've arrived at the point in my reading experience where I'm feeling a bit "been there, done that" with YA fantasy. Not to say I don't enjoy it, but up until now, it's been a hot minute since I've found a truly unique setting and cast that's blown me away. I'm a white ...more
“Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.”
Sometimes, when I set a bo ...more
A thoroughly dissappointing read.
Before i dive into this review, i'd just like to say that i did like the premise of this book. I liked the fact that Tomi wanted to explore Yoruba mythology, i also absolutely loved the fact that she wanted to put Nigeria not just as a place representing Africa as a whole but a country with it's unique culture and all that - she failed in that though , but hey at least she didn't do the whole Africa is a country thing.
First of: Adeyemi had a chance really to pro
Initially, I was wary about Children of Blood and Bone. Apart from the West-African mythology aspect, it didn't sound like it was bringing anything new to the table, and as someone who primarily reads fantasy, it's pretty hard at this point to find a truly unique story. But when more and more over-the-moon, positive reviews came flo ...more
THIS BOOK IS OUT NOW!!
Do your shelves and soul a favour is all I'm saying.
Thank you Macmillan Books for this arc.
Honestly, I don't know how to review this book. My emotions are everywhere at the moment and as much as I wanted to write something comprehensive, I doubt that'll happen.
Like the author has stated, this is a story inspired by her West-African heritage, which seeps through the writing and the world and the ...more
I think 99% of my friends loved this book, and trust me. I wanted to love it, too. The diverse cast of characters, a land of magic, themes of revenge, and fantasy- the ideas were all gripping. I thought I was going to love Zélie and her badass nature, and that there was going to be all the elements of a wonderful fantasy book. I thought I would find a new favourite YA fantasy!
mild spoilers ahead, major are marked.
That’s not to say this book was horrible . There we ...more
But I have to say that Tomi Adeyemi’s recent call out of Nora Roberts on Twitter, accusing this well known & well loved author of capitalizing on her recent bestseller’s fame by copying the title? It’s not a good look. It’s taken the wind out of my sails a bit, and now I am not so excited to read this book. Since I own a copy, I’l ...more
I’m speechless 😶! This book was everything that I was hoping for and more.
The writing is brilliant and beautiful, the story is magnificent, the magic is so unique and the characters are THE BEST PART OF THE BOOK.
At the same time, they are very alike, they are very different. All of them have different reasons to fight but they are fighting for the same thing, PEACE.
All of the characters at the ...more
“On Earth, Sky Mother creates humans, her children of blood and bone.”
This had such a strong start! A world where magic no longer exists, and anyone with heritage relating to those who wielded magic (magi) were beaten, and treated awfully by the nobles. Usually given away by their bold white hair.
Zelie is one such girl, living with her Baba and brother Tzain after their mother was taken and killed during ‘the raid’ the time magic was taken away for good.
When in the marketplace s ...more
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