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Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Tomi Adeyemi
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Fireheart
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Loved it!!! Not only was it as good as the first book, I think it was better! I never thought about non caucasian young adults not being able to relate to books because I never had to. Tomi opened my eyes to the issue and sparked some awesome conversations! The series is fantastic and highly recommended

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MandaMT
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I LOVE that constantly checking in for consent is a thing in YA right now. I truly do. I also feel that having sex “just” because you both might die in battle the next day would be actually an ok reason to hit the sheets, like even if you hadn‘t been coupled off since the last book. Call me crazy...

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jckphnx
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Mehso-so

It suffers from some of the typical teen lit trappings, such as shoehorned romance and fight scenes, its most eventful moments are often weakened through strange reversals, and it's highly inferior to the previous entry. That doesn't mean, however, that there's still not a great deal to enjoy, thanks largely to the heavy themes and multifaceted characters.

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CaitlinR
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“No matter how many times I witness her power, it always st teals the air from my throat. I can‘t breath as Oya swirls before me, larger than life itself. Her skirts spin in a brilliant hurricane of red A deep purple light glows around her obsidian skin.”

I‘m glad I read this, but hoping the next has stronger story telling. Adeyemi‘s images are, however, spot on!

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feliecet
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Finally finished Children of Virtue Vegence! While I feel that the novel was a little slow in the beginning, the middle and definitely the ending were worth the read!! Can't wait for the third and final book in the Legacy of Orisha trilogy! #soliderofdeath

Graciouswarriorprincess I am listening to the audio book now. 4d
MandaMT @Graciouswarriorprincess Are you liking it? I heard Bahni Turpin is the reader. I love her work. Reading on my own now, but I‘m not always super motivated. 20h
Graciouswarriorprincess @MandaMT She is the reader and it is so good. I am about half way done with it. Are you liking it? 19h
MandaMT @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s ok. Starting to pick up. Like @feliecet said, it was a slow start. I love the way Turpin has such distinct voices for each character. 9h
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Tiltedwhirled
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This book was definitely the second book in a trilogy and by that I mean that it acts as a bridge from the beginning to the end. My least favorite part of children of Blood and Bone was Zelie‘s relationship with Inan. I wasn‘t thrilled with his return in the sequel but he certainly adds tension. I have also started to think of Roen as the Han Solo character of this series. He‘s the reluctant bad boy with a thing for the heroine. I like him.

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Addison_Reads
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I was so excited to revisit this world, but this almost ended up being a so-so for me. I felt the characters weren't connecting for me and the story was mostly just action and no real substance. Towards the end I became more invested though and I'm curious to see what the next book holds.

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dainarmb
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I saw this bookish bingo board on Instagram as an ad and thought it would translate well for a fun little challenge! Any takers? I'm nearly two down, three to go!

A book with a map - Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Borrowed from the library - Little Women

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Sumi
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Excellent follow up to Children of Blood and Bone. I have to admit that midway through I was thinking how is this ever going to finish well & then the end was unexpected. Umm, there‘s going to e another, rught?

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HeathersReadingHideaway
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[#BookReview] Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. This book had me so emotionally invested because of the characters and stunning writing style. I am already dying for the third one, and if book three is as good as one & two, I will wait as long as we have to. Have you read this series? I‘d love to talk about it!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2020/01/book-review-children-of-vir...

WomanistBibliophile I love it! So immersive and emotional ? & I adore both Zélie and Roën, as well as the way elements of Yoruba culture are suffused throughout 2w
HeathersReadingHideaway @WomanistBibliophile Zèlie and Roën had so many good moments together in this one! I agree it‘s such an emotional read. I‘m happy to hear you loved it too!! ☺️? 2w
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WomanistBibliophile
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A beautiful girl who asks too many questions.

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MandaMT
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I‘m really liking Roën in this book. His flirty outlaw vibe is reminiscent of Innon from the Broken Earth trilogy with a bit of Han Solo‘s “I‘m looking out for me... but secretly care about others”

WomanistBibliophile I love Roën! He adds the perfect balance of levity and intrigue ? 2w
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dainarmb
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#currentlyreading the second installment in Tomi Adeyemi's Legacy of Orisha series. So far, so good, but the main characters are already annoying 50 pages in and I have to remind myself that they're reacting perfectly normally.🤣

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Mehso-so

First book I finished this year! I loved the first book in the trilogy; however I was disappointed with this one. I found much of this book to often be predictable and boring. It felt like other series I have read, including Harry Potter and the last Hunger Games book, Mockingjay. I also did not like the character development. I did like the last couple of chapters and thought they did a good job leading to the next book. I hope the next is better

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WomanistBibliophile
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I adored CVV & wish I could photograph the cover well enough to do its beauty justice because it‘s more beautiful than any I can think of.
An emotive & immersive read, one I‘m already looking forward to reading again. The character development is compelling, the narrative had my heart in my throat &, more than anything, in Zélie I found the character I spent my childhood years seeking. Her longing for freedom, her devotion to those she loves, ...

