Hello, book lovers! 💕
The following is 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.
I listened to this primarily on audiobook, though I did flip back and forth between listening and reading the physical version. And I mainly picked it up because I had it on my Tome Topple TBR, so I really wanted to get to it. And being that it was not only a long book, but also a fantasy, I figured listening to it on audiobook would make getting through it easier. And essentially it did, but something about my reading experience had me feel like I was only grasping it at a surface level. I had trouble following along at some points, and while I ultimately enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
I think one of the issues I had might have been with the audiobook’s narrator. While Bahni Turpin was the same narrator as The Hate U Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (both of which I absolutely adored listening to), I couldn’t fully understand everything that she was saying as she read. There were a lot of different words that I was unfamiliar with since it was fantasy, and on top of the thick accent that Turpin used, it made it hard to follow sometimes.
I want to clarify that just because I gave this a three star doesn’t mean I hated this book. I enjoyed it, just not at the level of a four or five star book. As I said, I didn’t feel as connected to the characters or the story as I wanted to. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it at all. Also, just because I didn’t necessarily enjoy the audiobook doesn’t mean that someone else won’t either.
I do want to try to read it again at some point in hopes that it would help me wrap my head around the whole story. Then maybe I’ll be able to grasp some of the plot points that I might have missed during the first read.
Did you read this book? Did you have the same reading experience that I did? Or one that was completely different? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!