Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1) by Julie Eshbaugh

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Ivory and Bone
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ivory and Bone “Could our two clans – enemies for five years – become friends, even allies?”

This was a YA prehistoric fantasy story, with a bit of romance.

Kol was a quite serious character, he considered things carefully, always tried to protect those he loved, and would have made a good leader. Mya on the other hand was quite quiet and reserved, and it took a long time to get to know her.

The storyline in this was about Mya and her siblings visiting Kol’s clan, and forming a friendship. We got some hunting, and a bit of a love triangle forming when Kol’s brother liked Mya’s sister who was already betrothed. Kol’s clan had a lack of females his age, so there was uncertainty over how Kol and his brothers would ever marry, so Mya’s sister being already betrothed was a bit of a blow.

"These girls are going to change our lives."

We also got a bit of action between the tribes and another third tribe, although I found the pace in this book a bit slow.

The ending to this was okay, and things seemed to be wrapped up fairly well.

6 out of 10

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