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In this gorgeous standalone fantasy with a “sweet sapphic romance” (Booklist), a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens! Music runs in Sofi’s blood. Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to co In this gorgeous standalone fantasy with a “sweet sapphic romance” (Booklist), a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens! Music runs in Sofi’s blood. Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art. Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges. Almost like magic. The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy. As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.


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In this gorgeous standalone fantasy with a “sweet sapphic romance” (Booklist), a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens! Music runs in Sofi’s blood. Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to co In this gorgeous standalone fantasy with a “sweet sapphic romance” (Booklist), a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens! Music runs in Sofi’s blood. Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art. Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges. Almost like magic. The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy. As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.

30 review for Sofi and the Bone Song

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    In the kingdom of Aell, magic exists and is easily accessible, however, there are strict laws surrounding the use of magic when it comes to music. This leaves music as the last untouched art. In fact, the rules are so strict surrounding music that only five individuals are given the roles of Musik; someone who is allowed to compose their own songs and perform them throughout the land. Each of the five Musiks is paired with a particular instrument. It's all quite regimented, but regardless, the Mus In the kingdom of Aell, magic exists and is easily accessible, however, there are strict laws surrounding the use of magic when it comes to music. This leaves music as the last untouched art. In fact, the rules are so strict surrounding music that only five individuals are given the roles of Musik; someone who is allowed to compose their own songs and perform them throughout the land. Each of the five Musiks is paired with a particular instrument. It's all quite regimented, but regardless, the Musiks are celebrated throughout the kingdom. Sofi's father is a Musik, who plays a very special bone lute. Sofi has been groomed her whole life to follow in his footsteps. He's been rigid in her training and Sofi has never erred from her path; she wants to be a Musik more than anything. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as wanting. In order to be named a Musik, there is an audition process. Sofi remains confident she will be named Musik. No one works harder, or wants it more than she does. Things are thrown for a loop, however, when on the day of the audition, a stranger arrives unannounced to perform; a beautiful girl named, Lara. It seems she's ill-prepared, as she's never played the lute before and doesn't even have one with her. Sofi's confused. Is this some sort of joke? To Sofi's horror, Lara's performance is absolutely incredible. She has the judges, and all else in attendance, in the palm of her hand. Before she knows it, Sofi's life has come crashing down around her. Lara has been named a rising Musik, she will inherit Sofi's father's position. Then in a most surprising turn of events, Sofi's father dies quite suddenly. Sofi cannot believe what is happening. Magic has to be at play. This cannot all be a coincidence. She agrees to travel with Lara, who knows absolutely nothing about being a Musik, to help her get her bearings. The truth is, Sofi suspects Lara of using illegal magic to win the position and feels like traveling with her will be the best way to get the evidence she needs. She wants to be able to prove Lara is a fraud. With Lara out of the way, Sofi would finally be able to take her proper place as a Musik. Sofi and Lara's journey bring lots of discoveries, most of them involving Sofi and her life, not so much about Lara's potential use of magic. It's eye-opening for Sofi in many ways, to say the least, with startling consequences. Sofi and the Bone Song is a beautiful YA-Fantasy standalone novel that is like a love letter to music itself. It's understated and quiet, yet it drew me in from the very start. It's quite character-driven, with all of the characters being well-developed and likable. I love stories involving music, or musicians. This one dives deep into that art form. I was eating it up. I'm not sure how impactful this will be for individuals who haven't been involved with playing music at some point in their lives, but for those who have, I think they'll definitely be able to connect with this story. The romance aspect didn't grab me quite as much as I had hoped. I was mostly interested in the romance of the music and of watching Sofi strive to reach her potential, but I can see how others may fall for the innocence of this young love. I really enjoyed the sections that explored Sofi's childhood and the training she experienced at the hands of her father. Having that included helped me to understand more about Sofi as a character, as well as building out the relationship she had with her father. I also enjoyed the fact that Sofi and Lara were traveling for much of the story; it's like an old-timey road trip. Their journey was never dull and each stop brought Sofi closer to answers regarding Lara's sudden rise to success. Overall, I think this is a soft, subtle, beautiful story that was wrapped up so nicely. Some standalones, you get to the end and wonder, is this really it? I feel like you can walk away satisfied that you have reached the end of this tale. Well done by Tooley. Thank you to the publisher, Margaret K. McElderry Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. Sofi delivered everything I was hoping for!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    The myth of the tortured artist has turned real for many creatives all through past and present, like Vincent van Gogh who battled mental illness and secured his spot as the suffering artist when he chopped off his ear with a razor blade. But at the core of a creative world, the idea of suffering producing great art is absolutely false and often an overused justification of emotional abuse by something or from within. Apologies for subjecting you to some unfiltered thoughts but reading Adrienne The myth of the tortured artist has turned real for many creatives all through past and present, like Vincent van Gogh who battled mental illness and secured his spot as the suffering artist when he chopped off his ear with a razor blade. But at the core of a creative world, the idea of suffering producing great art is absolutely false and often an overused justification of emotional abuse by something or from within. Apologies for subjecting you to some unfiltered thoughts but reading Adrienne Tooley’s recent release, Sofi and the Bone Song demanded such churning. In a magical world where music is considered sacred and untouched by magic, only a few people are allowed to compose and perform. Each of these Musiks, respected and celebrated throughout the kingdom, are paired with a particular instrument. Sofi’s father is a lutist and has been training her since forever to take his place as a member of the prestigious Guild of Musiks in the future. Then he quietly dies and both the apprenticeship and his title are open to auditions. Still, Sofi is confident she’s meant for this. But Lara, a stranger, arrives unannounced to perform and wins hearts. Consider reading this review over on my blog. Sofi is convinced Lara was aided by magic, which is strictly prohibited. She wants to prove this beautiful girl a fraud and finally deservedly take her place as a Musik. Lara knows nothing about the workings of this community so she agrees. Over time, in a complex winter-ridden world, the two grow close and find what art individually means to them while secrets unfold. The story truly demands attention for how it brings together magic and music in the midst of ambitions and love. But the star of this sophomore novel is the exploration and dismantling of an emotional idea: that people should suffer for their art. Rightly focusing more on the characters than the plot, the illusion of an upbringing and pain is torn away by the cries of truth. Sofi’s father believed in something she didn’t even have a chance to think about as a young girl simply learning for a destiny set for her—a title to take over, a genius to be cultivated. But it’d be a disservice to the passion that creation carries if Sofi’s music is simply described in the context of her childhood. Music is truly spotlighted in all its beautiful, evocative glory. Not just a driving force but a protagonist itself, the music evolves in the midst of Sofi’s inner turmoil and also influences the growing romance between her and Lara. This idea of a main character losing everything she thought the world had already planned for her and being forced to forge her path again shows the greatness of character-oriented stories, and also reinstates the comfort that art brings during distress and forever. With a light romance, Sofi and Lara do give an interesting rivals-to-lovers trope but what impresses more are the opposite emotional personalities of the two: Sofi being more stern, objective, and determinedly grumpy while Lara being more innocent, softer, and simply easier to love. For a young adult fantasy, the romance does take a backseat and understandably so, but the story delivers on its promise of a girl whose plan for the future falls apart —and the journey she must make to uncover dark secrets and political deception while trying to not fall for the girl who stole her future. Also, it’s exciting to see a sapphic romance unfold in this story of queer characters where Sofi is lesbian, Lara is (probably) lesbian, and some side characters are non-binary and gay. Overall, Sofi and the Bone Song hits the right notes on euphoric creativity, a heartwarming love, rediscovering one’s path, and finding comfort in passion and people. Thank you, Margaret K. McElderry Books, for the review copy! 13.03.2022 sapphic rivals to lovers? OKAY. time to be obsessed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Quindlen

