Thank you TBR And Beyond Tours for the chance to be a host on the release tour for Sofi and the Bone Song!
Sofi and the Bone Song has the honor of being one of the few books I’ve been able to finish earlier than the night before a post is due! It’s also one of my favorite reads so far and I really hope Adrienne Tooley builds on this really great world she created for the book!
But here’s all the housekeeping before we get right into it!
Sofi and the Bone Song is a YA, queer, standalone fantasy novel that came out on the 19th of April, 2022. It was published by Margaret K. McElderry Books and all 416 pages go by in the blink of an eye.
To Sofi, effortlessness and magic went hand in hand. There was no hard work associated with spilling a drop of blood to conjure fire-no gathering of wood or sparking of tinder or careful tending to a small flame.
It’s a YA standalone, and between that and the blurb and the sapphic romance part you can kinda piece together what’ll happen in terms of the romance.
In this world Music might be the last untouched art, but that doesn’t mean its practitioners are above doing what it takes to be the best; after all, there are only a select 5 and their apprentices.
While the book is about Sofi, and her learning that music is a bit more than repenting and prayer and license, the book is also about her father and how his selfishness almost ruined all of them. As Tooley slowly lets Sofi piece things together, you feel really very sorry for how she suffered; even if she thought it was all for music. I loved how for the longest time you’re so confused, wondering if what Lara is doing is really magic or if music just comes naturally to her.
“I mean this with the utmost politeness, Sofi,” Lara huffed as they made their way up the deceptively steep road, “but it’s called being friendly. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t make it magic.”
I adored the magic system in this book; between the papers, marrow and witches themselves, it was fascinating! I also loved the close relationship the king had with the Musik and their children.
It was also just a very different world to get used to; I feel like we do take music for granted a little bit; it has to exist. In this book when all performance is so strictly regulated, we can see that it’s been years since some people were able to hear music!
All in all, a solid 4 star read that is definitely worth a reread as well! I can’t wait to get my hands on one to add to my bookshelf!
A bit about Adrienne Tooley
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
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.