Hey folks! Hope you’re doing well wherever you are. I’m here with a new review of one of the best books I’ve read this year. I first read Emily Lloyd-Jones’s These Hearts We Sold, which I loved. I can’t wait to talk about this amazing book! Thank you so much The Novl for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Bone Houses
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Expected release: September 24, 2019
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
Seventeen-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 about Ellis 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.
I have had a hard time getting into books until I picked this one up, and it got me out of my slump a little bit!
What I loved most about this book was the world building. It is set what seems like a magical version of the British Isles. I loved returning to this area right after leaving Ireland! It was nice and familiar, but the way Lloyd-Jones built the world was delicious and fantastic. I loved every single detail, and it felt like I was trekking through the forest with Ryn and Ellis.
The Bone Goat was one of the best companions in this book. It was so great to see all the side characters get fleshed out in a small way, and the Bone Goat was one of them. I also appreciated the representation that Lloyd-Jones was able to include through the small details like dialogue. It was never the thing, but it was subtle enough to get the message across.
I also loved how the folklore was woven throughout this book. It was awesome how Lloyd-Jones brought it to life through the story. It became a big part of the narrative, and I appreciate when an author can do this.
The atmosphere of the book itself was so spooky and eerie. I loved how the setting lended itself to this.
Overall, I recommend that you read this if you love world-building and spooky feelings.