I really enjoyed this book and how at the end of every chapter it was set in the present while the rest of the chapter was her telling her story. I think it was the best way to tell the story and made put you in the same position as the man hearing the story for the first time.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*
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.
I first heard of this book at a book convention/signing that I went to because I got a poster with the book cover on it. I had that poster on my wall for about a month before I decided to change my room around and now it is stored under my bed with all my other posters. I fell in love with this cover and put the book on my TBR as soon as I got home that day.
The main character, Tea, was someone who I could relate to and I loved her. She was thrust into a new environment away from her family and she still flourished. Sometimes a character will become whiney and annoying in situations like this but thankfully, she wasn’t. I think I loved Tea more in the present when she would talk to the person who was recording her stories because she sounds incredibly mature. Her outlook on the world changes and that adds more to the story that she is telling to the Bard. I fell like this is really confusing but I can’t really explain it. Basically, at the end of every chapter, the narration would be in the present. This, while confusing in the beginning, became some of my favorite parts in the book. I ended up looking forward to reading what Tea was doing in her present day life.
I will say that the prince and his friend had very similar names and because of this I became incredibly confused. I would have to turn back 6 or 7 pages just to remind myself who exactly I was reading about.
I don’t know why but I don’t have much to say about this book and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. I think, in this case, it’s not a terrible thing because I actually really enjoyed this book. I just don’t really know what to say. I don’t have much to criticize or praise because this book didn’t make an incredible impact. It is because of this that I might not continue reading the series or trilogy. But I might. This book was incredibly interesting but I don’t think I will remember much about it when the next book comes out. I might, though. So I’m not completely saying that I defiantly won’t read it but if I have to re-read this book, I may not. That sounds harsh but the second book doesn’t even have an estimated publishing date so I mean it’s not entirely unreasonable.
I might sound like I’m repeating myself but to me, it doesn’t seem to make much sense if I don’t.
I couldn’t decide if I should give this book 3.5 stars or 4 stars and I still can’t to be honest. I think if I couldn’t give half stars I would end up giving it 4 stars like I did on Goodreads but I would much prefer to give it 3.5 stars. Even with this rating, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and young adult books, but I wouldn’t re-read it unless I planned on reading the next book in the series.