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Published by HarperTeen on June 14, 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.
Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.
Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in a tangle of their pasts.
When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh was such a surprising read in the best of ways. I would not have thought that a pre-historic love story would be so gripping. Kol and his family live a simple life; hunting and fishing and trying to forge their clan’s future. A small issue is that with only 24 people in the clan there are no girls of marrying age. Fate intervenes when Mya and her family arrive from the south and Lo and her clan arrive from the north. However, fate is a cruel mistress and past betrayals lead to current conflict and some may not make it through.
Wow, was this ever a rich and detailed book. I could picture the icy river and see the smoke rising from the cook-fires. I loved how I felt truly pulled into the past with every nuance of the descriptions. The characters were also equally detailed. Each person was very distinct and had their own quirks and personalities. The action abounded, from mammoth hunting to running from saber-toothed cats to canoeing down frozen waterways. This was such a different type of YA read and it is hard to liken it to anything else. The time period alone made it unique then a distinct creation myth for each clan was added and then the varying ways of everyday life for each clan stood out. The romance in it was also very fresh. There was no insta-love here and each time the characters grew closer a battle had to be fought to gain the small ground.
Ivory and Bone is Julie Eshbaugh’s début and what a winner it is. She has a very fresh voice and I can imagine that whatever time period she sets her stories will be different that the normal read. This is one that I can see myself returning to in the future as I have a feeling with each read I will discover more in this world to love.
Favorite lines – I didn’t know how close I was to death until your warmth pulled me back from the edge. Like a wave, heat washes over me. In my mind’s eye I imagine my frozen blood, thawing and cracking like the ice in our bay in the spring. Each spot where your skin touches mine is like a stone dropped into that bay, sending ripples of warmth radiating outward.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Published by Simon Pulse on June 14, 2016
Genres: Physical & Emotional Abuse, Mysteries, Thrillers, Dating & Sex, Young Adult
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Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she's pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette's house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A's and athletic trophies can't make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices.
How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler was twisty and turny and so much fun to read. Nicolette is a sixteen year-old on the run. A murder near her home has her fleeing small town Ohio and hitting the road with a pocketful of fake names and a bag full of hair dye. Jack is the opposite of his family, smart, and on a straight path, he displays none of his family’s murderous traits. Until a threat to his mother’s life convinces him to join the family business for just one job. Find Nicolette and end her before she can escape.
Told from both Jack and Nicolette’s perspective in alternating chapters, it was an engrossing read watching them creep closer and closer together. Then, unexpected attraction turns a cat and mouse game into a deadly fight to keep love and themselves alive. The pacing was constantly moving forward and I loved how there was very little down time in the action. I also liked the character motivation. It never felt hokey to have Jack hunting down Nicolette and the way their stories crisscrossed only enhanced the tension.
The thing I enjoyed most about this read was the ending. Until the last few chapters this was a good book and I was enjoying it. However the ending made it and the epilogue sealed the deal. It was so well plotted that I never saw it coming and the way a lot of tiny things were buried in the story that you could only see a the end made it so good. And back to the epilogue, holy crapsticks it changed the entire book! I had thought I knew where everyone’s motivations came from and their true actions and then bam, everything changed. It was such an inventive way to tell the story that I had to go back and re-read passages to see them in the light of the new information. How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler was definitely a winner of a thriller for me.
Favorite lines – Pull on the snag, and the sweater unravels. Everyone knows that. I know that. I didn’t mean to unravel him. I would knit him back up if I could. But all I get to do is hold him, sensitive and wounded, leaning back against me on the bed. I want to say, Be all right. Don’t let me mess you up. I can knit. Let me fix this. I know there’s no way to fix this.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Debut Author Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge