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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 lowdown is that Dr. Derek Verbenk has reduced himself to being just a pill pusher, because he can’t seem to get his act together. His moral compass is cracked and he can’t seem to get it back on track. Sleeping with his patients may be the least of his worries, when someone comes into his life and pulls him out of his rut, to take him on a whirlwind adventure that even Verbenk isn’t ready for.
Throughout the book you will find Verbenk unlikeable, unreliable, and down right shameful, but isn’t there time in our lives when we all have been? He’s one of those characters that you want to hate, but you can’t seem to. Even though sometimes you may want to wring his neck, he’s still pretty funny, even when you know you shouldn’t be laughing.
I adored how this book was written, you get such a clear view into the mind of Dr. Verbenk, and how he feels at any given moment. It’s incredible to be inside another persons head, and I love the psychological aspect this book. The characters were clever and kept the story chugging along. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, so funny and quite different than a lot of what I’ve been reading recently.
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The book is written in quick, relaxed prose that kept up a good pace while mixing in just the right amount of description to keep me grounded in the story. There's also some great characterization, with the author doing a good job of making a generally unlikable character/narrator totally relatable. There aren't any superfluous characters in the cast, every one helps to move the story forward. The dialogue is brisk and natural, again moving the story along quickly. All these things stack together, making the book engaging and hard to put down. It's a super-fast read, and I'd definitely recommend it.
Note: I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
I volunteered to review this book and found it to be an entertaining look at the real world realities of having powers. We all know the maxim from Spiderman "With great power comes great responsibility". Transference adds an additional layer to that saying by examining how someone with powers is still very human and, how even someone without powers still has great responsibilities to those around them.
Dr. Verbenk, the main character is very very very flawed. At times it is almost too uncomfortable to know his thoughts and how he views the world. Treading the line between unlikable but readable and wholly unlikable and unreadable, Verbenk grows throughout the novel until he is a fully realized character. You never 100% root for him, but that is okay. He is flawed and through those flaws his triumphs stand out that much more.
The psychology of how we all (to some extent) feel trapped within our lives and the roles that have been designated to us plays a large part in this making this book work. How we force ourselves to change and how others play a role in that change makes for great drama.
This book is funny, sometimes shocking and always wonderfully written. Buy if you want to read about two flawed, but intensely human characters trying to use what power they have to survive in lives they don't necessarily want.
We've all made mistakes in life, ended up being in a less desirable situation, so Verbenk's life is already easily relatable, and his personal perspective about it highlights the weaknesses people struggle with, and how how badly a psychologist can need a psychiatrist!
I will be watching and anxiously awaiting Ms. Jonuska's next work. It's not everyday that I discover an author who can make me feel like I've met the people being written about. I felt like I had spent a weekend with old friends, hearing how they'd screwed up their lives since I'd seen them last, and listening to their strange plans to fix things.
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I'm not sure what the actual genre might be. Superhero? Magical Realism? Straight up litfic?Read more