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The Bone Houses
The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sky in the Deep in this bewitching, historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Holly Black and V.E. Schwab. Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead. The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good? Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.
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Asthecroweflies
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I would rate this as one of my top three favorites this year.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Nothing about the Litsy blurb speaks to me 😂 but I was excited about this one (so I must have seen it on IG?)

This is the last of my bookmail, from the other day (more is definitely coming 😅)

MadelineMcCrae I really loved this book! The main character was awesome! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @MadelineMcCrae, excellent to hear ☺️ 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

More YA fantasy than horror, but it was still an enjoyable read. The town has a curse and it's up to the main character to save everyone. I enjoyed the folklore created for the town's history, but I could have lived without the predictable romance.

I absolutely love this cover though. 💚

GondorGirl The bone goat goes down in history as one of my favorite literary animals. 🐐🧡 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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sharread
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4 💫💫💫💫 This was an entertaining cute story. Not scary, but some really good fight scenes with the dead and a little romance. The town has a curse, there's a strong female main character and a unique friendship with a man from out of town. It's predictable at parts but entertaining. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover ❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Kimberlone
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These are all potential #TBR for #Scarathlon and #Screamathon options from my Kindle library. Some of these will also end up on my October #Bookspin.

4thhouseontheleft I loved The Bone Houses when I read during #Screamathon a few years ago! 🖤🧡 2mo
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Traci1
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MartinaLove
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I don't know which one to read next. I want to read them all this month but I'm struggling to choose which one. 😂

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cosmicgoddess
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Here is my TBR for August! I'm hoping to read at least three of the five. Can you sense the genre I'm into at the moment?

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amyrohn
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To put it simply, I adored this book. I read it in one sitting because I didn‘t want to put it down. I love the characters, the atmosphere, the lore, and I especially love the bone goat. If you‘re a fan of YA fantasy, I highly recommend this book. Check out my full review: https://amysbookreviews.com/2021/05/30/the-bone-houses-by-emily-lloyd-jones-revi...

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Wow I LOVED this book! The writing was gorgeous and the plot was great. I loved the Welsh mythology. Our main characters, Ryn and Ellis were a joy to read. We follow Ryn and Ellis as they set out to end the curse of the Bone Houses. Wonderful book please read.

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Twainy
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🎧 🐐 < BONE GOAT! The book caught my attention 100% with the entrance of the bone goat 🤪

Started slow but it picks up & suddenly you can‘t put it down.

Something magic breaks, the dead walk the earth & while they aren‘t eating you they are trying to kill you. Ryn (gravedigger) & Ellis (mapmaker) team up & set out to fix the problem. Ryn is a badass with an ax & she saves the mild mannered Ellis repeatedly. Enjoyed it! Fairytale-like. ⭐️⭐️⭐️4/5

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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It took me a bit to warm up to the story, but then it took off! Thanks to @Endowarrior21 for including this on your #newyearwhodis list! I don‘t think I would have found it on my own. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks I've seen mixed reviews on this one, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!! 10mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @TheAromaofBooks I should say the big “reveal” was not terribly surprising, but I liked how it finally dawned upon the characters. 10mo
Endowarrior21 I am glad you liked it 😊. I am waiting for the two I picked from your list to be released from the library they are in quarantine. 10mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Endowarrior21 yay! I can‘t wait to see what you chose and what you think!! 10mo
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AprilMae
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Thank you so much @rsteve388 for the amazing #LLWS box!! I can't wait to dive in to the hot cocoa and books!!!! 💕❤💕❤💕

rsteve388 I am glad you like it. 11mo
AprilMae The chocolate bar is one of my favorites @rsteve388 !! I may have let out a happy screech when I saw it 😂😂😂 11mo
Crazeedi Whoohoo! I love that and the books look very good 11mo
Bookgoil Oh that hat is so cute!!! 11mo
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Lunarstar27
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Ryn and Ellis are so cute together the book was fantastic

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Great book, very interesting story. Read as part of The 1000 Doors Readathon on Youtube 5/5

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rachelsbrittain
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1. Beowulf, Once and Future Witches, Teen Killers Club, and Plain Bad Heroines

2. The Bone Houses

3. Watching halloween movies with and making spice tea and pumpkin bars with @sebrittainclark , dressing up as Wednesday and Pugsley with my puppy, and reading

#weekendreads

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ThePageantHam
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I rarely get bookish on my Instagram but couldn't resist this template from @theclockworkbook 📚

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"'Appalling. The cook told that to you as a child?'
'She did.' He sounded fond. 'What stories did your parents tell you?'
'Monsters,' she said at once. 'Dragons. Pwca. Dramatic battles.'
'And that is any better?'
'Yes,' she answered. 'I grew up thinking monsters could be slain.'
'Ah,' he said. 'And I grew up thinking people were the monsters.'"

