“THEY KILLED MY MOTHER.
THEY TOOK OUR MAGIC.
THEY TRIED TO BURY US.
NOW WE RISE.”
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Released: March 6th, 2018
Series: Legacy of Orïsha
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages/Hours: 525 pages / 18 hrs 9 mins
Buy it: Amazon | Audible | Local Bookstore
BOOK SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.
WHAT I LOVED.
So the reason this book is actually on my radar is because someone on twitter was like “This book is giving me all the Zutarra feels” And I was like SAY NO MORE. I’M IN!”
That’s really all you need to stay to me to get me into ANYTHING really, but even without that this book is incredible!! It’s so rooted in African culture and you can’t, under any circumstances, see white people playing this story out.
The amount of WORLD BUILDING in this book is insane! It seems so effortless, which should tip you off to how much work went into it. Each of the characters are incredibly well rounded. They all have struggles and I care about ALL OF THEM. I can see both sides of the story, why both sides would think they’re on the right side of history which is basically tearing me apart because I WANT THEM ALL TO BE HAPPY. The character arcs are also TOP NOTCH though…if I was being nit picky about it I would say they happen a little too quickly but whatever everything is fine.
The story is about the Orisians, black people who are spit into Diviners and Koshidáns, or those with magic and those without. But BOTH SIDES are black. There is no inserting of a white person so that the reader has someone to relate to, which is something that Hollywood has done REPEATEDLY. It’s all Black all the time and I AM IN LOVE.
The Authors note at the end is also so important and I hope everyone reads it. I know they aren’t usually included in Audiobooks so I was surprised when it started but I’m so glad I got to hear it.
“All the pain, fear, sorrow and loss in this book is real.” Adeyemi wrote this during a time where she would turn on the news and hear that another unarmed black man, woman, or child had been shot by the police. She wrote this book because this was the one thing she could do about it, if one person could read it and have their heart or mind changed, then she would have done something meaningful.
This is the best of what books can do.
WHAT WAS MEH.
There are three POV’s and I found that I was having trouble remembering what everyone’s name was and which POV we’re in BUT that could be because I listened to the audiobook. The narrator is amazing, but she also doesn’t differentiate the voices enough so it gets confusing! I would have loved to have three different narrators for each POV. Actually…the more I think about it the more I am not vibing with the narrator. She made the characters a little…annoying? A lot whinier than I ever would have read them in my head. So basically just READ THIS ONE.
I also got a little…I don’t want to say BORED because I definitely wasn’t bored with this book, but maybe fatigued while reading this? It’s a long one but the middle parts drag on a little bit because they keep saying how they have to be somewhere by a certain time! AND LIKE. WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS NONSENSE TEAM! WE GOTTA GO! WE got magic to bring back! Why are you lounging around move your butts!
yoOOOO. CAN I SAY ALL OF THEM ARE FICTIONAL HOTTIES CUS THEY ARE.
All the talk about how gorgeous Zélie is and her banging hair and how she got that body-ody-ody-ODY. And Tzain is ALSO supposed to be just like a real looker! I know the author Tomi Adeyemi has said she has a huge crush on John Boyega (lol WHO DOESN’T) and would want him to be in the movie version so maybe he could pay Tzain?!
And then theres Inan. FUCKING INAN OKAY. Wait…I might have to put my Inan thoughts under the spoiler tag, so check there for my ridiculous rantings of this Hottie McHotbod. In the meantime can we just brainstorm on who would be cast in the movie of this because OBVIOUSLY there is a movie. A movie or an HBO show, I’ll take either (lol both).
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No. okay. NO. INAN. This is the shit I am absolute trash for. Enemies -> Lovers -> ENEMIES?! MY LITTLE PRINCE. Like….he’s okay right? We can all agree that he didn’t DIE from being STABBED by his fucking father right? I am fucking swooning out of my PANTS over his relationship with Zélie. I just wish we’d had more time with them working together but still being enemies? You know what I mean? I am all about that angst baby.
Also. CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING. Everything happened so quickly I’m not sure I even understood what went down! And if we’re being honest, I finished the book like three-ish weeks ago so I’m writing my review off memory and let’s face it babes – I have a REAL SHIT MEMORY. So if you wanna break down that ending for me in the comments I will love you forever.
WORTH THE READ?
YES. OBVIOUSLY. This is the future of YA. Read this book.
IF YOU LIKED CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE YOU MIGHT LIKE…
ZOMBIES POST CIVIL WAR?!
An elezanza extravaganza EAST ASIAN reimagining of the origin for The Evil Queen! Do it.
Also obviously if you haven’t watched Avatar: The Last Airbender PLEASE DO SO.