The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyed-Jones (Book Review)

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Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn 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.

Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairy tale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.


Tags: Dark Fairytale, Fantasy, Death, Family, Grief, Gaelic Folklore, Zombies, Romance, Slight disability rep.

Publication Date: 24th September, 2019

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( I received a free e-copy, with thanks to Edelweiss & Little Brown Books(Hachette Book Group) in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.)

A dark and beautiful tale with Gaelic folklore roots, this was an intense and eerie story steeped in grief. I found myself wanting to keep reading. The main characters felt alive and real, with a tenacious and fiery female character and quietly confident and warm male character battling their way through the rising dead, a despicable tyrant, and their hardest challenge, grief. Also, there’s a lovable goat.

The romance was sweet and slow(if you don’t much prefer romance, don’t worry, it didn’t take center stage). My dream cast would be IU and Lee Do Hyun(if you’ve watched Hotel Del Luna I think you’ll see where I’m coming from :D)

My only major disappointment would be that I guessed most of the twists, maybe I’m getting better at deducing them…And I felt the final revelation fell a little short of expectations, I wanted something a little more epic I guess.

Nevertheless, this was quite a gem and I absolutely did not regret reading it. The Bone Houses was a darkly woven tale with threads of sadness, strength and love, and it just might catch you unaware with its passionate force.



Parental Guidance: 14+
Violence – Quite a bit of gore. Fighting.
Sex – Partial nudity but no sexual tones.
Religion – None, but some folklore about immortals
Profanity – Little bit

Recommended for: Readers who enjoy dark and eerie fantasy stories, zombies, and overcoming grief for loved ones.

Where you can find this book: Author’s Website | Amazon | B&N | BookDepository | Goodreads

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Heyyy guys and girls, I’m back! Moved in and got internet up, though it’s even slower than before 😦 Gotta get that fixed. So, in the time I was packing and relocating I managed to read 5 books and quit 2 others after reaching almost halfway through. Wow. Looks like all I needed for reading more was to get off the internet, huh? I’m actually quite lucky that all those 5 books I finished were 4 to 5 star reads! The Bone Houses is one of them. It’s like the moment I finished one I wanted to start on a new one to keep riding that good-book-high πŸ˜› The last one I finished was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I’m just itching to continue the series, I’m not sure if I should hold back until I unload all my thoughts for each book or continue reading more books…What do you guys do in this kind of a situation?


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  1. I’ve seen this book around Instagram quite a lot a while back, but never looked into what it was about. You have me intrigued. Also, the fact that the romance isn’t the main focus on the book is promising – I’m not a big fan of romance.

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    1. Haha, that can be really annoying cuz SO MANY books contain romance! I’m glad I managed to pique your interest ^.^ This one does have romance but it’s light so I think it’ll suit you. I’m the opposite though xD I usually LOVE it if a story has romance(there are a few exceptions, like adult sci-fi and detective/mysteries).


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