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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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Reviewers keep comparing this to Sookie Stackhouse but it reminded me more of Laurell Hamilton's work. There was waayyy too many pages devoted to sex in this book. I felt the sex distracted from what is otherwise an interesting premise for a story. Poorly written paranormal romance books are a dime a dozen these days, whereas interesting new takes on the supernatural world are actually rather rare. This book doesn't seem to know which it is.
I think what bugged me most was its 'romance-y' tone. It has all the elements of a romance, including a makeover, and the heroine's internal dialog is annoyingly coy. I far prefer to figure things out as a reader than to be told play-by-play what the meaning is of everything single thought or feeling the heroine is experiencing. But, at the same time, I was interested in the fantasy aspects of the story, so I kept reading.
Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, the Cover Art makes the books in this series look suitable for 8-12 year olds. I almost didn't buy it for that reason. The publishers need to re-think the audience they want this series to appeal to. This book is definitely NOT for kids or young adults.
Jane is wasting her life away in a small Maine village, hunted by the memory of a lost love, a loss she is partially responsible of, and this is a theme which is well if not originally handled. Even the predictable but sensible realization that her suffering is mostly self induced that comes at the end of the book is well done. Jane is also more than meets the eye -a common fact in fantasy novels- and this novel is about her discovering and coming to terms with the fact that she is only half human and that the the world the other half belongs to is fascinating but dangerous.
While the premise could have led to an interesting read I find myself dissatisfied by what could have been done with such a story and was not.
The writing is in order (and yet I am amazed by the fact that a professor of creative writing should be taught grammar -not when a schoolchild but while writing the book- as she not so covertly admits in her acknowledgements), the plotting simple but consistent and some tension always there, though it rarely peaks to engaging levels.
One problem is that Jane (the main character) is constantly dialoguing with herself and if some lines are funny, most are just redundant, not to mention that the many pop-culture references spattering these reflections might be lost to many readers and make the book a very ephemeral read, as in a few years many readers will not get them. Jane also mentions several songs that were entirely unknown to me: more the pity as they are supposed to convey the atmosphere of the moment.
Another problem are sex scenes which are shabby and could probably have been just hinted. The fact that Jane is constantly debating with her constantly horny nether regions and her constantly hungry belly is not as funny as one could think.
I also dislike (but of course this is a matter of taste) that the author chooses to people her fantasy world with every possible supernatural creature. Imagining that every possible human superstition was originated by an existing supernatural species(from gnomes to dryads to elves to genies) and that all these species made up the different clans of one supernatural world seemes an interesting assumption at first but in the end it leads nowhere: all these creature are just there, garish but useless as the events of the book are hardly related to their belonging to a specific order. The plot could have remained the same if all of them had been elves or vampires or whatelse.
Characterization is not a particular asset: Jane is overdone and the others are dim or clichéd or both.
I think I will not be reading the following instalments.
Jane secretly swims in the ocean at night, even when it’s cold. It’s a secret that only she and her dad share. Somehow, the cold doesn’t bother Jane and the intense current that keeps the swimmers away is just an exhilarating challenge for her. While swimming one night, she finds the body of a man who has obviously been murdered and dumped into the sea. Given her history, she leaves the body behind for someone else to discover. The next day the town is abuzz with the news of the murder. The only thing Jane fears is that the local investigators will find out it was she who first discovered the body. However, when she finds herself being chased by a large animal with huge teeth, she finds there are worse fears and her world is about to change forever.
I loved this book! It’s been in my TBR pile for at least a year now and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. Jane is a wonderful character; she’s a good person, someone easy to identify with and she offers up some funny observations sometimes, making the book a little humorous and fun to read. Her friends and co-workers at the bookstore, Tracy and Grizzie, are a hoot. Especially Grizzie, who used to be a porn star and seems unable to give anyone a gift that isn’t sexual in some nature. There are a lot of funny exchanges between the characters that will make you smile, if not laugh out loud. For instance, this quote from Ryu:
“You’re not complaining because you’re usually shouting my name” He smirked. “Or calling out to God. But don’t feel bad-it’s a mistake many women make.”
I just loved that, it cracked me up. Speaking of Ryu, he sounds so sexy, and he seems to be a pretty good guy, even if he does have a healthy ego. I have suspicions that a love triangle may eventually develop with Ryu and someone else competing for Jane’s affections, but I’m not going to say anymore about that right now; don’t want to spoil anything. There are definitely some steamy love scenes in Tempest Rising, and they were done very well. There’s nothing I hate more than a bad love scene in a book, where the words used are too childish, too vulgar, or too repetitive. Peeler got this just right in my opinion. I was also happy with the character development of the secondary characters and I look forward to getting to know them better. I also hope a couple of the jerks in Rockabill eventually get what they deserve.
The only thing I had any trouble with was that it took me a while to adjust to this fantasy world of characters in Tempest Rising. I mean, not only are there vampires, goblins, succubi, and living gnomes, but a slew of other creatures I’d never even heard of before. So, it was a bit much to take in at first, but I quickly got used to it, while appreciating Jane’s amazement wholeheartedly. I’m happy this is the first in a series and I’m really looking forward to reading the second book, Tracking the Tempest. If you like fantasy and paranormal romance you should read this. It’s great!
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