Shelf Control #1 & This Week in Books 05/09/18


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.


Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

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’ve been following Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies for a while now, her blog is one of my favourites, so I thought it was about time I joined in with her weekly feature – especially as I have so many books on my shelves waiting to be read!

Something I discovered last year when reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ is that I really enjoy novels set in Nigeria and I’d like to continue to read more books with an African setting. It’s a continent I don’t know enough about.

2018 has become the year in which I dove back into the wonderful world of high fantasy and Children of Blood and Bone has everywhere this year. I’m keen to read more high fantasy inspired by Africa and Asia rather than all of the European inspired fantasy I’m familiar with and this one has been at the top of my list all year. I’ve owned a copy since it was released, but I still haven’t got to it yet.

I’m wary of the hype monster, so I can’t deny I’m nervous that I might be the one person in the whole blogosphere who doesn’t like this book and I really want to love it. There’s only one way to find out if I will, though, so I need to get to it! Hopefully I’ll manage to cross it off my TBR in September, but I am on a bit of an urban fantasy kick right now.

Are there any books you’re hesitating to read because of the hype?


This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!



My lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change bought me a copy of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman a couple of years ago and I’m only just getting to it because I’m a terrible person. I’m trying to make a dent in all the unread books I have on my shelves and I know Natalie loves this series so I want to try it, too. It’s interesting so far, and I’m hoping to love this one because the second book in this series is set in an alternate Venice which is everything I want.


Last night I finished Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire and I enjoyed it! I’ve been on a bit of an urban fantasy kick lately since finishing the Parasol Protectorate series last month, and I can’t wait to continue with this series.


I’m very excited to listen to more audiobooks now that I’ve figured out how to listen to them in my car (I’m such a gran), and I picked up a copy of Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell recently when I found it for just £2.99 on Audible. I remember borrowing this book from the library years ago because I loved the idea of a fantasy Three Musketeers (that isn’t what this book claims to be, but it’s giving me those kind of vibes) and I couldn’t get into it. I’ve heard great things about this series, though, and I liked the narrator so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one!

What are you reading right now?

6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #1 & This Week in Books 05/09/18

  1. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the nice words!!! I have to read Children of Blood and Bone too. I picked up a copy to take with me on vacation this summer, and while the book traveled overseas and back with me, I didn’t actually get around to staring. 🙂 I’ve heard such good things, though — can’t wait to give it a try. I’m so glad you enjoyed Rosemary and Rue! I binged the entire series this year, and can honestly say that it gets better and better and better as it moves along. Toby has quickly become an absolute favorite!

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  2. Jessie says:

    I’m a bit wary of the hype surrounding Children of Blood and Bone as well, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Like you, I also loved Stay with Me and want to read more books set in Nigeria and Africa in general. Happy reading!

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  3. redgypsophila says:

    I actually just finished The Invisible Library! I started reading it when it first came out but couldn’t get past the first chapter (Not the books fault. I was busy). Definitely glad I picked it up again. There’s a lot of promise in this series so I’m looking forward to its sequels.

    Also, if you’re interested in books set in Nigeria (Children of Blood and Bone is on my TBR too), I suggest Akata Witch and Akata Warrior. It’s written for younger audiences and the protagonist is only 12, but it takes place in Nigeria and has such an unique take on magic that it’s worth a read. Apparently people have been calling it the “Nigerian Harry Potter”.

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Oh hooray, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it enough to want to continue with the series!

      Yes, I need to get to that one! I really want to read Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, too. To be honest I want to read more of Okorafor’s work in general because so far I’ve only read her first Binti novellas and I haven’t loved them, so I’d like to try her longer work. 😀


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