do me a favor. take a look at your life; now get a pen or pencil and paper and write down the names of the most important people in your life. now make a list of all the things you love; from hot coffee to the smell of his cologne or her perfume as you lean in to hug him/her. do you see your name on either one of those lists? you should be the most important person in your life because at 2am when you’re breaking down, you’re all you’ve got. your name should be the first thing written on the list of things you love because you are bones that are made of stardust give you structure, your eyes, the colors of oceans and galaxies and planets, let you see the world and all its beauty, your mouth, with its perfect shape allows you to express your creative ideas and opinions, and your skin that shines in the sunlight allows you to not only touch another person’s skin, but to touch their souls.
Pairing: Steve Rogers x Reader Rating: Explicit - 18+ only Summary: Reader, being reckless gets hurt
on a mission. Days later, when she gives her final report to her boyfriend
Steve, it provokes an argument between them. Word Count: 3.5k Genre: general fiction containing
explicit sexual content. Warnings: argument, mild swearing, mentions
of death. NSFW/SMUT: makeup sex, praise kink, soft dirty talking, nipple
play, oral sex (female receiving), slow fingering, overstimulation, multiple
orgasms, and semi-protected sex. - This fic assumes Reader is on the pill.
[Cover your stone before you bone!] Author’s Note: especially written for @always-an-evans-addict‘s writing challenge. I hope you like this one, sweetie.
New Avengers Facility
“Steve, you read my report and
Wanda told you what happened. That’s it. Can’t we just move on?”
“That’s it? That’s it?!”
Behind the closed door of your
boyfriend’s office, you uncomfortably explained yourself, keeping in mind that
people around you could probably sense the walls vibrating under the force of
You’d never thought that blowing out
the last Hydra base found in Argentina
would provoke such a drama within the team, or between you and the super
soldier. Usually, you and Steve argued about the group’s mistake, not yours.
When the incident happened in South America,
you realized that if Wanda hadn’t been there, you probably wouldn’t be alive
Was there ever a more beautiful sound than your name? To speak it aloud makes my heart ring like a bell. Strange to imagine that, isn’t it-a heart ringing? But when you touch me, that is what it is like, as if my heart is ringing in my chest and the sound shivers down my veins and splinters my bones with joy.
Why have I written these words in this book? Because of you. You taught me to love this book, where I had scorned it. When I read it for the second time, with an open mind and heart, I felt the most complete despair and envy of Sydney Carton-yes, Sydney, for even if he had no hope that the woman he loved would love him, at least he could tell her of his love. At least he could do something to prove his passion, even if that thing was to die.
I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, Tessa, if I could have been assured that death would be my own. And that is why I envied Sydney, for he was free.
And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart.
You are not the last dream of my soul.
You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.
Being a native southerner and living in Georgia - the home of the great Dr Leonard McCoy and DeForest Kelley - I thought it would be fun to offer some tips for writing about the South. I love reading Bones fanfics, but I see a lot of misconceptions about my home state and city, Atlanta. THIS IS NOT MEANT AS CRITICISM OF ANYONE’S WRITING!!! Hopefully people will see it in the fun spirit with which it’s intended! I’ve also tagged a few people who have written Bones stories that I’ve really enjoyed. I hope that’s ok!! I love everything you creative writers do!!
2. Georgia is the peach state, but we’re not drowning in peaches. The state doesn’t smell like peaches, taste like peaches, or drip peach juice. 1. Y’all is plural. And yes, we say y’all all the time, but only to refer to groups of more than one person. It’s never you guys or even you when referring to a group - ALWAYS y’all. I can’t talk without using that word!
3. What we are drowning in is Coke. AKA Dixie champagne, the elixir of life, the secret formula. Nobody calls it Coca-cola, it’s just Coke. Coke is headquartered in Atlanta and employees are not allowed to have any other soft drink on pain of being fired if they’re caught! (True!!) I’ve known people who wouldn’t attend a church event because someone was serving Pepsi! Also, all soft drinks are called Coke. If someone says, “Would you like a Coke?” It means “Would you like any carbonated beverage of the Coke family?” It’s never called pop or soda or anything else (especially Pepsi.)
4. Atlanta is not a small town. It’s a city of about 5 million people if you count the whole metro area! If your story setting is Atlanta, then remember that there are no rolling fields or country roads here. But there is Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza, lots of nice restaurants, and lots of streets named Peachtree. Peachtree Street, Peachtree Way, Peachtree Avenue, and Peachtree Battle Ave. are all within about a mile of my house.