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Jadams1776
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I can‘t believe it‘s almost time for #24B4Monday again! I‘m not sure what books I plan to read (other than the tagged book) but my goal is to read 24 hours.

jb72 Glad to have you aboard. 13mo
Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊👍 13mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Such a great Halloween (or anytime) read! Resurrected skeletons plague gravedigger Ren and her family at the edge of the village. Along with a map maker searching for his parents, she sets out to destroy the magic bringing the dead back to life and threatening the living. Great spooky fantasy, a lovely slowly developed romance, and awesome disability rep. So glad I finally read this one!

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rachelsbrittain
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1. The Once and Future Witches, Plain Bad Heroines, and The Bone Houses

2. Chai with espresso and spiced tea (a family recipe mixing tea and juice and spices)

3. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

#weekendreads

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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I honestly wouldn‘t have read this book if it hadn‘t been one of my Owlcrate books, and now I regret waiting so long to read it. I loved this book and I would change nothing about it except for possibly adding a book map and an epilogue. Ryn was a strong and badass female lead that ended up saving Ellis a majority of the time and I loved their relationship. Overall, the best part of this book was honestly the goat 🐐

KarouBlue Love this review! Zombie 🐐 is always the best character! 13mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A very Halloween appropiate audiobook

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Traci1
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I'm thrilled with how much I was able to read during October's #cyoreadathon. I'm especially pleased that I finished 7 off my own shelves. I enjoyed most of them, but the best book of the bunch was The Bone Houses.

Clwojick Way to go!!!! You did fantastic! 🔥🔥🔥🔥 14mo
StayCurious Wow that's amazing! 14mo
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Traci1
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I'd never have picked this up if it hadn't been in my Owlcrate box. But I loved it. Great characters, especially the goat, and the story was terrific too.

Total time for #cyoreadathon: 5 hours, 41 minutes
Points for #scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness:
15 for the book
50 for the readathon hours
1 for the post
Post total: 66
Final total: 66

@StayCurious
@Sace

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Legendofcool
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Gonna give this one a try!

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BibliophileMagick
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“If a goat could look pleased with herself, she did.”
“You daft, beautiful, rotting thing,”

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 104 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

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IhoardBOOKS
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My June wrap up 😊

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RiaWritten
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Currently reading for school and having a heck of a time focusing. :(

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IhoardBOOKS
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New listen as I take up doing more walking again.

Jari-chan I loved the goat! 😁 1y
IhoardBOOKS @Jari-chan I‘ve had one interaction with the goat so far, but as far as I am concerned, it is the real MVP. 1y
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I'm scared of goats. I don't like goats. I'd like to stay away from goats.

But I love Bone Goat. She's my favourite character in this book. Yey for undead goats!

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Lindy
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A gentle horror story in a setting that could be medieval Wales; family ties; dead folk who won‘t stay dead; teenage romance between a gravedigger and a mapmaker on a shared quest; a zombie goat... this YA fantasy delivers more than the sum of its parts. I enjoyed the #audiobook narrated by Moira Quirk.

Butterfinger Whoa - A lot going on and what an awesome cover. 2y
Lindy @Butterfinger Skulls do make for striking cover design, don‘t they? 2y
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Mehso-so

On the surface, this book has it all...and yet...I found my mind wandering whilst listening to this and generally not that into it, no matter how many self-admonishments I gave myself. Overall, I wanted to like this more than I actually did.

See My Full Review Here: https://leahsbookishobsession2.blogspot.com/2020/02/review-bone-houses.html

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Starting this today!👀

Literary_Siren I loved this! 2y
ladym30 @Literary_Siren Thanks. Good to know. I have been looking at it for a long time.❤️ 2y
charl08 Love that design. 2y
ladym30 @charl08 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Rae2
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3.5 stars. This is a pick, but barely. The characters were good and the setup was interesting. However, there was all this build up and setup of the world, that just didn‘t go anywhere. I was a bit disappointed by figuring out one of the main twists a quarter of the way through the book. The ending wasn‘t bad, but it could have been much better. Is this her first book? It reads like a first book, writing is good but needs improvement.

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Rae2
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“Alright, alright. So we need something less drastic than murder”

Listening to this one on Audible. I think I may like this book, or perhaps found my spirit character.

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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
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This book was quick and fun! I couldn‘t put it down! Some creepy vibes and a perfectly adorable love interest to offset the weird factor! Can I just carry Ellis around in my pocket please? 🥺 Plus, a completely bad ass female lead character! 💀 Loved this all the way!

