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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 mother. On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’ 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 mother. On 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 violence. Saskia 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.


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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 mother. On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’ 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 mother. On 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 violence. Saskia 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.

30 review for The Bone Charmer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    DNF at page 77. This is following some all-too-familiar paths with love interests and is simultaneously going nowhere. Really wanted to get lost in this tale of bone magic and blood, but it’s too uneventful to push through any further. His crestfallen expression tugs at a tendril of sympathy inside me. I long to confide in him, to let him pull me into his arms like he has done so many times before, and assure me that everything will turn out perfectly for both of us. But I’m afraid telling him t DNF at page 77. This is following some all-too-familiar paths with love interests and is simultaneously going nowhere. Really wanted to get lost in this tale of bone magic and blood, but it’s too uneventful to push through any further. His crestfallen expression tugs at a tendril of sympathy inside me. I long to confide in him, to let him pull me into his arms like he has done so many times before, and assure me that everything will turn out perfectly for both of us. But I’m afraid telling him the truth would only make things worse. How can I possibly explain the seed of doubt the kenning has planted in my heart?* - *Note: Quote taken from an Advanced Reading Copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    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?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Breeana Shields

    UPDATE 1/28: The cover for THE BONE CHARMER is live, and I couldn't be more excited! 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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

    Reviews like this can also be found on my blog, Vicariously & Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair review Publish date: May 21, 2019 In 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 consolida Reviews like this can also be found on my blog, Vicariously & Voraciously ARC received via Netgalley for a fair review Publish date: May 21, 2019 In 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 much more than 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 obviously more than 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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    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 paired w 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 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]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    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 you! All 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 snap 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 you! All 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 different. ”Masons 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 all.” Saskia 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 much more!!!. Despite 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

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Drake

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    PLEASE tell me there will be a sequel to this!! RTC!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    So very impressed with this book! It took me a few chapters to really settle into the way that Breeana Shields wanted to tell this story, but once I was there I was hooked. Saskia's life has has always been dictated by bone reading. Each moment painstakingly created so that she'll stay on the path to her happiest life. That is, until it's her turn to find her true calling. I can't remember if I knew that this book was about to split into two stories, or not, but I can tell you that it's a wonder So very impressed with this book! It took me a few chapters to really settle into the way that Breeana Shields wanted to tell this story, but once I was there I was hooked. Saskia's life has has always been dictated by bone reading. Each moment painstakingly created so that she'll stay on the path to her happiest life. That is, until it's her turn to find her true calling. I can't remember if I knew that this book was about to split into two stories, or not, but I can tell you that it's a wonderful way to navigate Saskia's journey. First off, let me be the first to assure you that there is no love triangle in The Bone Charmer. You have no idea how happy that made me, since that's one of my pain points in YA lately. Instead, there are two very seperate romances here. As Saskia's life splits off, one road leading to what she believed she wanted and one road leading to what her mother believed was best for her, these two romances grow in very different ways. I absolutely loved how Shields doesn't shy away from putting Saskia through all manner of trials. As she follows each of these paths, she learns more and more about herself, her mother, and the two boys who she has been matched two. The idea that we don't always know what is best for us, even if we are so sure of it, is heavily featured in this story. It's perfection. It's honestly tough to say too much more about the plot without giving anything important away, so I'll start focusing on the world building instead. In Saskia's world, as I mentioned above, bone readings are part of life. Matches, both with jobs and with romantic partners, are an essential part of a person's future. It was fascinating watching the way that this played out, in a place like Midwood. Much like our own world, the people with the most money always seemed to have an advantage over those who were poorer. The fact that Saskia's mother, the bone charmer herself, was so upset about that made me smile. This book speaks of "wild magic" and how it used to grow without monetary interference. As I found my way through Saskia's story I saw how that could both help, and hurt, a civilization. There's a lot of deep thoughts in this book, hidden in a way that almost makes them invisible. I loved every minute of it. Was this book perfect? Perhaps not. There were a lot of things I wished for more of. I wanted more time with Saskia's potential matches. I would have loved more background on Saskia's family, and especially on her amazing mother. While the magic system was fairly well fleshed out, I also wished there would have been more time spent with Saskia as she learned to grow her abilities. I do believe that this is the first book in a series though, so I have hope! There's still time for all of this to become a reality. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my read through of this book! I'd recommend it to those out there who love "sliding doors" stories, and are looking for something without a love triangle. You might just enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie Nelson

