Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ivoryGoodreads Description: 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.


My (Spoilery) Thoughts:

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Okay this book was so impressive. I mean this is a debut novel people! The books unique premise had me hooked from the beginning and to be honest I didn’t read the synopsis, I just heard “Prehistoric & Pride and Prejudice” and hoped for the best. So I just have to say, major props to Eshbaugh because while reading Ivory and Bone I could tell she really did her research. The attention to detail is insane. You can read it in the hunting strategy the characters take, the descriptions of the clothing, food, weapons, etc. Even creating origin myths which reminded me of Native American Origin stories.  I was very impressed with her writing style. As I read, I saw it play in my head like a movie. I sometimes have a really hard time seeing or imaging certain places and things in a book. Eshbaugh did a really great job of creating a very descriptive world and it was effortless to see in my mind. I didn’t have to struggle to picture certain landscapes or objects and I appreciate that it was done in a way that didn’t feel overly done. Adding on to my liking of the beautifully descriptive world, I feel like it’s important to the story. In many ways, the setting is as much a character as the actual characters.

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Ivory and Bone is mentioned to have allusions to Pride and Prejudice. I think it’s important while reading this book to remember that it’s not a retelling. A lot of the early interactions between Kol and Mya were very reminiscent to P&P. Like in P&P, I wanted to grab Kol and Mya & shake them to reason. Its definitely been a while since I’ve felt equal parts frustration and love for characters. It was nice to have those (very frustrating but good) feelings again. I will say that while I was reading, I found myself constantly trying to make comparisons to P&P and that created a sort of distraction but that was more my fault that anything else.

Kol and Mya drove me insane most of the time, in a good way I promise. Like I mentioned before they frustrated me to no end. And when Lo entered the picture it got worst. From the first scene with Lo I was 110% sure she was a psychopath and I was right. Kol sort of pisses me off at one point because he just met Lo like 5 seconds ago, how are you going to make conclusions about someone’s character when you’ve only had like one conversation with them. And how are you going to agree against the slamming of someone else’s character without really knowing that person either. We can’t just make rash decisions about a person’s character just because of heresy. I totally understand that Kol’s first impression of Mya was not ideal but you can’t let you opinion of someone be further influenced by someone else’s opinion. Ugh, Lo ruining everything. Mya was no better either but what I love about this book is the growth that you get to experience between Kol and Mya, its literally a journey.

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One of my favorite scenes between Kol and Mya is the sharing of the honey. That scene is perfect, so intimate and well written. The tension! Jeez that scene has to be one of my favorite scenes ever. It just goes to show that you don’t always need a steamy kiss scene.

I also enjoyed getting to know all the other characters involved. Kol’s family is so big and Eshbaugh found a way to give them all a part and voice in this story without making it feel overwhelming. Usually one is mainly focused on seeing character growth and development from the main characters so it was nice to see that for Kol’s brothers too. I like how close Kol’s clan is. They work together and protect one another and the same goes for Mya’s family too.

My only concern is the fact that Ivory and Bone is part of a trilogy. I was very satisfied with the ending and I’m curious to see where the author will take it because it felt very final.

My Rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝.5


Guys let me know if you’ve read Ivory and Bone. If you have, what did you think? I’d love to know. Sorry this review is kind of long I guess I got a little carried away. Till next time!

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