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monalyisha
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If I hadn‘t been reading this book for #NewYearWhoDis, I might have given up on it. And that would‘ve been a shame. When I began, it just wasn‘t capturing my interest. I kept accidentally leaving my book at home when I left for work...because it just wasn‘t on my mind. The pacing is slow & it felt repetitive; I thought that maybe I just wasn‘t in the mood for YA. But I kept going.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/5: And around 150 pages or so, when Ryn & Ellis set off alone to embark upon their quest (to save her village from the walking dead by locating the cursed & broken magic cauldron that reanimated them, & to map out the forbidden woods & find his parents), the story *finally* gets moving. And then I was hooked. (edited) 2y
monalyisha 2/5: I still despair of the first 150 pages. I think they could‘ve been better. The village itself — a medieval Welsh village — could‘ve come more alive as a setting. Side characters could have been more fleshed-out. (Ironic that I‘m criticizing aspects of the story for feeling dead & bare-bones when that‘s what the book is presumably all about — but here we are! 🤪). (edited) 2y
monalyisha 3/5: But these pages were also necessary to establish & build up the main characters‘ misconceptions, so that these wrong ideas could effectively shock when they‘re ultimately revealed as such & are broken down. (edited) 2y
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monalyisha 4/5: The big mystery about one of the characters is glaringly obvious. But the moment when s/he discovers it is still tender & impactful. Ryn, a bad-ass gravedigger who fights to protect her loved ones, is *almost* Buffy: “shak[ing] off any threat with a quip and a glare, her axe hefted on her shoulder and a smirk on her lips.” And there‘s a reanimated, loyal “bone goat” who is *hands down* my favorite character. (edited) 2y
monalyisha 5/5: I ended up liking this book quite a bit, with its strong messages about grief & the monstrousness that we all worry is inside of us...though I still don‘t think I‘ll count it among my favorites at the end of the year. (edited) 2y
monalyisha Thanks, @aeeklund! I‘m looking forward to starting the next book on your list! 2y
VioletBramble Just knowing that there is a reanimated bone goat in this book has me considering adding it to the book list. 2y
monalyisha @VioletBramble That is *totally* fair!💀🐐 2y
valeriegeary Bunny 🥰😍🤗 2y
Jb2003 The bone goat was absolutely my favorite!!! 2y
MeganAnn Great review! I‘ve been intrigued by this one but haven‘t picked up a copy yet. 💀🐐😱 2y
monalyisha Thanks, @MeganAnn! I don‘t think I‘d call it a must-read, but it had a cool vibe. 🖤 2y
bookgem I cannot help it. Adorable bunny 😘🐇 2y
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“She retreated to the forest the way some people took refuge in chapels. It was soothing in a way she could not wholly describe: The stillness & the vibrant greens, the sense of life all around her — hidden, yet still thriving. The call of birds...the soft mosses. This was the truth of the forest — it was life & death in equal measure. Brimming with acorns & berries, yet beneath the fallen leaves were the bodies of animals that had not survived.”

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I had a really unpleasant experience this morning, putting a mouse out of its misery. My landlord set up a variety of traps in my apartment. One humane trap caught a couple, & I played chauffeur & drove them to a nice, countryside location...but one little guy didn‘t make it so far. I threw the rest of those traps away so it wouldn‘t happen again. So sad. 😪

Starting my first #NewYearWhoDis read (with Moxie) to try to find some calm before work.

Tamra We‘ve only had to use traps (glue) once and ugh..... 😕 I empathize. 2y
monalyisha @Tamra It‘s not an experience I ever care to repeat. Luckily, bunny snuggles help to make me feel like I‘m forgiven. (Hopefully the peanut butter in the humane trap will help to lure any remaining critters. I wish I could explain to them that I let the other members of their family go at a place in the park called The Temple of Music. If they take the bait, they could all reunite & form a mouse-band!) (edited) 2y
DaveGreen7777 Sorry you went through that, Alyisha! 😔 2y
Fairyvixen I‘m so sorry, that‘s a horrible traumatic experience for you. Hope the other little guys will take the peanut butter bait🙂 2y
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Did I chose this book because of the cover? Yes, yes I did. A ya fantasy about a girl who‘s family has a graveyard and also bones don‘t rest.

TheBookKeepers Haha! Don‘t blame u, I love this cover too!! And I think it‘s also on my TBR for that same reason! Glad to hear it‘s also a good read!! 2y
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What a great book to end my year on! I loved this book - the writing style, the story, the characters - everything was wonderful. I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end!

Literary_Siren I loved this too! 2y
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DeannaJ
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I have made a grave mistake. I haven‘t slept in two days. And now I‘ve started this book I‘m a little less than halfway through and stopping is not an option. #badlifechoicegoodreadingmaterial

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SO GOOD. I highly recommend this book. Lloyd-Jones crafted the wonderful type of YA fantasy novel that seeps through your skin and into your bones (hah!) and manifests itself in your dreams. I powered through this book in just a few busy days and my head was turning the whole time with the what-ifs and possibilities of what would happen!

4thhouseontheleft I loved this book too! 2y
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A not too dark but a little bit dark fairytale set in medieval era wales. Ryn, the main character, is brave and brash and stubborn. She saves the day again and agin. Ellis is more of a mystery but proves himself to be tough. I really enjoyed this book.