Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. 
Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. 

But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. 
But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

I think the cover art is what really what inspired me to request this book on Netgalley. Its flawless, its beautiful its imagery evokes an emotion that unfortunately isn't as fully captured by the author herself. For a girl who is in such a delicate high tension situation and position of change I think I expected a more extreme journey emotionally than was explored. Tea felt like she just went through the motions without ever really engaging in anything. Everything that takes place just sort of happens
The Bone Witch has so much amazing potential to be this extraordinary story only to kind of fizzle out from the intro of the book. I wanted so much to get a deeper exploration of its many different "races" its different forms of witches and their abilities, the thing that really makes them so different and why Tea stands out among all of them so much. 
I liked Chupeco's tone and voice which is unique from many other authors that I've read I only wish that the author had the confidence to really embrace it and go big however it felt as if she may have either held back or didn't quite have the confidence to really reach for it. But there were times that things got a little long in description, interaction and so on. 
I still believe this is a great book yet I feel that it could use some extra attention going further in depth in areas that were less explored that felt really could have brought The Bone Witch to life while trimming off other areas that were a little too fat on unnecessary detail that dragged out scenes that weren't entirely needed or didn't quite express the emotion it needed to make its readers feel anything.
I'm intrigued by Chupeco's writing and I hope that the second book that will follow this installment will really grasp the emotional and developmental gaps that were left in this one.


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