Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (non-spoiler review) // Is it worth the hype?

Book: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: 4 stars


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.


This is probably the most hyped book floating around the book community + It was already optioned for a movie way before it was even released? So I read the synopsis and wow was I so down for this. Also, how gorgeous is that cover?!! It sparkles in real life 🙂


It was a bit slow at the start. I was worried that it was going to disappoint me because I had over hyped it for myself. The start was a lot of info and world building, BUT it was done so wonderfully. The writing and world building wow okay hold on is this really a debut??

All the messages in this book. The pain, suffering and hurt I felt through these characters and how this can be translated into what’s happening in our world today. It’s so important and the author’s note at the end touched on this and I loved COBAB so much more for being able to open up that discussion and raise awareness.


The fact that there was three POVs was a bit disorientating for me. It was a bit confusing at first. I didn’t really know the characters and sometimes I’d be reading and be like wait who is this? Not the fault of the book really, but just a multiple POV thing.

After everything is established though, the story really picks up and from there I could not stop reading. It was amazing! I loved learning about the magic system. The culture. The world. Epic fantasy? YES AHhh


  • All black characters. This isn’t something seen often and received with this much hype
  • The characters were all so complex and layered, even the ones who didn’t get POVs
  • A huge huge focus on family


Zelie: The sheer strength of Zelie was so amazing. There was plenty of growth and change in her character. I loved seeing her relationship with her family and how that was really stressed as something big and important in this book, because it is and we don’t see enough of it in YA.

Amani: Amani is compassionate and strong. Maybe not strong in the same sense as Zelie, but strong in the way that she sees and knows what is happening to her country and wants to do something about it. She has the bravery and strength to go against her father (THE KING BTW). She has been brought up more privileged then Zelie and we see that with how she initially acts, but she’s faced horrors of her own. Her character was so complex and I loved her!

Inan: Inan is this angsty prince who only wants what’s best for his country and to make his father proud. I really didn’t like him at first, and then I still didn’t like him… He hasn’t grown on me yet. Although, I love how he was able to experience Zelie’s pain through their bond. That made the book so much more emotional and intense.


I enjoyed it. It was important to the plot and the development of the characters. I’m not ‘100% fully aboard this train whoo lets go’, but it adds so much more depth to the story. I will complain that the romance was a bit on off but ahhh I can’t really say more without spoiling (just read it and find out guys :))

So while it wasn’t a 5 star read for me, YES it was worth the hype. I really can’t wait for the next book and I’m so happy the COBAB is being received so well.

A shorter bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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12 thoughts on “Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (non-spoiler review) // Is it worth the hype?

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  1. Great review! Right when I saw the words female friendships…I immediately wanted to pick this book up 😂We can never have enough of those! And I’m also super intrigued at why you thought the romance was off…guess I have to read it to find out lol

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    1. Yes!! I’m so glad that was present in COBAB. The relationship between the two is definitely still rocky and yes! I can’t say much else without spoiling but hope you enjoy!

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