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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The characterization is done well, maybe a bit too well! The MC grew on me, and the other protagonist-type characters were very likable. The characters we aren't supposed to like are absolutely insufferable and I wanted to strangle them through the page. For example, the overbearing boss annoyed the heck out of me. It was a bit annoying how everyone freaked out that work hours increased from 9-5 to 9-6, since I work from 9-7 personally. I guess it depends on the job. The boss seemed unrealistic to me in that he would demand another hour from his workers but he himself would leave at 3, per narration of the MC. I prefer my evil characters to be ones I can empathize with, since without that they come off a bit hollow. I would have liked the story more if it didn't dwell on the menial corporate job since I didn't find it really tying into the story, other than it gave the MC something to live for.
I also found the prose a bit wordy and some beginner writer no-nos, like describing the MC's appearance by having them stare at themselves in a mirror, but those types of things weren't glaring. The book itself was clearly well-edited and overall this was a very enjoyable read!
Well, not exclusively, anyway. It has ghosts, haunted houses, cemeteries, that kind of thing, but doesn't reference the holiday specifically. Which is a good thing, I think. It stands alone!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed my time with it despite some questions about the ending. It had a good variety of characters, the MC had lots of room to grow, and I liked the diversity among those in the book.
What this book REALLY has going for it is the fresh ideas. It's a good and bad thing, really. So many awesome ideas (which I've never read before) also mean that a lot of explanation is required, and this happens heavily in the first 30% of the book. Happily, I didn't feel it dragged.
The writing is good, truly. While this is definitely a first book from this author, I felt a lot of heart and passion. The ending, however, let me down.
When it came to Jonah, (throughout the book) I felt like everything came FAR too easily. He just 'happened' to stumble on the needed weapons, and just happened to find his friends right away, and just happened to survive a second attack from the bad guy (who gave up far too easily in the final scenes), without any of them getting hurt through all this mess. Not to mention that he had REALLY angry spirits giving him power (who, though rabid and evil, agreed to an endowment after like 1 minute of conversation- too easy!), but was able to 'magically handle it' without any problems. And I found it difficult to believe that the bad guy would just leave him alive TWICE. Jonah's writing issues were never finalized either.
All in all, I loved it. I loved the concept of endowment from spirits, the idea of 'life just evolving into a different form and not dying' as well as a couple of other things. There were many 'made me think' moments and philosophy concepts that I appreciated.
The plot itself was a little standard but its strength is the interesting premise and the fascinating interactions with the spirit world. Critiques: I'm always averse to the use of terms like the b-word and ragging, and of course disrespecting tofu. Also the book is a little rough on format and editing.
Morris is a wonderful story teller with a really cool premise and I kept turning the pages to learn what happened next. Fun book and recommended for lovers of paranormal or spirit writing.
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