YA Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


The Book:

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Book Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Book Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: March 6th, 2018

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

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.

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The Review:

“I’ve watched you do the impossible since the first day we met. You’ve taken on the world for the people you love. I know you can do the same to save the maji.” 

Children of Blood and bone is rich with fantasy and magic. It’s about inner strength, power struggles, and finding humanity. Beautiful, emotional, and full of danger, this one is sure to leave you breathless!

This one just about blew me out of the water. It was vivid and breathtaking! I loved the power behind it and the beauty within it. It not only drew a parallel between issues that have been going on for centuries, such as racism and prejudice, but it also highlighted the importance of treating people as equals and fighting for what you believe in. It had a richness and magic all its own.

I fell in love with the world Tomi created. It was vastly vivid and full of color and life and struggle. It was beautiful and emotional and highly thought provoking. She added such rich detail to the culture and history of the world Orisha that it really came to life through the pages!

Not only did the world come to life, but the characters did as well. The first third of the book I kept thinking that the voices of the three points of view didn’t have enough differentiation, but by the end of that section I was completely changing my mind. As the story went on, each character seemed to grow and change right before my eyes. Zelie found her inner strength and magic, and her love for her family and people really shined through until the end. Amari grew from a meek princess in to a fierce warrior who would stop at nothing to right the wrongs of her father and brother, and Inan had such an incredible arc, but also kept a sense of mystery and conflict about him at the same time.

The only negative thing I could really say about the book is that it had a lot of predictability to it. A lot of the plot line felt familiar, and even the “love interest” seemed a little “tropey” and too easy. Despite that though, the message of the story, and the story itself, was just so damn powerful and beautiful that I still enjoyed the hell out of it! It was full of magic, beauty, morality, and passion, and I’d rate it 4.5 stars! 

“We are all children of blood and bone.

All instruments of vengeance and virtue.

This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as deaths wallows me into its grasp.”

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Quotes are from the book, written by the author.

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23 thoughts on “Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  1. I love your review on this book!
    I really enjoyed it as well! I loved almost everything about it. I loved the magic system and the world, especially the characters and their development. I felt the same way about the romance though, it was too tropey and I wish that it didn’t focus on it so much.

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      1. Me too!! I can’t wait for it to be released already!
        Hopefully, since they’re kind of enemies again, it won’t focus on much romance at all. That was pretty much the only complaint I had with it, so I don’t want to be disappointed. But I’m still going to read it because I need to know what happens!

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