Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughIvory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 7th June 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Thoughts before reading this book: Prehistoric world? Fantasy? Sign me up!

Thoughts after reading this book: Oh. Well. That was disappointing.

Is just one book that ticks all of my prehistoric/dinosaur nerd boxes too much to ask for? Apparently so. I was so, so excited about Ivory and Bone before I read it because I’m all for prehistoric settings. Unfortunately I didn’t connect with the way the book is written, and I didn’t care for any of the characters. Bit of a downer.

The main problem I had was the second person point of view that this is written in. The main character, Kol, is addressing Mya, and it completely threw me out of the story. I think second person can be done well on occasion. You know, if there’s a need for it. But there really wasn’t with this book.

In addition to that, this book was mostly about the romance between Kol and Mya, and less about the action and murder and fantastic setting. The latter could have been used for all sorts of epic things, but I feel like the author didn’t make full use of it.

I don’t want to read the sequel because I’m afraid it’ll be much of the same. I can’t even remember whether or not the book ended in a way that warranted a sequel, so that’s not good either. I guess I’ll recap Ivory and Bone for Recaptains, but then I’ll cut my ties with the series.

One comment on “Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

  1. Maggie 13/03/2017 4:09 am

    No thanks to Ivory and Bone for me then! I’ve been iffy about this book, but seeing that it’s told in second person really gets on my nerves! Thanks for the heads up! 😀

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