RELEASE DATE: September 24th 2019
AUTHOR: Emily Lloyd-Jones
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Horror.
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.
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 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 into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves.
I’ve heard so many great things about The bone houses and I wasn’t disappointed. It was an enjoyable read filled with adventure, curses, magic, and Zombies. It’s a unique twist on the Zombie story. Loved the characters, the setting, and also the cute romance. It was my first book by the author and it wouldn’t be my last.
Aderyn verch Gwyn aka Ryn is a seventeen year old gravedigger in the remote village of Colbren. After her parents death, she and her younger siblings survive by their family graveyard business where she buries the dead, but not all dead stays dead. Because of some ancient curse on their land, the dead rise out as the bone houses. They’re walking zombies with skeleton appearance. Ryn has no problem putting them down with her axe, but things get out of control when they start wandering outside the forest and wreaking havoc in the village. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attacks with new ferocity. To stop the curse once for all, Ryn and Ellis both travel deep into the mystical mountains to find their answers.
I absolutely loved Ryn! She’s fearless, strong, and a total kickass character. Her love for her siblings is admirable. She’s one of those heroines who wouldn’t give up without a fight. Ellis is such a sweet and noble gentleman. He admires Ryn for her strength and determination. He might not be as strong as Ryn, but he’s definitely not a weak character. He’s got great endurance for pain. The slow burn romance between Ryn and Ellis was sweet. It’s not the central focus of the story, but I really loved the way they started to connect with each other. The secondary characters were pretty fun too especially Ryn’s siblings Gareth and Ceridwen, and also their zombie Goat. Yes, you heard me right! There’s a Zombie Goat in this book and she freaking stole my heart. She’s loyal, loveable, and oh so adorable. She’s really one of the major highlights of this book.
The plot was engaging and entertaining throughout. I enjoyed the bone houses concept and also the mystery surrounding the curse. This book also has some heart touching relatable themes like grief, mourning the dead, letting go of the past, and moving forward. Few of the scenes nearly moved me to tears. The pace was perfect. I’m glad this was written in third person pov. The author’s writing was captivating, lush, and gorgeous. I really enjoyed the scenery she had created and also loved how she incorporated Welsh folklore into the story.
Overall, it was a good stand-alone read with a perfect ending. It’s more than your typical YA horror novel and I hope everyone gives it a shot. It makes a perfect Halloween read.
If you’re looking for a unique YA fantasy read with dark and spooky fairytale vibes!
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