5. We don’t call each other “Darlin’”. Sometimes we call each other “hon’” or “sweetie” or I might call a boy “bud” or “buddy” but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone called “Darlin’
6. I would suggest not writing in Southern dialect. It’s hard to read and frequently sounds more country than Southern. And yes, there is a difference. Country is more redneck, Southern is more elegant.
7. We frequently say “Bless your heart”, but it’s sort of a way of saying “Isn’t she/he sweet but stupid…” For example, “She ordered a Pepsi, bless her heart.”
8. Outside of metro Atlanta is rural. Really rural. Georgia is a beautiful state that has both beaches and mountains and we love to take advantage of both! But not everyone lives on a farm. I would love to read a story where Bones takes the reader to Amelia Island or St Simon’s Island - it would just be so real! Also, we don’t ever call it the shore. It’s always the beach.
9. It does get hot here. REALLY hot! And humid. But it also gets cold here - but cold to us is anything below about 45 degrees. And the reason we’re so cold is because nobody knows what to do with it - we might own one winter jacket, so when it goes down to 20 degrees everyone just freezes. But it’s not hot here year-round.
10. Manners are super-important. Children are taught to say “Yes Ma’am” and “Yes Sir” from birth. I still say yes ma’am and sir to people older than me. Gentlemen pretty much all still open doors for ladies, pull out their chairs, and stand when a lady approaches your dinner table in a restaurant (then the lady always says “Go ahead and sit!! Don’t stand on my account!”) McCoy would totally be into doing this. We ladies enjoy it. Nobody is insulted. But ladies also open doors for gentlemen. We just try to be nice to each other. I apologize if anyone ever met someone met someone rude from Georgia! They must have been having a bad day, bless their heart. (Maybe someone offered them a Pepsi…)
11. It’s true that tea is always iced. And sweet. And we drink it all the time. Unless we’re drinking Coke.
12. To me, McCoy does not sound like he has any accent, - I just don’t hear it. But Kirk sounds a little funny sometimes!
OK - I’m going to stop here. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask!! I’m hoping to read a lot more Bones stories and I hope this helps!
North Stars though, they are. By chance you’ll meet someone who encompass the way home. Someone who is home. And knowing them is like being found with never knowing you were lost.And you will love them. God, you will love them as they are because they are yours. They exist beneath your skin, in your veins, to your bones. They were written in some far off past life.There is no force that is more than they are.You are born half in love with them, and to have them, to be theirs, is like nothing else. Nothing would dare to be.
Can you please write a fic where Bones gets into a car accident where a drunk driver hits him or something? Jim is a volunteer firefighter who shows up on the scene and just can't handle it because it's his Bones?
“I’m literally dying,” Jim proclaims, voice a little hoarse from the flu. “You’re sounding awfully alive for a person dying,” Bones replies, lying in bed next to him with his nose buried in a book. Like most nights. The way he’s focused on those pages is the most endearing thing, and Jim loves the sight of it. So Jim shifts closer, clammy hands and hot lips brushing over Bones’ naked chest and toned arms, but Bones is just a very quick: “No”, and pushes Jim off. “Why not?” Jim asks, “I need to sweat out the virus.” “Sex isn’t gonna do that. And you’re sick. It’s not exactly romantic,” Bones replies, turning to look at Jim. “I don’t need romantic,” Jim counters. “You’ll be passed out before we’d even make it to second base,” Bones says, and Jim huffs. “I could be dead tomorrow, and you’ll regret not having slept with me.” Bones laughs at that, closing his book, but rather than turning his attention to sex, he just pulls Jim in his arms and holds him close.
After their initial dislike towards each other, Jim and Spock have grown rapidly close, and they spend a lot of time together on crime scenes, and the bar afterwards. Even if Spock is one of those fancy pricks who only drinks hipster beers, and Jim mocks him for it relentlessly, he’s grown fond of the other. They’ve been sitting together for an hour when Leonard walks in, too, and he sits down with the two of them. There’s still bloodstains on his uniform, and Jim makes sure to order an extra strong drink because of it. “Rough day?” Spock asks, and Bones shrugs. Tries to play it casual, but Jim notices those tense shoulders and stiff jaw. Bones does that either when he’s upset or angry, and so he reaches out under the table, gently squeezing Bones’ hand. “Teenagers gut hurt in a gunfire,” Bones replies, “one dead. The other probably won’t make it through the night.” Spock frowns, gently reaching out, too, hand resting on Bones’ shoulder. “I’m sure he would’ve been in much more agony, had you not helped out.” They talk about everything and nothing, and at least it helps getting Bones’ mind off of the dire situation. The three of them bicker about each other’s professions, until Jim ultimately wins the argument by leaning in and kissing Bones. “What was that for?” Bones asks, and Jim shrugs. “I could be dead tomorrow,” he says, “and you would regret not having kissed me.” “I would’ve regret not shutting you up earlier,” Bones remarks, and Jim laughs.
