The Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch

byRin Chupeco

Hardcover | March 7, 2017

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A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017!In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price? Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.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.Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
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. Connect with Rin at www.rinchupeco.com.
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Title:The Bone WitchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.39 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492635820

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So boring, DNF @ 40% What drew me to this book was the cover and the description of the book. Sadly, this did not give me any pleasure to read. It felt like a chore to read. Nothing happened. I did not feel anything for the characters at all who were very flat. I have no recollection of what this “world” was like. There wasn’t that much necromancy involved. The only portion of the book I liked was when she was on the beach talking to that guy about her past. But those parts were very small and took forever to get to. Judging by other reviews. I am not the only one who shares this opinion of the book. If you choose to read it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull and Boring I found this to be a very disappointing read. There is so much potential here and yet I wasn't at any point excited about reading this, dying to keep reading, or even all that inspired to pick it up. After thinking on this for a day I think I've identified why. The world building is spectacular in this book with a magical system that is intricate and well thought-out. However, the reality is that world building is not enough. Even with moderately interesting characters like Prince Kance and Kalen I still just didn't care enough about anyone to be concerned about their safety or destiny. Rin Chupeco gets too caught up in indulging herself and info dumping about her world. This is not the Silmarillion. I don't need, or even want, to read every detail of every ingredient in a tincture, step in a dance, or history lesson or story that isn't even relevant to the current politics! Or if you're going to write out a fable or story within the realm then make that story really, really good. There are two amazing examples of this being done well in fantasy literature: Suzanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (with crazy story footnotes) or Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest. These books incorporate the lore and history of their worlds so well that you almost care more about the mini stories told than the larger story! Additionally there is little to no actual chemistry between anyone in this book. Be it a friend, mentor, teacher, or possible love interest. Our lead gal, Tea, doesn't seem to connect with anyone, not even her own brother that she says many times she loves and yet I never really felt it. The format of the book is interesting and I did enjoy the snippets of Tea 'today' in the quick page or two break-ups to the main story of Tea as a novice asha. And yet, by the end of the book we have learned NOTHING more to really connect the Tea we get to know as a novice and the Tea in her 'current state'. Additionally the ending is soooo disappointing. There is clearly a HUGE chunk of the story left out. Which would be fine if at least the story I had written to that point had some sort of plot or intrigue. Even the so-called love interests (if you can even call them that) are dull and Tea has almost no actual ability to connect with them. It's really odd because all the right elements seem to be in this book but it's just not compelling. I just can't get excited about any of it and ultimately I became bored and looking forward to the next book I was going to read. I almost DNF'd this one. However, all that said, and even in spite of my boredom, there is a spark of interest at the end of the book. This tiny spark means I would actually consider trying to read book 2. Because I think there is potential here. In the meantime really hope someone is mentoring Chupeco on how to write more compelling characters and stories. Plot is important, please give me some! And let's face it, this is a young adult book, if you are going to have love interests then don't just make them a passing blip on the radar. Let's get them involved a bit more! I appreciate that there is no insta-love and the eluded to love triangle didn't seem to happen (though still could in future books); and yet I just wanted something more. I believe this book, in the hands of a different writer could be sensational. But Chupeco is missing that 'something' that gives writers like Mass and Meyer an edge over other young adult writers. I hope she can find it before book 2 is released. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful This book was absolutely horribly awful, no action, nothing happens, waste of time and money. Worst book i've read in years. I didn't even finish it.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bone Witch - The first to a series with potential. 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you like dark high fantasy then The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco should be the next book you pick up. The magic system is what makes it dark, with one of the two narrators, Tea, being able to bring back the deceased. There’s a part with some rats, so you have been warned. But just because she has this fantastical ability, doesn’t mean she’s accepted by either non-magic or asha’s (other magical folk). I may sound like a broken record but I enjoyed the lack of romance in this YA book. While Tea did have a love interest in Prince Kance, it wasn’t as developed in this first book, with only a dinner happening between the two. Furthermore, the relationships explored between Tea and her brother Fox, and Tea and her mentor Mekayla. And can we just gawk about the cover for a second?! I think what I disliked most about this book was the fact that I chose to listen to it on audiobook. Yes, my method of listening to the first book in a fantasy series has finally failed me. The narrator of Tea just made the character came across as so whinny that on more than one occasion I found myself knee deep in eye rolls. Looking back through certain passages, that really got on my last nerve, I found myself reading them in a different less obnoxious way. Also, the man narrating from what I can tell is a yet unknown character was rather monotoned in his rendition. Even with this issue I think I am going to continue with the series. I feel this book really set the ground work for an epic fantasy, and as such was slower because of it being the first. Second, that ending has me intrigued enough to pick up The Heart Forger when it is published in March 2018. There is potential.