The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Monday, March 6th 2017

This ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is amazing. I would have probably broken the spine of the book if it wasn’t for the fact that I received this ARC digitally. I would also like to mention that no Kindle Fire’s where broken during the course of my reading either.

This is the first time I have read any book by author Rin Chupeco. I became aware of Rin Chupeco because Zoraida Cordova, another great female author took a lusty photo of a stack of Sourcebooks ARCS she was reading, The Bone Witch was the book I instantly felt I had to read.

I really loved reading this book, that being said I did feel that there were parts of the book that lost its tempo. At the beginning of the book, I really felt like I was going to finish the book in a matter of minutes, but as the characters and of course the plot changed so did the tempo and speed of my reading. That being said this should not stop you from reading this book, because it’s truly an amazing read. If there ever was a book where you should totally judge it by its cover, this is truly the book. Seriously! Have you seen the cover! The cover of the book itself is an example why you should buy it, it’s absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

Besides the beautiful cover, I believe the main reason why I love this book is because I fell in love with Memoirs of a Geisha writing style and  creative fluidity of expression, this book holds the same type of quality.

“There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws”

This books is everything you need to start 2017 with some serious creative girl power fighting style. I mean seriously I made a list for you!

  1. Geisha-like girls are FIGHTING with STRATEGIST while wielding powerful magical. Honestly this sounds like every female protagonist anime I ever grew up watching, good memories
  2. Despite the large amount of girl power in this book there are some awesome male characters that are dressed in black, black, and a slightly darker black cloths, who are also awesome.
  3. Did I mention  there are undead creatures, who unfortunately never know when to stay dead, or rather stay undead!
  4. Bone Witches are actually freakin’ amazing and can control demonic undead beast…
  5. Great World building, character bonding, and odd family reuniting after death-ish

My only issue with this book is that there is a hint of a love triangle. Now wait, stop sharpening your pick forks and fires, the love-T isn’t that bad, it’s just a hint of it.I feel that a lot of YA books happen to fallow this trend but by the end of the series the characters are going through a lot more in their life than what I assume was going to be a Love-T. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Think about The Remnant Series by Mary E. Pearson, that love triangle was more about loyalty, patriotic to ones country/home, responsibility and freedom, that’s what those different male characters represented to the female protagonist.

The Bone Witch is only the start, I feel that Rin Chupeco has so much more to offer us as the story continues. This book has a lot of endearing characters with a unique magical ability. It has a lot of dark and melancholic, yet story climax, falls, and restocks itself over and over again that keeps you not only reading but at the edge of you’re seat while you constantly think what’s going to happen next. I do believe this book is going to be amazing for all those YA readers who love a strong female character, dark story line, unique magical females, dashing men, and did I say an undead family bonding moment? Cause you zombie lovers should be biting at the bites for this book. I know I already pre-ordered it, it’s available to read March 7th 2017 through Sourcebooks! Make sure to stop at you’re local bookstore and grab yourself a copy!


About Rin Chupeco

Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.

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