Look at that book cover! It’s amazing and powerful. The colors work beautiful together. Wow.
Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was a book I knew nothing about going in. I love doing that sometimes because they end up surprising you in the best way. I did that for Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor because I didn’t want to be spoilt even a little as I love her books so much, and I was not disappointed. With Children Of Blood And Bone, I’m sad to say, it didn’t stand up to what I expected. After reading reviews gushing on about how different and strange this book was I was left feeling underwhelmed. Not to say it was a bad book and I didn’t enjoy it. I did and I want to read the next one. I really liked the magic system and hope it comes to play in an even bigger way in the next book. It was just not as intense and epic as people made it sound like. To me it was just another typical YA read.
The characters were alright. I wasn’t attached to them, but I felt their pain and hardship. Amari had the most character development throughout the story which I liked and Tzain and Zélie’s relationship was an accurate portrayal of siblings. They would argue and fight but at the end of the day they would do anything for each other. Inan was the only character I didn’t like from the beginning. He was really annoying and dumb, and just when I was about to change my mind about him he was back being an idiot again. I also think his romance with Zélie was unnecessary and out of character for both of them. Opposite of him was Roën whom I immediately liked when he was introduced and can’t wait for his part in the next book.
It was a fast paced story with conflict around every corner and complications that needed to be solved. Many of which were solved by magic which was enjoyable to read. In saying that, everything seemed to be solved extremely easily. There was always an easy way out for the characters which I think was the main reason the story wasn’t as intense as it could have been.
Overall it was a good read and I would pick up the next book. The different setting was nice for a change and there were parts in the book that made it stand out to some other typical YA books.
I’m jumping straight into the end so don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled.
I wasn’t really into Zu and Inan’s relationship from the beginning so that ending was less heart wrenching, however, it was still a surprise that shook me. To be killed by the man he looked up to and did everything for was a sad and disturbing end. I honestly thought Inan was very dumb and naive and the way his life ended was proof of it. He gets this amazing power he was completely brainwashed against and instead of figuring it out he obsessed over finding Zélie to kill her. I get that he was brainwashed and thought the power was a curse, but he was constantly in a weird place where he didn’t know whether he was good or bad. As a reader I felt that too. I was confused with him as a character. It was only when he was killed off at the end that it all made sense. He was always going to be his father’s minion after all. And that time Zu and him were making out in the forest? Why? It made no sense for Zu or him to fall for each other, especially when his entire purpose of finding her was to kill her. Insta love at it’s worst. On the other hand, I liked Amari and Tzain’s relationship because it’s not rushed and you can see it develop from something healthy.
I think the saddest part of the book was when Zu was getting tortured. She fought so hard in what she believed in and every small thing they had to do was a huge struggle because they were only three teens. To have the king so easily take her hostage and demean her into what she hated was terrible. I was hoping Inan wasn’t a complete imbecile and luckily he grew some guts to help her. I like that after she escaped it only made her stronger and she used it in her power to fulfill her mission.
One part that didn’t make any sense to me was how Baba ended up getting captured. Wasn’t he meant to be in a safe hiding place with Mama Agba who was a supposedly badass? His death was so random and for no reason really. I think it was there to add more sadness to Zu’s life and to add more purpose to her mission although there was no need. A small thing that annoyed me about the book was how Zu kept thinking about the moment her mother died whenever she could. It was literally at every moment and it took away the actual sadness of it all because it was so over done.
Amari’s character jumps from slowly growing stronger to all of a sudden becoming this warrior like person in the end. It was such a jump, but I wasn’t that mad about it. I just wish we saw more growth before the leap. I do hope Amari get’s powers in the next book because she deserves it and is not selfish about it, and would probably be the best leader out of all of them. Although Zélie is passionate about it, it’s more personal for her whereas Amari see’s the bigger picture.
The book could have been amazing, but for some reason the way the characters developed wasn’t working for me. I would have liked to see them grow and suffer more to become stronger, instead they were already strong enough to take everything on and their room for growth was limited. Like Amari was the scared, worried one, and all of a sudden she decided she wasn’t going to be brave and help Zelie and Tzain. I wasn’t shown her transition. I like it when we see the change happen instead of them telling us.