Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Series: Legacy of Orisha
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 4
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After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.


It absolutely breaks my heart to say this, because Children of Blood and Bone is one of the best YA fantasies I’ve ever read (EVER), and I pre-ordered this book like sixth months ago, but… Children of Virtue and Vengeance suffers a bit from the second book slump.

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

34728667Series: Legacy of Orisha
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 4+
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Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


WOW. Children of Blood and Bone creates a fantasy universe unlike anything I’ve ever seen before while telling a story that feels as old as time. It was dark and gritty, but with a profound sense of purpose. I feel like this is the kind of book that could change the world.

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Can a Book Really Inspire Change?

It’s the 21st century, and we all know how this little dance goes. Finish book. Feel inspired. Exclaim “MY LIFE IS SO CHANGED!!!!” Then do nothing.

We all have those books, the ones that really made us understand something important, or feel inspired to bring change, or that made us feel like we could make a difference. In the acknowledgements for Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi even had a call to action to go do something. And yet, is it just me, or are we not doing anything?

I think that it’s easier to feel inspired than it is to act. Especially because a lot of times a book doesn’t actually tell you what to do. A lot of the social issues that are so important to so many Americans right now just don’t leave us with that many options. Yeah, we can vote, and yeah we can march, but not TODAY. And yeah, we can tweet, but what is that really doing anyway? Maybe a book leaves you feeling inspired that you can do something to change the world. And then maybe you try to go do something and can’t figure out what to do after all. And then a few days go by, then a few weeks, and next thing you know you aren’t so inspired anymore.

So did anything really change? Continue reading “Can a Book Really Inspire Change?”