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The Bone Houses av Emily Lloyd-Jones
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The Bone Houses (utgåvan 2019)

av Emily Lloyd-Jones (Författare)

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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 Welsh village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to fae creatures known as the Otherfolk. 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. Ryn has always been quick to deal with this inconvenience whenever they wander too close to her graveyard, but when Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with renewed purpose. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they stop them for good? Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a quest that will bring them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and long-hidden truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairy-tale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.… (mer)
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Titel:The Bone Houses
Författare:Emily Lloyd-Jones (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown Young Readers US (2019), Edition: 01, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Senior Fiction, 2021 Oregon Battle of the Books Gr. 9-12

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SO much fun! Yet, also shivery. This is yet another review that I have to begin with "I don't like zombie books, yet..." because really, I don't usually enjoy stories about the undead rising again and attacking people. But! But! This one was so much fun, it was a lighthearted comic fantasy with a dash of romance amid the horror. And anyway, they weren't really zombies so much as animated skeletons. Okay, with a little bit of flesh maybe. But they weren't nearly as horrific as say, the zombies in The Forest of Hands and Teeth for example. These were just...bone houses! And, there's an undead goat who just totally makes the book worth a read. He's hilarious. By the end I was really getting a "The Book of Three" or The Black Cauldron vibe from the book, because of the Welsh place names and legends, as well as the lightheartedness, and then I read in the author's note that she was heavily inspired by Lloyd Alexander's work. And that made total sense. Highly recommended for fans of dark medieval fantasy, but who don't really want it to be *too* dark. Also, a great strong heroine. ( )
  GoldieBug | Mar 25, 2021 |
A 2021 Lone Star novel, The Bone Houses, presents a mild horror story set in a fantasy world--more fantasy than horror.

Everything seems dark--I never feel like the sun shines in this novel because the forest looms nearby from which the bone houses emerge. We would call a bone house a zombie; however, don't take any preconceived notions about zombies with you into this novel other than--these bodies return to life. The novel is set in three parts. Part One: The Living. We begin with a story about Ryn's childhood and how she learns from her father to be a gravedigger and to safely navigate the forest as well as handle a bone house. No one enters the forest because rarely does anyone return. Time passes. We learn Ryn's father left to help with the mine, but he never returned. Her mother died, leaving Ryn with her brother and much younger sister. Ryn runs the business of grave digging, Gareth enjoys the accounting side, while Ceri feeds the family and handles the animals. They suffer as do the rest of the village because no one has money and there's little food. Ryn discovers a lost traveler (ironically, a map maker) who discovers the village cannot possibly do well because it isn't on many maps. How can they get trade if people don't know it's there? The government representative demands payment or Ryn's family will be evicted. Ryn needs money now.

The novels moves into Part two: The Dead. Here we learn about Ellis's background. He knows nothing of his past; he was found by the prince who wanted to help this poor child and took him to the palace where Ellis was raised with privileges: food, education, and etiquette. He doesn't remember how he was originally injured, but he possesses a slight disability from this childhood injury. He needs to finish his maps and he wants to research the forest where he was found. He can pay Ryn to take him into the forest. Good timing or no, Ellis's arrival coincides with the bone houses coming into the town and attacking. They've never done that type of malevolent behavior. Ryn agrees to show Ellis how to navigate the forest so that she can pay the family debts and to stop the bone houses. They agree to face the dead together.

Most of part two takes place in the forest where Ellis and Ryn must survive--danger surrounds them with every step. They discover they are a really good team. She can handle pretty much anything, and Ellis is calm and a fast learner. He can fight to the degree that his body will allow. By the end of the second part, they discover truths about the forest and the bone houses and the people who used to live there. Part three discusses what happens afterward. I'll admit, it took me a bit to "get into" the novel. I don't always like "dark" novels. Often novels are page turners because the adventure makes you keep going. This novel drew me in with the characters with the adventure secondary. Ryn survives and uses her determination to never give up. She's not arrogant; she accepts the knowledge and abilities she has and uses her skill to protect her family and people. She's completely loyal without corruption. I really like Ellis; Ellis's kindness exudes off of him, but he isn't a wimp. He can take care of himself, but he doesn't act as though he is superior because of his money or access to the prince. Only one character presents as arrogant and selfish. Sometimes, I look back on stories and my favorite characters are the secondary characters or an animal that brings amusement and a new dimension to the novel. In this novel, you'll fall in love with Goat. ( )
  acargile | Dec 20, 2020 |
Actual Rating: 4.25 Stars

I really enjoyed this. I mean, it was zombies and folklore, which are some of my favorite subjects in life, so it was sort of a given that I was going to enjoy it. But there were flashes of humor that I didn’t expect to see. And there were moments that were incredibly deep and prompted a lot of thought for me personally - like if you had the option to hold onto your loved ones after their death, even if they couldn’t speak, would you do it?

My favorite character was the goat though. Sorry to the entire cast of fleshed out human characters. The only character that mattered was the goat. ( )
  zombiibean | Nov 20, 2020 |
The Bone Houses is a book that I wanted to read for one of the challenges for the OWLs Readathon.
The truth is I started it earlier and finished it a lot later than I had thought. I got the Owlcrate edition that, in my opinion, is very pretty.
Well, the story is ok, even though I was listening to the audiobook through my audible subscription, and following through the hardback copy, for some reason, I had to take a small break.
I am also pleased that I read the book because one of my goals for 2020 is to read more of my Owlcrate subscription books.
The plot is fascinating. I like the overlying theme that death is something that happens, but the living can't live at that moment. They have to keep on life and living.
I liked that we had a strong female heroine and a sweet and respectful hero. The thing that deduced stars for me is the pacing and the repetitive.
Both Ryn and Ellis are well fleshed out characters with strong motivation to keep going. They do end up having a romance that seemingly comes out of nowhere, but, alas, young adult literature always has romance. Admittedly, if I read this when I was 14, I probably would've shipped them together so hard and have been happy about it when they do kiss. So I can't fault it too hard. Overall, I enjoyed this for being a light and quick read and making zombies a little bit more fantastical and less "brains." ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 3, 2020 |
This is a fun fantasy/horror/romance/ya story with adventure, some romance, and a charming bit of creepiness. And a zombie goat! ( )
  RandyRasa | Oct 25, 2020 |
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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 Welsh village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to fae creatures known as the Otherfolk. 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. Ryn has always been quick to deal with this inconvenience whenever they wander too close to her graveyard, but when Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with renewed purpose. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they stop them for good? Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a quest that will bring them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and long-hidden truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairy-tale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.

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