Magical & New Take on Fantasy Genre: WAYRW

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone on Reading List



Show of hands, how many of you have heard you need to read "diversity books"?

How many of you even know that is meant by that phrase?

It's confusing, right?

If each author is unique then each book will be unique, and therefore diverse.  At least when we look at the definitions of the word unique, diverse, and books... But society often attempts to "modernize" words to keep the lingo simple.  But that is a different point...

Diversity books mean the author is from a minority (according to popular standards) and is writing about characters who fall into minority groups as well... so you can see how this definition gets a bit hazy... but let's go with it for today, shall we?

It's easy for those living the US to say that black women are a minority - and even more so to say that Africa-American culture hardly ever gets described in popular fiction - so today's current read is being celebrated as a diversity book as it fits those categories.

And to be honest, I'm very intersted in this story because it is different - and in the end, it's the story that keeps me reading - not the author or the need to check off boxes of diversity.


What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone on Reading List





Where This Idea Came From...

The idea is that each week all of us book bloggers can write a post where we talk about the book or books we are reading for the week - and yes if you are still reading the same book for a few weeks in a row that is totally fine.  Just be sure to include the answers to the five questions for What are you reading Wednesday in your post.  Then hop over to one of the host sites and share your link!

Of course, this will be even more fun if you leave the host a comment, and then jump around to another post or two, or five, and gush with them!

We cannot wait to see what you are reading.



What Are You Reading Wednesday - the nitty-gritty

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover... and then answer these questions for at least one of them.
  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?
  2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

What are you reading Wednesday book blogger meme



Marissa's Current Reads

I've had a busy week... so not much has happened in the actual reading department....

  • War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
  • Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.


Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?

All about the content on this one - and recommendation based on content.  Having a friend recommend a book because they are enjoying the story is the most likely reason I'll pick up a new book, and that is how I picked up this one for sure. 

Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

I am enjoying most of these characters, and I'm barely a quarter of the way through the story (at least while I'm writing this).

Zelie is the main protagonist, and she is fascinating.  There is no doubt from the moment you meet her that she is a strong-willed individual who simply wants to stand on her own and know she can have freedom. Granted she has already slipped up a few times in her attempts to express her heart, but she keeps trying, and that's impressive.

Amari is the next vantage we get in the story, and she is the king's daughter... She is different from Zelie, yet very intriguing.  I will need to read more before I can fully decide my thoughts on her character.

There are many side and supporting characters that are well developed and I hope become more and more intregal to the story as it goes. I can see how this cast will set up a wonderful book series. 

Will you finish this one?

You better believe it.  While the story is very interesting and entertaining, I'm listening to the audio and the narrator is fabulous. Bahni Tupin has a way of pulling the story into a full experience.  She adds life to the characters in a way that not all narrators can.  In fact, I feel it might be safe to call her a storyteller and performer instead of keeping her title as only a narrator.  

Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)

The story has a typical dystopian, battle for equality set up - which I seem to be all about recently - so fans of The Hunger Games, The Remnant Chronicles, and the like will probably be drawn to the base story.  And then the added world building and character development are amazing.  Oh, and side note, a follower on Instagram said this story is very reminiscent of the new(er) Black Panther movie - which I haven't seen because moms don't get to the movies often, so maybe?  Have you seen it? Let me know if they compare.

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

Extrememly engaging and fast paced. While the book itself isn't short, the story is having at serious clip, you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.  Which is great the genre. 




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I'm super curious...

Is this book on your TBR? It's getting a ton of hype, so are you interested because of the hype? Or are you worried it's overhyped now?

And I always love to hear how you define diverse books - because as I mentioned back at the beginning it's a new colloquium and has a loose definition right now...


What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone on Reading List











***Oh and a small note about the link up - please leave a bookish link.  I would love to hear about what you are currently reading. If you want to answer these five questions great!  If you'd rather just share what you are reading, I'm up for that too.  If you have a question, feel free to ask it!***



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