Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone

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Debut author Julie Eshbaugh's sweeping prehistoric fantasy--with allusions to Pride and Prejudice--will enthrall listeners with high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062399250
Branch Call Number: ESHBAUGH J
Eshbaugh, J
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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PinesandPrejudice Dec 07, 2016

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. I started off skeptical and even more dubious when it has such a slow beginning. It took me a while to get into -- especially with the unique 1st/2nd person style. However, once I got used to that and adjusted to the world I was hooked and wanted to see how the story was going to end. That being said, I know there is going to be more in this series, but I would be content with it being a stand alone. I enjoyed it a surprising amount and I am grateful that it turned out better than I originally thought.

AL_CATHERINE Nov 18, 2016

If you love Pride and Prejudice but wished there were more fights with mammoths and saber-toothed cats, this is the book for you! I was a little skeptical about this retelling, set in the ice age but was delighted with the updates on one of my favorite stories, particularly the gender-swapped character roles. It was nice to see the women in positions of power. :)

Nov 17, 2016

I think that mentally I had already reviewed this book as well, so I haven't until now. I have never really found ancient time humans that interesting before, and this book kind of caught me off guard with it. It reminds me a lot of the studies we have done on the Aboriginals and tribe life in school a while ago. I actually think its pretty interesting, just not as interesting as Greek Mythology (nothing can overpower that though.) I like the whole romantic theme and ideas happening though, it is pretty genuine and doesn't sound improvised like in other books. The whole conspiracy in the background really emphasizes the way the past can affect people. Be careful what you hold against others! 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LibraryAlison Jul 29, 2016

I read almost 100 pages of this book, but was disappointed and not interested in finishing the story. The premise was promising, but I could not suspend my disbelief of the existence of angst-filled teenagers in prehistoric times - at 16, most would have had children of their own. Teenagers are a relatively modern phenomenon.


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