Hi Gemmies! Today I am reviewing the two books in the Legacy of Orisha series by Tomi Adeyemi. This is one of my absolute favorite series....ever. I will try to keep this review spoiler free but my emotions are all over the place after finishing Children of Virtue and Vengeance, so no promises!
Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in the series. This book absolutely blew my mind. I love this lush vivid world Tomi created. Think Black Panther meets Game of Thrones meets The Magicians. It is so detailed and complex that I can visualize it. I also love how Tomi weaves in Yoruba culture and beliefs. We follow several characters throughout the book and get multiple points of view, but the main protaganist is Zelie a young maji girl who has lost her Mother and other loved ones due to the King's tyranny. Maji used to have magic until one day it was gone. Now Zeli is on a mission to bring it back to save her people. This book has love, adventure, girl power, heartbreak, and loss. You will find yourself rooting for Zelie and her crew to win!
Synopsis of Children of Blood and Bone from Goodreads:
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.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the sequel, was released Tuesday, December 3rd. I stayed up all night to finish it! Gemmies, I am NOT OK!!!! This book absolutely destroyed me and all of my emotions. CVV starts immediately after the events in CBB, but ups the stakes times 1000. There is so much pain and heartbreak in this book it takes your breathe away. There are also a lot of parallels to current social events like Black Lives Matter, police brutality, elitism, and racism. Like Children of Blood and Bone, we receive point of views of the issues from both the oppressed and the privileged. This gives the story a much deeper dimension. I wont give away any spoilers, but I will say that Children of Virtue and Vengeance ends on a major cliffhanger. If the story is going where I think it will go, then we can expect a tornado of emotions in Book Three!
Synopsis of Children of Virtue and Vengeance from Goodreads:
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
There is a contract for Book Three, but there is no information on a title or release date.I assume the release will be sometime in 2020....I hope!!! Both of these books bring light to social injustices people of color face all over the globe, but especially in America today, just in a fantasy setting. I highly recommend you read them and add them to your library. Happy Reading!
Hi Gemmies! Today we have the cover reveal for Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson. I love the vivid colors and imagery of this cover! Based on the synopsis this book promises to be a compelling sci-fi ride!
Synopsis from Good Reads:
When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning. Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists–including her family and friends–are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.
Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne–if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her.
With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?
Goddess in the Machine is set to release on June 30, 2020. The story sounds original and i'm looking forward to reading it. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies, It's December! As the weather cools down and the holidays draw nearer, I wish you a month full of warm drinks and great reads!
Hello Gemmies! Have you heard the news? A Sequel to The Andromeda Strain by Michael Chrichton is coming out 50 years after the original novel! This new installment by Daniel H. Wilson takes place a few decades after the events in the first novel. I plan to do a re-read of Andromeda Strain to refresh myself before jumping into Evolution.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
The Evolution is Coming. In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.
In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…
Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.
With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.
But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.
I am soo excited to read this next installment. The Andromeda Strain Evolution is set to release December 3, 2019. Are you going to pick up this book? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! November is almost gone, can you believe it?!?!? Where is the time going? Despite the seemingly quick passage of time, it was still a good reading month for me. Here are the gems that I had the pleasure of reading.
I enjoyed all of these reads this month! Let me know what you read by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Happy Thanksgiving Gemmies! May the beauty and blessing of the season bring warmth, peace, and lots of great reads to your home!
Hi Gemmies! I am so excited to announce that actress April Parker Jones, wore a GC cuff for her photoshoot for Modestly Bold Magazine. April is known for her roles on SuperGirl, Jericho, and If Loving You is Wrong, just to name a few! The cuff looks gorgeous on her!! I'm honored she chose to wear it!
Hello Gemmies! If you are in Raleigh NC. Saturday November 30th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST, Dog-Eared Books will be having their annual fill-a-bag for $10 sale on small business Saturday! Bring your Dog-Earred Books tote or you can purchase one on the day of the sale, while supplies last.
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Hi Gemmies! One of the undisputed Queen's of Afro Futurism, Nnedi Okorafor announced she will be releasing a new book for middle grade readers called Ikenga! Ikenga is about a little boy who can access super powers with the assistance of the magical Ikenga. I had no idea what an Ikenga was so I looked it up. Ikenga is a powerful symbol of the Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria and is believed to house a person's personal God and ancestors. It can also increase spiritual activation through prayer and sacrifice. This book is sure to be filled with adventure, mysticism, African culture, and pure awesomeness.
The announcement was also accompanied by a cover reveal. I love the muted earth tones featured in this cover. I also of course love that it features a black boy. We don't have nearly enough books that feature young men of color prominently on the cover.
Synopsis from Entertainment Weekly:
“Nnamdi’s father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a mystical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?
I have read all of Nnedi's works and cannot wait to read this gem! Ikenga is set to release August 18, 2020. Are you looking forward to reading Ikenga? What do you think of the cover? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hi Gemmies! There is a lot of buzz around a new novel coming out next year from Jordan Ifueko called Raybearer. It's cover has been revealed and it is gorgeous! I'm really looking forward to reading this debut fantasy from a new talent.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.
Look for Raybearer to hit shelves April 4, 2020. Are you excited to read this book? Let me know your thoughts about the cover by leaving a comment below.