    July 2020 - I read a draft of this book and LOVED it. I can't stop thinking about it. I can't wait to see how Adrienne polishes it even further. The world is already SO developed and Sofi and Lara are both stamped on my heart. July 2020 - I read a draft of this book and LOVED it. I can't stop thinking about it. I can't wait to see how Adrienne polishes it even further. The world is already SO developed and Sofi and Lara are both stamped on my heart.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Peravali

    Sofi has been training all her life to replace her father as Musik, but when beautiful, untrained Lara wins the role instead, she suspects there may be illegal magic involved. A long while ago I read about the Polgár sisters, a trio of Hungarian chess prodigies who were very carefully reared by their father to eat, sleep, and breath chess. I found myself simultaneously fascinated and horrified at this single-minded cultivation of genius, because it sounded like a terrible thing to do to children, Sofi has been training all her life to replace her father as Musik, but when beautiful, untrained Lara wins the role instead, she suspects there may be illegal magic involved. A long while ago I read about the Polgár sisters, a trio of Hungarian chess prodigies who were very carefully reared by their father to eat, sleep, and breath chess. I found myself simultaneously fascinated and horrified at this single-minded cultivation of genius, because it sounded like a terrible thing to do to children, robbing them of a way of their childhoods. As I read this book, I wondered if the author had also read about them, because the relationship between Sofi and her father is this precisely, only taken to extremes. After suffering for her art all her life, physically and emotionally harming herself to heighten her talent, Sofi is horrified to lose the apprenticeship to Lara, but she can’t help but admire her as well. There’s the romance between Lara and Sofi, and a mystery around magic as well, but what really stood out to me in this standalone fantasy is the themes of creation and suffering. As a writer myself (… no comment on my talent, of course) I was really interested in how Sofi approached her composing, and there is a lot of commentary on the love of creation, and how one needn’t despair for it to be worthwhile, a lesson Sofi slowly learns. The author is a musician herself, and her knowledge of the field clearly came through in the book. Of course there were flaws. I thought the world-building was a touch convoluted, with the different kinds of magic, the endless winter, the closed borders of the country and the Musiks as ambassadors. I wish we could have gotten to know Lara better, and I thought Sofi’s unlearning of her father’s teachings progressed in unrealistic leaps and bounds. She is a character who would be served well by therapy! So why five stars? Quite simply, though this is a fantasy, I felt that the focus was on Sofi’s emotional journey as a musician and a girl, and that I thought was handled incredibly well. I felt myself struck to the quick over and over again emotionally as Sofi reevaluates her relationship with music, though she loves it all the while. As a person who loves her own creative outlet, it struck a chord with me, and I feel that it will similarly strike a chord with many readers. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MZ

    While I have been meaning to read “Sweet & Bitter Magic” I still haven’t gotten to it, but when I saw this new book I decided to start here and this will not be the last book by Tooley I’ll read (or listened to, to be more accurate). As a big fan of fantasy books this was very much to my liking. Sofi’s story, her growth as a person, is the star of the book, her story also includes a sapphic romance which is cute albeit on the light side. This is a YA book, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any While I have been meaning to read “Sweet & Bitter Magic” I still haven’t gotten to it, but when I saw this new book I decided to start here and this will not be the last book by Tooley I’ll read (or listened to, to be more accurate). As a big fan of fantasy books this was very much to my liking. Sofi’s story, her growth as a person, is the star of the book, her story also includes a sapphic romance which is cute albeit on the light side. This is a YA book, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any serious themes. Sofi’s upbringing by her father ‘a musik’ is emotionally abusive and has made Sofi a super focused and ambitious person, and also not a very pleasant person. Magic is everywhere in the kingdom of Aell, but music is the only artform which has to stay pure and magic is not allowed. Only a few people ‘the musiks’ are allowed to play in public and Sofi wants to become a musik like her father. To get this title she has to earn the right to become his apprentice. On the day of the auditions though, newcomer ‘Lara’ enchants everybody and becomes her father’s new apprentice. Sofi is determined to reclaim her right to become a musik though and expose Lara for the fraud she has to be. The worldbuilding in this book is rather light and I think it’s also suitable for those that are not die-hard fantasy fans. There were some choices that I did not fully understand like why was music the only artform that had to remain magic-less, and there were parts of the story where I wanted more info, like what will Sofi do if she can’t live as a musik (she never seems to consider this). But there was enough worldbuilding to get a general understanding of the kingdom, its love-hate relationship with magic, and the way the magic system works. The strongest part of the book is how Sofi discovers herself when she loses everything and is forced to reconsider all she has learned and what wants in life. There are some really nice twists along the way too that I didn’t see coming. The romance is light and very PG, but it is important to the storyline. It’s an enemies to lovers storyline and they stay enemies for quite some time, but the turning point went rather fast. The latter didn’t bother me much though, because I did not think the romance was the most important part of this story. It’s more Lara’s character, the opposite of Sofi, and her interactions with Sofi that are important to the storyline. Lara is easy to love and besides Lara there were also some other characters that I really liked, or loved to hate. I can easily recommend this to those looking for a YA and/or fantasy book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meryl Wilsner

