Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)
Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1) Details

TitleBone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062798770
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1) Review

  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    this story is all about a doomed romance. i definitely believed the doomed part - from the very beginning you know it isnt going to end well for the characters. its the romance that i find less convincing. i just dont see any concrete proof, other than faith in an old belief/superstition, that bastien and ailesse are into each other. the idea of soulmates and bonds beyond anyones control can be romantic, but i just found this to be more of an eye-roll than anything. i have a prediction (actually this story is all about a doomed romance. i definitely believed the doomed part - from the very beginning you know it isnt going to end well for the characters. its the romance that i find less convincing. i just dont see any concrete proof, other than faith in an old belief/superstition, that bastien and ailesse are into each other. the idea of soulmates and bonds beyond anyones control can be romantic, but i just found this to be more of an eye-roll than anything. i have a prediction (actually more like wishful thinking) about how the second book will resolve this and its that (view spoiler)[bastien will realise his connection with jules truly is romantic (as it should be - i was totally rooting for them from the beginning) and ailesse will realise cas, her amouré, is truly her soulmate. (hide spoiler)] happy ending for all! lol. regardless of my unenthusiastic response for the romance, i actually really enjoyed the world building. its totally what sells this story for me. i love the french influence and language and city scenes. i was easily transported into the catacombs and duchy province. the writing is really great in this aspect of world building and its where i found most of my enjoyment. so while this does have some negatives, in addition to the positives, i like the story enough to look forward to the sequel. it doesnt help that this ends on a massive cliff hanger (not really a cliff hanger but more like stops in the middle of the story), so i guess i will have to wait to see what happens next.↠ 3.5 stars
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  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Can we have Charlie Bowater do all covers from now on please? I love her work and when I saw this book I immediately added it to my tbr. Plus the premise of this book sounds amazing. A duology and a doomed romance? Sign me up.
  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    i can see it now: me nutting for this cover so hard that i read this book almost an entire year before it's released... and then have to wait 2 years before the sequel comes out
  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank-you, Edelweiss, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I thoroughly enjoyed this and feel like its an easy story to read in one sitting. Not because its a simple story but because its addicting. The world is unique and so is the magic system. I've never read a book like this one, where the characters use animal bones and get strength and power from them depending on what animal it is they killed. I loved every minute of it.This story is full of star-crossed Thank-you, Edelweiss, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I thoroughly enjoyed this and feel like it’s an easy story to read in one sitting. Not because it’s a simple story but because it’s addicting. The world is unique and so is the magic system. I've never read a book like this one, where the characters use animal bones and get strength and power from them depending on what animal it is they killed. I loved every minute of it.This story is full of star-crossed lovers, enemies to lovers, siblings, characters you can’t trust, and one hell of a compelling plot. I will for sure be buying myself a finished copy when it gets released in March 2020. -----------------------------------Okay, who gave someone the goddamn right to not only make this cover gorgeous, but to have it set to come out in 2020??? I just wanna talk...
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  • ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
    January 1, 1970
    The artist Charlie Bowater who did the cover of this book is too good for this planet. This book could suck ass but I will make room for it on my shelves. 50 shades will just have to sit on the floor.
  • Cindy ✩☽♔
    January 1, 1970
    6/12/19OMG, is this really happening? Am I actually loving this cover with cover models/character art? OMG I am!--- ...star-crossed lovers Ailith, a magical siren and soul-ferrier, and Bastien, her soulmate who's hell-bent on avenging his murdered father, are fated to kill one another. Am I the only one who kind wants it to end with one or both of them dying? I don't know I just want something that is actually dark. Anime gets away with it all the time, I think books can do the same.
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  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    January 1, 1970
    Bone Crier's Moon was a riveting read set in a French-inspired world about the lengths people go to for love and loyalty. The moon waxed and waned, the stakes were high and the relationships were compelling- I definitely thought it was a story with a lot of potential.Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 4/5Bone Criers or Ferriers were women who ferried the souls of the dead to either the Heavens or the Underworld every new moon. But to do this they had to complete a rite of passage that involved Bone Crier's Moon was a riveting read set in a French-inspired world about the lengths people go to for love and loyalty. The moon waxed and waned, the stakes were high and the relationships were compelling- I definitely thought it was a story with a lot of potential.Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 4/5Bone Criers or Ferriers were women who ferried the souls of the dead to either the Heavens or the Underworld every new moon. But to do this they had to complete a rite of passage that involved luring and killing their soulmate on a bridge. I did think that was a contradictory idea- murdering in order to ferry the dead. The idea was supposed to be that the Ferrier's had to give up something important to prove their dedication but surely the person dying is making more of a sacrifice than the Ferriers?The magic system was very novel where the Ferriers gained magical powers called graces from the bones of animals that they had killed depending on the strengths and skills of those particular animals. For example, if someone had the grace bone of a peregrine falcon they would get extra speed and the bone of a fire salamander would give a healing grace.Ailesse didn't just want to be a Ferrier, she wanted to be the best no matter what it took. Her drive to prove her worth and skill to her mother, the Matrone, and the rest of her famille meant that she never questioned their practices or the reasons behind them. But then Bastien took her hostage, getting in the way of the fate she had been preparing for as long as she could remember. As time passed and truths were uncovered, she realised that there could always be another way. Ailesse had the most subtle development, over the course of the book the pillars of her life crumbled and she had to trust in her own strength to get her through.Sabine was probably the most interesting character. I loved her strong friendship with Ailesse and how they loved each other unconditionally despite their differences. However, it was that strong love that led her to break through many of her moral boundaries to help her friend, almost becoming an entirely different person by the end. As she discovered more and more unsettling secrets her limits were tested more than ever before.For me, Bastien was probably the least developed character. He witnessed his father being killed by a Bone Crier at a young age and ever since he had been driven by a deep-seated desire for revenge. Therefore, he made it his mission to kill a Bone Crier. My problem with him was that I thought he discarded the anger that had been fuelling him for so long rather quickly, I think he should have experienced a greater conflict of emotions. I did like how he put his revenge behind him as he knew it was not going to make anything better. And I also thought him and Ailesse suited each other very much and the way they unwittingly chose each other and defied fate in doing so was cute. However, I think it all needed more development and needed to take more time. On another note, I really liked Bastien's friends, Jules and Marcel, and I hope they get even more of a role in the next book.Set in a dynamic world that went between the forest, the catacombs, the city and many different bridges, Bone Crier's Moon was a promising start to a duology about choosing one's own destiny and rethinking the ways of the past. I'm really excited to read the sequel and seeing where the story goes next! Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • alana ♡
