Welcome to my stop in Marrow charm book tour, as part of the BBNYA tours organised by @The_WriteReads tours team. Thank you so much to Dave @ The Write Reads for letting me part of this tour, and to Ellie @ Read to Ramble for all the help you have given me.
Marrow Charm was a finalist in BBNYA 2020 awards and finished 6th overall, so congratulations to Kristin Jacques!
Title: Marrow Charm
Author: Kristin Jacques
Publisher: The Parliament House
Audience: Young Adult
Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above.
Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes.
The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.
And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into Marrow Charm, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. The setting is unlike anything that I have read before and made for a really unique and intriguing read. I can’t wait to see where the series is going to go next.
I found that the point of views in Marrow Charm were very intriguing as we started just following Azzy, but we also got the perspectives of some other characters. I think I enjoyed reading from Azzy’s POV the most because she was the most well rounded character, and I felt the most connected to her. I loved how headstrong she was and how she adapted to the situations that she faced. I also love Kai; I want to find out more about him because there are quite a few unanswered questions. I think the dynamic between Kai and Azzy was very interesting because I can’t work out whether it will have a romantic element or it’s just going to stay the way it is. I did also love that the story is more based around familial love, and the lengths that you would go to to save the ones that you love so much. I don’t think this is seen much in books, so I adore that this is within Marrow Charm.
There isn’t so much a magic system in Marrow Charm; it is more that magic exists. I liked this concept, especially as the main characters didn’t know what it means to have magic and magic’s broader consequences. This meant that we were learning with the characters and being shown rather than being told. Another element that I found interesting were the animals of the above. I also found them to be quite scary, which surprised me, but it definitely added to the atmosphere and made how much danger they were in more realistic. I would love in the second book to find out how these were created, and if there are any other hybrid animals we have not met yet.
The only issue that I did have with Marrow Charm was that I did find myself getting confused about what was going on and what part of the timeline we were currently on. While I enjoyed learning about the past, I would have loved it to have been a bit clearer, as I found myself getting pulled out of the story while trying to work it out.
Overall, I enjoyed my time reading Marrow Charm and I am definitely going to be picking up the sequel in the near future as I have lots of questions that I want answers to.
About Kristin Jacques
Kristin Jacques is an author from small town New England. She grew up in the sticks, surrounded by river wildlife, and various swamp inhabitants. Somehow she managed to keep all her toes despite a run in with a snapper or two.
She lives with her husband and sons in another small New England town. She is mighty attached to them.
When not writing, she is likely reading, watching a terrific B-Horror flick, or further spoiling the family cats. Sometimes she has blue hair.
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GRB622X
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