Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

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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!

Book Info:

Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: April 19, 2022

Synopsis:

In this gorgeous, queer standalone fantasy, 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.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58437788-sofi-and-the-bone-song

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1534484361/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sin?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sin_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641

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About the Author:

Adrienne Tooley (she/her) was born and raised in the desert suburbs of Southern California. She grew up in the theater, earning her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. She and her wife currently live in New York City where she works in hospitality tech. In addition to writing novels she is also a singer/songwriter and has released several EPs which are available on Spotify & other streaming sites. Her debut novel, SWEET & BITTER MAGIC, is out now from S&S/McElderry. Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022. She can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @adriennetooley.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.adriennetooley.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adriennetooley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adriennetooley/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15526762.Adrienne_Tooley

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