    January 1, 1970
    "You're worth the risk, do you hear me? You're always going to be worth the risk." Rating: 3.5/5 starsNot gonna lie, I totally added this one to my TBR just from the cover alone. But luckily for me, the inside of this book is just as pretty as the outside. Bone Crier's Moon is a hauntingly beautiful fantasy filled with lots of hate to love romance, magic, sisterly love, strong friendships, secrets, and betrayals. The writing in this is seriously stunning and the author does a great job of "You're worth the risk, do you hear me? You're always going to be worth the risk." Rating: 3.5/5 starsNot gonna lie, I totally added this one to my TBR just from the cover alone. But luckily for me, the inside of this book is just as pretty as the outside. Bone Crier's Moon is a hauntingly beautiful fantasy filled with lots of hate to love romance, magic, sisterly love, strong friendships, secrets, and betrayals. The writing in this is seriously stunning and the author does a great job of creating a world that makes it easy to escape into. Even though I did give this book 3.5 stars I think there are more reasons to enjoy this story rather than the few issues I had with it, so let's dive in!What I Liked👯‍♀️ Strong emphasis on female friendship. I love strong female friendships/bonds in stories. The lengths that Sabine and Ailesse go to in this book to save each other is adorable and shows that their love for one another has no limits, they will risk everything to help each other. We love to see it. For me, Sabine was the real show stopper in this book and I think seeing her growth throughout the story and what she was willing to do to get Ailesse back was what I enjoyed the most about this story.🔮 Magic. I thought the magic system and history of the Bone Criers was well thought out and written. I was not a fan of how the Bone Criers attain their powers but I did think it was pretty interesting that once they have these powers and they use them to ferry the dead and move them into the afterlife.😈 Enemies to lovers. It was pretty easy to see this was going to take a turn and Ailesse and Bastien would end up developing feelings for one another and I will say, this was not by any means the best enemies to lovers story I've ever read but I still eat this shit up. The fact that they started this story off wanting nothing more than to kill each other really made my heart swell.👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Multiple POV's. The story is told from Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastien which helped keep me on edge. I was constantly going back and forth trying to decide whose side I wanted to be on. Bastien or Ailesse? There was so much at stake and so much that each of these characters could lose that I ended up reading a good majority of this in just one sitting to see how things would play out.What I Didn't Like🐺 Save the animals pls. Kill all the humans, I really don't care but once we start hurting the animals I get very emotional. If you're like me and animal death is a big no no then you might get a little upset in this as well. Bone Crier's have to kill an animal and wear one of it's bones to attain the heightened senses of whatever animal they kill. And the book literally opens with Ailesse and Sabine killing a shark which was not easy for me to read. So, just be ready for that and be aware that there are a few scenes like that throughout this book.😴 Too long. This ties right into the my next issue as well so I'll keep this one to the point. If this book was a standalone I think it would have been fine, but since it's not it just seemed way too long.🔚 Flimsy premise for book two. I am definitely not a fan of how this book ended and at this point I fully believe this should have been a standalone. Maybe my mind will change with the sequel but as of right now I'm kind of bummed. This book comes in at just under 500 pages so all of our questions could have easily been answered without feeling rushed. However, it seems that the author just kind of made this new problem appear out of thin air at the end just to keep the story going. And the problem with that is that I'm not nearly interested or invested enough in this "new" predicament to really care what happens. Am I still going to read it? Probably. Do I care though? Not really.And there you have it, friends. If you're looking for a fun new eerie and atmospheric fantasy to dive into then you might not want to let this one slip past you.  However, just be ready for the little bits of animal cruelty this does contain if that's a hard limit for you!Thank you Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review!Blog | Twitter
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  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    January 1, 1970
    Real Rating: 3,5 starsBone Crier's Moon tell us the story of three main characters: Sabine, Ailesse and Bastien. Sabine and Ailesse are best friends and part of a clan of Leuress, women who ferry the dead into the underworld or paradise. They must do it with the help of bones from animals and a sacred bone flute. If the dead are not ferried they become something like invisible danger. Bastien is a boy driven by revenge because his father was killed by a Leuress. And so our story begins.Even if Real Rating: 3,5 starsBone Crier's Moon tell us the story of three main characters: Sabine, Ailesse and Bastien. Sabine and Ailesse are best friends and part of a clan of Leuress, women who ferry the dead into the underworld or paradise. They must do it with the help of bones from animals and a sacred bone flute. If the dead are not ferried they become something like invisible danger. Bastien is a boy driven by revenge because his father was killed by a Leuress. And so our story begins.Even if the book also overused YA tropes, I was still invested in the plot and the trope of star crossed lovers. Honestly, I did not care much for Sabine's POV, but I loved Ailesse's. So without further delay, what I liked:- The concept of the star-crossed lover called "amouré" acting as a sacrifice for a bigger end. - Strong friendships.- The mythology the author created (Bone Criers, Leuress etc).- I liked to see roles reversing: at the beginning, we have one "less strong" girl and one "stronger". In the end, their roles are somehow reversed but in a good way.- I liked to see a parental figure that actually had some complexity in her and was not just the usual "parent is villainized because yes". - The gorgeous cover. I would buy this book just for it, really. What I did not like:- I do not like the part where they have to kill animals, but I understand the purpose of it...but it still hurt. I wish there was no need for that. It left me uncomfortable and I had to ignore it in order to enjoy the book. I lowered my rating because of it.- The plot twist at the end was a bit weak because at the beginning of the book I totally saw it coming. Maybe if the first meeting scene wasn't so fast...- Supporting characters were okay. They have plenty of potential to develop in the next book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I'd recommend it for those who enjoy French Folklore or enemies to lovers trope. ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    do you ever read a book's synopsis about how much better it would be if it was gay? Star-crossed badass gays on a murdering rampage? sign me UP "Kathryn Purdie's new YA fantasy adventure series, Bone Gracein which star-crossed lovers Ailith, a magical siren and soul-ferrier, and Bastien, her soulmate who's hell-bent on avenging his murdered father, are fated to kill one another. Book one is scheduled for fall 2019." do you ever read a book's synopsis about how much better it would be if it was gay? Star-crossed badass gays on a murdering rampage? sign me UP "Kathryn Purdie's new YA fantasy adventure series, Bone Grace—in which star-crossed lovers Ailith, a magical siren and soul-ferrier, and Bastien, her soulmate who's hell-bent on avenging his murdered father, are fated to kill one another. Book one is scheduled for fall 2019."
