Author: Luanne Bennett
Release: June 19th 2017
I received a copy of Crossroad of Bones through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Crossroad of Bones is the first in a new series by Launne Bennett. It was originally the cover that caught my attention, though the description that really sold me on reading it. The description made it sound somewhere between a fantasy and a thriller, which sounded like the perfect combination of genres for me.
Crossroad of Bones was a very unique read for me, and I enjoyed many elements from it. Admittedly there were parts I didn’t love, but that happens from time to time. On the whole though the good outweighed the bad, and I’m grateful for that.
I absolutely loved the concept of the main character, Kate Bishop. I won’t give away all of her secrets, but let’s just say that she’s a magical creature working in a tattoo shop. I love this concept, as there’s a slight implication that her tattoos may be magically imbued. Granted, that probably isn’t the case here, but I loved the thought of it nonetheless.
Kate’s personality was…rough. She’s charismatic when she wants to be, and forceful when needed. I honestly don’t think I’d be capable of being friends with her in real life, and she’s too abrasive for my liking. For that reason I did have a little bit of trouble getting attached to her as the story went on. Still, considering her nature and the circumstances she’s been put in I did find it pretty believable, so there’s that.
I think a lot of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out more – it seemed like a lot of them were put there to play a certain role and that was it. I would have loved to learn more about them, as opposed to just seeing them rush away to meet the needs of Kate. For some of the characters that may have been believable, but not all of them.
The romance was pretty decent, once you get over the first introduction of the character. Seriously, I rolled my eyes and hoped he wasn’t going to become ‘that guy’ but things ended up not being what they seemed, which I was grateful for.
I desperately want to know about the main character’s heritage, and I have so many more questions about the artifacts mentioned during the course of this novel (being vague for sake of spoiler). The author did a great job of making those elements interesting.
On the whole this novel could have used some more fleshing out, but the core concept was strong and worth checking out. I’m happy I took the time to read it, and I’d be tempted to check out the next in the series as well.