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The Bone Witch

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How was this so fucking good? How. 
Necromancer geishas with Japanese/Russian/Indian cultural blend. Fabulous.

I can’t stop thinking about this series, or talking about this series. It’s consuming my mind. Rin Chupeco is a new auto buy author for me. 

The dual timelines of Tea as a young Asha, in comparison to her now being a bad ass Bone Witch is stellar. I love that we’re getting the chance to see her all of these important moments that lead up to her essentially being the villain of her own story, somewhat willingly. Even though a lot of the book is passive, the characters are so engaging and lively it seems to breath more than other stories. 

I absolutely adore this series.  10/10 for anyone looking for masterful fantasy with multi cultural magic systems. Oh and the nuanced exploration of gender not just for characters, but within and actual magic hierarchy that is relevant to the actual story, damn. Fantastic!
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Not my favorite YA fantasy, although I did have high hopes. I’ll likely read more from this author but was a bit let down by the execution of this story.
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The Bone Witch has such a gorgeous cover! 

I love the story of Tea and how she's on a journey to become an asha. My favouryie parts are of her relationship with her brother, Fox, who she accidentally raised from the dead using necromancy and made gim her familiar in he process. Their closeness is felt throughout the book. 

I enjoyed tat this book was the "setup" book which is obvious as it's a series and I think this book was the build up to the action I'm hoping we'll see in the rest of the books. The story wad a bit ow and dragging at times, but i think the main reasons are because of how descriptive the author or gets with everything and creating the world for the series. 

I'm curious to see what will happen in the rest of the series so I'll be sure to check those out soon.
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A fascinating world, interesting characters, tropes that I enjoy - not much else to say! Some of the jumps between the story itself and the future storytelling are a bit…awkward, but other than that, I don’t have any reservations about recommending this as an interesting YA intro to a series.
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Really enjoyed this one! It had a slow start for me, but the pay off was great! I really enjoyed the writing style and will be reading other books by the author as well as the rest of this trilogy!
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Such a strong premise but a lackluster execution. It lagged where it should have been fast-paced (her training) and bypassed what it should have lingered (action/fight scenes).
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This book was a delightful mix of The Name of The Wind and Memoirs of a Geisha, but instead of telling the story of a famous, powerful hero, it seems we have a villain. We follow Tea, a scorned witch who tells a stranger how she came to be on an isolated beach resurrecting demons - how her magic was discovered as she resurrected her older brother who was killed on the battlefront, her training, and how she was ever scorned and feared by other witches and ordinary people, the mysteries surrounding the dark forces looming on the horizon, the boy she loved... - all while wondering: is she really that evil? And how did the naive, hopeful girl we see beginning her journey, become the sad, vengeful witch we find on that lonely, bone streaked beach? 

This first book covers the beginning of Tea's journey, while also hitting at darker times to come later on. The writing is engaging and it's very easy to like and relate to the characters, especially our MC. The side characters are also very funny and entertaining and it's nice to see Tea building these connections, even though we know that it won't last as we have interspersed chapters of Future! Tea telling her story. The romance is also a tiny spec on the story, but it adds some flavor, especially in lieu of the revelation of the final chapter of the book. I also liked the whole magic system and the idea of heartglasses. There aren't many twists here, but I don't think they were needed as I was engaged in the narrative already. I like where the book left us because it's almost impossible not to want to pick up the sequel right away. Can't wait to check it up soon!
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I requested this one when I found out that the author, Rin Chupeco, is a Filipino. I would support my fellow countrymen wherever.

The author’s writing skills really captivated me from start to finish, getting lost in her fictional world. Her story was very descriptive, very vivid. I just wish there were more plots to the story. It kind of just lost its state where everything was just descriptive words.
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There wasn’t a lot of plot in this one, but there was some gorgeous world-building and very complex characters. Unfortunately, the last fifty percent of this book felt like it would never end.
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I really enjoyed the Bone Witch. I started reading the book and then I picked up the rest of it on audiobook and I would recommend it either way. There were parts that were a bit slow but overall this is a story worth continuing.
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I started this book and could not finish it. The plot didn't catch my eye and I simply coule not get past the first couple of chapters. Initially, I was drawn in because of the cover and description but once I got in there, I just couldn't get into the story.
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I enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it to students who are interested.

Tea, at 12, accidentally raises her brother, Fox, from the dead.  He becomes her constant companion and her protector.  She is taken to a special school to learn how to harness her powers and is treated poorly by the other Asha.  It is soon clear just how powerful she can really be.  By accident she returns to life dead rats from the walls, and a dead king from where his body was hidden in the floor.

I did listen to this book through my Kindle while driving for 6 hours.  I made it through, but there were some points it almost paused to listen to a different book and return.  I'm glad I didn't.  There are some slow points, but in the long-run are all important parts for character development.

In the end I enjoyed the book and am glad I didn't give up or take a break.  Keeping the whole book in mind, I give it five stars.  I enjoyed it, especially when I got to the fast pace about 3/4 through the book! I was given the opportunity to read the book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is one of my favorites I read this year. I love the similarity between it and Memoirs of a Geisha ay least in atmosphere. The MC is strong and powerful and I can not wait to see her story unfold.
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The Bone Witch has lyrical writing, great world-building, and an interesting premise. It is also a book that requires patience; the pacing is slow, there's very little action, and a dreaded love triangle. This book has and audience, but I am not one of them.
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A really exciting and on the whole fast paced novel, I really enjoyed it. I did find that the latter half couldn't maintain the pace of the first, but still a really enjoyable read.
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I'm clearing out books that I requested ages ago and have been on sale for years! I really enjoyed this title.
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This was such an interesting read full of unique magic that doesn't need to be explained in order to make a good story. I was enthralled right from the start. There could have been more depth to the characters, but since it's the first in a series, I wasn't expecting as much of that until probably the 2nd book.
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I loved the premise of this book, and the world the author created. The writing was beautifully descriptive (although there were a few grammar slip ups/typos that interrupted the flow) and I felt pretty enchanted with the story as a whole. My only issue with this book is that I felt like I was reading one long big set up to ...nothing. I get there are books that follow it and that the first book's purpose is to set up the world and all of that, but I felt it should have had some sort of more conclusive/climactic ending that would have left me wanting to read more. I just never felt that "have to read through the night" urgency, which has put me off to reading the other books that follow it.
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Emotional, atmospheric, immersive, dark, and beautiful. I loved every second of this story and couldn't stop turning the pages. I needed to find out more and see what was going to happen. The magic is enchanting and fascinating.
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This book is very memorizing! It took me on an amazing fantasy adventure filled with a melting pot of multicultural representation and amazing attention to details. Once you start reading this book, you will be unable to put it down.
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