    A captivating story that will leave you eager for more! In a world where seventeen-year-olds are assigned a future based on a kenning, or reading of the bones, Saskia gets in an argument with her mother and breaks one of the bones, splintering her future into two different paths. The story unfolds following each timeline, alternating between the two possible futures for Saskia. The novel explores the themes of fate versus choice, as well as the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. I was fasci A captivating story that will leave you eager for more! In a world where seventeen-year-olds are assigned a future based on a kenning, or reading of the bones, Saskia gets in an argument with her mother and breaks one of the bones, splintering her future into two different paths. The story unfolds following each timeline, alternating between the two possible futures for Saskia. The novel explores the themes of fate versus choice, as well as the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. I was fascinated by both of Saskia’s futures, and by both boys vying for her heart. In both timelines, Saskia uncovers secrets and dark magic that threaten her present and her future, and she must draw on reserves of internal strength to survive. With both a tightly-woven plot and an intense beating heart, The Bone Charmer will keep you breathlessly reading until the final page.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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 be more invested 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. 😉

  12. 5 out of 5

    Isabella K.

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Camillea

    Welcome to a world where bones hold power and decides the fate of all! The Bone Charmer is a quiet fantasy book about a girl who breaks fate and finds herself living two different realities. When I began reading The Bone Charmer, I was immediately drawn in by Breeana Shields writing. The author writes a beautiful story that is a blend of fantasy and mystery. The Bone Charmer is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year! The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a unique fantasy world where bo Welcome to a world where bones hold power and decides the fate of all! The Bone Charmer is a quiet fantasy book about a girl who breaks fate and finds herself living two different realities. When I began reading The Bone Charmer, I was immediately drawn in by Breeana Shields writing. The author writes a beautiful story that is a blend of fantasy and mystery. The Bone Charmer is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year! The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a unique fantasy world where bones are a commodity and the source of all magic. I absolutely fell in love with the macabre of it all! The Bone Charmer is about a girl walking two different paths towards an unknown future. Hence, the book is formatted with two different timelines. We are introduced to a world where bones are used in a ritual called kenning; it is during this ritual that the Bone Charmer looks in the various possible futures of the person and then decides what path is best for them. Saskia’s mother is the Bone Charmer of Midwood village – a profession her mother hopes Saskia will follow. But Saskia has other dreams for herself but the bones decide the future and fate of everyone. In this world, the people rely on the bones to lead their life. Wealthy people even splurge on bone readings to make smallest decisions. While this is the normalcy, as a reader I found it a bit horrifying. I could not imagine a life where my fate was not mine or that someone could look into every possible future and know me better than my myself. Bone Charmers are those who can see either the past, the present, or the future. But there are others such Breakers who have the power to break bones, Healers who have the power to heal, Watchers who can control animals through the bones, Mixers who create potions using bones, and then are those without magic who work to provide these bones to the people. The magic system of the bones in The Bone Charmer was very fascinating and though morbid, I sped through the book wanting to know about the way of the world. The bones influence so much of the way of life in The Bone Charmer society. Although I did like the characters in the book, they were not as fully fleshed as I had hoped for. The book is told in two timelines – one where Saskia continues her mother’s path of a Bone Charmer and one where she forsakes her magic to become a tutor. Both realities were interesting to read of but there was also enough parallel happenings to connect the stories. With the two realities we are introduced to both the magical and mundane side of the world in The Bone Charmer. So much of the story revolved around Saskia and her attempts to escape the bones fate for her, but the secondary characters were just as interesting. Fate is the ability to see the choices people will likely make. It doesn’t rob freedom. I loved knowing more about Saskia’s mother; the mother-daughter relationship in the book was an emotional one. It was not completely amicable as Saskia and her mother butted heads so often but there was a deep love between them that gave heart to the story. Saskia’s friendship with Bram and Ami made me smile throughout the book. I especially loved reading how Bram and Saskia slowly rebuilt their friendship. The story of The Bone Charmer is fraught with mystery and an antagonist whose intentions, unfortunately, were not made clear in book one. This was a bit annoying as it came off as a classic revenge trope but judging with the way things ended, it feels there is so much that is unresolved and I hope a sequel will be written. I think this story deserves a sequel to make it more satisfying to the readers. My mother is silent. It’s the kind of silence that’s more than just a lack of sound. It’s a hungry silence, one that consumes everything around it – the things said, the things unsaid, all the things that will be said in the future. A silence so full it bulges at the edges. Overall, I found The Bone Charmer to be a book with beautiful world-building and even more beautiful prose. Breeana Shields has a way writing that just strikes the reader’s heart. She describes emotions vividly and with beautiful metaphors. She translates hurt and longing with a heaviness that really solidified Saskia’s relationship with her mother, and with Bram, and the flows smoothly into nostalgia and childhood glee when Saskia speaks of her father, or Declan, or Ami. The Bone Charmer is a character driven fantasy book that I highly recommend. If you like your reads with a bit of a macabre, a hate to love trope, and a mother & daughter trying to fix their relationship, The Bone Charmer is the right pick. You will love the beautiful writing and unique magic system Breeana Shields introduces us to. Thank you to the author and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me on the blog tour and for providing me with a review copy of the book. This does not affect my review in any way! Find me at Camillea Reads || Twitter || Instagram

