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I really liked the author s Poison s Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you d taken a different path I ve often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it I d have to say Saskia s bone charmer chapters were I really liked the author s Poison s Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you d taken a different path I ve often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it I d have to say Saskia s bone charmer chapters were my favorite, though And can I just say Bram The writing created quite the page turner, and there were twists and tons of interesting descriptions Now, based on the ending I m assuming there will be another book ARC received in exchange for an honest review thank you I had pretty high hopes for this one, but I m quite disappointed the writing was good, but the world and characters were weak This book reminded me strongly of Tessa Gratton s Strange Grace the heroine, Saskia, is the daughter of the town s leading Bone Charmer, a witch who uses bones to see the future But when a bone reading to see her future goes wrong, Saskia becomes trapped in two realities In one reality, she s been pairARC received in exchange for an honest review thank you I had pretty high hopes for this one, but I m quite disappointed the writing was good, but the world and characters were weak This book reminded me strongly of Tessa Gratton s Strange Grace the heroine, Saskia, is the daughter of the town s leading Bone Charmer, a witch who uses bones to see the future But when a bone reading to see her future goes wrong, Saskia becomes trapped in two realities In one reality, she s been paired with Bram, a boy she s spent her life being terrified of in another, she s with Declan, a boy she used to love but is now acting suspiciously In both realities, she s in danger Okay, so first of all the worldbuilding was weak and confusing.There are a whole bunch of bone magics available in addition to bone charming, there s bone breaking, bone singing, etc I struggled to keep these different areas clear in my head It doesn t help that each individual bone magic seems to have a bunch of other names too, e.g bone singers are also called Watchers Even Saskia s own area of expertise, bone charming, wasn t always explained very well I have absolutely no idea of how the other areas work.The physical worldbuilding was also poor Nothing about this fantasy country is described What s their system of government Who rules them Are there other countries in this universe If not, why not The character names were all clearly Anglicised, but there was zero description of anything not in front of Saskia s own nose.That includes characters I know Declan and Bram are blond and dark haired, respectively, and I think Saskia is blonde too But I have no real idea of what any of the characters look like The romance was astoundingly weak In fact, I m not sure I d even say there s a romance We honestly learn nothing about Declan, let alone his motivations, and she barely interacts with Bram Overall There must be a sequel planned, because the ending was extremely open and non conclusive, but I m not sure I have enough interest to read it Blog Bookstagram UPDATE 1 28 The cover for THE BONE CHARMER is live, and I couldn t beexcited This gorgeous cover was designed by Kylie Alexander and illustrated by Mina Price I love the exquisite attention to detail and how many of the story elements they captured in both of Saskia s realities I hope you love the cover as much as I do, and I seriously can t wait to share this book with all of you Reviews like this can also be found on my blog, Vicariously Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair reviewPublish date May 21, 2019In a world where your future can be told by a bone charmer, society is balanced by those who can set a person on the best fit path But when Saskia has her own reading and is given a future she didn t think she wanted she accidentally breaks a bone in her reading The breaking of the bone splits her future into two and she must find a way to consolidate t Reviews like this can also be found on my blog, Vicariously Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair reviewPublish date May 21, 2019In a world where your future can be told by a bone charmer, society is balanced by those who can set a person on the best fit path But when Saskia has her own reading and is given a future she didn t think she wanted she accidentally breaks a bone in her reading The breaking of the bone splits her future into two and she must find a way to consolidate them as well as piece the bone back together before she may cease to exist All the while something seedier is playing in the background that brings danger lurking at her door.The Story This book was so muchthan I expected At first I only really cared about one of the POV, but I learned to cherish both sides of the story Obviously in the end one of the stories is thought to stop existing, but I was definitely set up for a surprise with the direction the story went.Fighting the future is reminiscent of time travel and going back in in time to fix things Except instead of changing something in the past and then seeing the reaction you don t quite know if the future is what your reaction is going to be Anyway, all if it is so mind boggling and I guess I can understand how some people don t really care for futures time travel books, but when they re done this well I relish it.The World Building So the world building isn t super in depth We have this society where there are people with bone magic and people who don t have it to and they get some special training to hone their skills The skill vary depending on the bone magic, and none are really put in depth, but I don t think I would have appreciated the book as much if a thorough report of how each one worked was included The amount that was there was sufficient to keep the plot going I loved the multiple dimensions to bone magic It wasn t just that Saskia was read to be a bone charmer, but the type of bone charmer she was and the fact that there were types as opposed to one all seeing person was clever I love that there was unraveling of the past, seeing the future, and in her case seeing the current happenings.I think it s important to remember that the book is called Bone Charmer, which means we don t really need to know all about the society and where they