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Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha Book 2) Kindle Edition
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NPR's Best Books of 2019
"Relentless even beyond its finish, this is a sure-fire hit. Definitely have more than one on hand." ―Booklist, Starred Review
"Adeyemi's thrilling second Legacy of Orïsha novel ups the stakes and expands the series' mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution... a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch." ―Publishers Weekly
"The passion and drama in the writing are as powerful as ever...Readers delighted by the complex, politically sophisticated kingdom of Orïsha will cheer its return in this alluring sequel." ―Horn Book
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
“Adeyemi taps into a rich imaginative lineage as she weaves West African mythology into a bespoke world that resonates with our own.” –The Atlantic
“Propulsive pacing and richly imagined world.” ―Vox
“Adeyemi’s writing is beautiful and immersive.” –Tor.com
“A miraculous achievement.” –The Guardian
“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” ―New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu
“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” ―New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton
“A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut.” ―New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I've ever read." ―Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
"Powerful, captivating, and raw―Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." ―Kirkus, Starred Review
"Adeyemi’s devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"... Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry." ―Booklist, Starred Review
"...A refreshing YA fantasy with an all–West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more." ―VOYA, Starred Review
"Nigerian culture and geography... give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion." ―Horn Book
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone
"Adeyemi taps into a rich imaginative lineage as she weaves West African mythology into a bespoke world that resonates with our own." -The Atlantic
"Propulsive pacing and richly imagined world." --Vox
"Adeyemi's writing is beautiful and immersive." -Tor.com
"A miraculous achievement." -The Guardian
"The epic I've been waiting for." --New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu
"You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!" --New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton
"A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut." --New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I've ever read." --Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
"Powerful, captivating, and raw--Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"... Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry." --Booklist, Starred Review
"...A refreshing YA fantasy with an all-West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." --School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more." --VOYA, Starred Review
"Nigerian culture and geography... give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion." --Horn Book--This text refers to the library edition.
- ASIN : B07C9Z5N6B
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (December 3, 2019)
- Publication date : December 3, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 8289 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 409 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Children of Blood and Bone was/is on the top of my favorite books of all time list. I counted down the days until Virtue and Vengeance was released. And I sat down and finally finished it this morning, and i was... disappointed. This installment, for me lacked the beauty and awe that i felt from book one. I think every single character annoyed me to the point where i just didn't care about any of them anymore.
Zelie and her constant anger and grief got to be a little much. It seemed like she was disconnected from everyone else in the book, even her brother. who didn't get nearly enough screen-time btw. I honestly didn't like her by the end.
Inin was just a pawn the entire book to reach everyone elses ends. Every single time he tried to make peace, something happened to make him look like a bad guy again, and he would scream and carry on about how he "didn't mean for this to happen!" and get carted back to the Palace just to try again. and fail. again. What i loved about the first book was his constant struggle between what he believed was right and what is actually right was sort of continued in this book but dang... it also got tiring.. pick a side dude!
Amari was the worst. I won't spoil anything but near the end of the book she does something so unforgivable... it ruined her entire character arc for me. I am feeling so disgusted with her character i don't even want to say anything more about her.
This review was really hard for me to write. I had such high hopes for this series, this book was just a mesh of I attack first and fail then you attack me and also fail getting us no where. I do not feel like this book progressed the story any.
Perhaps Zelie's anger is just wearing off on me...
1. Adeyemi's exceptional character and world-building are barely present. Settings are barely described, the characters collapsed into facsimilies of who they previously were, and the plot had more holes than a Pennsylvania interstate. The book feels like a first draft, not the final product. You can tell that Adeyemi spent years working on CoBaB and was rushed with CoVaV.
2. This is a YA book meant for teens and young adults but this book was so heavy on the angst, selfish character motivations, and awful decision-making that it very much limits its readership. Where CoBaB had great cross-over appeal, CoVaV was basically one giant angst-fest with very few redeeming factors.
3. All three of the main characters spend the entire book trapped within one emotion; Zelie: anger, Amari: angst/self-righteousness, Inan: incompetence. While Adeyemi did an excellent job showcasing these emotions and the fact that these characters are in fact teenagers, by the time I hit the two hundred page mark I started skimming because I could no longer deal with the lack of growth/forward movement. It was honestly like reading the same six chapters over and over again. And they weren't even good chapters.
4. Someone please get Adeyemi and her editor a thesaurus. The number of times these characters "clench" their teeth, jaws, fists, stomachs, etc. is unforgivable. The word clench ceased to have meaning by page 50.
5. The epilogue was the only intriguing part of this 404 page book--that's a serious problem.
I went in with low expectations and not even those were met. Thankfully the chapters are short and easily skimmed otherwise it would have taken much longer to finish this book. I hope that Adeyemi redeems herself and this series with Book 3.
For the first half of this book, I felt the same, to the point I almost gave up. But around halfway, I started to understand Zelie and Amari more. I was hovering around a 3 star review, better than last time's two star. By the last third, I was fully immersed and loving the progression as much as many other series I've loved. The last few chapters are perfect and have me sitting at a 4 star review. I'm even more anxious for the next book now.
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There are several grammatical errors which distract from the story, or maybe I just noticed them more because the story was quite boring. It dragged, didn’t absorb me, and the characters are pretty different from the first book - for example we find that Zelie, rather than being the brave strong individual she is the first book, is actually a power hungry muppet who can’t see past the end of her nose to the bigger picture. This is not a book I’d like my children reading as I wouldn’t want them looking up to a character of this sort.
All in all, not a great book. I won’t be reading the third when it comes out and will definitely be avoiding the film when it’s made.
With Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the plots/subplots are enhanced, same with the interplay between characters. And the direction the story takes is quite intriguing. There's the usual expressions of grief, heartache despair that ooze from these characters, but also a gripping mix of politics and betrayal. At one stage, one of the main protagonists does something truly horrific, if that event had been allowed to stand unaltered it would of been a much more powerful point in the tale.
But I'll say this, Tomi Adeyemi knows how to write a cliffhanger, the last 3 pages of the story were, I thought, quite ominous.
I've had a few quibbles about Adeyemi's writing style, main one being her choice of the 'First Person' rather than the 'Third Person' way of storytelling, as I feel it only really works properly under particular circumstances. But I'm more use to it now, the more I get acquainted with Adeyemi's world building.
I did really like how we dived into the different types of maji and their elder leaders, gaining a better understanding of their abilities. We didnt really come to a satisfying end which ensures that there is going to be a third and possibly a forth book. I'm still debating whether I'm going to read the next, maybe just to see if the series can be redeemed as I've already invested a lot of time into it. Hopefully the movie will help me forget how disappointing this book was. Sorry for the rant but I truly expected more, I really wanted to support Tomi with this series that was supposed to be excellent :(