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco I will be brief. This book has already taken up too much of my time.•Nothing happens -and since I surely have said that before in relation to other books, let me repeat it: nothing happens. Because only now I understand that all the times that I've written these very two words before, I didn't really mean them. Never have I felt such nothingness from a plot like I did from The Bone Witch's. And what's worse, I've read a couple of reviews according to which the second half is even slower. I don't even think that's humanly possible, but I'm not as crazy as to put that to the test.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Witches, Necromancy, Elemental Magic, Beasts, and War Thoughts: I don’t know what happened. Above, I included buzz words from the synopsis that caught my interest. Based on those I couldn’t imagine not loving this book. Unfortunately, the unimaginable happened. The beginning had real promise, the action was on right from the start and the atmosphere was palpable. Tea, the main character, accidentally raises her brother from the dead and a bone witch appears, almost instantly, to take her away and train her. I was so excited for the adventure and necromancy and beasts, that I couldn’t wait for their journey to start!!! Instead, Tea in indentured to a house where she does chores and learns to dance and entertain. At this point I was getting some serious Memoirs of a Geisha feels. Indentured to a house sort of against her will? Check. Expected to serve all those above her station and do a bunch of chores? Check. Gets in trouble when she stumbles into the other asha’s petty games? Check. Elaborate dresses that are uniquely designed for each girl? Check! I loved Memoirs of a Geisha but I found the similarities off-putting because I wanted beasts and necromancy, not dresses and dancing. And speaking of those elaborate dresses, the descriptions in this book were… comprehensive, that’s the kindest way I could put it. It was too much, and not just when it came to the dresses but everything! I love a well-built world but there was too much flourish and not enough substance. Where did the plot go? Where did the action go? I don’t care about the color of the stitching on a dress just raise something from the dead already! I also never connected with the characters, everyone was likable but that was all. The dual timeline didn’t help. I’m not a fan of them to begin with, and this one left me feeling jarred and disconnected everytime it switched. Overall, I can’t say I enjoyed this book. It had some great potential and the writing was beautiful even if it was over the top, but for me, it fell very short of the mark. I think if the book had been marketed differently – if I hadn’t been expecting dark magic and beasts rising from the dead, I wouldn’t have felt so let down.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Phenomenal premise and style I love the premise of this book: accidentally raising your brother from the dead, and discovering you're a powerful and often shunned witch. I also loved the future Tea's narration between chapters; it reminds me of the style of Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind. I'll admit I got a bit tired of the formal traditions in learning how to be an asha-ka (i.e. NO ONE CARES ABOUT DANCING), but overall this was a pretty good read. I am, to say the least, VERY intrigued as to what is going to happen with future Tea.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick up this book! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee I absolutely adored the unique and creative world building that Chupeco presents in The Bone Witch. In her fantastical land, each inhabitant is provided with a heart-glass necklace when they become of age. These necklaces are unique to the individual. They can be traded between lovers, can aid towards determining illness, and can also display emotions. Our main character, Tea, also speaks out against gender inequality in saying that she believes both sexes should have equal job opportunity, and that men should be allowed to dance without fear of judgment if they so choose. Personally, I believe that this novel should have been released as adult fantasy, as there are many descriptive passages and long training sessions that may bore the average teen. A perfect read for anyone who enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha, as Tea is basically a magical Geisha training to control her abilities and entertain powerful members of society. I cannot wait for the second installment!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had a hard time with it halfway through but it was a good story. The beginning was very strong, unique and dark and I was very excited to read it. Even the way it was written was very cool to me. Everything started out very promising. I hate to say it but almost half way through, I just had a hard time with it.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Intro I thought this book was a great way to introduce us into the world. I love the magic system, I've always loved books about necromancy. I can't wait to read the rest of the series so we can get to the really good stuff. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I was given this ARC by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Like a well-crafted chocolate truffle, melting in one’s mouth, some stories are just as beautifully created. The Bone Witch is a wonderful story about magic, betrayal, love and fate. I have to warn any reader, though, this book starts out very slow, which can be a bit of a turn off for most since it takes about 20% for the story to fully begin and capture the reader. The plot is intriguing. As slow as it begins, the plot is mysterious enough to keep me motivated to continue, mostly because of the prologues that accompany each chapter. The slow narration of the protagonist’s life and her metamorphosis from a simple village girl into the bone witch, and the political and social implications as well as the burdens that come with becoming what she was meant to be are a great foundation for beautiful storytelling. The narration was well chosen for this type of story. Written in the first person point of view, it provides the reader with a level of insight and knowledge into the protagonist’s life that was extremely beneficial to the overall beauty of the story. The characters were created very well, with great depths and multidimensional personalities that enriched the story tremendously. I enjoyed both the main and secondary characters equally. The dry humour and wit shown by all and the mysterious male interest make for a great mix. The writing was captivating. Before I knew it, I was flying through half the book without knowing it. It flowed effortlessly. Overall, I read a few reviews that voiced their displeasure about this story, which I could not really see while reading it myself. It was a great story, great world building and a perfect set up for the second installment, which cannot come soon enough. I would recommend it to anyone, who enjoys mystery, magic, fantasy and a strong female lead.