    Perhaps the perfect book?????????

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Leighton

    4.5 stars Adrienne Tooley’s newest release is a beautifully crafted and endearing YA fantasy that definitely tugged at my heartstrings in this vividly descriptive, magic infused standalone. Sofi longs to become a Musik like her father, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to write and perform original songs. In the Kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art. Sofi has spent he 4.5 stars Adrienne Tooley’s newest release is a beautifully crafted and endearing YA fantasy that definitely tugged at my heartstrings in this vividly descriptive, magic infused standalone. Sofi longs to become a Musik like her father, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to write and perform original songs. In the Kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art. Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions she encounters unexpected competition from Lara, a girl who’s never before played the lute. And to Sofi’s horror, Lar’s performance enchants thhe judges… Almost like magic. On the day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies and a grieving Sofi is determined to prove Lara cheated with an illegal use of magic. But, the more time she spends with Lara, thhe more Sofi begins to doubt everything she’s ever been told—about her family, and the girl she thought was her enemy. A girl she’s slowly begun to fall for… I honestly couldn’t put this down it was soo good! The world-building is enchanting and the magic system enchanting (and incredibly easy to follow along with.) I loved Tooley’s writing style which I found incredibly lyrical at times. The pacing is a little slow but incredibly detailed and imbued to with a rather melodious tone that complemented Sofi’s emotional endeavours and the juxtaposed dual timelines of Sofi’s journey. In her time accompanying Lara on her first Musik tour and Sofi’s years of intense training implemented by her rather dislikable and mostly absentee father. It’s through those childhood scenes and the difference in Lara’s passionate but laidback approach to music that really brings the complexity of Sofi (and her thought processes) to life—honestly seeing the intentionally cruel “training” and the blind faith Sofi placed in it (an in turn her father) was absolutely heart breaking especially when directly compared to what she learns/ witnesses in Lara’s performances. Lara, though not given as detailed a backstory as Sofi was still and incredibly well crafted character that I was utterly prepared to dislike but ended up absolutely loving. honestly she’s just such a wonderfully caring and empathetic character that despite being Sofi’s rival I did really feel for her and her reasons for wanting to pursue music as an escape. Overall, this is a beautifully written and spellbinding story that teaches the importance of acceptance and self love and that passion is what truly makes an artist stand out, not self-inflicted suffering. Fans of An Enchantment Of Ravens should definitely check this out—it’s absolutely wonderful! Also, a huge thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Margaret K. McElderry Books for the e-arc.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Star

    Content warnings: emotional parental abuse, self-harm, death of a parent (suicide, off-page) Rep: Sofi is lesbian, Lara is sapphic (probably lesbian), Jacko is gay, Denna is lesbian, other queer and non-binary side characters. This was a beautifully written book about the sacrifices one person makes for what they believe (are told) the Muse wants in order for the music they create. Sofi has trained her entire life to become the next Musik. She's been told that it will only come from sacrifice, repr Content warnings: emotional parental abuse, self-harm, death of a parent (suicide, off-page) Rep: Sofi is lesbian, Lara is sapphic (probably lesbian), Jacko is gay, Denna is lesbian, other queer and non-binary side characters. This was a beautifully written book about the sacrifices one person makes for what they believe (are told) the Muse wants in order for the music they create. Sofi has trained her entire life to become the next Musik. She's been told that it will only come from sacrifice, repressing her emotions, repenting, praying, and essentially harming herself in order to bring forth the pain that comes from being the best musician she can be. Her father instilled all of these things in her from a young age, so young that Sofi didn't know any better. On the day of her audition to become her father's next Musik, another girl gets the position. And on that same day, her father dies. With the belief that magic is at foot, Sofi sets about to prove that Lara isn't worth the title Sofi herself coveted for so long. * The writing in this book is as gorgeous as it is captivating. I found myself eager to know what happened next. The music aspect of this book was so beautifully interwoven that it felt like I could hear the music while I was reading it. The way Sofi and Lara came together, despite Sofi's misgivings was so lovely to read. I enjoyed their journey through the forever winter to each destination where Lara would have to perform. The way that they complimented each other, and the way they slowly fell in love. I am a huge fan of gentle magic like is in this book, and even though it was, technically, a small part of the book, the magic system was easy to follow. This is one I'll definitely reread in future because it was just that lovely. Bookish links: Instagram / Twitter / TikTok / Blog

