Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)on June 7th 2016
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.
I’ve never read a book quite like this. Set in the prehistoric era, Ivory and Bone is reminiscent of movies like Brother Bear and Ice Age (as far as kid movies go). People have been talking about this book for months, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and see what all the hype was about.
One of the most enticing aspects of this book was how it was written. Most of the story was told in second person, as if Kol told the story to Mya. It helped trap me inside the story, almost as if I was Mya. There aren’t many books written like this, and the author did a wonderful job.
As far as romances go, Mya and Kol had an interesting one. The book began with a bang, and I had to know how they got to where they did. It drove me to keep reading. Their love-hate relationship kept me guessing. I didn’t know what Mya would say next, or how Kol would react. In fact, at one point I just wanted them to admit their feelings for each other and kiss already. It got so frustrating that I wasn’t sure if anything would happen between them in this book or if I would have to wait for the next. Even though I had a problem with how long it took them to get together, I liked the chemistry that they had.
I’ve never read a book that went this far back. In fact, I’ve never heard of a novel in any genre that went this far back. That could be just me, but the setting remains unique. It created a different atmosphere, one dependent on family and fellow clan members, hunting and gathering, and survival of the most delicate kind. I had no trouble picturing snowcaps and snowfall in the spring, with wildflowers speckling grassy meadows.
I’m interested to see how the rest of the trilogy unfolds. With a different setting and a distinctive main character, Ivory and Bone is a memorable debut.
Kol – Tyler Posey
Mya – Kristin Kreuk
Seeri – Olivia Hussey
Pek – Booboo Stewart
Lo – Trojan Bellisario
These are some of my ideas for the dream cast! Though for some of them, like Olivia Hussey, time travel would be needed.
The novel opens up with many unknowns. Mya and Kol are in a cave, and in order for Mya to not go to sleep, Kol tells her a story. Once I realized the in between, not only did Ellie Goulding’s Bleeding Heart remind me of the beginning but also the end, when everything comes full circle.
For Mya and Lo’s tumultuous relationship and past: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
One line in particular made me think of Ring of Fire, a Johnny Cash staple, an acapella cover. I think it encompasses Mya and Kol’s relationship.
Kol is at an integral time in his life, so is Mya – a time where they both pick mates. The undercurrent of war, who to trust and whose side to be on, also reminded me of Come Away to the Water by Maroon 5, featuring Rozzi Crane.
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