magic + tears/ “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi

I’ve been waiting to read this book since December and my long suffering patience was worth it. And against all odds I was the first person on hold for this at the library??? I’m usually #143 and at that point why have hope, so in contrast this book and I started together wonderfully ❤

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“Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pg. count: 525 pgs

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pub. 2018


Zélie lives in Orïsha (there is a map and I am joyous) where some of the population has magic connected with natural forces. Cancers (which would be my power) create and send out disease, Reapers work with the dead, etc.

But sadly the king wants magic and maji dead. Because he has a bitter past. And no maturity. It’s up to my sweet darling girl, Zélie to restore magic with the help of her wonderfully protective brother and a grieving fugitive Princess. But things are doubly hard when a morally confused Prince Nolan stands in their way.



To be honest even though I always cry on the inside when books are beautiful, it’s RARE I actually create real tears. It takes overwhelming despair for me to even think about the possibility of crying???? /I cannot be vulnerable./ HOWEVER after I closed COBAB my face burned and I CRIED (bodddyyy stopppppp??????) and watched Kill Bill: Vol. 1 to restore myself.

It’s because as much as this book is thrilling with magical plot, fight scenes, and romance, it also reflects what’s tragically happening in the world, especially in my own country. In Orïsha social class and inherent human value is determined by color. Nobles gossip that Princess Amari is too “dark” to be the king’s daughter. Bleaching one’s skin is how to appear “regal.” If you have white hair you’re a magi, a “maggot,” subjected to persecution, slavery, and death.

Tomi’s author’s note calls on the deaths of Jordan Edwards, Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones, American children killed by police, a fate our MCs, Zélie and Amari, live in fear of. Zélie, as a Reaper, channels the dead to bring magic back to the world and save the future.

Then, there’s one point in which my own precious Zélie is horribly injured by men, a metaphor for the control and manipulation of women irl. The reality of that was stunning and heartbreaking????? Race and gender were so faithfully and overwhelmingly portrayed and Tomi’s rendered everything sincerely and imaginatively and I love her ❤





She is so fiercely loyal, powerful, her confidence is very high considering her tragic past, and I love how INVESTED she is in fighting for herself, her family, and her people. She is so selfless but also wonderfully accepting of who she is. I’ve always thought that loving someone more than yourself is NOT weak or wrong, and Zélie validated that because she loves her brother and father more than anything and YET was bad*ss and romantic and so precious.

I love her so much. My heart smashed into tiny pieces so many times for her sake????? She is sweetpea and I am terrified, just admire her???????



I felt so comforted by Amari. Her voice is so wise, strong, and feminine. Amari is a peaceful waterfall of royalty and cotton candy. Also her relationship with Zélie was so supportive and their bond was one of my favorites to track throughout the narrative. I ALMOST shipped them romantically, but then I was like, NO, this is obviously a platonic sisterhood that shall defend magic everywhere.



*long disappointed sigh* I LIKED Inan but he is so confused and confusing????? His romance with Zélie was passionate and consuming and he was, at times, willing to commit to it entirely. But he also has deep issues with his dahd and his dahd had made him an obedient capricious af dahd soldier. But I feel perhaps there might be a replacement for him?????? maybe?????? at the end of the book??????????






The book was somewhat emotionally slow at the beginning. We were TOLD how much the MC loves her family, but not immediately SHOWN the extent of that love. I thought Zélie and her brother were distant around one another at the beginning??? Which was understandable considering the drama that unfolds right off the bat, BUT I feel like family closeness is so integral to the story that I needed a warm fluffy introduction. but everything changes over the course of the novel so do not fear.


What did you think of COBAB???? I recommend you go out and retrieve it as soon as you can, it seems long but the pages just whhhooooooshhhh by especially once you get past the halfway mark


25 thoughts on “magic + tears/ “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi

  1. Marie says:

    Yes, so I was already so, so hyped about that book. You know, everyone talkin about it on their blogs, screaming about it ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE. But before reading your review, I DID NOT KNOW it was possible to be MORE HYPED FOR THIS BOOK?!!! You make it sound so amazing, ugh I wish I could buy it right now to read it, it sounds really, really good. Thank you for sharing!! 🙂 x

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  2. catfairyreads says:

    Can I just say I loooove your description of Amari?! “Amari is a peaceful waterfall of royalty and cotton candy.” Ahhhh! Love it! Amari is my fav too and speaks to my soul! She is someone that I can relate to and I just love the character development! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Adeyemi and loved her! She exhibits the same eloquence and intelligence that she showcases in her writing!

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    This book was so deep and good! Inan was so frustrating!!! I wanted him to make the right decision but he kept not? But Amari was my absolute fav – I love her character growth and friendship with Zélie.
    But I did think this book was incredibly thick and really, really, long. I liked it, but I felt like the plot was drawn out unnecessarily sometimes. Like it kept going, instead of wrapping up, sometimes.
    The themes were so deep, though. The racism & classes. The oppression and rebellion – it was all so rich!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      oh lorddddd INAN made me so upset and INAN U ARE HORRID TODAY????? they were so cute together?????? and the friendship between my girls!!!! and I agree that it could have been shorter and still worked, some parts were not really necessary??? like the boat battle scene was kind of…meh. for some reason.


  4. Marta says:

    I LOVE THIS REVIEW SO MUCH, MALANIE!!! I was so hyped about this book and now I’m even more (even though I wasn’t sure it was possible). I’m so happy with the way you described our world’s issues were integrated into this fictional world, I just love it!! ❤
    Also, I love books with family bonds so much, they are my things. I have to read it now! Lovely review! ❤

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  5. hannah @ peanutbutter&books says:

    your reviews are always such a delight to read!! I’m glad you loved this book (and I can’t believe you waited for it for over two months!! library waitlists are crazy!!) I absolutely cannot wait to start it; I know the hype won’t disappoint. ❤
    ALSO I think the combination of black skin and white hair is so so pretty and so creative… I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS

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  6. jennreneeread says:

    I have this on audio and can’t eait to get to it. All I can hope is in the next month. So many to get through. Glad you loved it. I cry easily in books so I guess this one will make me ugly cry sob. Great review.

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