Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughTitle: Ivory and Bone
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Two clans. Only one will survive.

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 the 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.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Book Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is one of the most unique books I’ve read this year. This prehistoric book teaches the reader a lot about life during the ice age and contains a male main character who is very brave. The theme of family made me appreciate the book even more, and I would definitely recommend it.

❀ A Prehistoric Novel

Ivory and Bone is probably the only YA prehistoric novel I have ever read. Admittedly, it takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get into it, it is really incredible. I loved reading about the way the characters lived and how they had to hunt for their food and their clothes. I can’t imagine having to kill for my own survival, let alone in the freezing cold. I definitely admired the characters in the book for their strength.

❀ Amazing Main Character

Kol is such an amazing main character in the book! What I found really intriguing is the fact that Kol is a boy. Honestly, this isn’t too common in YA and it was really refreshing. Kol is strong and intelligent and actually makes his own honey, another characteristic that I really enjoyed. Main characters for me are the most important parts of the story, and I was very glad to be introduced to Kol.

❀ Theme of Family

One of my favourite aspects of Ivory and Bone is the theme of family. Kol and his family are a clan and they stick together and protect one another. I loved the fact that Kol’s siblings and parents actually have a role in the book, unlike many other novels out there. But not only is Kol’s entire family present, but Mya’s as well. I always prefer stories about family rather than romance, so I definitely enjoyed this one.

❀ Epic Story

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is an epic prehistoric novel with a strong, male main character. I really enjoyed the theme of family over romance. I would consider Ivory and Bone to be a must-read, as it is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

Book Quotes: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

“Those words have proven true a thousand times over in just two days. I can’t help but worry what changes are still to come.”


Dream Cast: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Playlist: Ivory and Bone

About Julie Eshbaugh

Julie Eshbaugh

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of IVORY AND BONE and OBSIDIAN AND STARS from HarperTeen. She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

  1. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem says:

    I can’t wait to read this one 🙂 Somehow I missed that this was a prehistoric fiction and I love that the MC is male. So refreshing from the YA heroines that we are bombarded with. Great review!

  2. Emma Rose says:

    This book sounds so amazing! Thanks so much for this great giveaway. I am very excited about this book and added it to my TBR list after the first time hearing about this book. *excited grabby hands*

  3. CasualBookReview says:

    I love how you organize your blog posts! Also, this book sounds really interesting! I saw you were reading it on GoodReads and was excited to hear about what you thought of it!

  4. Agus Z says:

    This book sounds so interesting! It’s already on my TBR and I’m dying to read it! A prehistoric fantasy with allusions to Pride and Prejudice? That sounds amazing! Hope to read this soon. Great review! Loved the playlist!

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