Book: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction
Date of Publication: March 7, 2017
Rant review incoming!
I decided to finally listen to this book since the trilogy is free to listen on Audible. Since le fiance is interested to read this trilogy, I also decided to get the ebook. And because of le fiance, I had high expectations. I am blaming everything on him.
Before I continue, this is what this book is about:
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother, Fox, 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. Goodreads
This book has a really interesting beginning. Sadly, that’s it. The rest of the book is just pure world-building and a lot of unnecessary descriptions of the hua each asha is wearing. Not just the hua, but everything else.
After all the descriptions and the mundane things that Tea is doing to be a proper Dark asha, finally, something interesting happened in chapter 29. And this book has 31 chapters.
I like the whole establishing the world thing but do you really need the entire book for that? Listening to this feels like going through a long-ass prologue but instead of igniting my curiosity, it extinguished it.
To be honest, by chapter 23, I decided to just read it instead of listening to the rest of the book. I just want to skim-read the rest of the book because according to Audible, I still have 3 hours and 48 minutes to go and I just want to know if it’ll be worth it.
Not worth it.
The only interesting thing in this book is the whole conversation with the present Tea and the Bard at the end of each chapter.
Tea as a protagonist was, well, fine. She is giving me this “Chosen One” vibes wherein every single person she encounters either hates her or is just overly excited to meet her. Those characters that surround Tea reminded me heavily of those people who met Harry Potter.
The other characters are just plain. Nothing about them really stands out. Yes, even Fox.
Good job for the character diversity though!
Overall, I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. The only problem for me is how long this book felt. I had high expectations but this book gave me too much and not enough at the same time.
I was even hoping that the ending might be worth it. It’s not. Despite my lingering curiosity about what will happen to the second book, I don’t think I’m going to read that anytime soon.
If you’re planning to read this book, just don’t expect too much from the plot.
What about you? What did you think about this book?
At this point, I am just happy that I finally finished this book and that I didn’t DNF it. I just hope that this book won’t cause my brain to fall into a reading slump.
I also asked le fiance if he is planning to read this book anytime soon. He said yes. Maybe I’ll just ask him to write a book review for the rest of this trilogy.
Anyway, that is it for me!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you again next week!