What We're Reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I seriously read through Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone in a week because it is THAT GOOD! I mean, I haven't been this captivated by a book in a while, but this one just did it for me. As the first part of a trilogy, I was lucky enough to get an early copy before its March 6th release and couldn't wait to see what all the hype was about (Spoiler alert: Believe the hype!).
Here's the 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.
Children of Blood and Bone is unlike anything I've ever read. It's originality had me sucked in from the very first page. You really get to know all of the characters- not just their strengths, but their weaknesses as well. I found myself laughing, on the verge of tears, and/ or covered in chills at various points. It's filled with modern-day themes and the representation in it is more than welcome. Most importantly, it's a truly inspiring read that left me thinking about it for days. The next book can't come soon enough!
If I haven't convinced you to read the book, Tomi signed a reportedly seven-figure deal for the series, which includes a movie deal with Fox 2000. Did I mention this is her debut novel and she's only 24? Consider this my campaign to be in the film...seriously!
What have you been reading lately? As always let me know in the comments!