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikol

    ** I received a digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ** The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a macabre fantasy full of bone magic (yes, reading your past, present, and future from both animal and human bones is a thing in this book and it’s super weird at first, but super interesting after a few chapters) with a focus on the issues of trust, betrayal, and love. Good fantasy worlds are well-structured and believable - and that’s also the case for the world of The Bone Char ** I received a digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ** The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is a macabre fantasy full of bone magic (yes, reading your past, present, and future from both animal and human bones is a thing in this book and it’s super weird at first, but super interesting after a few chapters) with a focus on the issues of trust, betrayal, and love. Good fantasy worlds are well-structured and believable - and that’s also the case for the world of The Bone Charmer in which the main heroine, Saskia, lives. It’s a bit of a macabre world with a touch of melancholy, uncertainty, and sadness in its undertones; a world in which after you die, you get tied up to a tree where you rot until there’s only the bones left. A world, where human and animal bones are not only used in magical readings, but also turned into checkerboards or whole mansions. In fact, it is a fantasy world that stands on the verge of turning into a horror story. Or, rather a terror story, really, since during the reading, you’ll find yourself feeling this slight, unsettling sensation tugging at you and letting you know, without words, that this new fantasy world is controlled by an unseen, but almost certainly malicious group of people. You get into the story right at the moment when Saskia and a handful of other sixteen years old kids are about to undergo a kenning - a magical reading from human or animal bones that will seal them to one of their possible fates that the bone reader can foresee. And since it’s Saskia’s mother who performs all the readings for the small town of Midwood, well… let’s just say that Saskia appears in the involuntary role of the teacher’s pet, because bone charmers are wealthy, respected, and have all the possibilities, while the rest of the society is… more or less normal, hence often poor. Since Saskia’s mother is skilled at reading the future, she’s pretty much used to feeling like she has no free will in her life - because her mother literally sees all (a nightmare, really, can you even imagine?!). So when the kenning comes, Saskia is a bit (a lot) freaked out that her mother will choose a future for her that Saskia herself wouldn’t want to live. Aaaand… to find out whether the kenning goes well, you’ll have to read The Bone Charmer yourself (wicked, I know). The fantasy world that Shields paints and her writing style are both strongly addictive. This is partly because Shields never draws the whole picture, just snippets, and partly because of the whole bone magic possibilities; in The Bone Charmer, you do not get just one, but two alternate stories happening at parallel yet featuring the same characters - strangely enough, both plotlines are intriguing and never fail to entertain you. As we follow Saskia through the story, we only get to see the world through her limited point of view. And even though she comes from a family of bone charmers, she is not a bone charmer herself and as such is as clueless as the reader when it comes to all the nooks and crannies of the magic readings and abilities. Moreover, the main plotline quite nicely turns away from the, nowadays a bit well-worn, magic apprentice stuff towards a detective storyline. But even though the story is full of magic and the pursuit of an unknown danger, the main focus always stays on the themes of family, fate, free will, and emotions. What Saskia tries to figure out throughout the story - notwithstanding the detective plot - is what Shields describes via a number of beautiful, clean metaphors - how far love reaches, how much of free will do we really have, and what would happen in a world where past, present, and future can be foreseen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Staci Campbell

