BAMF Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Posted June 25, 2016 by BAMF in BAMF Reviews, Features, Reviews // 13 Comments

BAMF Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughIvory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
ISBN: 006239925X
Pages: 384
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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.



Disclaimer: Jamie received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dani and Jamie both really liked the cover. It is super cool and we recommend you pick up the hardcover because it has embossments and cool looking things on it. Plus it’s flecked and we really enjoy that. However, that was one of the only things we agreed on for this one. While we were both really positive about the book, we liked different things which ultimately led to some disagreement but a happy vibe about the book in general.

Jamie really liked the plot. She thought it had a good pace and made a lot of sense. It allowed the characters time to grow while also not taking too much time.Dani also had a love-hate relationship with the fact that it was a retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE because that is Dani’s favourite novel so while she could easily pinpoint the similarities, she also was comparing IVORY AND BONE to the original and it didn’t stand up to it in her mind.

We both had a hard time getting used to the writing style because it was in second person. Dani and Jamie both struggled in the beginning to really connect with the story because we were supposed to be Mya but we couldn’t quite connect to her. Jamie realizes now that this is because she was super in love with Kol and just wanted Mya to get her $h!t together and be with him. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dani thought that there was a weird passage of time throughout and she had a lot of difficulty keeping track of the timing and seasons because it seemed to jump from one season to the next in a relatively short period of time. This was especially seen with the injuries that the characters received because they would (basically) magically heal and be okay within a day rather than the week it should have laid them out for.

Dani and Jamie both really liked Kol because he wasn’t a stereotypical “MAN MUST BE GREAT AT EVERYTHING” kind of guy: he knew he wasn’t the best hunter, he really liked to gather honey, and he was quiet and introverted, which is atypical for the eldest son and for this time period. We thought that it was awesome that women were allowed to hunt if they had the chops and that the world was really well developed. We felt as though we could see the sights and smells the smells while reading this story. Also there were gay people and we were happy about that (and then questioned reproduction in this time period, but see the video for THAT explanation).

Overall, we would recommend this book. However, we would caution people to read a preview of it first to see if the second person writing style works for you since the majority of the book is written in second person. But there are a lot of good things about this one (mostly Kol, says Jamie) so you should give it a shot!

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13 responses to “BAMF Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

  1. I just finished Ivory and Bone and it was great! Definitely an interesting writing style but I really got into it after a bit. I think the whole “you” concept was quite creative and being Mya for this story connected me to the plot that much more. (Plus, if I had to pick a character to relate to the most, it’d totally be Mya.)

  2. I haven’t read it yet. But I have friends who did. The responses have been some who absolutely loved it and others who just didn’t care for it. I’m curious now. And the blurb looks really interesting.

  3. Eveline

    Cover-love! ❤ I liked your review, it’s interesting to see you agreeing and disagreeing on some parts, but overall you both find it a good book. I wonder what I’d think of it! 🙂

  4. Ashley R.

    I am beyond excited and jumping with joy about reading this book! I haven’t read it yet but I believe it will be awesome! The story sounds incredible and the cover is purely remarkable and wonderful!!!

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