Review: Children of Blood and Bone


Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi

My Rating: 4 Stars

The B&N Exclusive Edition includes six pages of handwritten, behind-the-scenes material plus a map of Lagos, the capital city of Orïsha. The city map shows the Royal Palace, the marketplace, and the diviner slums that ring the marketplace.

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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Genocide, slavery, torture, abusive parent, discrimination, assault, colorism, and oppression.

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Last year I got a sample from Netgalley. I was so intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed reading the sample! Naturally I bought the final version. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

11 years ago King Saran ordered the murders of the former Maji. The same day that the Maji lost their powers leaving them defenseless. Zelie witnessed her mother being murdered. The King also ordered all the dead Maji to be put on display. So as to make the diviners fear him.

In secret Zelie and other girls in her village get training from Mama Agba. Mama Agba teaches them how to defend themselves with a staff. To further make the diviners miserable the King increases the diviner tax. In an attempt to be brave Zelie angers the guard and nearly gets herself killed. Much to Zelie’s surprise Mama Agba allows Zelie to graduate and awards her with a metal staff.

Zelie arrives to terrible news. Her father nearly drowns in an attempt to keep her from becoming a slave. Zelie agrees to sell fish in Lagos which is the capital city. While there she runs into the princess who is on the run from her father. Zelie, Amari, and Tzain (Zelie’s brother) then embark on a journey to bring magic back.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an intense fantasy! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The B & N edition comes with an annotated chapter, and the map of Lagos. The hardcover is also a different color. Narrated in first person the book follows Amari, Zelie, and Inan. There is also a one page prologue and an epilogue. The point of views’ are actually written well! You can tell that their different people.

The world-building and magic system were incredible! Zelie lives in a very gruesome and tough society. When magic makes a vague comeback it got really intense! I enjoyed reading about the journey to all the sacred temples. And the I really liked that there were objects tied to getting magic back. There a huge part that mythology and religion plays into the story. I found the whole concept to be original. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the culture. Such as food, clothes, and language.

I’m just going to say this first: I understand why people don’t like Zelie. Zelie spends a majority of the book being angry. And she usually took it out on Amari and Tzain was always stuck fixing the mess. The reason I actually liked all the characters is because they were understandable. While Zelie could be a real pain, I understood where she was coming from. And she did actually develop throughout the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Amari’s point of view! It was lovely to read about her journey and struggles. I liked how Binta was a strong motivation for Amari. In some books said dead character usually disappears 20% in. That didn’t happen. From the beginning to the end Amari is always thinking about Binta. I also liked how Zelie and Amari came to be friends. Their chapter together was fantastic!

I found Inan’s chapters to be the most insightful. His character was very interesting. I enjoyed watching him develop and reading about his outlook on the world around him. While he did a lot of questionable things I understood his motivations. I look forward to his journey in the sequel. 

I’m kind off hoping that for the sequel we’ll get Tzain’s point of view. I would love to read his thoughts! And hands down Tzain is my favourite character. He’s serious while also showing a goofy side. And he’s a very fair person. 

I really liked how there was a large focus on family! As someone who has siblings it was so much fun to read about the relationship’s between Amari and Inan, as well as Zelie and Tzain. Even the King’s relationships’ with his children. Mama Agba was a mother figure to Zelie and Tzain. And I really loved Zelie’s father! He was so sweet.

Onto the romance! I loved Amari and Tzain together! They developed such a sweet relationship and get along so well. They bring out the best in each other. I would love for them to be official in the sequel. As for Inan and Zelie I felt nothing. Yeah they got along but it came it off nowhere. It’ll be interesting to see where the sequel will take them.

I liked the involvement of Zu’s crew as well as Tzain’s opponents. They made the story and the journey to get magic back so interesting. I am really looking forward to reading about them again in the sequel! 

There are some deaths’. Starting from the beginning of the book. I appreciated that the author didn’t hold back. I’m sort of weary and curious as to who will die in the sequel.

