Monday, March 4, 2019

REVIEW: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco - 4 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Title: The Bone Witch
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: March 7th 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading Format: Provided ARC/Owned Hardback

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is the story of Tea and how her life completely changed when she found out she is an Asha. She has to come to terms with a lot of things and she could end up being the one thing that can stand up to incoming danger.

When Tea was a young girl, around fifteen, she finds out that she is an Asha, essentially a witch. There are a few types of Asha but, unfortunately, Tea finds out that she is a Bone Witch, the most feared, hated and misunderstood type of Asha there is. It also happens to be the most powerful. How did Tea find out that she is a Bone Witch? Oh, you know, she just accidentally brought her brother, Fox, back from the dead. No big deal, right?

So because Bone Witches are feared and hated, Tea must leave her home and apprentice under Lady Mykaela. She is taught how to read heart glasses to tell what sickness a person has, how to heal and how to destroyed dangerous creatures that plague her world. Even with all the good that Bone Witches do, especially protecting people, they are still looked at as evil, horrible abominations. You just can’t please people even if you save lives. 

The entire time I was reading this book a lot of the scenes and aspects kept reminding me of Memoirs of a Geisha. This book has a TON of description, world building and backstory so be prepared for that if you decide to read this trilogy. We spend the entire book going back and forth between 15-year-old Tea and 17-year-old Tea so we are given a lot of information. I won't lie, it took me about three tries to finally be able to sit down and read this book without feeling the need to switch to another book. It is not because this book is bad, it's actually quite good, but I was just not in the mood for this type of read.

In the end, I am so glad I was finally able to sit down and comprehend everything that was happening in this book. It was such a rich story with an interesting plot-line and fun characters. Most of the book is, as stated above, world building and backstory but once you get closer to the end everything starts making a lot more sense. I will be diving in to book two right away.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.


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