Title: The Bone Charmer (The Bone Charmer #1)
Author: Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication date: May 21st, 2019
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.
The Bone Charmer was my August 12 Reads from 12 Friends book that I didn’t get to during August… oh well! I have now read it and it was so good!
I love that it is told in alternating timelines, it’s somewhat similar to a choose your own adventure novel where you can see what happens based on two different versions of the story, but it’s not an interactive book. The flips between timelines weren’t confusing, it was easy to follow what was happening in each timeline and it was woven in such a way that the reader could put together what was happening when the MC couldn’t because she only knew half the information in each timeline. The magic system is also super interesting with the bones being the magical items and having the ability to use bones to see the past, present, or future.
There is romance in this book, which I LOVED. But, it also made me sad at the end – but I’m hoping for a better resolution in The Bone Thief! I would say some downsides to this book is the villains, I didn’t feel like I truly understood the motivations of the lesser villain and didn’t know enough of the main villains back story. I would have liked more development there. But, very much a satisfying read.
I’m planning to read the sequel this month for spooky season so if you were interested in this review keep checking back for my review of the sequel!
Happy reading, folks!