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Blog Tour – Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi (Review + Giveaway)

One of the joys of doing blog tours is that you get the opportunity to try out new reads that have been gaining a lot of buzz. When I first heard about Children of Blood and Bone, I was memorized by the idea of reading a West African fantasy novel. I’ve read Caribbean fantasy for school back when I was an English Major nearly ten years ago, but African fantasy truly is a new concept for me.

Children of Blood and Bone is a unique spin on parts of the fantasy genre. It offers insight and intrigue in a variety of ways, giving us some wonderfully fleshed out characters each with such passion and strength. If I have convincenced you to read this book by the end of this post, consider trying your luck at my giveaway, as Raincoast Canada (bless them!) have offered up a copy of the book to CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. Children of Blood and Bone releases today, March 6th!

Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Synopsis: 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.

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I confess: I haven’t been reading as much fantasy as I once was. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been finding I haven’t been drawn to their premises or the fact that there is just too much of the same out there, I was starting to worry I wasn’t going to find a new fantasy novel that would click with me. Then I read Children of Blood and Bone, a six hundred page beast, and recognized that there is still fantasy novels out there that I will devour quite easily.

This book is a page-turner. There’s a lot of excellent world building, which in most novels usually tends to meander, but Adeyemi does a great job of giving the reader as much information as necessary , without the story feeling bloated. I will admit, the perspectives in this novel blurred for me at first, and I had to double check which character I was reading at first. I found though as the novel got it’s footing, each character’s point of view started to feel much more distinctive. I really liked Amari sections, and I feel like despite her stubbornness, she truly grows a lot through the story. She is just such an unexpected young lady to be a princess, y’know? I also loved Zelie, and I think her strength and determination holds no bounds. She’s fierce, head-strong, and yet she gave me a sense of hope throughout the novel. She really grows, much like Amari, is such a natural way.

Speaking of the story, it’s wonderfully crafted. These characters are ones you want to root for, you want to see them succeed with every fiber of their being, and yet the violence they face is discouraging throughout. This book looks at race, it looks at displacement, it looks at power being in the wrong hands and how it can corrupt absolutely. There is moments that feel so desperate and uncomfortable, yet you also feel a bit of hope as well.

Children of Blood and Bone is one of those books that feels so familiar, but has enough differences that make it feel fresh and original. I loved the premise and I cannot wait to read more set in this world. I loved these characters and the way this world was crafted. Despite being a big, honking brick of a book, it really truly does fly quickly, and I think if you love fantasy that Children of Blood and Bone will have so much to offer readers. I truly didn’t want this book to end.


Want to win a copy of Children of Blood & Bone? Well Raincoast Canada is offering up a copy of the novel to Canadian Residents (sorry US readers!). Please fill out my Rafflecopter below and you will be notified if you are the lucky winner! 🙂


Once again I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Raincoast Canada for allowing me this opportunity to share my thoughts on Children of Blood and Bone for this blog tour. While you are at it, consider checking out all the other tour stops for a chance to read some great reviews and perhaps win a copy of this amazing book. Children of Blood and Bone is out now!


Summer Contemporary Fling GIVEAWAY!

Summer Contemporary Fling is River and I’s excuse for wonderful contemporary reads. We enjoy them during the summer time (well, really we love ’em all the time). But lets be real: you’ve been following the event for the first part of the month and wondering, “YO! Where’s mah giveaway?” Well, here’s it is!

Here’s your chance to win any one of these books featured in the event. The winner will be able to choose one of the following books as their prize. This giveaway is International providing the Book Depository ships to your country! Giveaway closes on July, 29th. Enjoy and good luck!



Sad News About Strange Chemistry + Giveaway

17345314I’ve heard sad news from all over the blogosphere that Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot is officially no more as a publisher. What breaks my heart moreover is yesterday I posted a review for the second Soul Eater book by Eliza Crewe and none of you will likely be able to read it unless it gets saved or self-published.

My friend Katharine @ Ventureadlaxre is hosting a giveaway where you can win copies of Laura Lam’s fantastic novels, Pantomime and its sequel Shadowplay. I decided I’m going to join her in this endeavour. These were my two favourite books published by Strange Chemistry and while I am sad about the publisher being no more, I want people to still read these books.15797050

So I am offering up to one winner a paperback copy of both Cracked & Pantomime. This giveaway is open Internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. Remember there’s plenty of SC authors out there so support them by buying eBooks or paperbacks of their work while they still exist at this time. Meda and Micah’s stories may be some of my favourites, but this was a fantastic publisher with some other great authors who were a part of it. Please support them in any way you can. If you run a giveaway, let me know and we can spread the support together!

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

The Mystery Box Giveaway!


I’ve been pondering this for awhile, and I’ve decided to let go of a few ARCs in my collection. Let’s call it a bit of Spring cleaning! So for this giveaway, I am filling the box with as many ARCs as I can to give away to one lucky US/CAN reader. But I thought I would make this giveaway a bit more fun! I want you all to guess what you potentially think is inside this box! Keep in mind that River and I review a ton of books, so it really could be anything. Heck, it even could be physical copies of books we may have originally gotten from Edelweiss or Netgalley!

So how does one enter? Fill out our Rafflecopter form and you’ll automatically be entered. However, if I catch you cheating, I will disqualify you and go to the next person. This is US/Canada only (sorry International fans, I may have something for you coming soon! I need to be fair to my wallet though!) and ends on May 17th, 2014. The winners will be notified after that date.


Good luck and I can’t wait to see what your guesses are!

We <3 Melissa Giorgio + Giveaway


It is absolutely not secret that River and I adore Melissa Giorgio’s work. While we are a bit biased in that we’ve been friends with her a long time, and we couldn’t be prouder of Gabi and Rafe’s debut!

Seriously, we loved The Sight Seer. In fact, we fangirled it so hard when it released because it did so many things RIGHT for YA in terms of not rehashing the same stereotypes and tropes, and the characters being  so wonderfully believable. The characters are amazing, the writing is snappy and fun, what’s not to love?

Here’s the synopsis!

Gabi, Rafe, and all of their friends are back in three exciting short stories that bridge the gap between books one and two of the Silver Moon Saga. Join them as they celebrate Halloween in A Sweet Treat—can they make it through the night without Gabi destroying her costume? Find out what Rafe’s really afraid of in Indiana Rafe, a story told exclusively from his perspective. And in An Autumn Dream, Gabi struggles to make amends with a painful part of her past. Filled with laughter and tears, demon battles and plenty of kissing, this novella is a must read for fans of The Sight Seer!

Sounds awesome, right?

Well, River and I are celebrating the release of An Autumn Dream, a novella of A Silver Moon Saga, which does not release until November 14th with a giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a copy of the book and also spread the love of The Sight Seer! You have until November 15th to win a Kindle eBook copy of An Autumn Dream and while you are at it check out these two other awesome Silver Moon Saga giveaways, one over at Amy McNulty’s Blog also well as a huge prize pack over at Melissa’s Blog! 🙂