The Bone Houses: Book Review

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36524503._SY475_Title: The Bone Houses
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Horror
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

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Synopsis: “eventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.” (Goodreads)

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My Review:

Here’s the thing, calling an undead being a Bone House is a lot nicer than zombie but it is still a zombie! Also, I am terrified of them and they have been haunting my dreams for 21 years! Seriously, it dates back to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, ha.

Anyways, enough of my boring background. As a certified chicken, I would say that this book had its creepy parts but overall it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. That’s probably for the best so I wouldn’t have nightmares.

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But, let’s talk about the characters! Ryn is not afraid of death and carries an axe with her to deal with the ones that rise. Just like her father, she becomes the next gravedigger for their town after he goes missing. Ryn and her siblings have suffered a lot of loss and even then the local Lord is also a dillweed to them. She is always trying to protect them and will do everything to make sure they have what they need to live.

Quickly into the book we are introduced to Ellis. There isn’t much that is known about his background and as the plot progresses, so does his background. He is very witty and I enjoyed the humor he produced during the worst times, ha.

Although you would think Ellis would be considered the comedic relief, a goat steals the whole show! The goat is funny, loyal, and her horns pack a punch! No fear for the undead can be found when it comes to her. I always enjoy a good animal companion and this one did not disappoint.

As for the plot, it was fast paced, interesting, and left me wanting more from the characters. I will say that the plot twists were easy to spot out after learning a bit about the curse. I also thought the ending was a tad anti-climatic.

It took until the last book of the page to make me sad. I wasn’t expecting the last couple of sentences to be so impactful but I think it’s what I needed to hear since I am dealing with my own grief.

“And perhaps this was the truth about the dead.
You went on.
They’d want you to.”

Overall, I enjoyed it and I am glad I have the Owlcrate copy because it’s definitely one I would read again.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky Books I Didn’t Get To This Month

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Well guys, I’m here to tattle on myself. I haven’t read any of these books this month and clearly I am not going to. Maybe one but I don’t know. I’m really trying to get through all my NetGalley reads.

But alas, let’s get into the list of books I should have read but didn’t.

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1.) The Bone Houses

2.) Frankenstein

3.) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

4.) The Deep

5.) The Woman in the Mirror

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Technically the last two are from NetGalley and I still haven’t read them yet, lol. Darn those library books!

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Hopefully I will manage to get to The Bone Houses. I just need to stay positive! No pressure! *lots of pressure*

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First Lines Friday (10/25/19)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

I have decided to partake in this weekly meme!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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“The Gravedigger’s children were troublemakers. They chased chickens through the neighbors’ yards, brandishing sticks like swords, claiming that the fowl were monsters in disguise. They went to the fields and returned with berry-stained lips, crunching seeds between their teeth.”

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The book is….

 

 

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I got this book in my Owlcrate last month and have been really wanting to read it since then. There are other books I needed to get to first but now October is coming to a close and I still haven’t read a spooky book! So, this is me making myself accountable by saying this book will be read before the end of the month. Mark my words!

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Have you picked this one up? Do you want to read it? Let me know!

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Owlcrate Unboxing: Fear The Night

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Hello Fellow Bookworms!

Today I have an unboxing for Owlcrate’s September theme: Fear The Night. I thought this box was very well thought out and loved getting two books in one box! Now, will I read the second? I don’t know, haha. I am a huge chicken but The Haunting of Hill House has always intrigued me. My curiosity will be the death of me one day, I tell ya!

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Included In This Box:

  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Scare-amel Corn Coffee (@bonescoffeecompany)
  • Frankenstein Inspired Trinket Dish (@stellabookishart)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes Inspired Art Print (@annelambelet)
  • Exclusive Sneak Peek of The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Enamel Pin (@lapelsandspells)
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

My favorite item included in this box was probably the trinket dish. It looks vintage and I love it! My least favorite was most likely the gloves or coffee. I am not a huge coffee drinker and I don’t know when I will use the gloves but at least they are practical.

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Have you tried Owlcrate before? What do you think of this box? Let me know in the comments!

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