Children of Blood and Bone
By: Tomi Adeyemi
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: High Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 544
Synopsis: 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.
This review will be spoiler free
I am little late to the party on this book. I heard all the hype it was getting when it first came out, and as I usually am, I was nervous about reading a book that everyone was over-enthusiastically singing praises about. I just don’t think any books can live up to that hype (except maybe a select few of very special 6/5 star books). Finally I picked myself up a copy a few weeks ago. I think it is definitely a good book and a very unique world (which is almost impossible in YA these days) but my original instincts were right, it did not live up to the hype.
First I just need to get something off my chest, I hate insta-love. I know you’re probably now screaming “why the heck do you read YA then?” at your screen, but let me explain. I like whirlwind romance in books if it’s done well. Insta-love just pops out of thin air. Characters go from hating each other to saying I love you only 3 chapters later. Usually they only have one or two “conversations” in between and that is supposed to convince me that they are deeply in love? sorry no. Anyways, that was my long-winded way of saying the insta-love in this book was disappointing. I expected more from a book that is praised so much for it’s complex characters.
Overall, the story was interesting, yes it was a classic take on the chosen one trope, but I think the various POVs and this unique world made it fresh and interesting. The magic was very cool as well, it kind of reminded me of the Red Queen series.
I know this review was sounding pretty negative, but this was a solid 4 star read. It was really enjoyable, it sucked me in and there were some really great twists and interesting characters. It missed out on 5 stars solely because of the insta-love which may not be an issue for some of you!
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments! What is a trope you can’t stand?