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  • Victoria Booklover
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this is a first. Two stars always felt too harsh to me, but I just couldnt with this book. It all stems from one very OBVIOUS thing that is lacking; character depth. Who was Aileesebesides a Bone Crier/Sirenyou ask? I HAVE NO IDEA. She was literally just some girl had to kill some guy to secure her role in her society of Bone Criers. No depth to her character at all. We got no backstory, no unique traits, no development, no nothing. Who was Basitenbesides a wanted thief who also wanted Well, this is a first. Two stars always felt too harsh to me, but I just couldn’t with this book. It all stems from one very OBVIOUS thing that is lacking; character depth. Who was Aileese—besides a Bone Crier/Siren—you ask? I HAVE NO IDEA. She was literally just some girl had to kill some guy to secure her role in her society of Bone Criers. No depth to her character at all. We got no backstory, no unique traits, no development, no nothing. Who was Basiten—besides a wanted thief who also wanted revenge on the Bone Criers—you ask? I HAVE NO IDEA. He was literally just some guy who had to kill some girl for revenge. No depth to his character at all. We got no backstory, no unique traits, no development, no nothing. They were both so surface level that it hurt. The one ATTEMPT made at character development was only present in Sabine. A side character who went from being entirely afraid of everything involving death, to setting traps to kill people. Even the development there wasn’t enough for me, however. She was told some very...random truths which made her seem so gullible. She easily changed her mind and decided that she needed to be better at killing (which was her entire purpose), and her immense fear of killing was just...sort of...gone. But that’s just it; because I could literally give two shits about them, I could give literally two shits about their story. Sure, Basiten was some guy out for revenge because his father was killed. Cool. Got it. Let’s go get revenge. But let us ALSO hear more about that. Let’s plunge into what led you here in more depth. Let’s discuss how it affected you growing up not having a father, let’s hear more about your struggles, how you became this wanted thief and had to do shameless things to get by. It was literally mentioned twice that he “lived a hard life” and never again. Like that’s all the backstory we get? Not cool. That makes Bastien just some random who I could care less about.Same with Ailesse. She had a mother who was harsh, a future she didn’t want. Sure, she mentioned that. Sure, her mother came off as a grade-a bitch, but like GIVE ME MORE. There wasn’t much history about the Bone Crier’s either. Not enough to keep my interest, anyway. So just like Basiten, Ailesse became some random girl I could care less about.The plot overall could have been flushed out better. The constant fighting became stale real fast for me. It felt messy. Everyone just screaming “no don’t kill her” “no don’t kill him” and the author just using convenient ways for everyone to survive each encounter. It was...well, annoying, and I just wanted the book to end. I know that there will be a sequel, but this first installment didn’t captivate me enough to even consider continuing. And I hate that I have to say that.
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  • Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
    January 1, 1970
    THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD OMG. I NEED.
  • booknator
    January 1, 1970
    Ok but HOW stunning is this cover?