  9. 5 out of 5

    Despoina Santorinaiou

    I wish I could read every draft of this book! Sweet & Bitter Magic is already one of my favorite books of 2021 and the themes of this one have me screaming!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    3.5/5 Stars Sofi and the Bone Song is Adrienne Tooley’s sophomore stand-alone YA novel which follows Sofi who has trained her whole life to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a revered Musik – one of the only people in the land able to compose and play songs on her preferred instrument, the lute. However, on the day that the choice is made as to who is to replace her father, despite Sofi’s technically perfect performance, a beautiful girl who has never even held a lute in her hands – Lar 3.5/5 Stars Sofi and the Bone Song is Adrienne Tooley’s sophomore stand-alone YA novel which follows Sofi who has trained her whole life to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a revered Musik – one of the only people in the land able to compose and play songs on her preferred instrument, the lute. However, on the day that the choice is made as to who is to replace her father, despite Sofi’s technically perfect performance, a beautiful girl who has never even held a lute in her hands – Lara – sweeps into the audition, somehow gaining the title of Musik. That same night, Sofi’s father is found dead. Desperate for answers and to gain the title she feels she is entitled to, Sofi travels alongside Lara across the country as she performs in various inns, and discovers more about herself than she ever thought that she would. Since her debut release, I have been dying to read Adrienne Tooley’s words, and I’m so glad I was finally able to! This is a vibrant and exciting YA novel that features some of the most intriguing characters I’ve read about in a while, as well as a slow-burn hate to love sapphic romance. I really enjoyed Tooley’s world building and her creation of the Kingdom of Aell – a land shrouded in permanent winter with heavy regulations on the use of magic. I think she did a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Sofi and Lara’s world and the iciness – both literal and metaphorical – that surrounded them. I also really loved Sofi and Lara as main characters and the juxtaposition between them both – Sofi is unflinching and loyal to her love of music, it is what she cares most about and will let nothing get in her way of her achievements, whereas Lara is soft where Sofi is all hard lines, she believes in herself and in love and won’t let the harshness of everlasting winter get to her. As well as that, they complimented each other so well – they are both so strong-willed and passionate and I really did love them together. Alongside that, Adrienne Tooley also managed to get me to care for the side characters, even though we didn’t see a whole lot of them throughout the book (and the casual queer rep throughout was so great!). That being said, I did think that, despite the romance being slowburn, there needed to be more time spent on the friendship in between the hate and the love parts of it. As the reader it felt like for a good three-quarters of the book there was a sense of dislike, albeit one-sided, between the characters, then there was maybe 60 pages or so of friendship and then all of a sudden, romance. It didn’t feel like enough and as a friends-to-lovers supremacist, I needed more! I was also a little sceptical at times that this book needed to be a duology for the amount that Adrienne Tooley wanted to explore, but upon finishing the novel, I think that a standalone was perfect for the story! As the synopsis states, I do think that this is perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens, and I also think that those who loved The Flames of Albiyon and The Winter Duke will also really enjoy Sofi’s story! Overall, this was a really exciting and fun read, and I loved how music and magic weaved into this sapphic fantasy story. I can well and truly say that I am a fan of Adrienne Tooley’s writing and I’m already excited to get started on her debut novel! Thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, Margaret K. McElderry Books, and Netgalley for an eARC - all opinions are my own!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    We all deal differently with loss. Sofi was told how to deal with it from her father. She has a routine, with new steps that seem to have been added on the spot with each passing year. This routine of suffering is supposed to bring her closer to the Muse, to help her achieve a perfection in her art. But in truth, it's disguised abuse. When she realized that, it could've gone two ways: she could've continue in this path, because it's what she's always known, or emerge from this and create her own We all deal differently with loss. Sofi was told how to deal with it from her father. She has a routine, with new steps that seem to have been added on the spot with each passing year. This routine of suffering is supposed to bring her closer to the Muse, to help her achieve a perfection in her art. But in truth, it's disguised abuse. When she realized that, it could've gone two ways: she could've continue in this path, because it's what she's always known, or emerge from this and create her own path. I am a firmer believer that everything happens to us for a reason, and that we can overcome each obstacle that is put in our way. We grow stronger with each of those steps, with each of those achievement. In blowing up the walls her father made her build around her, Sofi tells a tale of hope: we all contain what is needed inside of us to achieve our goals. We just have to believe it. Many thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours for including me in this book tour, in which I received a complimentary e-copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    4.5/5 stars Received an arc thanks to a Twitter friendship with the author! This was really good y’all! The first chapter was a little hand-holdy with the worldbuilding, ie a lot of “telling” and less showing and I wasn’t quite sure this was gonna be for me but boy was I wrong! It shrugs that off pretty quickly and instead lapses into some gorgeous prose. This ended up being a perfect winter read and I feel so bad for everyone who has to wait until April to read it. So if you like gorgeous high fa 4.5/5 stars Received an arc thanks to a Twitter friendship with the author! This was really good y’all! The first chapter was a little hand-holdy with the worldbuilding, ie a lot of “telling” and less showing and I wasn’t quite sure this was gonna be for me but boy was I wrong! It shrugs that off pretty quickly and instead lapses into some gorgeous prose. This ended up being a perfect winter read and I feel so bad for everyone who has to wait until April to read it. So if you like gorgeous high fantasy with interesting worldbuilding, sapphic rivals-to-lovers, and a protagonist learning to overcome emotional abuse (which hit had for me at times like wow come for my throat huh) then I highly recommend this one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    4.5 stars Oh wow, I loved this. The world building and the magic system was amazing. I mean, magic and music — it doesn’t get any better than that. Not only that, but the characters were super compelling; I really enjoyed seeing Sofi grow throughout the book, through all the trials and tribulations she has to go through. And I fell in love with Lara and her beautiful, charming personality. There’s so much I could say, but I can probably surmise it by saying that this book has so much heart. It’s 4.5 stars Oh wow, I loved this. The world building and the magic system was amazing. I mean, magic and music — it doesn’t get any better than that. Not only that, but the characters were super compelling; I really enjoyed seeing Sofi grow throughout the book, through all the trials and tribulations she has to go through. And I fell in love with Lara and her beautiful, charming personality. There’s so much I could say, but I can probably surmise it by saying that this book has so much heart. It’s got love, friendship, found family, real family, crows, witches, and of course, lots of magic and music. What a wonderful read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    HeartBrekkers

