ARC Review | The Bone Houses

Title: The Bone Houses

Author: Emily Lloyd Jones

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 24, 2019

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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 about Ellis 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 deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.


Before I start to tell you my thoughts, can we just admire how BEAUTIFUL the cover of this book is?! It fits perfectly with the story inside!

In The Bone Houses we follow Ryn who is a gravedigger. The problem with that though is the dead doesn’t always stay dead. Risen corpses are known as “bone houses” & legends say they are the result of an old curse. When Ellis, a mapmaker with a mysterious past comes to town, the bone houses attack. Together Ryn & Ellis go on a journey to end the curse & to discover truths about themselves.

Okay so now for the review! I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was to read The Bone Houses! When I read the synopsis a few months back, I just knew this was going to be THE book for me. It sounded like everything I have ever wanted in a story! Fast forward to finishing the book & I was right! The Bone Houses was absolutely fantastic. I loved every part of it with my entire heart!

The characters are some of my new favorites. I fell completely head over heels in love with them!

Ryn is a badass beyond belief! She loves her family more than anything & will go to the ends of the earth to protect them. She isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done even if that means ruffling a few feathers. She’s pretty awesome.

Ellis is the mysterious boy who comes to town. He is a mapmaker & you can tell that he really enjoys his work. Ellis is seriously the biggest sweetheart in the world. He’s so kind & caring towards everyone, especially Ryn. He’s just a really good person okay!

I have to do a shoutout to Goat because she is the scene stealer of the book! She is fierce & you definitely don’t want to mess with her!

This book was definitely a page turner. I never wanted to stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen. There’s a lot of  action & suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. The journey that Ryn and Ellis go on was full of twists, turns and emotions. Not only do they get to know each other, but they learn A LOT about themselves. It’s a wild ride.

I was genuinely freaked out while reading some parts of this book. The descriptions of the bone houses were enough to make me raise my feet off the floor. So basically if you are looking for a really good spooky book to read during October…this is perfect for you!

Overall, I adored this book! It’s unique, creepy, sad and beautiful. I can 100% say The Bone Houses will be on my top ten favorites list of the year! I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy come September 24th!

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