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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Synopsis:


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.

Review:

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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

{Blog Tour} Seven Days of You - Cecilia Vinesse (Review)


Seven Days of You
by Cecilia Vinesse
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Review: 
This book follows Sophia as she has a week left in Tokyo before she moves to New Jersey.  Sophia is trying to figure out how to say goodbye to her friends since she believes she will never made any again.  Sophia wants to put off moving as long as possible.  Sophia is also trying to figure out her relationships with her friends before she moves and see what true friendship means. 

The author did a great job with all the descriptions of Tokyo  I felt like I was there with the characters when they were out in the city.  The descriptions really helped to create a vivid picture of what was going on during the book.


Sophia was a very well developed character.  The author takes her time to explore Sophia's personality as well as getting her to admit to her true feelings.  At first it feels like she is holding some things back, but as the story continues we really get a much larger picture of Sophia. 

The book has a very fast paced feel since timing is involved.  It was easy to get sucked into the book and want to read more.   I loved that the author was able to develop all of the side characters as well in the book.  I enjoyed reading about Mika and Sophia's friendship. 

My one complaint is some of the characters come into the book quickly and with limited background.  The author does explain everything as the stories continues but I would have liked to get more details right when someone is entered into the story.  I felt like it was a little hard to follow at first.

I would suggest this as a weekend read it was very fast paced and a quick read.  It would be the perfect book to sit down in front of fireplace and read for the day!


About the Author: 

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PI was born in France but then moved to Japan. And then to the States. And then back to Japan. And then back to the States. When I was 18, I moved to New York where I was homesick for nearly seven years. After that, I got a job in a cold, snowy city in northern Japan and, from there, I headed to Scotland where I got my master's in creative writing and lived off tea, writer tears, and Hobnobs.

I still live in the U.K. and spend most of my time writing, reading, baking, and getting emotional over Tori Amos albums. Hobbies include pretending Buffy the Vampire Slayer is real, collecting a lipstick to match every Skittle flavor, and listening to a thousand podcasts a day.


A pup named Malfi and a Renaissancist named Rachel are my favorite things in the world. That, and books. I should probably mention the books again.


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