    [Non-Spoiler Review] I reallyyy love the cover and the map, LIKE THEY'RE SOO BEAUTIFUL. The writing style is alsooo soo brilliant, it's so enchanting and heavenly at the same time. The characters are very well-crafted, especially Sofi! Sofi's lifestyle and her relationship with her dad pained me because of how very well written it was! I could see the author's devotion into this book, it was obvious that she had put a lot of thought into all of these. The worldbuilding is also very magical! I re [Non-Spoiler Review] I reallyyy love the cover and the map, LIKE THEY'RE SOO BEAUTIFUL. The writing style is alsooo soo brilliant, it's so enchanting and heavenly at the same time. The characters are very well-crafted, especially Sofi! Sofi's lifestyle and her relationship with her dad pained me because of how very well written it was! I could see the author's devotion into this book, it was obvious that she had put a lot of thought into all of these. The worldbuilding is also very magical! I really loved reading about it, It's now one of my favorite worldbuildings!! I hope the author will write another book revolving the worldbuilding someday 😌👌. I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS AAAA. I CANNOT FIND A SINGLE FAULT. And the PLOTTWISTSS?!?!? amazing! 😳💋. I did not expect those plottwists, I needed a bit of time to think about it, and that's why I love it! I also love the ending, it was very satisfying, especially with Sofi & Lara's relationship, I'll miss them sooo much, I'd honestly kill for them 😭. And so I gave this an easy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, it was just sooo hard not to get intrigued, BECAUSE ITS AMAZING. I haven't read anything like this! And sooo, please read itt, you'll never regret your time spent upon it 🙈. [A review with a bit of ranting and spoilers] One of the best scenes to read was the part where the book narrated toward the meanings/backstories of Sofi's routine. It was really nice to get to know Sofi's past and her relationship with her father, but it was also painful. This book had meee tearing up for Sofi, i could feel all of the emotions she was feeling and I felt so bad for her, I wanted to envelope her into a warm hug :<, i really hated the fact that Frederick made her go through all of those things, any child should never ever experience any of these! I've thought about this book 24/7, always curious and interested. I also had a feeling that Sofi was a witch, BUT LIKE DAMN, I STILL MANAGED TO BE SUPRISED!! I already knew there was something up about her and why Lara, a girl who doesn't know how to play a lute, suddenly is a pro and became a Musik, but LIKE OMG. Still can't move on 😳. But one of my favorite scenes was the part where Sofi first met her Gran & Viiv, it was soo wholesome and I love it soo much. And also the end where Sofi sang "The Bone Song"?? I couldn't get that part out of my mind, it was wayy too amazing! And nothing like feeling satisfied when you now understand where the title came from 😌☝️ but yesss, now one of my favorite fantasy standalones ever, I'll for sure be reading the Author's other book ^^

  15. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    As one of my most anticipated reads, this one missed the mark for me. The first issue I had was the lack of world-building and I did not understand the Guild and its purpose. They are the only ones allowed to give performances and there are only five in the entire kingdom? It all felt really loose, but I understand it had to be done that way in order to have Sofi suffer so much to become a Musik; it merely fell flat for me. I was also confused about the perpetual winter and how nobody had been t As one of my most anticipated reads, this one missed the mark for me. The first issue I had was the lack of world-building and I did not understand the Guild and its purpose. They are the only ones allowed to give performances and there are only five in the entire kingdom? It all felt really loose, but I understand it had to be done that way in order to have Sofi suffer so much to become a Musik; it merely fell flat for me. I was also confused about the perpetual winter and how nobody had been trying to solve it. At all. It was just, "Oh, another snowy day, like every day for the past sixteen years." I got the twist as soon as that was said. I still don't understand why Lara had come to the audition. her reasoning was very strange and didn't really answer any of my lingering questions. The romance wasn't believable at all. Sofi went from hating her to falling for her without much in between. Other than that, i did enjoy Sofi's journey of self-realization and the writing was beautiful. I was hoping for a little bit more tension to keep me looking forward to hopping into bed at night to read it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free* I really liked Sweet And Bitter Magic, and you only have to whisper "queer witches" and I am there and ready to scream. So, I was ready to read this book before I even knew much about it! Though, learning that it was about the idea of having to suffer for art, and a world where music can only be played by a select few, only made more and more eager to read it. Trigger warnings: emotional abuse, grief, self-harm This book hit me like a ton of bricks, and every time I think of it I ki *Spoiler free* I really liked Sweet And Bitter Magic, and you only have to whisper "queer witches" and I am there and ready to scream. So, I was ready to read this book before I even knew much about it! Though, learning that it was about the idea of having to suffer for art, and a world where music can only be played by a select few, only made more and more eager to read it. Trigger warnings: emotional abuse, grief, self-harm This book hit me like a ton of bricks, and every time I think of it I kinda want to sob. It's a book I did not know that I needed. But I needed it. I have a lot of feelings about it, but a big one is gratitude that it exists. A lot of my love for this book comes from deeply personal reasons. It resembles a time in my life that I always thought I would look back on as something prickly and uncomfortable. But to be able to reflect on it, through the lens of a fantasy, was such a gift. To be able to fall in love with Sofi, to experience what she does alongside her, it was, just something incredible. It felt like a balm to a piece of me that has been raw for a very long time. The way that it depicts the idea of suffering, of pain, of pushing and pushing and pushing, felt like it was done with such a kindness. It was a story of healing, and this entire aspect felt like it was done with care and understanding to everybody who has ever felt the way that Sofi has. It was understanding and love and empathy all wrapped into one book. And then on top of that, I just really freaking loved the book in general. It is so, so gorgeously written. The whole book felt like music seeped off the page, rising and flowing and creating something completely beautiful. The scenery, the songs, the magic, just utterly stunning. The world, oh gosh, the world was so freaking cool. The magic, the music, the political system. It felt very contained, and yet very vast as well. Plus, it was just downright interesting. Only one person has the right to compose and perform music in public. A gate that cuts this country off from the rest of the world. A country that is stuck in a years long winter. It's so, so well done. And the plot!!! My jaw dropped multiple times, because WOW. Everything fits, falling into place and creating a picture that I was shocked to see. I loved how everything came together, because wow it is so good. The characters, oh I adore them. Sofi, I love her so much. And the way she was written, and the way this book was written in general, was amazing. I saw the world through her eyes, I got her, I got what she was feeling, and I was surprised at certain things because Sofi's view was so strong. It was brilliant. And then there's Lara and Jakko and the Musiks who don't suck and Marie and I want to give them all a hug. The characters were so strong and I cared for them so much. And this book is sapphic. Like, on top of everything else amazing about it, it's also so gay. And it's clueless sapphics falling for each other while trying not to fall for each other, which is freaking amazing!!! Yes, I really, really adored this book. It was so gorgeously written, and so wonderfully crafted. It's gay and has music and magic, and it's just, a really incredible book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    sarah :)

