Book Review

Review — The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I’d seen this book mentioned on Twitter several times, and I thought it sounded interesting, so I borrowed the audiobook from Hoopla.

Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal


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. (Goodreads)

I DNFed this one, but not due to any extreme fault with the book. I borrowed the audiobook form, and time to focus on an audiobook has been slim.

I enjoyed the writing and narration but it wasn’t enough that I was just *dying* to get back to it, so my borrow expired…

I may finish it eventually.

There was a LOT of detail in the settings and clothing (although it is fitting given what some of these things mean for the story). I felt like maybe it moved a little slowly for this. I enjoyed all the details, though, so I didn’t mind too much.

I enjoyed the dual narration. I’ve seen that some people didn’t enjoy it, but it added a level of intrigue for me. Probably one of the reasons I listened to as much as I did.

So, while I didn’t finish this one, it was still okay. I’m not giving a star rating for now, that doesn’t seem right.

Have you read The Bone Witch? What did you think of it? Do you ever DNF a book this way?

❤ Julia


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