Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is the first in her YA historical fantasy series set in the prehistoric era.
“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.”
Ivory and Bone is a world that takes me to a more prehistoric time where mammoths and saber-toothed cats roamed the land.
Looking back, I had more hope for this book. Within the first few chapters, I could see a lot of potential into this world. As a YA reader, it was fun to read characters set in this time period that we normal never get to journey through.
Do you remember the movie Ice Age with Sid the sloth?? I COMPLETELY immersed these characters there! Some reason, this book just seemed to mentally fit into the image of that movie.
But I had a sort of large issue with this book. I tried pushing my way through it, but I couldn’t get over how bland and repetitive it was. It’s not like nothing happens in the story, but there is a lot of the main character talking to himself about the mysterious past in the clan and how there aren’t any girls around, and how when some show up he is just obsessed over how she thinks of him. I just felt like the character was saying the same thing but in a different way.
I ultimately just ended up losing interest in the book by about halfway through. Overall, I gave it 2 out of 5 stars. I like the setting but not the storyline.
What is really unique to YA is how this book is told by our main character, yet it is like he is telling you (the reader) directly a story as if you (the reader) were this mysterious Mya character that shows up. He references “you” throughout the story as if he was talking to you alone and telling his side of the story to us (the readers). Every time he did this, it stood out.
I think it’s something unique to this book and the author does a terrific job articulating it throughout the plot.
Ivory and Bone is a great story idea, but to me, the execution lacked in the end.
Published: 7 June 2016
Genre: Young Adult Historical / Fantasy
How I Read It: Hardcover
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