And between the three of them, Jim is most often in immediate danger. Sure, Spock gets shot at frequently, but he generally does his homework well before entering a dangerous situation. Bones is often fine, he’s there to heal people who are already sick, after all. Though he does occasionally gets punched in the face or threatened, those are luckily not daily occurrences. Jim, however, when he’s not pulling cats out of trees and lecturing school kids about bin fires, he’s present at emergency situations. He gets hurt a lot for being the reckless hero, but he’s always okay in the end. That doesn’t mean that Bones likes to point out his dumb luck. Even Jim himself frequently comments how this job’s gonna be the end of him someday, though he’s been so incredibly lucky, it’s often nothing more but a joke.
Jim is so prone to getting hurt, he doesn’t twice think about it happening to Bones. Which, surely, happened a couple times, but it’s usually something a few stitches or bandages can fix. He doesn’t consider the fact Bones can get seriously hurt, because, well, he just can’t. He’s a doctor. Doctors are invincible, and compared to Jim’s track record, Bones kind of is. Even when he gets the call about a car crashing into an ambulance, he doesn’t think about it. He just gets into his truck and drives towards the scene.
But he instantly recognizes the ambulance where he’s spent many an occasion himself. He knows the scratches off the paint job in the back, he knows that license plate. That ambulance, or the wreckage that’s trapped between the passenger car and a building - that’s Bones’ ambulance.
It hits him so hard, Jim struggles to breathe. It’s different than that time Bones was stuck in a burning building. Somehow, this is worse. He pushes past the crowd of people, only caught by Spock before he just thoughtlessly runs towards the scene. “Jim,” Spock calls him strictly, holding on to him tight enough. “Spock - Jesus, that’s Bones in there. We gotta- we gotta do something-” “Breathe,” Spock tells him, “I tried, we can’t get him out by hand.” “Is he alive?” “I don’t know.” “Spock” “I don’t know, Jim,” Spock replies, “I know this is going to sound harsh, but I need you to take a deep breath, and then I need you to do your job, okay?” Jim nods, though his hands are shaking. At least until Spock grabs a hold of them. “You’ve saved people in this situation before,” Spock continues, “you can do it again.”
And he can, though he barely holds it together. Other ambulances arrive, and the drunk driver is pulled out the wreckage relatively safe. Not if it were up to Jim, though, because the patient in the back of Bones’ ambulance is called dead, and then there’s Bones. Bones, who looks like a mess when the other medics manage to get him out. Bones, who’s barely breathing, with broken ribs, a concussion, and God knows what else. No, if it were up to Jim, that driver wouldn’t have seen the next light of day.
Jim’s never quite had a panic attack before, but he’s had at least three of them that night, relying on Spock to calm him down and breathe him through it. And then still, he’s miserable. He’s miserable because the doctors won’t let him see Bones, while he’s under surgery for hours, and they won’t let him see him after while he’s still on intensive care. Jim tries sleeping at home, but that just makes him feel worse, so Spock lets him sleep over on the couch at his place instead. Though come morning, Spock finds an empty sofa, and he finds Jim in the hospital, asleep on those uncomfortable chairs.
He doesn’t really eat until Spock forces him to. He doesn’t sleep, doesn’t shower, and once he’s allowed to be in the same room as Bones, he just doesn’t leave. When the other wakes up, though, it’s like all of that dread just falls off his shoulders. Even if worry returns to him immediately, because Bones is in a lot of pain, and the nurses up his morphine until he’s knocked out for another few days.
But then Bones is finally conscious, and Jim notices because he’s watching reruns of some old sci-fi TV show when he hears the other sniff and sob next to him. “Jesus- Bones, you’re awake! What’s the matter?” Jim asks, immediately getting up and cupping Bones’ cheeks, “are you okay? Do I need to call the nurse?” “I don’t want to go into space.” “… what?” “People can’t breathe in space,” Bones says quietly, “I’m going to die in space. I don’t want to go.” “You’re not going into space,” Jim says, utterly confused until he realizes the morphine’s just doing its job. “You say that now,” Bones replies, “but you would drag us there.” Jim laughs at that, pressing a kiss to Bones’ forehead, and he runs his thumb under the other’s eye to catch that tear. “That’s probably true.” “What if we can’t be married in space?” “We’re not married now,” Jim points out, and Bones just frowns. “I think we should be,” he says, and Jim smiles. “I think so, too.”