live and what it looks like etc The story was about the bone charmer Therefore, the fact that I am normally enthralled with world building, I was still satisfied with what amount I got The focus was on that particular magic and that was enough If you re expecting a lot of differential in the bone blood magic included in this, there really isn t much going on, so please don t be disappointed Aside from different types of bones doing different readings, and the infusion of blood with the readings, there isn t too much to it.There was a little bit on how the society revolved around these bone readings and I found it super intriguing, because not everyone could get one and there are obviouslythan just the regular professions So it ended up being this idea of this magic that is built upon an already functioning, non magical type of world There was one instance in fact of how the dangers on how one could overly spend and invest in bone readings and how that money could be better spent equalizing the bone readings to those of lower classes.I loved the allegory seen there that portrayed the idea of something that should be accessible to everyone as it being a common right, not just something extra for those who can afford it.The Characters Saskia is such an entitled brat in the beginning that I almost immediately hated her I loved her character ARC and how she learned through her own unsheltered experiences how to view the world Her whole life was somewhat controlled by her mother as she constantly was able to do bone readings on her as she was growing up her mother is a bone charmer as well and the way she breaks the barriers that her mother s path sent her on was smoothly written She obviously stumbled a little on the way, but I love how she comes through at the end Despite her desires she still holds true to her nature, and is completely honest with herself if not with others.The Soundtrack Maren Morris The Bones In Saskia s world, bones are the source of all power They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia s motherOn the day of her kenning a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen year olds Saskia s worst fears come true She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match making reading that pairs her with Bram a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violenceSaskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn t want Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences Saskia s future has split as well Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously Only one future can survive And Saskia s life is in danger in both See this full review along with others on my blog at foalsfictionandfiligree.com I received an ARC of this book from Page Street Kids via Netgcalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youAll included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication Content Warning Death, Murder, Overall morbid vibe with the theme of bones Tomorrow my future will be decided by my dead gran s finger bones It s how my whole life has been determined with bones and blood and sn See this full review along with others on my blog at foalsfictionandfiligree.com I received an ARC of this book from Page Street Kids via Netgcalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youAll included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication Content Warning Death, Murder, Overall morbid vibe with the theme of bones Tomorrow my future will be decided by my dead gran s finger bones It s how my whole life has been determined with bones and blood and snapping flames The Bone Charmer is a twisty little devious book and I absolutely loved it To be completely honest, I ve never read anything quite like it The Bone Charmer is creative, exploratory, and crafty You ll notice that my review for this book will be shorter than my normal reviews, because I just don t want to spoil anything for anyone which, should be everyone who picks up this book It d be very difficult to talk about certain topics without it becoming spoilery, so I just won t Saskia is the protagonist Living in the town of Midwood, in a world where the bones of ancestors hold sway for everything, life looks very differentMasons craft the bone flutes that Watchers use to control animals and the weapons that Breakers use to protect our country Mixers blend bone potions that Healers use to treat patients And, of course, Charmers perform readings on us allSaskia comes from a family of Bone Charmers those who have the ability to read the past, present, and or future depending on their sight ability First sight is past, second sight the present, and third sight is the future In this world, Bone Charmers are the most esteemed as they are the guides for people of the community When adolescents reach the age of seventeen, they are matched with their future apprenticeships through the Kenning as well as their future partner Not having much experience with the Sight herself, Saskia s afraid that her abilities will cause her to do harm instead of good Her mother has the third sight, and can see into the future, which obviously causes issues for Saskia s future She and her mother have differing opinions of what she should pursue After her Kenning, Saskia disagrees with her mother about the path that was chosen for her, and she ends up breaking a bone that was used in the reading of her future also done by her mother When the bone breaks, Saskia also has to live out the two different paths the one her mom chose for her, and the one she chose for herself until her fate is decided While I absolutely loved this concept, I had issues with two aspects First, I have no idea what the characters looked like It was really hard to feel attached to characters because they simply weren t fleshed out Secondly, there was very little world building, which I was so disappointed about There are several elements of this world that sounded amazing from the few descriptions given, but that was it I want so muchDespite this, I really enjoyed this book The ending is set up for a sequel, so I will anxiously be looking forward to that Vulgarity None that I recall.Sexual content Minimal.Violence Quite a bit considering there is a murder scene.My Rating My Blog Bookstagram Twitter Pinterest Facebook This book is utterly brilliant I texted a fellow author last night after I finished because this is what we do to hash out my thoughts and feelings, but I had nothing