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Review : Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) : Tomi Adeyemi

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Author: Tomi Adeyemi

 

Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Format: ARC

 

 

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 448

Genre : Young Adult , Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Empowering

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

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.

Review :

OH MY LANTA! This book was the best read I have had this year. We do not deserve all of it’s amazing. I was blessed enough to meet Tomi at yallfest, she is so beautiful and eloquent in person. Due to that I knew I had to get my hands on this. Shout out to Netgalley for making it possible. 

This book had so much EMPOWERMENT. We self, women, culture, and so much more as far as empowerment. It was beautiful and rich to see the strength Tomi put into this book.

It follows the POV of three characters Zèlie, Princess Amari and her brother Prince Inan. Through them we see the entire story from every point of view. What do I mean by this? Prince Inan is our antagonist, it is not very often we get to see that side of the story. I am also in love with him. No one can tell me it is wrong! Amari has one of the best character arcs I have ever read in a book. She grows from a broken girl into a strong proud woman. Seeing it happen is so rewarding. Zèlie so many perfectly imperfect things about her. She carries a wait of so many things on her shoulder from the start of this book. She is a little crass and insubordinate with the government because they do not deserve her respect. From the start, she knew her people deserved more than the pain and suffering they received. She was strong, she ever gave up but she was not always sure she could win BUT be damned if she wouldn’t try. That was one of the best most human things about her. Her brother Tzain is also on this journey with them. He was an amazing character to follow as well and his arc connects the story in so many ways. 

While this book is set in a fictional land it has so many undertones of things happening our world today. My booktube partner said it better than I could see passage below. 

“Even though the book is supposed to be written in a different world than ours, it is clear to see some of our current situation reflected in this book. Even though every character in this book is black, there’s a lot of racism against the maji, which are noticeably distinguished by their white hair. The maji are treated like the worst of society, they are made into slaves, captured and tortured all because one day their magic might become powerful enough to eradicate the kingdom. There’s also a serious correlation with the BLM movement, which I don’t know if the author did that on purpose or not, but after I read this quote, BLM immediately came to mind, (Not Spoiler, I promise),

“Your people, your guards–they’re nothing more than killers, rapists, and thieves. The only difference between them and criminals is the uniforms they wear.” “

You can read her full review here

I feel like this book also applies to the way our government is being run on late the same way it corresponds with what Denia wrote. 

This is a BIG first book 448 pages of big. Denia and I called it a bible due to size. I usually am of the mind your debut first book of a series should be shorter SO NOT THE CASE THIS TIME. I would have been happy with 448 more pages. The wait for the next book is going to hurt! I recommend this book to every breathing human in the world. Best read of this year. 

 

FAIRY

 

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Review : Kim Savage : Beautiful Broken Girl

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Release Date: February 21st, 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Macmillan & Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Page Count : 336

Genre : Young Adult, contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads

Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca’s world, and that some things are better left untouched

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan! The blurb is so on it with this one! This read was definitely reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides. I went into this read having read some reviews. A lot of people were not liking the non realistic aspect of the story but I disagree. It was set up from the start so it never really came out of nowhere, it was excepted  as part of the plot. I think it is a lot of how you interpret it also. We never really found out what was true or not.

The story follows Ben after the death of ex girlfriend Mira. Mira and Francesca are sister who have killed themselves, however beforehand Mira left notes for Ben to find.

I really enjoyed this mystery. It really held my attention all the way through, never once was I bored with where the story was going. I did see the plot twist coming a little earlier on then it was reviled however it was still a really solid read.

I did feel like it was a little under developed. I wanted more about the girls, their family life, Bens past, ect. I feel like with a little more background this could have had a hard hitting message.  All in all I felt like it was a lyrical thriller that kept you questioning what was real and who was at fault. This was a good fast 3.8 star read for me. I defiantly recommend reading!

                                                                         ★★★

Favorite Quote

“Mira Loved him more for the damage inflicted on him, the kind of damage that her touch might heal.”

 

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BOOKTUBE : Books n’ Buns

Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that my friend Denia and I have started a booktube channel. I am so excited to start posting videos. We will be talking anything YA bookish. Reviews, games, book to film, unboxings, you name it we will be doing it. Please check us out. Let me know if any of you all booktube we would love to subscribe. We are also totally open to doing some mash ups with other booktubers. Any feedback is welcome feedback! 

xoxox-Taylor

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Review: City of Saints & Thieves : Natalie C. Anderson

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Title: City of Saints & Thieves

Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Release Date: January 24th 2017

Format: Arc

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers & Penguin Random House

Page Count : 432

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, culture

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.
 
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

Thank you to Penguin Group. I had not heard of this book until it showed up on my doorstep but let me tell you how blessed I feel that I received it! Natalie C. Anderson has done a spectacular job on her debut novel.  I was hooked from page one!

YAY FOR DIVERSE READS!

Tiny girl is the most bad ass character I have read in a long time. She The story is centered around her being hell bent on her revenge plan Dirt. Money. Blood. She is a master thief in the goondas gang being a part of them is part of her plan. Now this isn’t one of those books that tell you she is a master thief but never show you. Tiny girl goes as far as dislocating limbs to get her jobs done!

I loved every character even the badies! Michael was swoon worthy that is all! Boyboy was FANTASTIC I loved him his attitude and his banter with tiny girl. There is scene where he is talking about a designer bag that had me laughing so much.

The plot had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I felt like we learned so much about all the characters that while the plot remained the same it also kept changing in ways that we could not see until the end. I had to drop the book occasionally in shock.

THE WORLD BUILDING! I cannot stress enough how real this felt to me. It did not matter if she was describing a room, the woods, a car, a person, everything was vibrant.

So much happens in this story that anything specific may spoil so I am going to end with City of Saints & Thieves is the best book I have read this year and one of the best books I have ever read! There was not bad part about this. PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR! You won’t be sorry

EASIEST 5 stars I will ever give. 

                                                                              ★★★★★

  Favorite quote

“we hardly ever get to choose where our souls find their home.”

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Review : The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett : Chelsea Sedoti

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Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3rd 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Page Count : 398

Genre : Young Adult,  contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis via Goodreads

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

I received this eArc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to get this book, I was very intrigued after reading the blurb. I was not too far into the book when I started to feel disappointed. Hawthorn Creely is our main character for this ride and it was not fun being in her head… at first. I was pretty sure she was a sociopath for the first few chapters. She is searching into the disappearance of one of the popular mean girls who use to go to school with her. She becomes very obsessed with Lizzie to the point of taking over aspects of her life. According to Hawthorne someone as popular and charmed as Lizzie could never ever have any thing bad happen to her.
As the story continued I found myself more and more immersed in it. I wanted to understand, yell, tell her to stop, go with her on the adventures and all kinds of other things. As she tries to uncover the mystery of Lizzie we get to see her relationship with change with all the people in her life from her crazy hippie mom, more logical father, and former joke brother as well. We also see her fall out with a best friend and fall in with some boys.
The true story begins in the end really. This was a great read. It means so much more than you realize in the beginning. Everyone needs to head to the bookstore and grab this today! Its a true coming of age showing brilliantly that awkward transition from teenager to young adult. How growing up happens in ways you may not see coming. I am so glad I kept reading this is an easy four stars!

                                                                                ★★★★

Favorite quote

“Do you know about the hawthorn tree? They’re tough, sturdy. Thy can outlast storms. Hawthorn trees provide food and shelter for animals and insects. They nourish the world around them. Its a name anyone would be honored to have”