Summary: It has been nine months since the day of the movie premiere. Life is not always easy.
Characters: Dean Winchester, Female reader, Bobby Singer, Tiny, Sam Winchester (mentioned), Georgia (OFC), Melissa (OFC-mentioned), Charlie Bradbury, Tyson Brady, Ash, Garth, Jo Harvelle, Gabriel
Word Count: 1621
Warnings: nsfw, explicit language, explicit sexual content, PTSD, nauseatingly fluffy
Author’s Notes: Thank you for taking this roller coaster of a ride with me. I truly loved writing this, but even more than that, I loved that you loved it. A shout out to @mamapeterson and @climbthatmooselikeatree for their encouragement, their help, their awesome beta skills, and their ability to pull the words out of me even when I don’t think there are any words left to write. You guys make me the best me.
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lit meme: 1/8 otps — will herondale and tessa gray, the infernal devices by cassandra clare
“Tess, Tess, Tessa. Was there ever a more beautiful sound than your name? To speak it aloud makes my heart ring like a bell. Strange to imagine that, isn’t it – a heart ringing – but when you touch me that is what it is like: as if my heart is ringing in my chest and the sound shivers down my veins and splinters my bones with joy. Why have I written these words in this book? Because of you. You taught me to love this book where I had scorned it. When I read it for the second time, with an open mind and heart, I felt the most complete despair and envy of Sydney Carton. Yes, Sydney, for even if he had no hope that the woman he loved would love him, at least he could tell her of his love. At least he could do something to prove his passion, even if that thing was to die. I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, Tessa, if I could have been assured that death would be my own. And that is why I envied Sydney, for he was free. And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart. You are not the last dream of my soul. You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth. With hope at least, Will Herondale”
Zack Addy x Reader, Jack Hodgins x Reader (siblings)
Warnings: Like one swear word
A/N: I know this isn’t exactly what the request asked for, but I just couldn’t imagine Zack being smug, he’s too awkward and small. I also hope it’s alright that I made the reader Hodgins’ sister, it’s an idea that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since I started re-watching the show. Hope you enjoy!
“What if someone catches us?” Zack asked as you pulled him away from his work (literally) and into a deep kiss. “Nobody will catch us,” you assured, “my brother and Angela are off having lunch, Booth and Dr. Brennen are interrogating a suspect, everyone is busy with something.” You pulled him back down into another, more passionate kiss, hoping to persuade him. Zack was always hesitant to do any sort of pda at work (he even avoided looking at you when you visited the Jeffersonian sometimes), he didn’t want anyone to find out you two were a thing before you were ready to tell them. Zack hadn’t really been in a serious relationship before (or any relationship, really) and he didn’t expect you to stay with him for this long, which is why you still had not told your brother Jack that you were dating his best friend and coworker. You were okay with this, but sometimes you liked trying to get Zack a little bit out of his comfort zone, do something a little risky (well, risky in his book). For example, making out in the lab. Once he got more into it, he pushed you against the table. One of his hands gripped your waist, the other pulled your thigh up to hook around his waist as you hopped up onto the table. In the 5 months you had been together Zack really got the hang of making out and, in your opinion, excelled at it. “What about security cameras?” He asked as you pulled away from his lips and started kissing down his neck. “They don’t catch this corner, trust me,” you said between kisses. “Uh, yeah, but we do.” Zack pulled away from you quickly, eyes wide and face red. You’re sure you probably match him as you stare at Jack and Angela standing in the doorway of the lab, to-go bags in hand. “Heyyy guys,” you said cautiously, unable to read the look on your older brother’s face, “you’re back early.” Angela gave you a ‘really?’ look, her mouth still open in shock, though it seemed to be more in awe. “What-you-” Jack couldn’t seem to form a cohesive thought, instead he just looked between you and Zack, who looked like a child who was caught with his hands in the cookie jar, sputtering out nonsense before turning to look at Angela. “I think what he’s trying to say is what the hell?” You slid yourself off the table and stood next to Zack, looking like two deer caught in the headlights. “We’ve been meaning to tell you guys for a while…” You said slowly. “And you didn’t because?” Angela asked. “The timing just… Never seemed right,” you explained. “How long has this been going on?” “Five and a half months,” Zack said, finally finding his voice. “Five and half months?!” You flinched as a look of disbelief formed on Jack’s face. “You’ve been dating for months and you didn’t tell us?!” “Okay, let’s take a deep breath,” Angela said, placing her hands on his shoulders and guiding him out of the room, “we’ll come back once you’ve cooled off a little and have a nice, calm discussion about this.” Before they were completely out of sight Angela turned around, shock starting to wear off, and gave you a thumbs up, seemingly impressed. “I’m dead, aren’t I?” Zack asked worriedly, staring at the spot your older brother was standing just moments ago. “Maybe not completely,” you replied with almost as much worry in your voice. “Do you think they’ll tell anyone?” As if on cue, you heard the familiar voice of agent Booth shout, “they what?!” “Yeah,” Zack nodded, “I think so.”
