The Bone Witch

By Rin Chupeco

Plot: Tea lives on a small farm, dreaming of an unreachable goal: becoming an asha, a powerful, beloved position across the lands, restricted to women with magic. When Tea’s brother dies, she realizes she is a bone witch, a witch who specializes in raising the dead and using dark runes. After her raising her brother back to life, she is taken in by another bone witch. Soon, the fate of her world depends on her rare powers.

Writing: The writing was simple and elegant, but there were points where I couldn’t understand exactly why something was going on. The book takes on a more serious tone. The plot was straightforward enough.

Age Level: Teens ages 13-15 would enjoy this book. It includes mature topics such as death and raising the dead and such, but it isn’t really gory or anything. The reading level is better for the ages I specified, but kids younger or older might still like this book.

Overall: This book was suspenseful and fun to read, with twists in every chapter. Every other chapter there is a flash to the future of some sort, as if a future Tea is telling her story to someone else, but it is a little confusing to keep track of that story line and the main story line. Overall, I would recommend this series to fans of fantasy.

Other books by Rin Chupeco: Heart Forger, Shadowglass, The Girl From The Well, The Suffering, The Never Tilting World and more….

Keeper of the Lost Cities

By Shannon Messenger

Plot: Sophie Foster is a prodigy in the human world, but she feels out of place. She realizes why when Fitz Vacker, an elf, tells her she is actually one of them! She is whisked off to the Lost Cities, home of the elves, where she learns the Lost Cities is in trouble, and only she can save it…

Writing: The writing is smooth and follows a story line that is not complicated and easy to keep up with. Shannon Messenger is really good at breaking up serious sections with jokes, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once.

Age Level: I would recommend this book to kids 9-13. Although the reading level is for that age, even teenagers would enjoy this book.

Overall: This book expands into an amazing series. I would recommend reading the whole thing. The characters are lovable and well-developed, and clever and loyal to their cause.

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