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A potentially revolutionary way to redefine the novel as an art form. For Those Who Enjoyed: Uprooted, The Grisha, Six of Crows, Lord of the Rings, Sabriel, Interview with a Vampire, Memoirs of a Geisha I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I feel a little bit like I’ve been robbed of a five-star experience. Everything about this on the surface screams like a book I would love. It’s got a great title, a beautiful cover, a cool dark premise, and gorgeous aesthetics. It’s one of those stories that could have been the perfect book if there was more action. Since it doesn’t, it reads like many first novels in a series do: introduce the world building and characters. I’m prepared to tentatively let it slide when I know first novels aren’t always the best novels when it comes to series. If the next book gets more into the nitty gritty battle sequences, I’m on board. We’ll just have to wait and see… What this book does do really well, however, is give you an immersive, ornately curated experience. It’s like walking through a beautifully curated museum exhibit, full of intricate details that draw out hints of the past and tell a story about the wealth of a culture. There’s this very carefully put together array of Japanese-inspired wardrobes and culture and I feel very much like I’m opening a window into the history of this magical, mythical place. Every robe is intricately detailed and every tradition entwined in becoming a bone witch is extremely rich.Yet ultimately it’s too detached from what truly happened with time that we just don’t get the meat of the story. There’s no knitty-gritty action or juicy details. It is beautiful and full of life, but because it’s nothing but an exhibit behind glass, you don’t get the full story of what made these people tick. Everything’s already been long lost to legends of the past. Without a doubt, this book is beautifully written. If anything, Chupeco prioritises aesthetic over plot and in this way, it succeeds far more as a work of art than as a novel. And maybe that’s not so bad. Maybe The Bone Witch is ushering in a new definition of what a novel can be. All I know is, I had a really nice time at the museum.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Storytelling The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is a captivating start to a new, dark fantasy series for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, set to release on March 7th, 2017. (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco from SOURCEBOOKS Fire, in exchange for an honest review). The Bone Witch had a slow, somewhat confusing start, but quickly picked up and drew the reader in as Tea’s adventure continued. I enjoyed the storytelling vibe Chupeco infused into The Bone Witch was very intriguing and made for a refreshing read. Quite frequently, Chupeco switched to a different first person perspective, in the future (signified by italics), wherein Tea had grown up quite a bit, and undergone several clearly traumatic (undisclosed) events. These smaller passages occurred over a limited period of time, and served to show the reader where the story was going. In the main timeline, the story was told by Tea herself, but when mixed with the future timeline, the reader was made to feel as though they were listening to Tea tell a story, rather than reading a typical narrative. Furthermore,Tea’s character was very enjoyable. She began confused and scared, but strong in her spirit and with her morals. Too often, authors have characters change personalities, mistaking this extreme shift as “character development”. Throughout The Bone Witch Tea remained confused, sometimes scared by her power, and unwavering in her motivations, but Chupeco still grew Tea as a character, having her slowly work her way to confidence. While I enjoyed the storytelling vibe Chupeco infused into The Bone Witch (the reasons for which I outlined above), I also found that the structure lent itself to making the book feel like an exceptionally long prologue to another story. Nothing much really happened in The Bone Witch – yes, there were several very exciting segments, with Tea raising the dead and clandestine politics and even a dash of romance – but there was no one instance I would identify as a major climax. At the end of the book, I felt like I was still waiting for the ball to drop. I also did not enjoy the very, very sexist asha society, that almost nobody seems to have a problem with (Tea and some of her friends excepted). Only women can be asha’s; men either do not have powers, or join the army as Deathseekers. Women, once inducted into the society of the asha’s, live in a cloistered community, where they must learn not only how to control their magic, but must entertain powerful men with their beauty, grace and refined knowledge of society. Therefore, instead of creating an empowering role for women, Chupeco launched the asha’s into a wholly subservient role, wherein their beauty, charms and manners are almost, if not more, important than their abilities. (NOTE: Chupeco slightly undermines her own sexist society through Tea’s rebellion, and some other, mostly underhand, comments regarding the asha and the structure of the society she has been launched into. Tea, as a strong female character, challenges the role of women, and I hope to see more of this aspect of her crusade as the series progresses.) Overall, The Bone Witch was an engaging story that certainly lived up to its potential. The storytelling was absolutely breath-taking and enthralling, drawing the reader in almost immediately, and keeping them hanging on until the last word. Unfortunately, a lack of a true climax detracted from the tale, as did the overtly sexist portrayal of women. Despite these negatives, the positives – Tea, the prowess of Chupeco’s storytelling, and the vibrancy of the world she built – far outdid the negatives, and I will be eagerly awaiting most of this tale! (4/5)
Date published: 2017-01-26