Blood Scion (ARC Review)
This was so perfect-
This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created.
Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods.
Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within.
Sloane rises through the ranks and gains strength but, in doing so, risks something greater: losing herself entirely, and becoming the very monster that she ahbors.
Following one girl’s journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, this deeply felt and emotionally charged debut from Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Daughter of Smoke and Bone that will utterly thrill and capture readers.
Details of the book:
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Harperteen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Mythology, War, Cultural
If you tore out my heart, it would feel just like this.
When someone talks about near perfection, you normally think, 'OH, they mean those dreams about owning a bookstore and having a unicorn as a BFF'. Well, for me (it's definitely that, but also-) it's this book. I say near perfection because if I say this is perfect, other books I've said the same about will band together and make away with my fantastic yet deadish looking cadaver.
This book deserves to be hyped.
Let's begin with that.
It deserves the love, and the freaking out rants, the late night spewls, the grunting sounds of pain, the red eyes, the gasps-all of it! Frankly, I still can't believe I haven't seen more people begging for ARCS.
-People striving to break out of slavery
-Girl whose power is as vicious as it is beautiful.
-A FREAKING ROMANCE THAT GAVE ME LIFE-
(even though it wasn't the focus of the story, but I don't care- it was amazing)
SO really.... why aren't more people adding the book-
Before I write a whole essay about why you should undoubtedly give this book permission to tear out your soul and play badminton with it, I'll write a quick overview of the things that left me at the side of the road, crying out for divine help.
Was the help delivered?
I need to start with how savage the world was. This section includes what I think of the worldbuilding and pace (basically me trying to organize my thoughts from weeks ago, when I *actually* read the book). There's angst, the complexity of how gritty everything seemed to be. The ambience of the story came with the scent of a storm brewing, it warned of impending disaster, possible destruction and yet, I was entranced with it. Of course, it had flaws, but they were not what I focused on. My eyes were steady on the action, the powers and how everything just... clicked. You know? The pace was incredibly fast, the kind of fast that I crave. Not the one that feels rushed or that one that missed the whole point since the beginning, but the sort of pacing that captures you from the get go.
And I really,
REALLY liked it. *giggles half way to death*
*she cannot die until she has read the second book*
The twists and action scenes were flipping delicious. Imagine being served a plate full of steak, mashed potatoes, mouth watering gravy- and then told to eat a little every minute. Not eat it all, just bit by bit. It's torturous, is it not? But you end up eating every crumb, every residue. Because it's just THAT good. I really wished we had been blessed with more training scenes, but you never know, maybe the second book will have that gift-
*screams into pillow of how unfair life is*
*continues living said life*
Also, don't even get me started on the plot twists.
I hate you with my very being.
But I don't-
Give me the second book please-
Then we jump onto the writing. Excuse me??? How is this a debut novel??? With that writing??? That's illegal???
No, really, it is. You stole the words I never knew I needed to say straight out of my brain sometimes. And I love you for it (me pretending I'm talking to the book like that's normal- is it not??) Have you ever read a book where the writing kind of makes you stare at the wall for a few seconds while saying 'Holyyyyyy crappppp', because it just hits that hard? This is one of those books.
And it hurts.
But it's the good kind. (me justifying why I like literal red flags-)
The characters can run me over, throw me off a forest trail, snap my bones, destroy my life- and I would ask them how much money` I owe them for that blessing.
Aggressive, but absolutely true.
The MC is my soulmate. It had to be said. In fantasy/ dystopian/ mythological books, the MC is most of the time that one snowflake that is the only one able to do a certain skill, the difference with this MC is that she failed. She failed, and tried and failed. Her frustration went unheeded, agony unheard of, screams ignored, frankly I LOVE when characters are built like that. Not just become the best of the best in 10 chapters. It's difficult to become even decent at something you haven't practiced in a while, and it showed in this story. I loved the raw honesty, the sassy moments and most of all, how all the characters lost a part of themselves. Because it made the story REAL. How would you go into a war that you were forced into, scared and alone, and not sacrifice a part of yourself by the end of it? Who wouldn't become a monster?
Now, the rest of the characters would be spoilers, so the only thing I would blatantly admit is that this book made me feel for a character that was in the story for two pages.
AND THEN THEY DIED-
Everything is okay.
No, it is not, but we'll cut off some extremities and make it okay.
A special shout out to the romance, lads and gents! A round of bloody applause for the trope that made my heart beat out of rhythm for a week. And freaking donkey on a pole, it made that whole week a blessing.
Like come, on. This?
"You hate me,
Show me how much"
*Booksy is disconnected from life at the moment, dial 348- KILL A PIGEON to revive her*
(I have a battle with those blood suckers-)
(Seriously, I want to electrocute them)
(With human teeth)
(I don't know how, but I will.)
I AM TRYING TO BREATHE, OKAY? I. AM. TRYING.
On a closing note, before I really decide to dedicate a complete thesis to this book. I strongly encourage you to scream out of the window for at least five minutes, so your voice is all hoarse and pained, so you can feel like I do. And want to feel it again because you just let out all the frustrations and worries in that agonizing scream, that's me with this book. The plot is an intricate delicacy, the storyline is capturing a scenic picture of a blood filled path where the characters might suffer and might die, but there's always going to be a speck of hope.
Like me hoping to get a sudden email from the author asking me to read the second book ahead of everyone-
*chokes on toilet paper*
~👑Special thanks to Netgalley and the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!👑~
Every thrilling scene was written perfectly.
I didn't understand half of the worldbuilding and I would still die for it.
The man in this book owns me.
The characters are bloody fantastic.
That moment when the MC finally started coming to terms with who she was- LIKE YES QUEEN, MURDER THEM ALL-