Children of Blood and Bone was put on my radar a while ago when my aunt recommended that we all do a little book club of sorts. At the time I was working, had little babies and felt like I didn’t have time to breathe let alone read a thick book. I had no idea how much I was missing out. I read Children of Blood and Bone earlier this year and I could not put the book down. I was obsessed with Zelie Adebola, Orisha, and the entire world that Tomi Adeyemi was able to create. I actually ordered book 2 before I finished book 1 because I had to have it. I remember getting to the end of book 1 and literally sitting on the edge of my bed turning pages profusely because I NEEDED to know what happened next. I held out on starting book 2 but I recently finished Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
A quick SPOILER FREE synopsis…
Book one had me obsessed with Zelie and her mission to bring back the magic to her people. She showed her strength from the very beginning. She is such a strong character and so easy to love. A natural leader and her tenacity is something special. I adored her relationship with her brother. I even got to a point where I liked where her friendship with Amari was going. Book 2… Still obsessed with Zelie although there were so many moments where my heart broke for her. The loss and the sacrifices that she had to endure were unfair. Amari and “the little prince” worked my nerves through the entire book. I also kind of felt like Zelie’s brother wasn’t showing up for her the same way he did in book 1, but even in book 1 he had his moments where he faltered some but it happens. In book 2 though. He seemed to be so team Amari, I had moments that I forgot that Zelie was his sister. And the ending… I wanted to throw the book across the room. LBVS. I wanted to actually THROW the book across the room.
I won’t go into detail about what’s going on in Orisha but I will say that if you haven’t started this series, what on earth are you waiting for? This entire world that Tomi Adeyemi has built and is still building is one that doesn’t even rival HP. In my opinion, it is absolutely in a lane of its own and i’ll be preordering the next book whenever we get it because I need to know what’s next.