    A thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for my early copy of this title!! "Im not sure how many more fractures I can withstand, until I crumble." - Saskia Synopsis- On the day of Saskia’s kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—her worst fear comes true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, a seer, like her mother. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose the one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. A thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for my early copy of this title!! "Im not sure how many more fractures I can withstand, until I crumble." - Saskia Synopsis- On the day of Saskia’s kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—her worst fear comes true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, a seer, like her mother. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose the one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones, with the devastating result of splitting Saskia’s future. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously: one where she’s forced to confront her magic, and one where she tries to run from it. But when both paths become entangled in the plot of a rogue Charmer, Saskia learns that no future is safe, and some choices have unimaginable consequences. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both. Thoughts: A very different approach and the split timeline was incredible as a reader giving various perspectives, and a broader look at character development, and world building!! Saskia is a great female main character with traits that every reader can relate to, as well as enjoy throughout the entire reading experience. In a lot of ways it is like watching her grow, watching the other characters grow as well through her magic ad split timelines. The magic was incredibly different, and I love the combo of Magic used to create it!! Original, delightful, and darkly entertaining!! Murder, romance, betrayal, and much more bring this story to a five on my list this year!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Beard

    Honestly struggling to find any reason not to give this one 5 stars, so 5 stars it shall have. I absolutely loved the structure of the story. It could have easily gone weird, but Breeana Shields does a great job of controlling the weirdness. Highly recommend, can't wait for more. Full review coming soon to the blog.

  17. 4 out of 5

    KT

    I got my hands on an ARC of The Bone Charmer, and I hated having to give it back. This is a book I plan to reread the second it comes out. It's one of the most unique and captivating YA fantasies I've read in years. Saskia is lovable, strong, flawed, and impossible not to root for. The magic system was absolutely fascinating, and the two timelines had me totally on the edge of my seat. The twists and turns paid off beautifully, and the ending was the right kind of inevitable. Furthermore, Breean I got my hands on an ARC of The Bone Charmer, and I hated having to give it back. This is a book I plan to reread the second it comes out. It's one of the most unique and captivating YA fantasies I've read in years. Saskia is lovable, strong, flawed, and impossible not to root for. The magic system was absolutely fascinating, and the two timelines had me totally on the edge of my seat. The twists and turns paid off beautifully, and the ending was the right kind of inevitable. Furthermore, Breeana Shields is a beautiful writer--she has a way of describing familiar emotions just a little differently than other authors, and it's always so accessible and evocative. I loved everything about this story. I'm already eager for the finale, and the book isn't even out yet! Five enthusiastic stars!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Cole

    This was such a fabulous book! I can’t believe how well executed this was, especially with the alternate realities. This was such a beautiful read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    I couldn’t put it down. This was a fun, fresh, and confusing (in a good way) YA book. Super highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Oh noes, the dreaded DNF! I have only DNFed 6 books before this one, so yeah. Here's the thing: I don't think this one was necessarily bad, I just think try as I might, I could not get into it. And I wanted to, oh how I wanted to! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. So I am not ruling out trying again? I got to I think 31% before tagging out which is a pretty good go You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Oh noes, the dreaded DNF! I have only DNFed 6 books before this one, so yeah. Here's the thing: I don't think this one was necessarily bad, I just think try as I might, I could not get into it. And I wanted to, oh how I wanted to! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. So I am not ruling out trying again? I got to I think 31% before tagging out which is a pretty good go of it. My real issue was that I could not care about Saskia in either world. She was just not compelling to me as a main character, and as such I didn't really care about what happened to her. And the world-building was lacking for me. I wanted to have some background on where we were, how this magic system worked, etc, and I had a lot of trouble with the plot because I didn't understand why any of what was happening was happening. It does have quite a few high reviews, so this could be a personal thing, but I gave it several chances and it just didn't work for me. Sadness. Bottom Line: I hate DNFing, especially books that I was super excited for, but here we are.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexa BookwormFiles