WomanistBibliophile ... her sensitivity. This was a profoundly cathartic reading experience for me. Zélie, a Black girl, who is a misfit, who carries fury, and whose expression of grief, pain and sorrow is met with not only understanding but admiration & more still, with love. 3w
CaliforniaCay Well said 💜 3w
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Bailing at 44% / 5:57:58. Ugh! I thought the first book was good, but not great. This time, I am so very bored (and disgusted—war is not entertaining). The plot is not being advanced—it's incredibly repetitive.

annahenke Interesting! This is so highly anticipated. Curious to start it myself. 3w
tracey38 That's so disappointing to hear. I did like the first book and was curious because the second one is so much shorter. 3w
JoyBlue @annahenke I hope you enjoy it! 😃 3w
JoyBlue @tracey38 The Goodreads reviews run the gamut. I hope you'll be one who enjoys it. 😉 [And, I would say that this one could have been *even shorter*.] 3w
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jtkpk
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A lyrical read from start to finish.

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BookishMarginalia
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What pretty editions!

Butterfinger They are gorgeous. 4w
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Sydneyreads
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The first book of the new year! I‘m so excited to continue this story!!

crazyspine Well I didn't realize it came out 4w
Sydneyreads @crazyspine Yes!! Beginning of December! 4w
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jackilynn
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kgriffith
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Excited to return to this world and the inimitable Bahni Turpin‘s narration.

Butterfinger Those covers ♥️ 4w
kgriffith @Butterfinger I knowwwww 4w
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Plaidsticks
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A bit of a sophomore slump. I loved Blood and Bone, but the passing wasn‘t quite as good this time around. A little too much waffling and “we‘re going to make it! ...no we‘re not” and trust, lie, trust, lie, etc. Will definitely still recommend and read the next, but a tad disappointed. #morebookslessbullshit2019

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UnabridgedPod
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I devoured Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the sequel to her amazing Children of Blood and Bone. (There will be a third book coming in the Legacy of Orïsha series.) While this one felt, in some ways, slighter than the first novel (and it's about 150 pages shorter), it is a solid follow up to the world Adeyemi built so beautifully in book 1. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod The book begins by alternating between the perspectives of Zélie, a maji rebel who has been fighting the monarchy and trying to lead her people out of the oppression of discrimination, and Amari, the princess who has fled the surprising limitations of her own status. The two women are mourning the deaths of their fathers and reeling from the death of Inan, Zélie's sometime love interest and Amari's brother. ⬇️ 4w
UnabridgedPod Amari is now ready to take her place as the next heir to the throne, and Zélie is ready to support her in hopes that her ascension will mean peace for the maji. ⠀

The entire society is also dealing with the aftermath of a ceremony that has revealed the presence of magic in people previously ungifted. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod Amari is one of these tȋtans who are trying to learn to live with their new identities and to understand their place in a society that was formerly divided between magical and unmagical. It's a book about cycles of violence, of what it means to pursue power at the expense of compassion and empathy, of the ways that vengeance can overpower people's best intentions. ⬇️ 4w
UnabridgedPod While I did wish, at times, for a few points in the narrative for rest, for consideration, this book is action packed in the best way, moving forward at a pace that mimics that of the characters' lives, removing some of the time necessary for thoughtful consideration or the selection of an alternate path. ⬇️ 4w
UnabridgedPod While it doesn't quite reach the heights of the first book (for me), Children of Virtue and Vengeance is a worthy sequel. I can't wait for book three!

Who else has started Adeyemi's trilogy? What did you think of this sequel?
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Bookish_Gal
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Thanks to the snow day, I finished it! Wow what a ride. Knowing it‘s the middle book of a trilogy really put the storyline into a better perspective. There so much going on to end the war; you could feel it building up to the next book. Amari;sweetie, I was rooting for you. Still had her fathers words stuck in her. Zélie; I am so proud of her growth; Wanting to run and survive, now ready to live and fight. Inan; good intentions, bad execution

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Lovesbooks87
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I debated about reading this book now with not knowing when the next book is coming out. But I decided to read it now because I wanted to know what happens next. While I enjoyed this action packed fantasy, I hate having to wait until the next book comes out. I want to know more about Zelie, Amari, and Inan. Hopefully we don‘t have to wait too long for the next book to come out. This is my 7th completed book in the #24b42020 readathon.

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You are elders now. It is not my place to tell you what to do. But you should know that there are weapons so great, they shouldn‘t be used.

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1/2 there! The troubled air between Amari and Zélie seems out of place after the accounts of the last book. The more I read into the book, the more I understood; why should Amari get the power of the Maji? The prejudices here is strong between all of them. Titân or maji. Inan or Amari as ruler. Still holding out for Zélie x Inan, although I‘m so glad that Tomi has not had them get back together; Yet. That amount of betrayal is hefty to go through

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rachelsbrittain
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The second installment in the story of Zélie and Amari, darker and even twistier than the first. All the characters face their lowest point and they weather even more losses and make horrible choices to try to end the war once and for all. Let's just say Tomi Adeyemi really knows how to write a book that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait to see what the next book brings-- especially after that ending!

