Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

IMG_1280.JPGA 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.

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Hey everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!

For the last weekend of July, I had a lot of time to catch up on some reading! One of the books I read happened to be Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I have never even read Pride and Prejudice (I know, I need to), but I stumbled upon this book while browsing my local bookstore. I decided to give it a try, and I am SO glad I did. This may be my favorite read of the month.

Why I fell in LOVE with this story (get ready for me to fangirl over this AMAZING book):

I hate to judge a book by its cover, but I did with this one. It is absolutely gorgeous; the cover grabbed my eye the moment I saw it.

One word to describe the title: CLEVER. The title ties in phenomenally with the story. I just love finding the title within the story. Thank you, Julie Eshbaugh.

I love a good historical fiction YA read, and this was one of them. I have read a lot of American/World War I/World War II historical fiction, yet I have never come upon a story about prehistoric fantasy. I really learned a lot from this story, and I LOVED every bit of history.

This is truly a unique story. That is all I am going to say about that.

Julie Eshbaugh’s writing is wonderful. I loved the perspective she used. It is like a letter; Kol is speaking to Mya. He never says Mya, he always uses “you.” The use of “you” made the flow of the story very calming. Once you dive into this book, you will understand what I mean by this.

When Mya comes to Kol’s clan in the beginning of the story, there is an unspoken argument from the past between Mya and Kol’s clan. Mya knows what happened, but Kol is oblivious. There is also tension between Mya and Lo’s clan. Kol is also oblivious to this past occurrence. Throughout the story, I loved the mystery from the past. I constantly asked myself, “What really went down years ago?”

What I disliked:

Nothing. Not one thing (now you may understand my love of this novel).

If you are looking for something out of your normal comfort zone (when it comes to what you read), you definitely should read this story. Being that this book was partially based upon Pride and Prejudice, I think I may grab it from my bookshelf before school starts.

I hope you all take my advice and READ THIS BOOK.

Thanks for listening!!

Sincerely, K

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