Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone

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Debut author Julie Eshbaugh's sweeping prehistoric fantasy--with allusions to Pride and Prejudice--will enthrall readers with high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love.

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.

With riveting action and illustrative prose that leaps from the page, newcomer Julie Eshbaugh will have readers mesmerized. 

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062399250
Characteristics: 376 pages ;,22 cm.


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Aug 03, 2019

Annoyingly written, "I said this and you said that."

Jan 19, 2019

I was a big fan of Jean M. Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series when I was a preteen, even though the themes might have been a bit out of my league. So I was stoked to read this, which sounds like a YA sort of version. Plus, there's allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

The book itself is fine. It's OK. It's pretty slow in pace for the first 30 chapters, but I was prepared with the whole "shades of Jane Austen" thing. But that itself presented a bit of an issue. I just wasn't that involved in the narrative or characters, so I found myself trying to figure out which characters in Ivory and Bone correlated to which characters in P&P. There are very obvious ones, and then situations like Lo, where the general themes are the same but there isn't a one-for-one retelling. But again...I was ignoring the plot in favor of figuring out the subtleties.

Around chapter 30, things pick up considerably. The danger notches up, reflected through the setting, and Kol and Mya both have some eye opener moments. I thought their relationship, especially in the early antagonistic phase, was handled very well. I also liked Kol, even when he was being a twat. There were a few things left unresolved, but since I was framing it mentally as a P&P-influences story, the conclusion felt natural.

In all, I recommend this for anyone looking for an interesting, gender-bent Austenesque YA in an unusual time period and setting. I likely won't be continuing the series, because it didn't inspire me too much to keep reading- but the narrative was well written and most of the characters were well fleshed out.

Dec 07, 2016

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. I started off skeptical and even more dubious when it has such a slow beginning. It took me a while to get into -- especially with the unique 1st/2nd person style. However, once I got used to that and adjusted to the world I was hooked and wanted to see how the story was going to end. That being said, I know there is going to be more in this series, but I would be content with it being a stand alone. I enjoyed it a surprising amount and I am grateful that it turned out better than I originally thought.

ArapahoeCatherine Nov 18, 2016

If you love Pride and Prejudice but wished there were more fights with mammoths and saber-toothed cats, this is the book for you! I was a little skeptical about this retelling, set in the ice age but was delighted with the updates on one of my favorite stories, particularly the gender-swapped character roles. It was nice to see the women in positions of power. :)

Nov 17, 2016

I think that mentally I had already reviewed this book as well, so I haven't until now. I have never really found ancient time humans that interesting before, and this book kind of caught me off guard with it. It reminds me a lot of the studies we have done on the Aboriginals and tribe life in school a while ago. I actually think its pretty interesting, just not as interesting as Greek Mythology (nothing can overpower that though.) I like the whole romantic theme and ideas happening though, it is pretty genuine and doesn't sound improvised like in other books. The whole conspiracy in the background really emphasizes the way the past can affect people. Be careful what you hold against others! 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LibraryAlison Jul 29, 2016

I read almost 100 pages of this book, but was disappointed and not interested in finishing the story. The premise was promising, but I could not suspend my disbelief of the existence of angst-filled teenagers in prehistoric times - at 16, most would have had children of their own. Teenagers are a relatively modern phenomenon.

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