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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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After the ‘surge’, humans lived in walled-off communities, protecting them from demons. Demons in this novel consist of the fae, vampires, and shifters. (It could consist of more, but these are the only ones introduced in this novel.) Rae Wilder, the heroine of this book, goes outside the wall to discover she is something more than human.
The synopsis of the book states that Rae has to make the ‘ultimate choice’, to die human or to embrace her true nature. So, you’re thinking it’s going to be a great struggle. No. Rae embraces that she’s a demon rather immediately. It’s really a rather anticlimactic moment.
Here’s my main problem with this book. It felt rushed. You didn’t have a chance to get to know or even like the character before the first plot twist. Then there’s the romantic tryst between Rae, Breandan (fae), and Tomas (vampire). Other than the fact that we know what they are and that both of them want something from her, there really isn’t any character development.
Glamour was rushed to the point that you never get a feel for Rae’s intentions. During the first encounter with Breandan, Rae says she doesn’t like him. Which, quite frankly is understandable. One of the first things Mr. Caveman says is ‘you are mine.’ That would potentially rub me the wrong way, as well. However, during their next encounter, which is only a few hours later, they are frolicking through the woods together. Somehow Rae was able to magically produce these feeling for him, without any substantial interaction. Then there’s Tomas. Her first encounter with him she describes him as very unattractive. A few hours later, they are locked in a lover’s embrace.
This read like a B movie – with a questionable screenwriter and bad acting. It was definitely cringe worthy at times. I gave Glamour two stars because it definitely has potential, if Fischer were to expand on the novel and hire an editor.
DNF @ 18%
I'm incredibly disappointed by this one. I went into this expecting to have a lot of fun. I knew this wasn't going to be a ground breaking novel, but I at least expected it to be decent. This was painful. In the 18% that I read, I felt as if I lost several brain cells and my common sense had been tossed out the window. The writing is atrocious and cringe inducing. Descriptions like "lightening dark" are used to describe the sky. I'm aware that Penelope Fletcher is an indie author, but I have read many books by an array of indie authors and while there are mistakes here and there, they are not this cringe inducing. The problem with using a phrase like "lightening dark" is that it sounds like the author is trying too hard to set the tone. Rule of thumb in writing: Say it loud. If it doesn't sound right, then it isn't. So change it. If you aren't sure, there are editing software programs that can read it to you, so you hear it from another source and can make the decision. I know that may sound like a lot of work, but I don't have endless free time and when I choose to pick up a book, I hope that is well-written enough to be accommodating. You don't have to be the next J.K. Rowling or F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 0.5
My main problem lies with the characters of Rae and Breandan. They are immediately forced into some weird, awkward overwhelming connection and they have only interacted for less than an hour. Here is a compilation of the most cringe inducing moments:
"My name is Breandan, and you are mine." @ 6%
6%!! This is so soon and this takes instalove to a whole new level. Also gross. How dare this jerk assume she wants to be claimed like land. I'm sorry, but we aren't in the 1800s anymore and saying things like this in literature is not romantic. It's eyebrow raising.
"I glided the pads of my fingers into the shallow groove which flowed uninterrupted to his shoulder blades. My hands left his back then I hesitated in my exploration. The sensation that slicked over my palms was, odd. Hovering a few inches away from his skin felt warmer, thicker." @9%
Slow your roll, Rae. This isn't a Harlequin novel. You don't have to start instigating boy-chicka-wow-wow right now. Stay focused on the task at hand and the fact that you just found out you are a demon. That's pretty important, especially since you are training to kill them.
"Do you want to talk about it? That helps females I am told." @12%
The misogyny continues. Oh, Romeo, tell me more about what females want. #notallmen
"I don't think I even like you. How can I feel like this? Like I've known you my whole life. When you touch me, I feel complete. When you speak, I accept everything because you said it."
This occurs at 13%!!!!! She has just met this guy and she is already saying that she needs his commands to think out life and her current situation. I can't.
Don't even get me started on the random love triangle that is introduced before the 20% mark.
Character Scale: NOPE
Cover Thoughts: The cover is gorgeous. So stunning.
Seriously.. This chick goes to school to learn to kill demons so you'd think when she'd come across a demon, she'd kill it, right?! NO!!! She decides she's madly in love with them & makes out with them & hides one in her closet while running around with another one. This chick is bonded with one dude & madly in love with 2 other guys.. THIS ALL HAPPENS IN ONE FLIPPING DAY!!!! Not a week, month or year.. ONE. FLIPPING. DAY!!!!
AND THERE'S MORE BOOKS TO READ ABOUT THIS!!!! /headdesk