Audiobook Review: Blood at the Root by LaDarrion Williams

Posted June 18, 2024 by Richetta in #ownvoices, Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Audiobook Review: Blood at the Root by LaDarrion WilliamsBlood at the Root by LaDarrion Williams
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 7, 2024
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
Pages: 432
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Turn the Page Tours and the Publisher
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A teenager on the run from his past finds the family he never knew existed and the community he never knew he needed at an HBCU for the young, Black, and magical. Enroll in this fresh fantasy debut unlike anything you've seen before.

Ten years ago, Malik's life changed forever the night his mother mysteriously vanished and he discovered he had uncontrollable powers. Since then, he has kept his abilities hidden, looking out for himself and his younger foster brother, Taye. Now, at 17, Malik is finally ready to start a new life for both of them, far from the trauma of his past. However, a daring act to rescue Taye reveals an unexpected connection with his long-lost grandmother: a legendary conjurer with ties to a hidden magical university that Malik’s mother attended.

At Caiman University, Malik’s eyes are opened to a future he never could have envisioned for himself— one that includes the reappearance of his first love, Alexis. His search for answers about his heritage, his powers, and what really happened to his mother exposes the cracks in their magical community as it faces a reawakened evil dating back to the Haitian Revolution. Together with Alexis, Malik discovers a lot beneath the surface at Caiman: feuding covens and magical politics, forbidden knowledge and buried mysteries.

In a wholly unique saga of family, history and community, Malik must embrace his legacy to save what's left of his old family as well as his new one. Exploring the roots and secrets that connect us in an unforgettable contemporary setting, this heart-pounding fantasy series opener is a rich tapestry of atmosphere, intrigue, and emotion.

Let the Black Boy Magic commence…

If you are an audiobook reader, then I highly recommend getting this book! The narrator is amazing! He acted is butt off! I’m talking about accents, nuanced voice changes, other characters male and female, even acting like he had cereal in his mouth when the MC was eating breakfast and talking to someone! Not only that, but there are sound effects too! My big hope is that he comes back to narrate books 2 and 3 too!

Blood at the Root is a 5-Star for me. #BlackBoyMagic for the win!

The teen slang makes it super relevant to today’s generation of teen readers. I hope it will hold over time, because I want this book to last a lonnnnnngggg time for many young men to come. I mean when I finished this book, heck when I was halfway through it, I just wanted to get a whole box of books and start book talking it around my school district to young men. I’ve already been elevator pitching it to everyone I talk too. Malik is a character that talks like them, expresses his feelings, and has some wild magical powers. 

We’ve got magical representation for the fellas (finally!), Black history, Haitian history, magic, dark academia, lost family, romance, LGBTQIA+ representation and mystery. 

And that ending…I’m ready for Book #2. Just let me know the date and time. 

I need Netflix or a movie company to come make Blood at the Root a movie or TV series or something! (And I’m not gonna lie, I’d put in a special request for some crossover dark academia episodes with Bree from Legendborn, and Quell from House of Marionne now that we have an official magic King on the scene.)

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