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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

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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
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Emma Giordano
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS! This is genuinely the greatest debut fantasy novel, greatest fantasy novel in general that I have read in a very long time. Initially, I was TERRIFIED to read Children of Blood and Bone. The combination of it’s size and an epic high fantasy novel was very daunting to me, but I am so happy I picked it up. I cannot possibly recommend it enough.

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
Emily May
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc, 2018
“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.
Tomi Adeyemi
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You'll like this book. I'm biased, but I need to meet my goodreads challenge so I'm marking this as read.
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Gah! I was just talking about how I hoped I get my poster for the book and it came and it's freaking awesome! ♥

I loved this book so much! ❤

This book is everything and I have a new favorite author =)

I try not to think of her.
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a gripping read. The world building here is phenomenal. The main characters are richly drawn and I was invested in each of their struggles. This book is very action packed. So much is happening! The ending is such a cliffhanger and I want to know what’s next. This is well worth reading and such a strong debut. Tzarin could be more developed. Who is he beyond his sister’s protector? At times the story felt overly dramatic. Zelie and Inan were deep in their feelings all the time and it be ...more
I want to join Zélie and Amari’s squad badly.

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
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WELP. Looks like this book is joining THRONE OF GLASS on the books-that-made-me-lose-friends shelf.

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 friend

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
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
I didn't really like this book but no matter, it has served its purpose which was introducing me to Amari so thanks for that I guess

it wasn't a bad 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.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I have very little to say about this debut so I’ll keep this short and concise.

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 did not for me and I’m pretty certain I’m in the minority.

At its core, this book is about Institutional racism and oppression so I (really and truly) loved the the message it was relaying but I hated the execution. What could have been an epic fantasy was ruined by i
C.G. Drews
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children of Blood And Bone is such a rich and excellently built fantasy world my opinion is just: WOW. I also feel like this book is most definitely mega-hyped but worth it, ohhh so worth it. The writing is stunning, but we just need to all sit down in a bucket and admire the world building. And the characters go from headstrong-little-stubborn-darlings-making-bad-decisions to headstrong-little-stubborn-darlings-making-bad-decisions-BUT-WITH-MAGIC-AND-EMOTIONS which is excellent development.

So t
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, owned
Full review to come!

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.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Leigh Kramer
"We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue."

*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
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings, this one.

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
destiny ☠ howling libraries
This review has been in the works for a little too, but that’s because it’s a tough title for me to review. I originally received this as an eARC earlier in the year, and made it to about the 40% mark before DNFing it a few weeks before its release. I had already pre-ordered it and wanted to try it again, so I grabbed my finished copy off the shelf in May and read the rest of it over the span of a few days.

“Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.”

Sometimes, when I set a bo
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do your shelves and soul a favour is all I'm saying.
You're welcome.


[4.5 stars]

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
Claudia Ramírez
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
This is a 500+ page book which I devoured in 2 days. I'm so surprised by how fast I finished this. This was such a good ASS book. I was 100% invested in it and found it impossible to put down whenever I was reading. This book is fucking amazing and deserves all the hype it's getting!! I found myself getting attached to these characters so quick and literally on the edge of my seat because everything is so action packed and intense and death can happen to anyone at any fucking time in this book j ...more
Sabrina The Trash Queen
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
”With the right blow I could knock him off his feet; with the right thrust I could crush his throat.”

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
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to get through this book (due to the fact that it’s quite long, and is a very detailed and involved fantasy world), but I highly enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the magic system in this story, and loved the visuals I imagined while reading. I really do hope this becomes a movie on the big screen, because it would be so epic!
Ben Alderson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All you need to know from this review is....

Read the book.
Yusra  ✨
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok

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 all gripped me. 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.

mild spoilers ahead, major are marked.

That’s not to say this book was horrible . There were definitely some positi
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘you may kill me with your hatefulness,
but still, like air, i rise.’

- maya angelou

this poem was literally all i could think about whilst reading this book, and both are so important. from a cultural standpoint, i thought this book was brilliant. the diversity and representation is what gave this book its power. and although i wasnt as obsessed with the plot and characters as the rest of the universe seems to be, i still found this to be a pretty good story. i thought inan was a high point - his
Charlotte May
3.75 stars ⭐

“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
Cait • A Page with a View
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uhh wow yes this was amazing. Full review to come!
It doesn't happen too often that I actually, really dislike a book. And I still can't really express how sad I am about the fact that it had to happen with this one.

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
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
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This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books

Children of Blood and Bone has been on my book radar for MONTHS. Every corner of the bookish internet was praising it and shouting about how great it is. And you know what? It's worth every ounce of hype it's received. It's one of those wonderful cases where the inside of the book is just as gorgeous as the outside!

Seriously. I w
Heather 'Bookables'
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Review to come! Loved it!
Ashley Nuckles
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHH. I have so many thoughts and am so confused by the ending and also never really got over my annoyance with Inan but STILL AHHHHHH
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Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allow ...more
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