My rating: 4 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: Hardbound Purchase
Publication Date: March 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Point of View: 1st Person Alternating
Genre: YA Fantasy
So this book has been EVERYWHERE lately and since it A) is my absolute favorite genre, and B) THAT COVER, it was only a matter of time before I picked it up. This beauty "accidentally" fell into my cart while I was rolling past the book section of Target, and I couldn't very well put it back, could I?
And I'm so glad I didn't!
For starters, Tomi Adeyemi writes with equal parts passion and beauty. Her way with words is absolutely, shot-to-the-heart incredible! It's impossible not to be pulled in by her writing voice alone, and the world she creates and the story she tells are both so powerful, the result is something truly stunning.
I won't go in depth into the plot here (others have done so better than me). But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the three different 1st person POVs she used to tell her story. Those three angles on the same adventure were each so unique, and I found myself so deeply invested in the story as a result. I definitely had my favorite of those POVs (and my least favorite), but I wouldn't want the story to have been told any other way.
It's an agonizing story in so many ways. Tomi is writing from the heart--from the gut. And it shows. But it's also a beautiful tale of friendship and loyalty and growth.
There were a few things that held me back from claiming this story as an all-time favorite. The opening, for instance, features my LEAST favorite of the YA fantasy tropes--the moment when the heroine has to beat the Mean Girl at School in a public display of skill. This was an odd place to open the book, I thought, because the Mean Girl really doesn't feature in the rest of the story at all. It was kind of tropy for trope's sake . . . and when I already dislike the trope to begin with . . . *shrugs*
This meant that for the first chapter, I was kind of set up to NOT like the book. But the beautiful writing and edge-of-the-seat adventure drew me in eventually, and I'm so glad I stuck with it. So if you are like me and dislike that particular fantasy trope--don't give up on the story too soon!!! It's too good to miss, I promise you.
All in all, I can see why this book has made the huge splash that it has. And it's super exciting to see an amazing author like this pushing the YA female-centric fantasy genre out into the broader market as well! It's a wonderful genre, but way too easy to dismiss as "for kids" or "for girls." Which is so aggravating.
But you cannot dismiss Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi's voice refuses to be ignored, and it's thrilling to watch readers sit up and take notice!