• Off into Manchester once again to meet one of my favourite people for some lunch🍕
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And to pick up a final few holiday bits! Not long now 💕
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There’s a review of Good Omens up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Myself and @sam_g_oldham binge watched the show too and my god it’s good!
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#qotd - what is your go to Pizza?
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  • Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

April 17, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone appeared to be one of the most anticipated releases across the book community. I first heard about this over twitter when I saw a video of Tomi receiving her copies of the book. It was such a heartwarming video. There's also a great podcast called 88 Cups of Tea where Tomi was interviewed, I highly recommend this episode and podcast in general.

Children of Blood and Bone is a West African inspired fantasy with Avatar the Last Air Bender style magic. All of the yes.

I adored this book, it's so fast paced for being such a tome of a novel and easy to fly through considering some of the complex pronunciations. Admittedly, it took me a little bit to wrap my head around them but you get so immersed in the story that it becomes simple after a while. Immediately, we are introduced to the main character, Zelie. She's incredibly headstrong and courageous but not without her flaws. She's very quick to make her mind up about someone be it good or bad and often is proven wrong. She grew throughout the novel and came into her own, both mentally and with her Maji ability.

The way the magic is constructed in this novel appears complicated at first with all the different names for the different kinds of Maji but is so well thought out and constructed. I love how each tribe has a kind of nickname for example the Maji of Life and Death are called Reapers. I find that its details like that, that really make a novel.

The other POV characters I also liked for the most part. I found the Prince a little bit grating at times because it was so hard to distinguish his loyalties, though it did make for some very tense moments which I liked. Amari is wonderful, similar to Zelie, throughout the novel she developed as a character and I love how her arc finished in this book. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one with her. I was reading this on my break at work and couldn't put it down. I had to finish it.

I got a similar feeling reading this that I did reading the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Children of Blood and Bone might be a fantasy novel but its themes are still very much applicable today. Reading Tomi's authors note you can feel the motion and passion that went into creating a novel that celebrates differences and exposes unfounded inequality. An incredible read.

Tomi has crafted such a rich world, with characters you want to root for and a plot that leaves you breathless. I need the next one now.

 

INFO

Name: Children of Blood and Bone

Author(s): Tomi Adeyemi

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 525

ISBN: 978-150987135-3

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Children of Blood and Bone?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    JJ @ This Dark Material
    April 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Great review Katie! I agree, this one has the feeling of being something much bigger than ‘just’ a YA fantasy novel 🙂

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      April 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Aw thank-you so much!
      Couldn’t agree more. It’s simply phenomenal.
      Katie x

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