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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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I’m typically not a fan of YA books because I cannot handle the immaturity of the characters (usually) and I do not want to read sex scenes between characters my kids’ ages. While this is absolutely a love story between Renzy and Seven, the sex ‘fades to black’ which I appreciated. The characters are so complex and well-written, and have experienced so much in their lives that nothing about them is young and immature. All three of them have suffered unimaginably at the hands of their parents (which I admit is hard to read). All three of them go through healing and a bit of growth during this part of their lives. All three of them come out on the other end of this story ready to finally live fully and take on the world. I honestly could not pick a favorite character of the three…they are all amazing kids despite what they’ve suffered. They bring out the best and at times, worst in each other. They clearly need each other although they each learn to stand on their own.
I don’t want to regurgitate the synopsis or recount the story for you…you need to read it. It centers around the three meeting and searching for answers surrounding Renzy’s silence. However, through this journey, we learn so much about Morning and Seven that it ultimately becomes a tale about all of them. Most of the rest of the cast of characters are shockingly worthless but crucial to the trio’s lives and what they’ve become.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the book that states precisely what each of them must overcome.
But the truth is, none of us are willing to show our cards: Renzy hides his cards behind silence, and Morning hides hers behind fragility, and I hide mine behind aloofness.
After suffering through a traumatic event in his childhood, nineteen-year-old Renzy Callen has withdrawn and completely isolated himself. Renzy hasn’t spoken a word in ten years and even his interactions with his family have dwindled to almost nothing. In Renzy’s words, it’s not that he “won’t talk” it’s that he “communicates differently” - so people who don’t accept this simply cannot connect with him.
When eighteen-year-old Seven Moreau-Maddox and his seventeen-year-old sister, Morning (yes, those are their actual names), move to Renzy’s small town the three of them make a connection. Seven and Morning are cultured, gorgeous, rich, and self-absorbed and damaged in their own ways. Both are victims of their parents’ neglect and reeling from a recent assault on Morning in the past year; these two need Renzy as much as he needs them.
Every chapter alternates between Renzy and Seven so we see their relationship growing in addition to the changes each of them makes. Seven finds his worth in “fixing” others, but has to learn to accept things for what they are (including himself). Renzy finds he needs to open up and let people in if he is going to have any kind of life at all. And Morning finds healing in discovering self-confidence and taking charge of her own life. The mystery aspect of the story is fascinating and kept me on the edge of my seat.
The three young people embark on a road trip to figure out what happened to Renzy to make him stop speaking, and what they uncover is truly chilling. Through the events which unfold and their interactions with each other, they figure out how to accept their pasts and look toward the future.
I love how this story builds, and the way the alternating points-of-view between Renzy and Seven move the story forward. As details are discovered which help to explain Renzy’s damage, the other two characters learn how to heal their own lives. Sound of Silence is a beautifully written book and I’m looking forward to uncovering more tales by Mia Kerick and Raine O’Tierney.
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