    The Bone Charmer is one of those rare books that have left me feeling more than a little conflicted. On the one hand, it’s a well-written and fun book that I enjoyed very much and devoured in a just a few days…but on the other hand it’s an acutely flawed book that left me feeling frustrated and semi-underwhelmed, which is a fairly annoying place to be in when finishing a book. Let’s start with the aspects of the book that didn’t work. First, the utter lack of world building is infuriating. I kno The Bone Charmer is one of those rare books that have left me feeling more than a little conflicted. On the one hand, it’s a well-written and fun book that I enjoyed very much and devoured in a just a few days…but on the other hand it’s an acutely flawed book that left me feeling frustrated and semi-underwhelmed, which is a fairly annoying place to be in when finishing a book. Let’s start with the aspects of the book that didn’t work. First, the utter lack of world building is infuriating. I know next to nothing about this universe, how it functions, and the people that reside in it. Is this the only country in this universe? If not, how does this country work in relation to others? Do other countries have magic? Why do only some people have magic? I have no answers to any of these questions. I’m not even sure what the people in this world look like, what they are wearing (other than cloaks, they are always wearing cloaks), the style of architecture, etc. Are the roads paved? Do they ride horses or just walk? They have boats, but do they have any other modes of transportation? What is the extent of their technology? I kept waiting for something to be described for more than a brief sentence (if at all), and I kept coming up with nothing. I get irritated with books that spend too much time on set dressing, but at least they give you something to go on. The character building is another rather weak point in the story. We learn the most about Saskia—our MC—but even what we know about her is fairly limited. The other characters either have murky and unclear motivations/backgrounds, or they have none at all and they feel totally extraneous. So much of the story revolves around Saskia and her mother, but by the end of the story her mother felt more like an afterthought than an incredibly important character. The Big Bad was also not fleshed out at all, and his motivations felt so shallow as to be nonexistent. I’m assuming some of this will be built on in the next book, but their needs to be at least some foundation for them in book one. One character in particular (who I won’t name due to spoilers) was incredibly important to the story, and yet had absolutely no character building or motivation at all. It wasn’t so horrible as to make the book unreadable, but it does make the story feel shallow and unfulfilling. Having said all of that, I still really enjoyed the story, which is a testament to how lovely the writing is and the strength of the concept. The magical system is intricate, unique, fun, and more than a little creepy (which I’m all about), and I’m hoping it is explored more in book two. I was also impressed that I found myself rooting equally for both of Saskia’s timelines, and I was genuinely concerned for the people in each of them. It’s so disappointing, then, that the other aspects of the book were so lacking because if it is this engaging then think of what it could have been like with world building and character arcs. Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I might even read book two, but if the lack of world building and character arcs aren’t addressed I don’t think the concept can carry a second book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mathis

    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 mother. On 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-mak 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 mother. On 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 violence. Saskia 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. Rating: 5/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: AHHHHHH MY HEART HURTS SO BADLY; this was a wildly fantastic journey; what was up with that ending, though?!; I need more of this--I need more of this right now; complex, well-rounded characters; surprising from beginning to end HUGE thanks to Breeana Shields, Page Street Kids Publishing, the Fantastic Flying Book Club, and Netgalley for sending complimentary galleys my way! This in no instance altered my read of or opinion on this title. It's always been a prickly thing between us, her insight and my ignorance. And the other way around, too. The bones can't show her my heart. With that said... I need you all to stop what you're doing. I need you to stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW and go order this book, because oh, my PENGUINS, is this book fantastic. I especially want to take a moment to call out the dual perspectives that occur....from two very different "realities" / alternate timelines. Breeana Shields put a lot of thought and insight into crafting the realities within in very different, equally surprising ways. Every step through these pages was honed with purple prose and so, so many different heartstrings. I will be drooling over this book for a long while to come -- it's been SO long since I last gave a book 5 Penguins, after all. There was a moment in this book where I thought I knew where we were headed. I thought I KNEW where Breeana Shields was leading me. I was wrong...and I was absolutely DEVASTATED when I realized it, even as elated as I was when I continued reading and watched the rest of the story unfold. I'll admit, though, that I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It felt TOO abrupt; there was a sense of finality there that I don't think has a place at that point of the story, given there are still some loose ends I need to have tied up. I can't imagine not seeing how the rest of everything plays out...but I suppose, if I have to, that's what I'll learn to do. I instruct my eyes to open, but they won't obey. It's too much effort. And so I give up and let the darkness swallow me, let it sweep me away to a place where pain doesn't exist and hearts can't be broken. This was a fantastically atmospheric, beautifully crafted read, and I cannot wait to see what Breeana Shields does next with her writing genius. If you've been waiting for a sign to put this book on your "need to order" list, let this review be it--you'll not regret it! I recommend this read for lovers of alternate timelines, strong-willed characters, and surprising plot points. Let the bones charm you, Penguins, and remember: every choice you make casts more than just one change.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    When Saskia's bone reading, which will determine her future career path and future love match, goes wrong, her future is split into two paths.  On one path, Saskia will go on to train as a bone charmer and be matched with a boy she fears has a violent past, and on the other she'll train as a tutor and be matched with the boy she already wants to be with. As we follow Saskia's parallel paths, she realises she's in danger in both of them, and only one path can continue in the end - but which will i When Saskia's bone reading, which will determine her future career path and future love match, goes wrong, her future is split into two paths.  On one path, Saskia will go on to train as a bone charmer and be matched with a boy she fears has a violent past, and on the other she'll train as a tutor and be matched with the boy she already wants to be with. As we follow Saskia's parallel paths, she realises she's in danger in both of them, and only one path can continue in the end - but which will it be? I absolutely loved this book.  The whole 'Sliding Doors' theme was fantastic and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I'd finished!  It was full of intrigue and betrayal and to be honest, I was hooked from the first sentence.  The magic system was interesting, not too complicated and well described, which kept the book moving along at a good pace.  Sometimes I feel like authors either gloss over how particular magical abilities work, or go the other way and overcomplicate it. The Bone Charmer got it just right for me.   Saskia (in both timelines) was a wonderful and flawed character and I appreciated a deviation away from 'ordinary girl suddenly becomes all powerful and saves the world'.  I also really loved Bram and enjoyed piecing his history, and the meaning of his tattoos, together.  I was completely captivated by this book, and although I'm not sure whether there will be a sequel, I really hope there is! MY BLOG ~ INSTAGRAM

