Book Review: Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone  by Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone 


Publication Date
: June 7 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: 4 stars

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

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. 

(I’m feeling a little off today, so this review is pretty short. It’s not my best work, but I tried)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in prehistoric times. I actually didn’t realize that it was until I looked at the synopsis again. 

The way the story was told was pretty interesting. 

“Why don’t you tell me a story?” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The majority (but not all) of it is told as a story to Mya by Kol, so it uses  words like you, and seems like it’s referring to the reader. It’s kinda nice because it’s like you’re part of the story. 

“But at this moment, this one word feels like the answer to every question:

You.” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The story itself is pretty interesting since the narrator doesn’t know who’s lying and who can be trusted. I can’t go too in detailed without spoiling some key details, so I’ll leave it at that. 
The writing is beautiful, and Julie Eshbaugh describes things so perfectly. She weaves magic into words. 

I liked Kol generally, but he’s not exactly one of my favorite characters. Mya is pretty badass, and definitely my favorite though she could use some loosening up.  There were times I really wanted to smack Peck. He has no tact. At all. 

I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read, definitely if your a fan of Pride and Prejuidice. 

Cover Reveal: Empire of Storms

AHHHH OMGOMGOMG WE HAVE A COVER!!!! PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!!  

(Note: it’s not the final art)

Ok, so I have some really mixed emotions about this. I love the background and the fire, but the face kinda throws me off. It’s different from the ones in the other books (at least to me it is). I think she looks a lot older in this (btw that is the Eye of Elena around her neck).  Either way, I know this book is going to be ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING. Sarah J. Maas has said that this is going to be the longest book so far.

I LIKE BIG BOOKS AND  I CAN NOT LIE 

Sorry, I had to say it 

Anyways, 

So much happened in the last book, and I don’t know how I’m going to last until September. 

Yeah, you heard me. 

September 

4 months from now
*lays down*
*curls into ball*

*dies*
Thoughts on the cover?

Book Review: The Awakening

The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven

Rating: 4 stars

Source: NetGalley


At first, I didn’t like this book. It wasn’t until maybe 1/3 ways in that I started thing,hmm not bad, not bad at all. And then BOOM! Next thing I knew, I was in love with this book. I couldn’t put it down and OMG, I need the next one like right now. 

In the beginning I was like ugh, I don’t like this character, and ugh insta love. BUT it wasn’t until later on I realized that no, not insta love, in fact they weren’t in that kind of relationship at all. And there was a reason for Allie’s bipolarness. It all made soooooo much sense later when she met everyone and they explained what was up (nope, I’m not gonna tell you what, you’ll have to read it to find out). 

It took a while for Allie to grow on me, but she turned out to be pretty cool. I loved Aidan and everyone else (ignore that whole fake Aidan stuff and doesn’t last long thankfully). Emma and Naeemah especially intrigued me and I really hope Melissa A. Craven will write a prequel with their backstories. These are some seriously badass women and I love them! I also loved Gregg and Liam and basically everyone  in the “family”(there’s just way too many to name). These were some pretty amazin characters and seriously, that prequel needs to be a thing.  

The whole idea/concept of this book was really refreshing and original. I’ve mane read only one or two books somewhat like this and those are still really different from how it was in this book (I’m trying not to give away the Big Revelation). There were so many cute little moments in this book that made me smile, and I really liked it!

There was kind of a love triangle but it’s not a bad one. It actually adds to the plot and makes sense (I like Vince, but Team Aidan  all the way). In the beginning it seemed kinda cliche but it’s gets better, don’t worry.  I really love the friendship (yeah, you read that right) between Aidan and Allie. They’re just so friggin adorable together and it’s a very slow burn even though it seemed like insta love in the beginning (again, all will be revealed and everything has a purpose, their “connection”,  Allie’s weird mood swings. Just trust me on this one).
I would’ve given this a higher rating if not for the slow beginning, but seriously, this was amazing. Just power through the slow parts  until you make it to the awakening, where it really starts to get good (probably cuz everything finally makes sense).  You must read this, it’s just so ASDFGHJKL!!! Still kinda reeling from the ending of this. 

**I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. It did not, in any way, influence my review of this book**