This book seemed to follow me, a spirit in the corner of my vision waiting to be noticed. I saw it at stores, in facebook groups, suggested in ads, so finally for some reason after reading a negative review of the book is when I decided to pick it up.
Bone Witch follows Tea in a high fantasy world with heavy Asian influences. Tea has just learned she has the powers of a Dark asha and can raise the dead and her whole life has changed as she trains to be an asha far from home with her familiar- the corpse of her dead brother and the help of a variety of characters.
The book switches points of view I suppose you could say. There are small glimpses between chapters. These glimpses follow a Bard who has come to a cast out asha, who is the present Tea. The rest of the chapters are Tea telling her story. It reads very much as a movie. Not in the sense of it making a good movie but the reader is lead along in a similar way to which an audience is lead in movies by a narrator telling the past. Without even realizing it you are invested in Tea’s story following her events of an asha in training and wondering how she came to be the person in the glimpses.
I can see why for some people this book would not be a good pick, it is unlike anything in YA in terms of writing style. The plot is slower than most YA and the romance and adventure not as center of attention. However, once its got you, its got you and I cannot wait to read the next book when it comes out!
Rin Chupeco is also the author of The Girl From the Well series which I most definitely plan on reading as soon as possible!