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lenore .

    excuse me but this sounds so freaking interesting

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ ** Saskia has always feared the magic that speaks to her, so much so that she wants nothing to do with the life her mother believes will be hers. On the day of her keening where her future will known, Saskia unleashes a chain of events that even her mother could not predict. Every choice can lead down a different path, and Saskia's life has split in two different directions. Which was her true path? This was like a YA supernatural/othe **Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ ** Saskia has always feared the magic that speaks to her, so much so that she wants nothing to do with the life her mother believes will be hers. On the day of her keening where her future will known, Saskia unleashes a chain of events that even her mother could not predict. Every choice can lead down a different path, and Saskia's life has split in two different directions. Which was her true path? This was like a YA supernatural/otherworld version of the movie Sliding Doors, where an event happens that could have gone in a different direction, and the storyline splits into two and the audience gets to see them both unfold at the same time. One choice was the easy, expected choice- but the other was harder, more challenging, but maybe the best choice. I knew what I wanted for Saskia, but I had no idea what was the path she should really be on. I loved how Breeana showed how fate, or destiny or whatever you want to call it, had such a strong pull on life. Even when you thought you were making different choices, some people belonged together in some form or another and everyone will find their real path. Let's take a minute to mention that I just love Bram, he was my favorite character (aside from Ami who was adorable and the best of friend). He faced some terrible scorn for things that were out of control and I totally blamed Saskia for that- even though Bram did not seem to hold anything against her, he was just wary. Even from the beginning of the story I did not care what his supposed misdeeds were, I just loved his broody silence. I will say that I was hoping for more romance in the story since it there was a part about match making and mates, but there was so much else going on that romance took a back seat (which completely worked for the plot, just not my heart- talk about slow burn here!). I thought this was a standalone story, but I am going to say based on the ending and tons of loose ends, that this is the first in a series. I love the world Breeana created, full of dark bone related magic and wishes, political intrigue and death, and just a small sliver of hope and love thrown in for flavor. I can't wait to see what the next book will bring for Saskia the Bone Charmer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Duskangelreads