    this was beautiful to say the least. the illusions of suffering through music and how it impacts the environment was stunning, the romance between sofi and lara was heart-warming, creativity was euphoric, the interconnection from many characters and plot lines was satisfying, and the immense amount of delicacy to describe scenes made this world come to life. definitely a new favorite and i will be thinking about this book for days.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    i heard sapphic rivals to lovers and i came sprinting

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kavya ♡

    DID SOMEONE SAY SAPPHIC RIVALS-TO-LOVERS FANTASY *promptly dies*

  20. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.5 stars read on my blog rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest, gay side character, sapphic side character; (sapphic author) cw: parental abuse (emotional), grief **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When the author announced this book, I was immediately intrigued. Sapphic rivals to lovers, in a fantasy no less! I also enjoyed the music aspect of it. Sofi and the Bone Song was 3.5 stars read on my blog rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest, gay side character, sapphic side character; (sapphic author) cw: parental abuse (emotional), grief **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When the author announced this book, I was immediately intrigued. Sapphic rivals to lovers, in a fantasy no less! I also enjoyed the music aspect of it. Sofi and the Bone Song was a gorgeous tale of the joy that comes out of loving your art, not suffering for it. Her entire life, Sofi has been practicing and training to become the apprentice of her father, who is a Musik. When her father is finally called to take an apprentice, Sofi is ready to step up. However, at auditions, Lara performs perfectly, despite never having played the lute before. She is awarded the apprenticeship, but Sofi is convinced that she used magic in her music, which is illegal. When Sofi’s father suddenly dies, she attempts to uncover Lara’s magic under the guise of training her. Over time, though, the two of them grow closer and learn the true price of good art, as well as learning about the secrets Sofi’s father kept from her. Sofi’s character arc was very poignant. She’s spent her entire life adhering to her father’s rigid schedule in order to become a better musician. When she doesn’t get the apprenticeship and her father dies, she no longer knows how to live her life. Without music, who is she? Over time, however, Lara helps her realize that she doesn’t need to suffer for good art; rather, her genuine love and passion can inspire her and drive her to enjoy something she’s held herself back from. The worldbuilding was interesting. Magic is readily available through the use of Papers, which allow people to cast simple spells like lighting a fire or putting on a glamour. Music is considered to be pure; only the five Musiks are allowed to compose and perform original works and cannot use magic. The country is closed off from the rest of the world due to their use of magic and exists in an eternal winter. The Musiks are the only ones allowed to leave the country and only take one apprentice in their lives, which is why the apprenticeship is so prestigious. I thought the romance was cute. Sofi initially hates Lara because she unknowingly stole her apprenticeship and because Sofi is convinced she used magic to do so. As they spend more time together though, she can’t help but be endeared by Lara’s joyful and caring personality. I liked how both of them encouraged the other one to grow, with Sofi teaching Lara more about music and Lara showing Sofi that you can make good art out of love and not suffering. Overall, Sofi and the Bone Song was a beautiful story of magic and music and how love can inspire both. I liked the characters, especially the protagonist’s journey. You should look into Sofi and the Bone Song if you’re searching for a standalone fantasy story about music and/or you enjoyed the author’s debut book! original review: I liked how this deconstructed "you must suffer for art" and emphasized genuine love for music

