Hello everyone, today I will be review Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I hope you enjoy this review!
Hardcover release date: March 6th, 2018
Hardcover page count: 544
My rating: 5/5 stars
The soil of Orïsha used to hum with magic but since the ruthless king killed the maji of the land, Zélie and her people have been oppressed and treated like little more than trash. With her mother dead and her people suffering, Zélie tries her best to go through life without being harassed by the local guards. One day the chance of a lifetime to bring back magic falls into her lap. Now with the help of a rouge princess and Zélie’s brother, she must escape the crown prince hell-bent on eradicating magic and navigate her newly awakened powers and her growing feelings for the enemy.
Fantasy lovers won’t be disappointed with this book. From the start, the author establishes an extensive fantasy world filled with enough lore and magic to keep readers obsessed for ages. This sort of world building sucks the readers in, as it shows the great cities and luscious forests of Orïsha all the while contrasting it with the blatant racism towards the maji who are dubbed ‘maggots’ for their white hair. This setting went great with the plot because it shows the complete disrespect towards the maji and adds to the urgency of Zélie’s mission. Their darker skin, for example, is avoided as people try their best to lighten their skin to not appear like them. The lighter-skinned people also enslave the maji and push them into a position where they are treated like dirt. Themes of racism like this are common throughout the book, something uncommon in fantasy which will interest readers in seeing how everything plays out.
The characters in Children of Blood and Bone were also excellent. Though it would spoil the plot to say exactly how, the characters each had great character arcs throughout the story, growing with every event that happened. But what was most amazing about these characters were the moral arguments in their head, most specifically: Should we really bring magic back? Throughout the story the author argues this through each of the characters’ perspective, something which includes readers in wondering if the cost of one peoples’ suffering is more than the probability of all peoples’ suffering.
Children of Blood and Bone is an amazing take on the fantasy genre as it discusses issues such as racism, a theme uncommon in YA. If you are a fantasy lover or just interested in seeing contemporary issues come to life in a YA fantasy setting, Children of Blood and Bone is the book for you.
I hope you enjoyed that review! CBB is such an amazing book and I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it. Once I finished reading it, I was wondering 'why is it so short' despite the fact that its super long. Hopefully you will feel the same way once you finish this book!
Until next time!
Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing All of this is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: May 15, 2018
Hardcover page count: 432
My rating: 4/5 stars
When four teenagers befriend their favorite YA author, they don’t suspect that anything will go horribly wrong. Miri Tan just figures that her plan to get to know the author has been successful. Soleil Johnston is happy because the mysterious new boy Jonah Nicholls has started to hang out with them. Penny Panzarella hopes that with their newfound friendship, she can show her school that she is more than just an airhead party girl. Yet things can’t always go your way, and the teens figure that out when author Fatima Ro’s pleads for them to be ‘transparent’ with her turns into manipulating them into the plot of her newest book. And we all know you can’t write a book without a good twist.
This book has so many amazing aspects of it. For one, it has an amazing method of communicating the story. This method was through ‘documents’ gathered about what happened. These documents include transcripts of interviews, diary entries, and snippets of the book that Fatima wrote on them. I really enjoyed this because it made you feel a lot like you are actually in the story and experiencing it just like a really scandal is going on.
On to the actual story, at first I was a bit bored. The author pretty quickly revealed what the big ‘twist’ was that made the group so scandalized. After I read this, I figured what more could they do? But this idea was quickly dismissed in about the middle of the book when things began to pick up. This was very interesting because a lot of times when authors reveal the twist too earlier, the rest of the book feels pale and weak in comparison. In this book, the author did the opposite of that. The author even made it so readers feel almost like they are spoiling the book for themselves through the ‘excerpts’ of the book that she posts.
Another great aspect of this book was the characters. I don’t think I have ever read more relatable characters in a YA book before. The three main girls were all book nerds in love with YA (which many readers could relate to) who each have different distinct teen personalities from the suck up, to the victim, and the one who just wants to fit in. I don’t know why but I felt like something about their personalities can easily resonate with people.
Overall, I recommend this book for fans of Illuminae because even if they are not in the same genre, they utilize similar methods of storytelling. Also, this book is best for ages 13 and up because of reference of rape and mild violence.
I hope that you enjoyed this review!
Until next time!
Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Genesis, the second book in Project Nemesis series. I hope you enjoy the guest post from the author himself, Brendan Reichs and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
Welcome to the Book Enigma! I review different genres of books from young adult fiction to sci-fi. Enjoy!
Aspiring author who, along with reading YA and with other genres, also fosters kittens, and play the piano and cello!
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”