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars Thanks to NetGalley & Page Street Publishing for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! You can also find this review on Dusk Angel Reads Writing This book was actually REALLY good! The writing was very gripping & interesting. I read 75% of this book in 1 day because I was just so into the story, I just couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed the writing. The author did an awesome job of describing the world & magic system thoroughly but Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars Thanks to NetGalley & Page Street Publishing for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! You can also find this review on Dusk Angel Reads Writing This book was actually REALLY good! The writing was very gripping & interesting. I read 75% of this book in 1 day because I was just so into the story, I just couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed the writing. The author did an awesome job of describing the world & magic system thoroughly but it never felt like info dumping which was awesome. The characters developed well throughout the book, some good & some bad but the development was there and it felt natural. Plot The plot of this book is so freaking interesting. This book basically follows two possible futures after a certain point in time and it was done SOO well! There was action & drama in both sides that kept you on your toes! It was very unpredictable as well which is awesome. The whole plot just flowed really well on both sides. I thought things might of been confusing but that definitely wasn’t the case. The author did an awesome job of writing this unique plot and I loved it. I also love that there was never any confusion when it came to the 2 different plots we were following. Obviously both sides followed the same MC & I feel like she felt different in each side and she developed differently because of what she went through on that side. It was just written really well! Characters The characters are kinda hard to talk about because there were 2 versions of most characters, one in each possible future. The characters in each future developed really well though & I was really invested in these characters. Especially so on one of the futures and I really liked one of the romances , which is really weird as I’m just not usually that person. All the characters were really well done, the good guys & the bad guys. They were all written very well! I think that is all I’ll say about the characters as otherwise it is going to get too confusing by trying to avoid spoilers if I actually talk about the characters individually. Overall I really enjoyed this book! The characters were awesome, the world was super interesting, the magic system was unique and interesting as well. Everything about this book was just interesting & fun. It dragged me in and did not want to let go! I really hope there is a sequel to this book. It ended as if it was leading into another book but there is no series for this book on Goodreads and I can’t find any info for it! I really hope there is though! It was just so good and also, like I said, the ending felt like it was leading somewhere else & I need to know!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikole Clow

    The Bone Charmer tells the tale of Saskia and her journeys after her kenning. Her Bone Charmer mother has the power to see multiple future paths for Saskia, but Saskia believes her mother only picks the path she will despise the most: the path of a Bone Charmer and with the guy she does not love. But all actions have consequences and Saskia’s future gets split into two paths after her bone fractures. And in each path, she faces unforeseen dangers that will not only harm her, but the people she h The Bone Charmer tells the tale of Saskia and her journeys after her kenning. Her Bone Charmer mother has the power to see multiple future paths for Saskia, but Saskia believes her mother only picks the path she will despise the most: the path of a Bone Charmer and with the guy she does not love. But all actions have consequences and Saskia’s future gets split into two paths after her bone fractures. And in each path, she faces unforeseen dangers that will not only harm her, but the people she holds close. Saskia must decide which path is meant to be her future before its too late. Saskia is a fun and wholly original character that doesn’t want her future to be defined by a kenning. She knows what she wants to do and, yet, it’s tradition to have a kenning. I would have liked to have seen a bit more character development on Saskia, but I have a feeling the sequel will unveil even more of Saskia’s character and her future. Breeana Shields knows how to weave a world. The world in The Bone Charmer is fascinating and beautifully depicted. Both of Saskia’s paths are well-written and uniquely created. At first, it was a bit confusing trying to determine which path I was reading but once I figured that out, the story started to pick up and really developed into a fun adventurous story. And I enjoyed the aspect of Saskia’s future being broken into two paths. It made me think of what would happen if my future broke into two paths: what path would I want to be my future? I also really enjoyed the idea of bone magic and blood. I found the idea to be fascinating and seeing Saskia explore bone magic in one of her paths was really interesting. A Bone Charmer has the capability to use magic to either see the past, present, or future, but they cannot see all three. Saskia can see the present but not the past or future, which is a really neat concept. All three are wonderfully explored in The Bone Charmer, and I thought it was unique to see just how different bone magic is used for each reading. Anyone who knows me (and my love for the fantasy genre) knows how much I enjoy a good plot twist. And, boy, does The Bone Charmer have plot twists. The Bone Charmer kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I wanted to know the potential outcome of each of Saskia’s paths and what that did for her character development. Overall, The Bone Charmer is captivating and weaves together magic and the possibilities of one’s future. I look forward to seeing how Saskia’s story continues in the sequel!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. I admit that I read the summary when I picked this book on NetGalley, but by the time I got around to reading it, I had forgotten what it was all about. So when I got to the chapter where the timelines split, I was like What!!!! I admit that it through me off, but within a couple of pages I realized what was going on and I thought that it was brilliant. The author does a fabulous job of telling the two stories and keeping ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. I admit that I read the summary when I picked this book on NetGalley, but by the time I got around to reading it, I had forgotten what it was all about. So when I got to the chapter where the timelines split, I was like What!!!! I admit that it through me off, but within a couple of pages I realized what was going on and I thought that it was brilliant. The author does a fabulous job of telling the two stories and keeping them separate yet intertwined at the same time. Saskia is a third generation bone reader, but she has her doubts about letting her life be guided by them. Her journey through understanding fate versus choices, love of her family and grief is one we can all relate to. Both of her story lines go in very different directions, one that was what her mother wanted and the other what she wanted. She takes charge of her life in both of the stories eventually, although it is a bit of a struggle for her. She is bright and powerful, but she lacks confidence in herself and her abilities. There are two romances, each timeline as a different beau, so it is not really a love triangle. In both cases she was bone matched to each of the boys. In one, she was happy about the match, the other not so much. We get to know both Bram and Declan, but not as well as I would have liked. I loved how one of the romances played out, even though I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning. It is really hard to explain the plot with out giving things away, but lets just say that there is a bit of a slow start, but the last half of the book is amazing as things start to fall apart for Saskia. The world building was good, but could have been a bit better. The bone magic was fascinating, and there were other types as well as the Bone Charmer. What I found most fascinating about the book was the exploration of fate and choices. When her mother talked to Saskia about her readings and as Saskia did her own readings, there were many paths that the bones showed them. It was their responsibility to decided the best path. That is a lot for anyone to take on. It is emphasized that most people just used these readings as a starting point, but still made choices that could change their paths. There was an interesting side character though in the Tutor story line, that never made any decisions without a bone reading. Her dependency on the bones was almost addictive to her. She was held up as the example of how bone readings could be harmful. Another interesting thing about this world was the idea that when ever some sort of trauma or very emotional event happened to a person, a tattoo would appear somewhere on their body that represented the emotion that they felt. When they fell in love a tattoo encircled their wrists, a traumatizing event would also cause a tattoo. Their tattoos helped tell their life stories, which was very interesting to me. A really great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see where it all goes, I can’t even begin to predict it all. Saskia is a great character and I find her world a fascinating place to spend time in. https://elnadesbookchat.com