negative to say The characters are well drawn, the world building and magic system are exquisite, the plotting including dual realities is spot on I was worried I would beinvested in one storyline than the other, but by the end I realized I cared for both of them equally Smart and expertly crafted Read it. I really enjoyed this Sliding Doors esque story The two timelines Saskia ends up in were both so intriguing that they kept me turning the pages Bram totally stole my heart The magic, world, and characters are well crafted and compelling I loved how The Bone Charmer explores the consequences of choices and their outcomes The Bone Charmer is a gripping read that will charm you and keep you up late at night reading until the end. I was one of the lucky people who got to read this book early The Bone Charmer is an intriguing fantasy that I just couldn t put down It s thought provoking and romantic in all the right ways Easily in my top 5 favorite books Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Nathalie DeFeliceThe Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a phenomenal exploration of a young woman s desire to take fate into her own hands, and how it can go so devastatingly wrong I was hooked from the start, with these brooding characters full of secrets and lies Our heroine is left to tease out the way to her salvation with nothing but her wits, and the bone magic in her veins This was exactly the kind of book to get me out of my reading s Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Nathalie DeFeliceThe Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a phenomenal exploration of a young woman s desire to take fate into her own hands, and how it can go so devastatingly wrong I was hooked from the start, with these brooding characters full of secrets and lies Our heroine is left to tease out the way to her salvation with nothing but her wits, and the bone magic in her veins This was exactly the kind of book to get me out of my reading slump What makes this even better is that the world in this story has been split into two realities, and despite what you may be hoping for you can be sure fate is the most unpredictable thing of all.In Saskia s world bones are the source of all power and she and the women of her family come from a long line of Bone Charmers seers that can reveal the past, present, or future paths for the people of Midwood On the day of Saskia s kenning the bone ritual that will reveal her apprenticeship , her worst fears are realised Not only will she become a Bone Charmer like her mother, but she s also been matched with Bram, a young man with tattoos on his hands and a seemingly violent past Unhappy with the turn of events and knowing her mother deliberately chose the path Saskia didn t want, she argues with her mother, resulting in the breaking of the bone used in her kenning A bad omen to be sure, and one with catastrophic consequences For now instead of one future, Saskia s future has become split in two, and she must now live two lives simultaneously Unfortunately for her, there are dangers awaiting her She needs to figure out how to fix it before it s too late and there s no future for her at all.With that summary out of the way, let s talk about this book I was definitely sceptical of how this story would play out with two separate paths happening simultaneously, but it honestly flows so well You know as much as both Saskia s know, and as the story goes on the pieces come together the way a puzzle would The world building is simple and adequate, nothing too elaborate going on The magic system is something that I would have loved a littleelaboration on because while I got the general gist of all the types of bone magic that exist in the world, I wanted to delve a littleThis is definitely an aspect I would love to see exploredin the following book That being said, I quite loved the air of mystery that permeated throughout the book, even through the end.Character wise, I would definitely say that I felt that Saskia had the most to grow and learn in the story She s very naive and brash, and driven by her emotions As you can guess, this definitely gets her intotrouble than actually helping her solve her problems Her love interests Bram and Declan I wanted to get to know a little better than we did There is a lot of potential for growth for both of these characters, and I think we re building to that, but that makes the romance in this story a definite slow burn In both worlds, you get to see the same characters, but maybe in a different light than before And the villain I loved that there was some vulnerability there however brief it may have been , giving us some hint as to what was motivating his actions I also didn t see the villain coming, so needless to say I felt quite betrayed by my own reader s intuition.There s such a melancholy that Saskia has about seemingly having this predetermined life when there are so many paths that could have been chosen That was something I loved to see explored The relationship between mother and daughter is very thoughtfully looked at and examined However, themes of free will or a predestined fate as well as family are what really made this such an interesting read for me I loved the implications that magic has on these themes Especially how bone magic affects the narrative of free will vs predestined fate The realizations that she makes throughout the story help the reader come to the understanding that the future is malleable, despite our best efforts and knowledge, we re only in control of how we choose to react to those situations.Honestly, there wasn t much I didn t love about the book Maybe a littleworld building and a better explanation of the magic system, but other than that I fell in love with this book and it s characters especially Saskia and Bram I need to know what happens next I m rating this book a 9 10 Not only did it get me out of my reading slump, but gave me lots of things to think about Pick it up if you get the chance and let me know your thoughts I d love to know what you think The Bone Charmer


About the Author: Breeana Shields

Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including THE BONE CHARMER, THE BONE THIEF, POISON S KISS, and POISON S CAGE When she s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family She lives near Washington D.C with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.


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