Hello Fellow Readers,

As you may know, I came back to blogging after a short break. I took the time to go through a brainstorming session, and I had a couple of ideas I wanted to try and bring into this blog during the next couple of months. So here I am, with this new post: Let’s Judge A Book By Its Cover. For each post, I will present a book and a couple of different covers from around the world. I will also offer a few comments and tell you why you should pick this book.

Also, I want to clarify that this kind of post is not meant to be in any way “judgemental” against any cover, but simply another way to promote and recommend books.

Today’s pick is 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. 

Covers from around the world:

Slovak cover:

Indonesian cover:

Serbian cover:

I personally love the Indonesian cover with the big white tiger (but I don’t recall seeing a white tiger in this story?). Here are three reasons to read this book just because of its cover:

  • Because when I look at the Slovak cover, I can’t help but think we need more black characters on book covers.
  • Because look at all those little details in the US/UK cover – the drawings on the forehead, the texture of the hairbands, the white hair and the eyes already convinced me I am going to meet a badass main character.
  • Because soon this book is going to be a TV-show and you don’t want to miss this brilliant fantasy story based on Nigerian/West African mythology and history, and it’s so worth it.

Have you read this book?

Which cover do you prefer?