The sound of glass shattering makes
you jump and turn around in alarm. A few
feet behind you one of your rookie techs is standing near a lab bench behind
you, staring in shock at the broken glass at her feet. In an instant you know what it is; the mini
habitat you’d constructed in the lab to mimic the conditions of the last planet
the Enterprise had visited. Your team,
led by you and overseen by Commander Spock himself, had been tasked with studying
the various flora and fauna the team had retrieved from the surface of the
planet. This particular terrarium had contained
the beginnings of a fruit bearing bush, one that the commander had been
particularly interested in for its healing properties. The only sample had been in that tank. Which was in pieces, on the hard floor of
Many people love to compare them, but really it’s apples and oranges these days and here is why.
Different Platforms: You cannot compare Books to Show for the simpliest reason. A show has far more time to dive into side character, explore small mentions in the books etc. TMI is written as Clary’s story and the real main characters are Clary, Simon and Jace. If the show focused on just them as main, it would be far too limited. No fantasy show has three mains, it’s usually atleast four and upwards with plenty of regulars and recurring characters to fill up the time and plot. TVD’s real mains might be Elena, Stefan and Damon but Caroline, Jeremy, Alaric Bonny, Matt, Tyler are also mains and have their own storylines that are well developed and thought out. In a book this would created 1000+ pages to do for all of them. Every episode needs to have a high and low and some development. This is different in books. You can easily spend two chapters in the same setting, building up world and character knowlegde. The pacing is different and as such it asks different things of its characters and a show is therefore much quicker in need of more mains or regulars than a book series.
From Side to Mains: Alec and Magnus in TMI are not main characters, no matter how much people claim they are, as someone currently written a book myself, I have characters like them in my own bookseries, but I would never call them mains more well-rounded characters that are just present for 60% of the time. Magnus and Alec’s pagetime increases per book and maybe by the time we reach City of Heavenily Fire one can consider them mains, but during the first 4 books this was definitely not the case. Therefore the show automatically has more Malec, cause Alec and Magnus have a different role, which is also due to the Platform that provides this opportunity for these characters along with Izzy and Luke.
Different times: City of Bones was written over 10 years ago, maybe I’m so old I remember what the world was like 10 years ago, but it was very different. Marriage equality was something only very few countries had and the amount of lgbtq on the television wasn’t nearly as much as it is now. I mean, remember Glee even had to announce beforehand that Kurt and Blaine would have sex this episode, when all we got to see was too men in their shirts and underwear with a condom on the floor. GROUNDBREAKING. Things were simply not the same. Sure you had lgbtq characters in literature but they came in lgbtq book series, like The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Fleweling or Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. In YA literature you had no lgbtq characters unless the book was meant for that target group (Annie on my mind for example) Cassandra Clare was one of the first if not the first to add lgbtq characters and a couple to her bookseries that was aimed at a heterosexual targetgroup of 12+ girls. And she had to walk a very fine line to get it published and to make sure afterwards that her books wouldn’t end up being banned from school libraries or only for sale at very limited amount and small stores. America wasn’t that keen on exposing youth to lgbtq material. There was even talk about getting these kinds of books a specific label, so that the reader was warned beforehand the book would be gay. Malec had to be a side couple, they couldn’t be as present as Clace. It would have seen these books in the gutter at the times. The show was created in a time where marriage equality exists, where officially more people in western civilization approve of lgbtqs than are against it. Where Tvshows are more diverse. It had preccessors with great success, like How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, Modern family. All these massively popular shows weren’t harmed by being diverse. The show was blessed by being bought by a network that strives for equality and frequently works with organisations to address real life problems. Freeform has had a lot of success in the lgbtq department, especially with the family friendly The Fosters and the YA global success Pretty Little Liars. Shadowhunters has no reason to treat Alec, Magnus or Malec as anything other than equals or main characters. It won’t harm the show. Book fans already know them, since CC laid down the groundwork there and freeform fans know the network well enough to expect every show to have a lgbtq couple at some point. Time makes all the difference: people change, countries changes, laws change.
