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Book Review: The Bone Houses by Emily-Lloyd Jones

Hello guys! Soo I decided to read The BonE Houses after a long time of seeing it everywhere on Instagram. I buddyread it with someone and it was hilarious! The name fIrst captivated me, then i saw the cover and i was like, YES! A horror book! Anyway, here is the review. Hope you enjoy reading.

Title: The Bone Houses

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Year: 2019

Pages: 352

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


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.

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 started reading this book last month and it took almost me almost whole month! Well, partly because I was reading others books and I had to put this one on hold. I have been seeing The Bone Houses on #bookstagram for a long time now and have been intrigued to read it. I could say this book is a bookstagram-made-me-read-it.

The Bone Houses has a lot of various creepy creatures,monsters and folklores. The main one, which the book is based on is a real Welsh mhythology. The Calderon of Rebirth.

The book follows the story of Ryn, and her various crazy adventures. Ryn is a gravedigger from the small town of Colbren. After her parents death, her siblings and her have to fend for themselves. Their village Colbren uses to be a very rich place, the villagers were hard workers, having enough to feed themselves and their families. But that changed drastically when the only mine, from which was their main source of income, collapsed. Now there are very unlikely stuff going on in Colbren. For example, once it’s sunset, dead people ride from their graves though they linger. around the forest area only. They are known as The Bone Houses. But that will soon change. A young man, called Ellis arrives to the village in search of his origin. He’s a mapmaker who grew up in the care of a prince. Soon after his arrival, the Bone Houses strike and this time,they invade the village, attacking whatever is in sight.

Ryn and Ellis quickly become friends and together they have to stop the Bone Houses.

I loved the character of Ryn, Δ° think she’s a fearless young girl. Strong too for taking charge of the family by herself. And very dedicated in her job as a gravedigger. A job everyone hates.

I felt the book was a bit predictive. Though i don’t mind reading a predictive book, if the plot is mindblowing. But while reading this, i was bored. The adventures were great, the explanations were really imaginative and scary because most of the times, they’d encounter a monster of some sort or a Bone house trying to murder them. As soon as Ellis came into play, and the story of the Cauldron was narrated, i had a feeling Ellis was going to be the child that was revived back to life.

I also felt Ellis character wasn’t brought to its full potential. At first, introducing Ellis into the book seemed like he would play a very keen role. Mind you, he has an important role. But I believe his knowledge and skills were downplayed. He seems quite knowledgeable and could solve a lot of problems on his own or by Ryn. But he looked like he was under her command, hence his own ability wasn’t maximised to the fullest.

The Bone Houses is a mix of fantasy, adventure and horror. So if you’re a fan of any of these genres I suggest you give this book a try. Δ°t’s also hilarious and I’m certain it’ll get you cracking up.

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California.


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