Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{Blog Tour} The Bone Witch (#1) - Rin Chupeco (Review & Giveaway)

The Bone Witch (#1)
by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer. 

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.


This book follows Tea as she learns she is a bone witch and very powerful.  There aren't many bone witches and they don't have the best reputation in all of the towns.  Tea must now leave her hometown to learn how to handle her powers.  Although while she heads to the location of her training everything might not be what she is expecting.   Tea needs to learn a lot about her power as well as politics and expectations quickly in her new role.

Tea is a very interesting character.  I think she has a lot of potential to be a great character, but she has some flaws.   We get to learn how strong she is with her powers throughout her training.  I also enjoy that we get to hear what is going on in her head a lot during the book.  Tea has a lot of growing up to do since she is so young and still working on her training.  I would have loved to get more from Tea on her feelings during the book she had a lot of insight that was interesting when reading and I would have loved more.

The author does a great job describing what is going on with the characters as well as the scenery.   I felt like I could picture what was going on in the book as well as what the characters where wearing.  The daeva beasts where also described in great detail and I felt like they could be real.  The author has a great eye for details.

My major issue was there is so much information given to the reader at one point it makes it very challenging to follow along in the story.   I felt confused and having to reread multiple sections of the book to figure out what is going on.   Also, the book flips back and forth to current time and sometimes those sections are even more confusing because they are talking about things that might not have happened yet in the story.

My other issues where in the story itself; at points it felt very fast paced and then at parts the author went into great detail and it was just easier to read.   Towards the end there where some sections I wasn't 100% sure why they were in the book.  The pacing just didn't work for me in this book.

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  It was a little challenging for me to follow along so I needed more brain power to get through this book.  I read a little a night and just felt tired having to go back and forth.

I received this book from the Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 3/5

Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel. 

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  1. Wow this book sounds very descriptive, which is what I like in my fantasies!! Sorry you weren't 100% in love with it-- maybe as the series goes on the pacing will even out?? Anyway, great review and thanks for being on the tour!!!

    1. I am hoping it evens out in the series it just felt incomplete after I finished the book. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about this book! I love the diversity. But info-dumps can be so annoying! I also heard that it feels like this book is leading up to something and then doesn't go anywhere - which means it sets up for book two to be some sort of epic thing? Could be because of the pacing. In any case, I'm glad you didn't totally dislike this book! Great review, Kristyn!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. That is exactly the issue it felt like a big setup, but then nothing really happened. I think it has a lot of potential and the writing was great so I hope the second book is even better! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Sorry not everything worked for you for the book. The pacing would bother me too. Love that cover though! Great review!!

    1. Yea it just didn't fully come together. I do love the cover! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. The premise of this sounds so interesting, and I really like the idea of it not being told linearly. The info-dumps would drive me crazy though! And I hate having to re-read sections when they don't make sense - it pulls me right out of the story!

    1. Yes the premise does sound interesting and I think a second book in the series could be great! Yes it pulls me right out to when I need to re-read parts! thank you for stopping by!


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