Ivory and Bone – Book Review


TITLE: Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1)
AUTHOR: Julie Eshbaugh
GENRE: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen

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 received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour

I was really fascinated by the fact that Ivory and Bone is set in prehistoric times, and written in second person POV. I’m pretty sure that’s enough to get me interested in the book and try it out. I mean, COME ON. Prehistoric times! Second person POV! You can pretend that you’re the MCs love interest instead!

Seriously though, Ivory and Bone was a really good read.


The writing

I admit it took me a while before I got used to the writing, since the point of view confused me for a moment (it was the first time I read a book in second person POV, if I remember correctly). If you think about it, it’s actually like Kol writing diary entries for Mya, and I find it really intriguing.

This book also gave me a great look at the prehistoric period, which was one of the things that really drew me in. Everything felt realistic. I could imagine myself living in the same clan as Kol or Mya (though I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live on my own there… The moment those gigantic cats show up I’d probably just scream and immediately run for my life.)

I mean, how many YA books are set in that period?? Does anybody know other books that are set in it? If so, THEN PLEASE DO TELL ME THE TITLES BELOW. I’d love to devour them.


The romance

think this book has insta-love? I mean, Kol’s clan hasn’t seen a single female from a neighboring clan for a long time now (unfortunately for them), and the first female they find are those from Mya’s clan. So, of course, the moment Kol sees Mya, he’s fallen in love with her looks. Take note, though: Her looks. Because once Kol finds out the truth about Mya’s snarky attitude, he learns to hate her. And Mya learns to hate him. But, well, of course they eventually end up together.

The funny thing about Mya and Kol’s romance is I should have gotten annoyed by it. Which I did at first, but eventually I came to love their kind of relationship. It was the kind that starts out with a terrible first impression, but ends up as a sweet sort of romance as they get to know each other more.



Admittedly, I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice myself, so I have no idea how far Ivory and Bone hints its allusions to the famous classic. What I can say, though, is that even if you haven’t read P&P, you can definitely understand Ivory and Bone without fail.



Surprisingly, I actually like Lo. I loved her somewhat complicated character, and how she brought some confusing elements to the book, which of course gets cleared up at the end. I definitely did not know who was telling the truth about the history of Mya’s and Kol’s clans, so that was a plus.

Now that I think about it, Lo may even be my most favorite character in the book. (Sorry Kol and Mya – I like the weird types! *hairflips*)

All in all, Ivory and Bone is a great read for those who love historical fiction, or want to try it out. Though the pacing was a bit slow for the first few chapters, it does escalate halfway through the book. I could mention more things I love about Ivory and Bone, but that’d mean spoilers so… nope. Sorry!

Check out Ivory and Bone here.




Guest review contributed by Mara Was Here. Mara Was Here is a book blog that reviews books–mostly YA–and talks about anything bookish, as well as publishing discussion posts and other features.

2 thoughts on “Ivory and Bone – Book Review”

  1. Great review! I just bought this and wasn’t too sure about it, but it seems like it’ll be a fun read (:


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