About the Book:
Title: THE BONE CHARMER
Author: Breeana Shields
Pub. Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD
“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – KendareBlake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
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.
Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.
When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Wow this was a thrilling read! I usually have a love hate thing with alternate timeline plots but I easily kept up with what was going on and stayed engaged in the story. Saskia was a bit hard to like in the beginning but I warmed up to her a few chapters in. Bram was likeable to me from the beginning just because I knew he’d turn out to be misunderstood, plus he’s quiet and introspective. I think the “misunderstood brooding guy” trope was the only plot twist I saw coming, the others caught me by surprise and some just hit me right in my feels. I have to admit I favored Saskia’s bone charmer timeline but I liked the relationship between Saskia and her Mother in the tutor timeline. Even though the tutor timeline won out I still enjoyed the ending and the setup for a sequel.
I’m looking forward to book two!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommendation: ages 15 and up
FTC Disclaimer: I received thus book in exchange for an honest review
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of THE BONE CHARMER, US Only.
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