A Bad Book Review – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Hook

Children of Blood and Bone struck me from the first time I saw it. It was in a department store and the cover jumped out at me. I know the old adage “never judge a book by its cover”. But I also know that the cover is the most important page in a novelist’s book. I had never heard of Tomi Adeyemi but I bought the book when I read the jacket.

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The tag line of the book “They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.” hooked me if the cover hadn’t already. Excellent. I chose Children of Blood and Bone as my Bad Book Review this week. This was an impulse buy for me. Honestly, I thought the cover was amazing and the tag line was catchy. So much for not judging a book by its cover.

Children of Blood and Bone
Children of Blood and Bone

The Book

It’s refreshing to read a book from a new author. I really love it. Right away Tomi drew me into the world she had created. Children of Blood and Bone is about a group of people being persecuted for their magic. It’s also about how we pick the people we call friends. One of the things I loved is how Tomi made the point over and over that we can’t look at someone and decide whether we like them (unlike the reality of book shopping, sometimes).

Children of Blood and Bone also deals with vengeance and how it affects us. Looking for revenge often hurts us more than the target of our wrath. This is an important lesson in our divided culture today.

I know the book is YA, but it was a really gripping read that I recommend. The sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is on my reading pile.