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 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 loveAilesse 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 loveBastien’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 deathSabine 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 I got both of these books in an Owlcrate and FairyLoot box They have some differences, both with sprayed edges and one with a poster under the dust jacket I knew I wouldn’t like this book because of animal killings BUT, the book was boring as hell to me and I just didn’t like it.I would also like to beg the book world to let Charlie Bowater do all book covers so some that I love I can keep!! She does have art on Etsy and Society6 that I’m going to collect As far as the book.no! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 3.75 stars This had some elements I really loved: fated lovers; death magic; characters with a connection to the moon; thieves; strong lady friendship. however some elements were weaker than others The mythology, while really cool, felt incomplete at times Bone Criers guide the dead to the underworld, and are all ladies that get their power from both the moon and animals that they wear the bones of But, there were some elements of this mythology that seemed too simple and weren't explained We may getin the second book though I wasn't thrilled about the female relationships as well, outside of the best friendship between the two main female characters There's some jealousy between Ailesse and Bastien's lady best friend which felt over the top, and Ailesse's mother is a cold figure motivated by some classic tropes that made her feel one dimensional This definitely feels slightly on the younger end of YA, especially with the big focus on the love story, but I still find the mythology intriguing enough (and I do love star crossed lovers) that I'd be willing to continue with this series. TRIGGER WARNING: Explicit scenes of animal hunting, murder and removal of their bones OkaySo I'm debating whether to give it 3 stars or keep it at 4.I've just finished the book and I don't fully understand that it has already finished I mean, I know it's the first part of a duology but I think I have been missinginformation I haven't finished believing the love story, which is bad, because it's the plot of the story The only thing that makes me save the book enough is Sabine Such a badass woman.Her growth in history is incredible and I loved it.She's definitely my favorite character without a doubt.Ailesse has been a fighter and I really liked her personality, her attitude, a very good main character.I loved the fight/action scenes, they are very well written The story behind each mystery that arises is perfectly built I also loved the construction of the fantastic/magical places and the peculiarities of these mythical beings, that are the Bone Criers.(About the warning: I don't think the scenes are very explicit, in fact I haven't had any problem reading it because I know in advance that it's fiction and my mind doesn't imagine these scenes in detail I also prefer to warn you by exaggerating it a little , than I really think it is, because there may be people who aresensitive on certain topics But in my opinion, if you situate yourself as fiction, you can read it with ease.)Review coming soon 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. Thankyou, 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 starcrossed 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 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 veryrandom 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 justsort ofgone 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 hearabout that Let’s plunge into what led you here indepth Let’s discuss how it affected you growing up not having a father, let’s hearabout 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 gradea 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 waswell, 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. Bone Crier's Moon was a riveting read set in a Frenchinspired 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 makingof 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 discoveredandunsettling secrets her limits were testedthan 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 deepseated 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 neededdevelopment and needed to taketime On another note, I really liked Bastien's friends, Jules and Marcel, and I hope they get evenof 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. 6/12/19OMG, is this really happening? Am I actually loving this cover with cover models/character art? OMG I am! starcrossed lovers Ailith, a magical siren and soulferrier, and Bastien, her soulmate who's hellbent 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.