BOOK REVIEW | THE BONE WITCH, BY RIN CHUPECO

Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: 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.

AMAZON | BOOKDEPOSITORY

there was so much potential for this book. honestly, the summary and everything i’d heard about online painted this book in a positive light. sadly, this book was a lot less than what i’d hoped for. the writing style was beautiful. some reviews i’ve seen say it’s too descriptive, but i really enjoyed it in this book. even though it’s so poetic, i felt confused a lot of the time. i had no idea what was going on or why.

this could also be due to the lack of actual plot. it felt as if nothing was actually happening. i didn’t particularly mind this, but it did make the book very slow to get through and to understand what’s going on. i feel like this is a good setup for the next few books, and could’ve been a novella rather than a full-length novel. there is definitely potential here.

The two timelines thing was very confusing. I honestly had no idea what was going on and skim read it as I was so lost. According to some reviews I’ve looked at, it’s like a flash forward type thing(??). it didn’t add anything to the story and it would’ve been better had it been cut out.

the beginning/first 50% of this book was very good. i was hooked. i loved the world, the characters and nearly everything. unfortunately, the second half of this book was totally different. there’s hardly any action (when i thought there’d be quite a lot). i wish there was more dealings with the necromancy stuff. i found that really interesting. pretty much all that happens is a whole bunch of tea party stuff and socialization. and her training consisted of dancing and singing, which made no sense to me and wasn’t really explained. like, how is dancing or singing going to help her use her dark magic?

on a good note, i really liked tea. although her name is very strange. i liked fox, her brother, and their relationship. i wish there was more development with these characters (as well as their relationship, especially since fox is dead). i absolutely loved likh, and how he wanted to do something even though it was looked down upon as a “woman’s thing”.

overall, yes this book is fairly boring and confusing, i still really enjoyed it. i think it sets up everything well for the sequel, and i can’t wait to read it. (i certainly hope there’s more use of magic and action).

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MOST ANTICIPATED DIVERSE YA BOOKS OF 2017

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and i decided to share a list of diverse young adult books that i’m looking forward to in 2017. there are so many amazing diverse books coming out next year and i’ve managed to compile a short(ish) list to share. at the bottom of this post, i’ve got some links to other blogs and lists with even more diverse books (you can never have too many).

i would really like to thank taryn (twitter/instagram) personally for making me more aware of the books that i’m reading. i’ve always thought that marginalised people are important but it wasn’t until i followed her that i noticed the lack of diverse books i was reading. of course there are many other people promoting the “we need diverse books” movement, and i thank you all for raising awareness for something that’s often overlooked.

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BOOK REVIEW | DEVOLVE; THE WOLF, BY MIKE HOOPER

29216254Title: Devolve; the Wolf

Author: Mike Hooper

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 23, 2016

Genres: Dystipian, YA

Where I received the book: I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Star rating:★

Summary: Spending your life underground isn’t living, it’s surviving.
But with the surface of the earth left ravaged from war, those surviving in the Burrows might be all that’s left, and their lives come at a cost.
As an orphan born in the depths of the Burrows, Foren has spent his life dreaming of this day. Amongst a group of unlikely friends, he’ll step foot on the Surface for the very first time. Together, they’ll pay their dues to the Burrows as they search for what’s needed to keep the human race alive.
They don’t exactly know what they’re looking for, what they do find … will change them forever

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BOOK REVIEW | THE HIDDEN ORACLE, RICK RIORDAN

1812Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Genres: mythology, urban fantasy, YA.

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Penguin!

Star rating:★

Summary: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY | MIGHTY APE

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REVIEW | ELEMENTALS: THE HEAD OF MEDUSA, MICHELLE MADOW

Title: The Head of Medusa28176867

Author: Michelle Madow

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Genres: Romance, urban fantasy, YA.

Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review through the author.

Star rating:★

Summary: When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself.

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2016

The end of 2015 is upon us, and that means new 2016 books! These books are my most anticipated books of 2016. There are many other 2016 releases that I can’t wait for, but I’ll keep this list shorter by only putting in my top 10. They’re in no particular order, I literally just compiled a list. I’d love it if you commented your most anticipated reads in the comments!

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