  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceMy goodness, I loved reading Bone Criers Moon so much. Its heavy, but full of passion. I loved getting to know the characters as the story progressed. I loved Ailesse so much, but Sabine even more as her loyalty to her dear friend is truly remarkable. Even though we have three points of view going on, Sabines internal struggles definitely made her character stand out to me. Before I get started with my review, I do want to add a Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceMy goodness, I loved reading Bone Crier’s Moon so much. It’s heavy, but full of passion. I loved getting to know the characters as the story progressed. I loved Ailesse so much, but Sabine even more as her loyalty to her dear friend is truly remarkable. Even though we have three points of view going on, Sabine’s internal struggles definitely made her character stand out to me. Before I get started with my review, I do want to add a small trigger warning: if you don’t like reading about animal killing/death, I would take caution in reading this book.With that said, Bone Crier’s Moon tells the story of Bone Criers, women who have taken an oath to ferry the souls of the dead into the heavens or underworld. In order to dedicate their lives in service to the Gods, the women must sacrifice their one true love. Ailesse has been training since birth to become the next matriarch of the Bone Crier’s, drawing her strength from the bones of the animals she kills, and is now ready to complete her rite of passage. Elsewhere, Bastien seeks revenge for his father, slain by the Bone Crier’s, and sets a trap. He captures Ailesse, but his plans to kill her will have to wait, because now their destinies are entwined in life and death. Ailesse’s best friend Sabine doesn’t care much for the Bone Crier’s work, but with dear friend in danger, she will do whatever it takes to save her…even if it means defying her matriarch and everything she was taught to do as a Bone Crier.This story is told in three points of view: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastien. The story begins with Sabine’s point of view, and I loved it. It’s full of action, but also sets up the relationship that these two women share. You can immediately see the distinction in personalities through Sabine’s internal struggles with the fact that she is a Bone Crier. On the other hand, Ailesse is confident, reckless, and a bit brash in her decisions. She knows what she wants and how she intends on getting it. She’s never faltered. Until she meets Bastien.I felt like Bastien is very similar in personality to Ailesse. They’re both determined, stubborn, cunning, and as it turns out, a little insecure at their core. It makes for great clashes, and a passionate romance that burns as bright as the hate they supposedly spew at each other. I hate to say it, but I’m a sucker for good star-crossed lover tropes. I will say that I would love to see Bastien and Ailesse’s relationship be further explored in the next book because I didn’t feel like we got to know them as well as we got to know Sabine.Let’s talk about that magic system, because it’s definitely unique. The Bone Crier’s get their strength from the bones of the animals they kill. While I won’t linger on that aspect of it, I was very interested in the strengths that different types of animals were given. The choices of those animals seemed very personal to the Bone Crier, and perhaps I am reading too much into it but also created a mindfulness of their connections to nature. Throughout the story there’s also these little breadcrumbs that are teasing to something more about the magic, and I want to find out what it is so badly! It goes hand in hand with the folklore of this world.Something that I loved in this story were the complex motivations and desires of the antagonist(s). There’s so many secrets in this story, no one can truly be called innocent per se, but there are certainly those with more malicious intentions disguising their actions as good. When you see what makes them fall into the depths that they do, there’s something sad about it. I wish I could talk a little bit more about this, but you’ll have to read it if you want to know more!Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this book. It’s dark and moody, and there’s so much tension between characters, you want to keep turning the page to find out what is happening next. I will say that I wish that I would have gotten to know a little bit more folklore, because I was so fascinated by Tyrus and Elara. There’s so many secrets still waiting to be uncovered and I cannot believe I have to wait another year for the next book to come out! I’d rate this book a 9/10, please go add it to your TBR!
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    It's not that I didn't like this book, so much as I just wasn't into it. The world building was fantastic, but I just didn't care about the characters and the romance. I LOVED the sisterly bond/friendship between two of the MC's, but the romance just seemed like a given due to the soul-mate-yness as opposed to actual affection. I was never quite gripped by the story to actually get very far in the book, and then just had to put it down after a possession scene, which bummed me out because I was It's not that I didn't like this book, so much as I just wasn't into it. The world building was fantastic, but I just didn't care about the characters and the romance. I LOVED the sisterly bond/friendship between two of the MC's, but the romance just seemed like a given due to the soul-mate-yness as opposed to actual affection. I was never quite gripped by the story to actually get very far in the book, and then just had to put it down after a possession scene, which bummed me out because I was clear out to 75%. But it's just not the type of content I am comfortable reading.
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[child abandonment, pregnancy discussed, blood & gore depiction, dead bodies, grief depiction, death themes, death of a father (op), death of a mother (op), murder, attempted murder, knife violence, torture, strangulation kidnapping, captivity, near-drowning incident, graphic animal death, graphic animal dead bodies and dismemberment, hunting, poverty themes, and child homelessness (hide spoiler)].◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[child abandonment, pregnancy discussed, blood & gore depiction, dead bodies, grief depiction, death themes, death of a father (op), death of a mother (op), murder, attempted murder, knife violence, torture, strangulation kidnapping, captivity, near-drowning incident, graphic animal death, graphic animal dead bodies and dismemberment, hunting, poverty themes, and child homelessness (hide spoiler)].◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Lia (booksnpenguins)
    January 1, 1970
    I see those ratings up there but I've been cover-baited into adding this to my tbr. Don't @ me for being weak and having aesthetic-loving eyes attached to a heart.(Also, that guy on the cover is kinda how I imagine Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle! So that might be part of the reason why I was drawn to it so much lol)