  21. 5 out of 5

    Célia Cross

    Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley, and Margaret K. McElderry Books Publishing for sending me an eARC for my honest review! "You don't have to hurt yourself to be worthy of pursuing your dream. You don't have to deny pieces of yourself in order to be good." Here are the reps for this book: - Nonbinary side character - Lesbian romance - Gay side character Here are the tropes: - Enemies to friends to lovers - Hidden magic - Slowburn romance Sofi and the Bone Song was my second favorite read of this m Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley, and Margaret K. McElderry Books Publishing for sending me an eARC for my honest review! "You don't have to hurt yourself to be worthy of pursuing your dream. You don't have to deny pieces of yourself in order to be good." Here are the reps for this book: - Nonbinary side character - Lesbian romance - Gay side character Here are the tropes: - Enemies to friends to lovers - Hidden magic - Slowburn romance Sofi and the Bone Song was my second favorite read of this month. I went into it knowing I didn't really enjoy Tooley's A Sweet and Bitter Magic, but this book was so different (and so much better) than AS&BM! It made me feel all of the emotions possible, the writing was beautiful and lyrical (just like Sofi's songs, so pun intended), an awesome plot, amazing characters, AND great worldbuilding. While it was not a five star read, mostly because it read more like a middle grade book than anything and it was (for the most part) predictable, I definitely enjoyed it! In Sofi and the Bone Song, if you coudn't guess, we follow Sofi! She's the daughter of a Musik, which is pretty much the ultimate musician in the kingdom of Aell. She's been training all her life to be her father's successor, but when a mysteriously-talented girl (Lara) is chosen to become her father's Apprentice instead of her AND her father dies (under VERY strange circumstances), her world is turned upside down. Everything she knew and worked for was stolen right under her nose. So, Sofi devises a plan to uncover Lara's strange talent (she had never played a lute before in her life, and she played perfectly at her audition!) and somehow reveal it to the king to prove she should be one of the next Musiks. However, Sofi has no idea that Lara will make her question everything she knows about her family, magic, and music. While the characters were not the BEST, they were at least understandable and likable. Sofi's hardworking (and sometimes cynical) character really resonated with me. The worldbuilding sometimes made me confused with all of the music stuff, but it was also really cool how detailed Tooley made it. The plot was well-paced and actually kept my attention! I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Here are some of my favorite quotes: - "Heat from her fingertips leached onto the glass, leaving marks that disappeared almost instantly. Sofi was afraid of fading away that easily, of leaving not a single visible mark on the world." - "What was art if it did not come from hard work and devotion? If it was not tended to ad grown in careful pockets of one's heart?" - "It wasn't until she'd heard Denna play that Sofi realized music could take a heart apart and put it back together again." - "Better than nothing was still, essentially, nothing." - "Music made Sofi whole, but it also allowed her to be seen. She loved it because it gave her the power she otherwise did not possess, offered an avenue for her words to matter in a way they couldn't on their own." - "Your father was afraid, and he planted that fear in you. He trimmed your greenery away, leaving only a stump. But you are so much more than what he made you. And all pieces of you are worthy."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Sofi and the Bone Song Author: Adrienne Tooley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: Lesbian MC, f/f romance Recommended For...: young adult readers, fantasy, musicians, LGBT Publication Date: April 19, 2022 Genre: YA Fantasy Age Relevance: 13+ (child abuse, parental death, grief, religion and prayer, romance) Explanation of Above: There is child abuse mentioned sporadically throughout the novel and some Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Sofi and the Bone Song Author: Adrienne Tooley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: Lesbian MC, f/f romance Recommended For...: young adult readers, fantasy, musicians, LGBT Publication Date: April 19, 2022 Genre: YA Fantasy Age Relevance: 13+ (child abuse, parental death, grief, religion and prayer, romance) Explanation of Above: There is child abuse mentioned sporadically throughout the novel and some shown. The book shows a parent’s death and the grief that follows it. There is religion and prayer mentioned throughout the book, but it’s not a real life religion. There is also some romance in the book. Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Pages: 416 Synopsis: Music runs in Sofi’s blood. Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art. Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges. Almost like magic. The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy. As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future. Review: I had heard this book was a love song to music and that description of the book is completely accurate. I absolutely loved this story and all of the musical aspects of it. The book is a sweet story about finding your own happiness and path and figuring out who you are. The book did well with the character development and world building. I also felt that the book was well written and it’s easily a new fave of mine. The only issue I had with the book is that I felt that it was a bit fast paced. I wanted it to slow down a bit and further explore Sofi and Lara’s relationship, but it was fine as is. Verdict: Highly recommend! I loved it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: physical self-punishment, emotional abuse 4.3 Sofi has been raised her whole life to be the next Musik for the lute- a title her father currently holds. Under the King's law only those employed by him may make a career out of music, and it is a position you hold for life, only to pass on to your apprentice. Sofi's certain that she's going to become her father's apprentice... until a beautiful girl picks up a lute for the first time and steals the position fr I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: physical self-punishment, emotional abuse 4.3 Sofi has been raised her whole life to be the next Musik for the lute- a title her father currently holds. Under the King's law only those employed by him may make a career out of music, and it is a position you hold for life, only to pass on to your apprentice. Sofi's certain that she's going to become her father's apprentice... until a beautiful girl picks up a lute for the first time and steals the position from her. Not only is it illegal to play if you're not a Musik, it's illegal to use magic- which is what she's sure Lara's done. When her father unexpectedly dies the very next day, Lara is stranded with a position she claims she wasn't even intending to audition for, with absolutely no training, and Sofi is left with no future and a hundred questions. Offering to accompany and secretly write for Lara, she's certain she can suss out her secrets on the road. But she may be discovering different secrets than she thought, and she may even be falling for the girl she means to take down. If you're looking for a Bard-ish book of sapphic reluctant allies and rivalry where only one member of the party actually sees them as rivals, this book is going to be right up your ally. The romance in this book is so much sweeter than expected! I absolutely loved Lara and Sofi together, and seeing them interact and explore the world together made me love the two of them individually how I might not have with only the lens of one of them. It also certainly helps that this book has great character development. Sofi is the main character, and so she has the most dynamic arc- which she travels well- but we also get a great slow understanding of Lara, and a slow unraveling of information for most of the cast. However, I don't want to overlook Sofi's great development, particularly when using flashbacks to give us a look at her past. I loved the concept of this book as well, and I thought the way music and lyricism was included was very well balanced so that it didn't become overwhelming or gimmicky. The world itself could have been further explored, and I would have loved to see it, but the glimpses we see are still interesting. This book has its tropes, but they're picked carefully and used well. It never becomes uninteresting, even when not feeling entirely new. There were some things that felt a little rushed and a little contrived, and I think this book could have had a few more moving pieces to expand it, but overall a very fun read of fantasy music, family secrets, and unexpected love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shilo Quetchenbach

    This book was EVERYTHING. Gorgeous slow-burn enemies-to-friends-to-lovers f/f romance? check. Magic? check. Music? check. Beautiful, lyrical writing? check. This book reminded me of An Enchantment of Ravens (which is probably why it's listed as a comp title on goodreads). They both have magic swirling through the story but also a deep and abiding love of art (painting in Enchantment of Ravens and music in this case) that underpins and transforms everything. Also similar is the journey and slow bl This book was EVERYTHING. Gorgeous slow-burn enemies-to-friends-to-lovers f/f romance? check. Magic? check. Music? check. Beautiful, lyrical writing? check. This book reminded me of An Enchantment of Ravens (which is probably why it's listed as a comp title on goodreads). They both have magic swirling through the story but also a deep and abiding love of art (painting in Enchantment of Ravens and music in this case) that underpins and transforms everything. Also similar is the journey and slow blossoming of love, and the writing of each is utterly gorgeous. The story has music and magic and mystery in spades and combined with the gorgeous writing, it's catapulted instantly onto my favorites list. It's SO atmospheric and you can really feel the music and the magic as the journey and mystery unspools before Sofi and Lara. I FELT things. So many things. The way Sofi slowly came to realize that her father's methods of teaching her were actually abuse--and that she took that abuse further upon herself--was painful but also cathartic. Her discovery that she wasn't as alone as she thought was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this to fans of Margaret Rogerson and Maggie Steifvater. This is definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year and after reading the arc I will immediately be purchasing my own copy because I can't not own this and I will absolutely be rereading it. *Thanks to NetGalley and Margaret K. McElderry Books for providing an e-arc for review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dilly