4 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookish_Gal I‘m almost halfway done myself! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Bookish_Gal hope you're enjoying it! I'm just over here already counting down until the next book 😂 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Her eyes say: How could you read this book instead of petting me?

LauraBeth 😹😹 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Scochrane26 😻❤️ 1mo
Rissreads Yes, How could you???? 🤣 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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1. Children of Virtue and Vengeance and Royal Holiday

2. Hoping to get through a few more so maybe Prosper's Demon

3. The range of genres and authors I've read this year

#weekendreads

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IndyHannaJones

Update: I got a book for Christmas!

I cannot remember what happens in the first one...

rachelm I don‘t remember either!! 1mo
IndyHannaJones I wonder of there's a recap online? 1mo
julesG Did you find a recap? Often Wikipedia has plot summaries. 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Christmas reading + puppy snuggles

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Copwithabook
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Thank you @Born.A.Reader for my #jolabokaflodswap gift! I squealed when I opened it! And I very proud of myself for being able to wait till today to open it!

Born.A.Reader @Copwithabook So glad you liked it! You don't know the debate I had with myself on which book to get you! I hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon That cover is gorgeous. 🎁🎄🍫 📚 Happy #Jolakabodflod 1mo
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SassyBookworm
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Loved this! Loved going back into this magical world with all the adventure and excitement! Picks up right where the first book left off and again the descriptions of each place are so vivid! The war between the Orisha and the Maji continues to rage on, as the story continues. But that ending! Ohhh I‘m dying for the next installment to come out! Such a fabulous book!

#SassyBookworm😏 #ChildrenofVirtueandVengence #YA #Libby

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jackilynn
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Good thing I am off of work for the next 15 days because looks like yet again all of my library holds came it at once.

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BridgetteM
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I won a free audio download of Children of Virtue and Vengeance from Macmillan Audio! 🥳🥳🥳 So happy to have won one of my most anticipated new books of the year.

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Preciouz29
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I can‘t even. This was not as good as book 1, but the ending has be dying to know what happens next.

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ness
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Books I added to my school‘s library today. #LibrariansofLitsy

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Caffeinated_Reader
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#126 this is the 2nd book in the series and I can‘t wait to see what the hell has been going on in this world. Also I love the under the dusk jacket signature on the book, the maps inside, and the special picture of Źelie inside is gorgeous! I love it already

megzlynn Awesome picture! 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader @megzlynn thank you ☺️ 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Sunday night reading

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dainarmb
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Y'all- Little Women is a sloooow read, and the second book of Tomi Adeyemi's series is begging to be read. What do I do?! #dilemma

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Carleneishere
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I totally forgot I had preordered this ages ago, so it was a fun surprise in my mailbox! Combined with the perfect hammock weather and the few hours of downtime between Christmas parties, it‘s a lovely afternoon

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: 1/5 Stars

DNFing at 155 pages.
When I saw the page count went down a good amount from book one that made me nervous.
With the book there was no real progression, but a lot of whining from characters and pointing fingers with bad judgements. I know there are supposed to be prejudices and finger pointing, but it is way too excessive to where it ruins the story and makes you roll your eyes a lot.
#bail #bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy

Laughterhp Interesting. Yours is the first review I‘ve seen of this book (I think). I‘m definitely hesitant to read the second book in this series. 1mo
The_Heeler_Booklife @Laughterhp the writing is good, but where it is constantly pointing fingers to someone each page it was ugh. Then, I guessed something about a character. I have read other reviews on goodreads and there are a good amount of people who were like horrible to meh. 1mo
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WomanistBibliophile I adored this one more than the first! Eager for the final instalment now! 1mo
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Mehso-so

Maybe I built up too much hype for this one, but I finished the book feeling disappointed. I found it repetitive and predictable. Over and over, certain characters made the wrong choices and the maji were tricked by the monarchy. For me, the ending felt abrupt and forced. I still enjoyed the book, but just found myself saying, “That‘s it?” at the end. #unpopularopinion #overhyped #disappointed #toniadeyemi #judgeabookbyitscover

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rachelsbrittain
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Some relaxing things and a new book to help me wind down after a stressful evening

ChasingOm Ooooh, I haven‘t seen that body wash! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @ChasingOm I hadn't seen it before either, but it smells heavenly 1mo
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decaturmamaof2
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So excited to start this!

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rethier1
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It‘s going to be one of those nights #cantstopwontstop

CaroPi Is a long time that I have that with a book.... 😕 2mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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🤩 Preordered this from the big A monster, didn't realize it was released yet, saw it at B+ N brought it home! Couldn't be helped!