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is so gorgeous but as with a lot of fantasy lately, it just didnt pull me in! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes ever so I did like that and I loved the uniqueness of the story! I just wish I felt more for the characters! The cover is so gorgeous but as with a lot of fantasy lately, it just didn’t pull me in! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes ever so I did like that and I loved the uniqueness of the story! I just wish I felt more for the characters!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from HarperCollin in exchange for an honest review. "My heart pounds against my rib cage. Élodie told me the dead can't resist being lured to the bridge, but the ones on it are trying to get off. They have no destination. They're going mad. Even teh Uncained are starting to fight back. What I'm seeing is a twisted version of every story I've been told about ferrying night." Summary Bone Crier's are a secret matriarchal order that are tasked with ferrying the spirits of the dead ARC received from HarperCollin in exchange for an honest review. "My heart pounds against my rib cage. Élodie told me the dead can't resist being lured to the bridge, but the ones on it are trying to get off. They have no destination. They're going mad. Even teh Uncained are starting to fight back. What I'm seeing is a twisted version of every story I've been told about ferrying night." Summary Bone Crier's are a secret matriarchal order that are tasked with ferrying the spirits of the dead into the afterlife. In order to become a full blown Bone Crier, or Leuress, a great sacrifice is required. Aliesse has prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Crier's, but first the gods demand sacrifice. She must perform a ritual to lure her soulmate, the man she is destined to one day love, and then take his life once their souls are bound. Bastien has been on his own ever since his father was slain by a Bone Crier. Now his life is dedicated to one cause: taking revenge. Aliesse and Bastien's lives become inextriably bound - in both life and death - now that Ailesse's ritual has begun. Thrown into the mix is Sabine, Ailesse's gentle best friend, who will do everything in her power to ensure her safety. Review I really really adored this book! It was action packed with a strong world building and lore, as well as excellent characters. This is truly a slow burn, hate to love romance and I loved every second of it. There were so many twists and turns, and I was taken by surprise and kept at the edge of my seat!The Bone Crier's are loosely based on the myth of Les Dames Blanch, a French lore of women in white that will lure their prey to bridges and narrow passes to dance. Similarly, I read Serpent & Dove a few months ago, which also draws inspiration from the myths of Les Dames Blanches, and yet these two stories take completely different turns. I really enjoy seeing how to same source material can inspire stories that have very little similarities, especially in terms of the magic systems and lore. In Bone Crier's Moon the Lueress' have a sacred duty to ferry the souls of the dead to the afterlife - either Elara's Paradise or Tyrus' Underworld. The souls are lured by a magical flute, which is a major conduit of the crier's power. In addition, the Lueress' power derives from "grace bones," where each leuress hunts 3 animals and harnesses their unique abilities for their own. I thought this was such a unique piece of world building - wherein the characters had some choice in what powers they chose to manifest in order to help them fight and ferry the dead. The plot starts off with Ailesse's failed ritual that binds her to Bastien, who is seeking revenge, but ends up being about so much more. We also follow Sabine, who without Ailesse to look towards for guidance, must develop strength of her own to fight for the criers. Underneath it all is a more sinister plot threatening the balance between life and death itself. Without the Leuress' ferrying the dead, their souls become trapped and start preying on the living. The way the plot unfolds to reveal the deeper underlying story is masterfully crafted and kept me constantly wanting to keep reading to see what happens. There are a lot of complex, fully fleshed out characters with conflicting motivations that move the plot along. It was amazing seeing all of their interactions and the way that even the side characters action's fed in to the plot. I need to just say, THE ROMANCE. If you've ever read a book that's touted as enemies to lovers and felt like they weren't enemies enough, that is the furthest thing from the romance in this book. Ailesse and Bastien want to kill each other for like.....most of the book. The slow realization of their feelings is done in such a delicious way. I ate up every second of their tension. Truly their relationship was enemies to lovers PERFECTION. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel, Bone Crier's Dawn. This first installment was able to effectively wrap up a heart pounding plot, while leaving enough threads open to make for an exciting and compelling sequel. I will be reading this follow up as soon as it comes out because I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next!!!!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The plot of this book was interesting. Bone Criers or "Leurress" lure men and have to kill them in order to become Ferriers. It's their rite of passage and Ailesse is about to do hers. However, the young man appearing on the bridge is prepared. When he was ten, he saw his father murdered like this and it's been his mission ever since then to get revenge. The rite won't go as planned as both characters wants to kill the other. I have to say the romance (enemies to lovers) didn't captivate me and The plot of this book was interesting. Bone Criers or "Leurress" lure men and have to kill them in order to become Ferriers. It's their rite of passage and Ailesse is about to do hers. However, the young man appearing on the bridge is prepared. When he was ten, he saw his father murdered like this and it's been his mission ever since then to get revenge. The rite won't go as planned as both characters wants to kill the other. I have to say the romance (enemies to lovers) didn't captivate me and I wasn't really invested. I didn't care if they ended up together or not. I struggled a little to get to the end. I'm going to blame the audiobook here as only one of the narrators (Sabine's chapters) was actually enjoyable to listen to. Bastion's narrator was horrible! He kept whispering all of his chapters and that plus a difficult accent to understand meant I hated whenever I had to listen to him.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins and Katherine Tegen Books for the ARC.I swear I will add any book to my TBR shelf that has a cover design done by Charlie Bowater because LOOK AT HER!
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this! A coven of women who ferry the dead to the afterlife, forbidden romance, supportive friendships and a fantastic ending all make this book. Bone Criers Moon and its stunning cover by Charlie Bowater is about Bone Criers (or Leuress) who use the bones of animals to strengthen their own abilities and senses. After they have collected the bones of three animals, they can perform their rite of passage and fulfill their purpose of ferrying the dead.The only caveat? Their rite of I really enjoyed this! A coven of women who ferry the dead to the afterlife, forbidden romance, supportive friendships and a fantastic ending all make this book. Bone Crier’s Moon and it’s stunning cover by Charlie Bowater is about Bone Criers (or Leuress) who use the bones of animals to strengthen their own abilities and senses. After they have collected the bones of three animals, they can perform their rite of passage and fulfill their purpose of ferrying the dead.The only caveat? Their rite of passage means killing their one true love. The ultimate sacrifice and sign of devotion to their task. To fail means their death as well. Most, such as Ailesse, see this as a necessary and honorable duty. Her best friend Sabine however, is sickened at the idea of taking another life. Despite their juxtaposition on this, Ailesse and Sabine share a deep and supportive friendship that becomes paramount throughout this story.Bastien is seeking to avenge the death of his father, who was killed by a Bone Crier before his eyes. Joined with two siblings also seeking revenge, they lay a trap to catch a Bone Crier during her rite of passage. They end up with more than they bargained for they take Ailesse hostage and find themselves hunted by Sabine, her mother and their fellow Leuress. To top it off, Bastien and Ailesse find themselves inextricably drawn to each other and must find a way to break the soul bond tying their lives to one another.I thoroughly enjoyed the mythology aspect of this, the purpose of the Leuress, Bastien’s quest for answers, the relationship Ailesse’s mother Odiva has with the girls and the friendship between Ailesse and Sabine. The villain is very compelling and multifaceted. I need more history about their past!The three POV were key to telling this story and I’m hoping we will get an additional POV in the next book, from a character introduced later in this one. There is lovely and sweet forbidden romance (with a hint of angst), many secrets revealed and questions yet to be answered.Overall, I am looking forward to where this story takes us next! I have no idea what is going to happen now!