    No matter what I say about Sofi, it will not be enough. Sofi and the song bone hit me harder than I expected. Not for any one reason in particular but for them all. The way Sofi treated herself. The way Sofi's dad treated her The things she went through in order to make her tatter provide the pain she endured. What she thought of as love was not so and she only told out because Lara told her what love is she taught Sofi about love and kindness and self respect. Lara taught Sofi that passion does No matter what I say about Sofi, it will not be enough. Sofi and the song bone hit me harder than I expected. Not for any one reason in particular but for them all. The way Sofi treated herself. The way Sofi's dad treated her The things she went through in order to make her tatter provide the pain she endured. What she thought of as love was not so and she only told out because Lara told her what love is she taught Sofi about love and kindness and self respect. Lara taught Sofi that passion does not come from pain. One needn’t hurt and sacrifice to pursue one’s passions and to do it well. And what hit me even harder was the growth Sofi goes through. She starts off as a reserved, pained artist and blooms into a loving, kind person. And it makes me beyond happy to see someone who was trapped in such a rough cycle of abuse break out and step into themself. Because it means that anyone else going through that can also do the same, given a chance. Sofi means the world to me because I understand her feelings. I know what she went through and how that made her feel. I know how difficult it is to look back at your life and see this terrible cycle. But what I especially love about this book is the found family aspect. (Literally.) 
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading two of Adrienne’s books, it’s that she loves witches and pretty girls. And there’s nothing I’d rather read about when it comes to her books. This, like Sweet and Bitter Magic, was absolutely amazing. I loved it with every fiber of my being and I cannot wait to dive into it again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    4 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. This book took some time to get into. I didn't think I was going to like it, even, based on the struggle I had with the opening chapters. But then somewhere, somehow, something changed. Sofi is the kind of character who rarely makes the lead. That is, she is mean and vindictive and cruel. And I liked that--I liked that she was different. Her voi 4 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. This book took some time to get into. I didn't think I was going to like it, even, based on the struggle I had with the opening chapters. But then somewhere, somehow, something changed. Sofi is the kind of character who rarely makes the lead. That is, she is mean and vindictive and cruel. And I liked that--I liked that she was different. Her voice, her experience of the world around her, is very different than so many other fantasy books recently published, and I loved that--even if it did take me some time to get into. I loved Sofi's world, her magic and her cold calculations. I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to enjoy this book. My full review will be available on May 13, 2022 at Gateway Reviews.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I really enjoyed this book. The worldbuilding, magic, and music were all captivating. Sofi as a character was extremely well-developed and complex, and I rooted for her even when she made mistakes. The only thing was that the love interest, Lara, was sadly not well-developed at all. I wish she had more of a personality, and that their rivalry was more of a mutual thing rather than Sofi just being angry at a girl ignorant of what she'd done wrong. There wasn't much chemistry between them at all. I really enjoyed this book. The worldbuilding, magic, and music were all captivating. Sofi as a character was extremely well-developed and complex, and I rooted for her even when she made mistakes. The only thing was that the love interest, Lara, was sadly not well-developed at all. I wish she had more of a personality, and that their rivalry was more of a mutual thing rather than Sofi just being angry at a girl ignorant of what she'd done wrong. There wasn't much chemistry between them at all. But, the romance wasn't a huge part of the story, so it didn't take away from my enjoyment too much.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Sofi and the Bone Song was so magical and was such a cozy read. I was reading it while it was snowing out and it was perfect! The writing and the lyrics of the songs were STUNNING. I loved both characters so much, Lara and Sofi. This book had the grumpy/sunshine trope which I love. It’s also sapphic rivals to lovers. Sofi was an interesting character and most of the time, my heart broke for her. Throughout the book, the way she’s dealing with emotional abuse and trying to overcome it made me jus Sofi and the Bone Song was so magical and was such a cozy read. I was reading it while it was snowing out and it was perfect! The writing and the lyrics of the songs were STUNNING. I loved both characters so much, Lara and Sofi. This book had the grumpy/sunshine trope which I love. It’s also sapphic rivals to lovers. Sofi was an interesting character and most of the time, my heart broke for her. Throughout the book, the way she’s dealing with emotional abuse and trying to overcome it made me just want to give her a big hug.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Super predictable :/ Instant, unbelievable attraction between the two female leads. They don't have any chemistry. One of them is very Mary Sue -too perfect to be real. Tooley's first novel suffered from these same problems and I was hoping her sophomore novel would have improved...but I honestly still prefer her first book. The take on abusive parents and what Sofi's father put her through to earn his love was unique and done well, although Sofi getting over it in a matter of days is unbelievabl Super predictable :/ Instant, unbelievable attraction between the two female leads. They don't have any chemistry. One of them is very Mary Sue -too perfect to be real. Tooley's first novel suffered from these same problems and I was hoping her sophomore novel would have improved...but I honestly still prefer her first book. The take on abusive parents and what Sofi's father put her through to earn his love was unique and done well, although Sofi getting over it in a matter of days is unbelievable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Dnfed at page 331 As much as I loved her debut book and as excited as I was for this one, I have to say I just couldn't get into it. At the beginning I didn't feel the characters or the plot. Then it seemed to get better right around the middle and then it fell flat again. I don't care for the characters, I don't feel their relatioship at all, all the thoughts of the MC end up being tedious and more of the same and it definitely wasn't a book for me... Dnfed at page 331 As much as I loved her debut book and as excited as I was for this one, I have to say I just couldn't get into it. At the beginning I didn't feel the characters or the plot. Then it seemed to get better right around the middle and then it fell flat again. I don't care for the characters, I don't feel their relatioship at all, all the thoughts of the MC end up being tedious and more of the same and it definitely wasn't a book for me...

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