I only had one problem. I honestly did not understand Zelie and Inan’s relationship. They spent a good bit of the book hating each other. Inan was trying to kill her. They had an opportunity to work together. Which lasted two days. And somehow in those two days they were basically in love. They moved very fast. It was very surprising.

Overall I really liked Children of Blood and Bone! I high recommend to fantasy fans.    

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2018

June 2

This month I read 22 books. GR links for the books that I didn’t review. There will be a note attached to the books that I did mini and full reviews for. GR and WordPress links included. Please note that links are only provided for the book title. Let me know in the comments what you read!

Book(s) that I DNFed (0-2 stars):

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  1. My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by: Kitty Curan-Mini review
  2. Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles by: Various Authors-Mini review
  3. The Poet X by: Elizabeth Acevedo-Mini review
  4. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by: Stacy McAnulty-Mini review
  5. Wild Magic by: Tamora Pierce-Mini review
  6. The Kiss Quotientby: Helen Hoang-Mini review
  7. Ella Enchanted by: Gail Carson Levine-Mini review
  8. Ayesha At Last by: Umza Jalaluddin-Mini review
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel by: Maurene Goo-Mini review
  10. Not the Girl’s You’re Looking For by: Aminah Mae Safi-Mini review
  11. Prep School Confidential by: Kara Taylor-Mini review
  12. Amina’s Voice by: Hena Khan-Mini review
  13. Playing with Matches by: Hannah Orenstein-Mini review   

Book(s) that I Didn’t Really Like (2-3 stars):

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  1. Ms. Marvel, Vol.1: No Normal by: G. Willow Wilson-Mini review
  2. The One You Can’t Forget by: Roni Loren-Mini review
  3. Sweep in Peace by: Ilona Andrews-Wordpress review 

Book(s) that I Enjoyed (3-4 stars):

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  1. Ms. Marvel, Vol 2.: Generation Why by: G. Willow Wilson-Mini review
  2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by: G. Willow Wilson-Mini review
  3. The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 26 by: Jun Mochizuki-Mini review
  4. Crazy Rich Asians by: Kevin Kwan-Mini review
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by: Katie O’Neill-Mini review
  6. One Fell Sweep by: Ilona Andrews-Wordpress review

Book Haul: June 2018

June 1

Book Haul is when you share books that you bought from the bookstore, ebooks/kindle, borrowed from the library or a friend, books you won through giveaways, and books for review purposes. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you hauled!


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  1. Prep School Confidential by: Kara Thomas
  2. Ella Enchanted by: Gail Carson Levine
  3. The Kiss Quotient by: Helen Hoang
  4. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by: G. Willow Wilson
  5. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by: G. Willow Wilson
  6. Wild Magic by: Tamora Pierce 
  7. Amina’s Voice by: Hena Khan
  8. Ayesha at Last by: Uzma Jalaluddin
  9. Sweep in Peace by: Ilona Andrews
  10. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by: Stacy McAnulty
  11. The Tea Dragon Society by: Katie O’Neill
  12. One Fell Sweep by: Ilona Andrews   



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  1. China Rich Girlfriend by: Kevin Kwan
  2. Rich People Problems by: Kevin Kwan
  3. Magic Bites by: Ilona Andrews 
  4. The One You Can’t Forget by: Roni Loren
  5. The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 26 by: Jun Mochizuki
  6. Playing with Matches by: Hannah Orenstein
  7. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Vol. 2 by: Fujita
  8. The Case Study for Vanitas, Chapter 27 by: Jun Mochizuki 



June books

  1. Guardian by: A. J. Hartley
  2. Bruja Born by: Zoraida Córdova
  3. Save the Date by: Morgan Matson
  4. My Hero Academia Vol. 6 by: Kohei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Acdemia Vol. 13 by: Kohei Horikoshi
  6. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World Vol. 7 by: Tappei Nagatsuki and Shinichirou (Illustrator)