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  • Francesca ❆
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much HarperCollins for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.Good story, but needed more polish.CHARACTERS:The book is narrated by three characters: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastien.All the characters were thoroughly fleshed out and I enjoyed reading about their inner turmoil and external struggles; the story forces them to go through some fascinating changes and personal growth, making the character development the focus of the story.The villain of Thank you so much HarperCollins for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.Good story, but needed more polish.CHARACTERS:The book is narrated by three characters: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastien.All the characters were thoroughly fleshed out and I enjoyed reading about their inner turmoil and external struggles; the story forces them to go through some fascinating changes and personal growth, making the character development the focus of the story.The villain of the story was just as complex and interesting as the main characters, it was easy to understand its agenda and why this person became who it is.The sisterly bond between Sabine and Ailesse was beautiful, they care about each other so much and won’t let anyone or anything come between them.The friendship between Bastien, Jules, and Marcel was also an interesting addition: the strong bond they shared as they grew up in the streets and the sense of camaraderie born from going through such a difficult time together.The romance felt a bit rushed thanks to the caveat of “they’re soul mates” and although the characters do spend some time getting to know each other and bonding over common things, it felt like it happened too late into the story,when both characters had accepted they were it for each other, and it wasn’t dedicated enough time for it to feel real.WORLD-BUILDING AND PLOT:I loved how rich and elaborate the world building was: from the lore surrounding the Leuress to the magic of their grace bones, their legends and the deep culture of the world they live in. It was a true delight exploring all of that and travel the continent.The plot is a multi faceted story about love, revenge, betrayal and self discovery, each character is set on a journey that will shake their beliefs, question their agenda, and find camaraderie with unexpected people.It is truly a wild rollercoaster ride.WRITING:The writing was the biggest issue of an otherwise well done book: the flowing of the story was very jarring because of the way certain scenes were described in a sort of scripted way (example: “I swim to the middle of the lake. I dive under the surface. I see the shark. I take out my knife. I stab him as he approaches me”) which not only felt very impersonal, and considering the first person POV it’s even worse of a sensation, but it also broke the immersion.The pacing of the story was nicely designed tho and didn’t have any major issues: the plot was executed in a attention grabbing way that didn’t make you want to put down the book.FINAL NOTE:I’m very curious about what’s going to happen next and although the writing made it difficult to get through, I’m still gonna continue this series.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Personally, its the lore that is the biggest draw for this novel. There is so much there that has so much potential! But the execution just didnt work for me, particularly when it came to the characters. Personally, it’s the lore that is the biggest draw for this novel. There is so much there that has so much potential! But the execution just didn’t work for me, particularly when it came to the characters.
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  • Aly (In Wonderland)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, thank God that's over.I was incredibly disappointed by page 20, when I realised that one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 was also going to be my most unanticipated disappointment. 20 pages in, and I knew everything I needed to know about this book: it's slow, badly paced and incredibly boring. The plot itself is one of old, with a regrettable love story and an overworked villain story arc. I find 2 out of the 3 point of views insufferable to read, with the third one being mildly Well, thank God that's over.I was incredibly disappointed by page 20, when I realised that one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 was also going to be my most unanticipated disappointment. 20 pages in, and I knew everything I needed to know about this book: it's slow, badly paced and incredibly boring. The plot itself is one of old, with a regrettable love story and an overworked villain story arc. I find 2 out of the 3 point of views insufferable to read, with the third one being mildly enjoyable, but only because those chapters were short and to the point.The summary seemed misleading to me. I was expecting an epic adventure, classical fantasy style, and found instead a poorly constructed world with characters that had literally no depth (who are they? what do they want? what are their goals outside of the main plot? I have no idea!) and a magic system that seemed to rely mostly on convenience and deus ex machina.Also, be warned, that if you're a lover of animals this book details the killing of animals in graphic detail so avert your eyes or give it a miss.PS. This book would have been 110% better if it had been gay.
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    this cover could punch me in the guts and I'd say thank you ma'am, I'm happy to be of service
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I know this book doesnt come out for quite some time (March of 2020), but I was in a bit of a rut when it came to what I wanted to read next. I knew it wanted to be some sort of fantasy but I just wasnt sure until I came across this on Edelweiss. What definitely got me was the bit about Ailesse having to kill her soulmate in order to become a Ferrier, only to be kidnapped by him instead, and **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I know this book doesn’t come out for quite some time (March of 2020), but I was in a bit of a rut when it came to what I wanted to read next. I knew it wanted to be some sort of fantasy but I just wasn’t sure until I came across this on Edelweiss. What definitely got me was the bit about Ailesse having to kill her soulmate in order to become a Ferrier, only to be kidnapped by him instead, and everything inside me just went YES PLEASE. It sounded so interesting, and while the concept was really original and I thought the world-building was unique, I just feel like the writing style left a lot to be imagined and didn’t make for as magical a storytelling as this could have been.I like characters. That’s what always draws me into a story. Characters and their struggles – both internal and external. And while the characters in this book were decent and complex, with their own individual arcs that caused them to change over the course of the book, I sometimes felt distanced from them. Sabine was my immediate favorite, and I found each of her chapters to be completely riveting, because not only was she being forced to change in ways that she did not like, there was just so much more mystery and intrigue being discovered when she was narrating the story. Whereas Ailesse and Bastien were kind of….typical it felt like. Ailesse is your usual strong female heroine who knows her duty, has some parental issues (wants to please her mother), and is determined to be the best she