Different people: Last but not least, Magnus and Alec in the show are not the same as Magnus and Alec in the books. Their personalities are different. For starters Alec is a 23 year old man instead of a 17 yeard old boy. He run the institute when his parents are away, instead of Hodge. Because he is older he is more mature. Magnus in the books doesn’t give a flying fuck about shadowhunters, he only helps them because of Alec, he makes it known time and time again, he’d not do it otherwise or they would have to pay him. In the show Magnus is more invested, more invested in Clary, he cares more about the rest of them. This is mostly due to Magnus being a main and if his only tie was Alec that would be a rather limited role. Magnus is not protecting other warlocks, only himself and Alec. And if he really has to, the people Alec cares about in the books, in the show he is responsible for the rest of them. This list is a very long one if I have to dissect every aspect of both of them, but in the end they are simply different persons with the same name in a similar setting. And therefore their relationship is very different too.
If you consider all of the things above, you simply cannot compare them anymore and neither should you really, considering the differences are too big. You can only prefer one version over the other and understand why that is. But there is no reason to shit on either version, they were written for different platforms, in different time, which lead to a difference in role for the characters and thus created different characters and a whole different story. You can love them both, you love one of them, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you respect both of them and the circumstance in which they were created.
i haven’t written one of these posts in forever but let’s gooooo!! here are some reasons why you should readthe bone witchby rin chupeco (which releases today, march 7!)
look,,, this is easily one of my favorite reads of the year okay we’re only 3 months in but i’m calling it
so in this world, people literally wear their hearts on display!! they’re called heartsglass and they turn different colors depending on what mood you’re in
if they’re silver, it means that you can draw runes, which is code for “do magic/summon elements” tbh
the runes are fire, water, earth, forest, metal, wind, and dark
the women who can draw these runes train to become asha
asha are kind of like geishas, because they are trained to entertain people with dancing, singing, playing music, etc.
but also!! they can fight, and they can be bodyguards
sooo basically, asha are both highly “feminine” but also kickass
anyway the protagonist, tea, discovers she’s a dark asha (or bone witch, but that’s considered derogatory) when she raises her brother, fox, from the dead!!
luckily there’s another dark asha in the area, lady mykaela, who takes tea (and by extension, fox) under her wing
(also dark asha raise these things called daeva, which are basically demons, and they kill them so that they can take the bezoars from them)
she takes them to the willows so that tea can train to be an asha
on the way there, they meet the crown prince of one of the countries, prince kance, who tea develops a crush on
later, she meets his cousin, kalen, who is a deathseeker
deathseekers are the males whose heartsglass are silver; they’re forced to serve in the army and aren’t allowed to train to be asha (more on this later)
lowkey,,,,,there’s an implied love triangle,,,,but,,,i love both guys so
anyway we get to see a lot of tea’s training which is so cool and well thought out!!
also tea befriends a boy named likh, who has a silver heartsglass but doesn’t want to be a deathseeker
however, he can’t become an asha bc men can’t be feminine blah blah blah
they work together so that he can get the chance to train
sooo the whole book is a flashback, and between every chapter (the italicized parts) is the present, but told from the pov of someone who meets tea now, after she’s done something to get her exiled (like 2-3 years later)
it’s really interesting to see tea’s beginning and her future
but it’s agonizing not knowing what happens in between!!!
anyway time for quotes!!:
“if women are encouraged to fight and draw runes and strive to be a man’s equal in those regard, then why can’t a man be encouraged to sing and dance and entertain as we do?”
“perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are rather than in what they expect you to be.”
or when fox discovered tea’s crush on prince kance: “how did the first date go? has he asked for your hand in marriage yet, or should we have stayed longer?”
that got way too long i’m sorry i’m just so passionate about this book okay read it!! exquisite worldbuilding!! moreover, diversity in fantasy (bc yeah, even in other worlds, not everyone is white!!) amazing characters!! antiheroine main character!! great sibling relationships!! questioning of the boundaries of femininity and masculinity!! magic-wielding, geisha-like asha!! also, 5 confirmed lgbtq+ characters within this book and the sequel!! read the bone witch by rin chupeco!!