Now We Rise Blog Tour: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Now We Rise Blog Tour: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on March 6th 2018
Pages: 525
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They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

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.

– now we rise –

Today is a VERY special day here on What Sarah Read! Not only am I coming out of hiatus, but I’m also part of the release week celebration for “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi. Now, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this little-known book. It came out last Tuesday and there hasn’t been that much buzz and hardly any praise…

– i have such a nerd crush on neil degrasse tyson –

Now that I got that lame joke out of the way, I want to publicly proclaim that the hype, praise and intense anticipation over “Children of Blood and Bone” is all a MILLION percent justified.

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!

I loved absolutely everything about this book! From Tomi’s absolutely gorgeous writing and cinematic world-building, to the non-stop action and thought-provoking journey of Zelie and the people she meets along the way, this book is EPIC PERFECTION. From the very first pages I knew it was going to be an incredible reading experience. It made me feel things I don’t often feel while reading a book and I can easily say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

But, don’t take my word for it! Check out these amazing reviews from around the blogosphere…

  • Black Girl Nerds says “While CB&B is a book for all people to enjoy, no matter their background, let me tell you BGN readers, it is the embodiment of true representation. When we say representation matters, this is what we’re talking about”
  • Kirkus Review says “Well-drawn characters, an intense plot, and deft writing make this a strong story. That it is also a timely study on race, colorism, power, and injustice makes it great.”
  • Fadwa of Word Wonders says “You know that extraordinary feeling when you’ve been dying to read a book and then you do and it largely exceeds your expectations? That’s me with Children of Blood and Bone.”
  • This Booktube review from Novel Lush is fabulous…and makes me want to try a Hibiscus and Rose Hip Latte!

This is just a small sampling of the praise and accolades Tomi’s debut book has received. I cannot wait to watch her continue on this amazing journey with this book and of course the SEQUEL!

Part of what makes “Children of Blood and Bone” so amazing is the magic system that Adeyemi created in Zelie’s world. The creative geniuses over at Fierce Reads created this fun quiz to help us all determine what Maji power we all have. Check it out…

– now we rise –

My birthday is April 18th (almost a month away..WOOHOO) so that makes me a GROUNDER and apparently I can manipulate the earth. Which is actually a perfect power for me since I LOVE to travel and discover what makes this planet of ours so beautiful!

Gorgeous mountain vistas…

– clockwise from top left: new hampshire, switzerland, the matterhorn, ireland –

Cliffside views…

– clockwise from top left: new hampshire, ireland, maine, martha’s vineyard –

Stunning sunsets…

– martha’s vineyard, maine, martha’s vineyard –

Tranquil valleys…

– clockwise from top left: switzerland, new hampshire, ireland, ireland –

What’s your MAJI POWER? Have you read “CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE”?

LEt me know in the comments below.

About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

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Sarah

Blog Tour: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen {GIVEAWAY]

by A.C. Gaughen
Published by Bloomsbury

Blog Tour: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen {GIVEAWAY]Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Published by Bloomsbury on January 30th 2018
Pages: 448
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Hey friends…it’s been a while! For those who don’t know, I’m taking a hiatus here on the blog for various reasons but hope to be back in the next month or two. TODAY is a special day though, because I am coming out of hiatus to tell you all about this AMAZING new release that you should all be adding to your reading pile.

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Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Lauren at Bookmark Lit

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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Well, here we are! The very last day of “Home for the Holidays” in 2017. It’s been a wonderful two weeks and I’m so proud of the fabulous guest bloggers that were featured this year. They all put so much hard work and love into their posts and I can’t thank them enough for their holiday cheer!

Today, I’m welcoming Lauren from Bookmark Lit! Lauren and I met a few years ago through the On the Same Page Secret Sister Project and have been buddies ever since. She’s one of my very favorite bloggers out there and I’m so thrilled to have her here today, sharing some of her holidays faves! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Lauren at Bookmark Lit”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Morgan from The Bookish Beagle

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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One of my very favorite things about the holiday season is curling up on the couch and watching a movie. It can be funny, romantic, animated or just plain cheesy…doesn’t matter to me! I LOVE them all! I will say though, my very favorite kinds of holiday movies are those of the Hallmark Channel variety. I could literally sit and watch them all done long. As a matter of fact, I have! There’s just something about the over-the-top cheesiness and happily ever after that I adore. I’m so excited to be welcoming Morgan from The Bookish Beagle to Home for the Holidays today, so she can share some of HER favorite holiday movies with all of us. I see some of my faves in there! Do you see any of yours? Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Morgan from The Bookish Beagle”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Andi from Andi’s ABCs

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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Well, friends. We’re in the last few days of my Home for the Holidays feature, and I have to say, it’s been another stellar year. I have so much fun pulling this feature together and it’s in large part due to people like my girl Andi who is our guest poster today. I met Andi through bookish Twitter about four years ago, and she’s been an amazing blogging mentor and even better friend. It’s always a treat when she guest posts on my blog and today is no exception. Check out her delicious recipe and then try it for yourself. I know I am! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Andi from Andi’s ABCs”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Rachel from Hello, Chelly!

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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There are so many things I love about the holidays! The music, the food, the lights and decorations. There’s something magical in the air and I just can’t help getting swept away with all of it. But, for me, the holidays would be nearly as special if it wasn’t for the time spent with my family and friends. Some of my best memories are from holiday parties with my closest friends and family dinners that go late into the night. When I first read Rachel‘s post below, I was immediately filled with such a sense of familiarity, and although our traditions may not be the same, that feeling of love and happiness by spending time with those you love, is universal! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Rachel from Hello, Chelly!”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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Welcome back to the second half of Home for the Holidays here at What Sarah Read. This really is one of my very favorite features of the year and I am so thrilled to be bringing it to you for the fourth year in a row! I’m equally as excited to be welcoming the fabulous Alexa from Alexa Loves Books as a guest poster today. She’s here to tell you all about one of my very favorite places…Disney World! I am SO excited for Alexa and maybe just a teeny bit jealous that she gets to spend Christmas as the happiest place on earth! I am absolutely LOVING this post and everything she has planned for her holiday visit. You better believe I’m taking notes, because someday I WILL spend Christmas at Disney! Thank you for such an amazing post, Alexa! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Angie from Read Sleep Repeat

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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I can’t believe the first week of Home for the Holidays is already coming to an end.. It’s been such a great week filled with tasty goodies, holiday music, gorgeous candles and holiday warm fuzzies. I’m so thrilled to be closing out this special with the fabulous Angie from Read Sleep Repeat. Angie is here today with a fabulous post that includes some of your favorite books and some of your favorite holiday songs! Many thanks to Angie for stopping by and helping us all get into the holiday spirit! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Angie from Read Sleep Repeat”

Sarah

Home for the Holidays with Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl

A CELEBRATION OF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
FEATURING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH BUDDIES!

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I’m so excited to be welcoming Jana to the blog today. Jana’s Bookish Little Christmas feature was one of the inspirations for the Home for the Holidays feature, here at What Sarah Read, so it’s such an honor to have her here today. In a perfect twist of fate, I also created a top ten post for Jana’s Christmas feature, and I love how similar but personal both lists are. Between Jana’s list below and my list over at That Artsy Reader Girl, we have the best of the holidays totally covered! Continue reading “Home for the Holidays with Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl”

Sarah