can. At first I was only mildly interested in her, and found her to be more interesting as the story progressed, but aside from her desire to please her mother and gain her respect, I either couldn’t really connect with her much, or there was just not enough of the rest of her personality to really make her stand out in any way in comparison to other YA female protagonists.Bastien was also a bit of a disappointment. Most of his personality stemmed from his desire for revenge for his father. Sure he is a little awkward at times, which is a nice change from the usual barrage of brooding YA male protagonists, but again, there wasn’t else much there. I liked that his friendship with Jules and Marcel were a strong aspect of the novel, but their friendship was based entirely around revenge for their fathers, so again, not much else there to really connect to personality-wise.Relationship-wise, I loved the crap out of the close-knit friendship between Sabine and Ailesse. While Sabine’s entire character arc stems from her desire to find and save Ailesse, it is powerful because it forces her to go against her nature and become what she does not want to be. And I love how much they care for each other and how well it shows on the page. The romance between Ailesse and Bastien, on the other hand, has a lot left to be desired. It was all physical reactions to each other, completely based on the fact that they know they are soul-bound. There are few scenes where they actually just talk or do something for the other than is meaningful (beyond kidnapping or trying to kill each other), and while those moments were nice and made an impact, there just weren’t enough of them I felt to really support these romantic feelings that were supposedly growing between them. Plot-wise it was very fast-paced and intriguing, with lots of twists and turns and mysteries abounding. It definitely grabbed by attention from the start and kept hold throughout as more and more questions were answered. But, unfortunately, the writing style could be extremely straightforward at times, to the point where it didn’t feel magical. There was just something missing, some sort of flow, that just made it feel like I was plodding through rather than getting swept away. And sadly this is one of the major reasons why I did not love it as much as I felt I could have.The world-building was good, with a unique magical system, and with no info-dumps (always a thumbs up in my opinion). It felt a little complicated at times, with lots of new rules constantly being added to make things more difficult, but overall it was quite interesting. It’s inspired by French culture, but sadly the majority of the story takes place in the forest, a broken castle, and the catacombs, so while the language was there, the physical representation was a little lacking. And while it didn’t make much of a difference to the story, there was one important phrase in the story that had a translation which kind of frustrated and annoyed me. The author clearly translated it literally word for word, but having taken some French, I know that it is not what it actually means, thus giving it an awkward connotation that I just did not find appealing. (view spoiler)[ The phrase was “Tu ne me manque pas. Je ne te manque pas.” The author translates this as “You are not missing from me. I am not missing from you.” While, yes that is the literal translation word-for-word, in conversation it actually means “I do not miss you. You do not miss me.” Which is less poetic, in my opinion. (hide spoiler)] It was just that this phrase was supposed to be this meaningful and somewhat romantic thing that, because I knew it was translated wrong, just annoyed me anytime it showed up on the page from then forward.This book has a lot of potential, and since this was an egalley that I read, there is still possible changes to come before the final publication. I really enjoyed Sabine and the trials she had to go through, the mysteries she uncovered and the changes she had to make in order to save her best friend. I felt that her plotline really drove the story for me, while unfortunately Ailesse and Bastien just did not hold enough interest for me to care as much about their plight or so-called romance. Ailesse’s desire to please her mother and how that drove her to many of her actions was interesting, yes, but ultimately in the end she ended up doing kind of what I predicted she would do. There was an interesting twist at the end that definitely leaves the reader hanging on to the proverbial cliff in anticipation of a sequel, but I will have to see if I will be hanging on with them or not by the time it comes out.3.5 stars(Also, not that this really affects my review, I couldn’t help but wonder at several moments during the story – what if one of the Bone Crier’s were gay? Sure okay, they have to kill their soulmate anyway, but in order to continue their lineage some of them also have to get pregnant by their significant other – especially the heir to the matrone. And yeah, it can ONLY be their amoure they do the deed with. Very specific. Can’t be going against the gods’ choice for them and all. Now that would have made for an even more interesting story, I think.)
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  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75 stars I think? It was a pretty interesting story and really addictive to listen to!! Though having finished it now I feel like I something was missing for me in the story? I dont know 😂 Which is why Im not rating it 4 stars. BUT that might have also been the audiobook, I wasnt a fan of one of the narrators 🙈 That ending definitely makes me want to keep on reading though!!! 🙌 *3.75 stars I think? It was a pretty interesting story and really addictive to listen to!! Though having finished it now I feel like I something was missing for me in the story? I don’t know 😂 Which is why I’m not rating it 4 stars. BUT that might have also been the audiobook, I wasn’t a fan of one of the narrators 🙈 That ending definitely makes me want to keep on reading though!!! 🙌🏻
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  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.Opinion: On that new moon like every new moon the Leurress need to summon the dead from their graves and ferry their souls past the Gate of the Beyond. The dead must be ferried, my mother told me as I prepared for my rite of passage, or theyll wander the land of the living and wreak devastation. The Bone Criers are a tribe of women called Leurress whose soul purpose is to ferry Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.Opinion: “On that new moon – like every new moon – the Leurress need to summon the dead from their graves and ferry their souls past the Gate of the Beyond.” “The dead must be ferried, my mother told me as I prepared for my rite of passage, or they’ll wander the land of the living and wreak devastation.” The Bone Crier’s are a tribe of women called Leurress whose soul purpose is to ferry souls to the Gates of the Beyond. They must lead the unchained to the gates of Heaven, and the chained to the gates of the Underworld. But in order to become a Ferrier, each Leurress must first acquire three Grace Bones from an animal that she has hunted and killed herself. The most desired graces are from animals with extreme speed, powerful senses of smell and hearing, or immense strength. Once a Leurress binds the grace bone with their blood, there is only one ritual left – she must use the sacred bone flute, which also opens the gates on ferrying night, and play a song to lure her soulmate to a bridge, and kill them. But the boy that Ailesse lures to the bridge