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Um, hell yes! As a person who grew up in TWO separate households worlds apart, who has had TWO very distinct careers, has been married TWICE, and had brain surgery leaving my life divided in TWO: before and after, this books’ exploration of choices, fate, and the paths we take absolutely touched my heart and soul. The lore and magic of bone charming only elevated the core message and delighted my imagination. I found Saskia and her character development to be endearing, relationships relatable, Um, hell yes! As a person who grew up in TWO separate households worlds apart, who has had TWO very distinct careers, has been married TWICE, and had brain surgery leaving my life divided in TWO: before and after, this books’ exploration of choices, fate, and the paths we take absolutely touched my heart and soul. The lore and magic of bone charming only elevated the core message and delighted my imagination. I found Saskia and her character development to be endearing, relationships relatable, and that some tropes were turned inside out as the characters fought to out-wit fate. The premise of this story is downright brilliant, though I’d love more world building- Ivory Hall was beautifully brought to life, but Midwood felt a bit ungrounded. I’m not exactly sure what time period this book took place in and I’m dying to learn more. If you are a planner, a builder of dreams, or especially reflective...if you are a SAGITTARIUS...read this. I will certainly re-read it again and look for more clues along the way as to how the paths entertwine- it’s a delight!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jane Conklin

    By the end of the second chapter of this book, I immediately stopped what I was doing and went to preorder the hard copy. This book is everything I’ve been looking for in a novel but didn’t realize I was missing! It’s very reminiscent to me of a Russian folktale meets Harry Potter, but with a modern, dystopian twist. The characters are familiar, but unique and I cared about each and everyone of them, which rarely happens for me. Breeana has created a beautiful, magic touched world that drew me in By the end of the second chapter of this book, I immediately stopped what I was doing and went to preorder the hard copy. This book is everything I’ve been looking for in a novel but didn’t realize I was missing! It’s very reminiscent to me of a Russian folktale meets Harry Potter, but with a modern, dystopian twist. The characters are familiar, but unique and I cared about each and everyone of them, which rarely happens for me. Breeana has created a beautiful, magic touched world that drew me in and held me captive long after I should’ve turned out the light and gone to bed.

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