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.


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 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.


One comment for “Now We Rise Blog Tour: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  1. YAY YAY YAY!!!! I’m so happy your hiatus is over! I’ve missed you!!!!

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