on her ritual night isn’t what she bargained for, as he plans to kill her to avenge his father’s death.Ailesse is the daughter of the matron of the Leurress, and has been named heir. As such, she feels the need to prove herself to her mother and the women around her. We first meet her as she and her best friend, Sabine, begin to hunt a shark so that Ailesse may acquire her third grace bone. She is a determined and strong lead character who is not easily shaken or driven to defeat, and her tenacity is shown from page one. She desperately wants to become a Ferrier, as is her life’s purpose, and shows both excitement and longing to complete her final ritual…which involves killing her soulmate. Her best friend, however, is quite unlike Ailesse. Sabine is just a little younger than her and is indeed a Leuress as well, but has no desire to kill any animal or an innocent person. She is a gentle soul who has an unflinching devotion and love for her friend, but she refuses to harm any innocent creature. She expresses sorrow and uneasiness for the rituals the Leuress go through with in order to ferry the dead, but she is fully supportive of Ailesse and helps her complete her tasks. “Far be it from me to deny anyone the chance to watch you slaughter the man of your dreams.” Obviously a story about witchy women who kill their soulmates, gain powers from animal bones and ferry the dead into the afterlife is enough of an epic read. But add a little revenge, romance, betrayal and a kickass setting and you’ve got one amazing fantasy.The story flips between three main characters: Ailesse, Sabine and Bastien. Bastien is a young man who, as a child, witnessed his father being killed by a bone crier. Ever since, Bastien has been planning his revenge on the Bone Crier’s for taking his father and leaving him an orphan living on the streets as a thief. For years he has been training to be able to compete against the Bone Crier’s and their otherworldly powers, and he does so alongside two other orphans whose father was also killed by a Bone Crier. “His powerful desire for revenge is a grace of its own.” Bastien is a formidable love interest and makes things in this story interesting, but I didn’t get as much substance from his character as I wanted. And to be quite honest, I didn’t get enough substance from any of these characters. I feel that Sabine was developed the most in terms of personality and emotions shining through, but she is only a supporting role next to Ailesse, who is the female lead. I found Ailesse to be strong and a complete badass, but I only ever felt that we were brushing the surface with her. I didn’t feel a strong connection or love for her at all, or for Bastien for that matter. By the end of the read my favorite characters were Sabine, with her unshakable determination and loyalty, and Marcel (Bastien’s friend) with his quirky personality and carefree attitude.Oh, and the mysterious owl. Obviously the romance in this tale is between Ailesse and Bastien, soulmates who are never supposed to be together…right? Well no YA Fantasy is EVER complete without a little twist and an epic cliffhanger to leave you wanting more, and of course that is EXACTLY what this author gave us. But my question is this, will this love stand the test of time? The test of the stars and gods?? Well I don’t know. I’m waiting on book 2 just like you are! But there is something to be said about a forbidden love and two characters who desperately DON’T want to be attached to each other. That’s how all great romances start, right? Just ask SJM, she’ll tell you! Give them blinding hatred, threats of murder and a a few below the belt insults and we’ve got some serious L–O–V–E. “All I smell is Ailesse. Earth, fields, flowers. Everything green and alive. A twisted trick of her magic. I have to remember what she really is. Darkness. Decay. Death.” But of course, the romance isn’t the only aspect of this tale. It’s an epic fantasy packed with magic, a setting of ethereal beauty and the catacombs of France, and a whole shitload of dead just praying to wreak havoc on the living. I really enjoyed every part of the world-building, the idea of intertwining the frightening and sad history of the very real underground grave in France, and the themes of bridges linking mates and guiding souls beyond. But as much as I loved all of these parts, the rest of the story just didn’t quite measure up. There were a lot of days that just went by as characters hid out in the catacombs, Sabine was constantly hunting for Ailesse, and it was all just kind of…a lot of waiting around?I think the story could have been either condensed or seasoned with a bit more prominent scenes. It wasn’t exactly slow, but there just wasn’t enough happening to keep me fully invested…which is why I ended up putting the book down a lot and getting distracted way more than usual. It was a good start to the series and I feel like book 1 was just an introduction for what is to come, so I’m still invested and ready to continue the books. But just know, if you’re expecting epic mind-blowing, you might not get it from this first installment. But all in all, it was a good story with an impressive premise.
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  • Vee_Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishThe idea of this is so much better than the execution and the start was so promising I was predicting 5 stars - two friends, both coming of age and expected to lure a man and kill him. You've got the polar opposites - Alesse that hunts animals and enjoys it, and Sabine, who has only killed one animal and hated it.The story fell apart when Alesse met her Amoure, Bastian, a boy who decided the best way to avenge his father's death is to kill a completely random I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishThe idea of this is so much better than the execution and the start was so promising I was predicting 5 stars - two friends, both coming of age and expected to lure a man and kill him. You've got the polar opposites - Alesse that hunts animals and enjoys it, and Sabine, who has only killed one animal and hated it.The story fell apart when Alesse met her Amoure, Bastian, a boy who decided the best way to avenge his father's death is to kill a completely random Bone Crier. After he kidnaps Alesse he seems to forget the whole murdered Dad thing cos, damn, she cute. Their relationship was so random, I couldn't understand why they were together. There was no build up except a vague attempt at enemies to lovers which was quickly abandoned.The random French words scattered throughout and the italicised words really got on my nerves. B French or don't, don't use the word Dauphin and then Prince in the next sentence to explain it to the audience. The French setting didn't work for me either, there was a lack of world building and the extra character at the end confused me, as we hadn't been given a good explanation of how the world worked, except clues that it might be Paris? Maybe?A lot of this story is vague guesswork on the part of the reader. You have catacombs and French, so that leads you to Paris. There's fantasy elements like the Bone Criers, but no explanation of why they have magic and how it works. We are told Bastien is a wanted thief, but the story doesn't go into that. Then there's sacred bridges, Gods and ghosts. It's all rather confusing.Some of the story devolved into soap opera declarations and bizarre twist reveals that weren't surprisingly so much as silly and overdone. Those reveals really weakened the story for me and made it very hard for me to continue to force myself through it.
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