Title: Not Even Bones
Author: Rebecca Schaeffer
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 4, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books, in exchange for an honest review.
Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.
– My Review –
I had such an interesting experience with Not Even Bones! My first impression was that I was completely surprised that the setting was a real place (South America), considering that I expected all of the settings in the book to be completely fictional. I have read nowhere near enough books set in South America though, so I was very happy about this, and I think that it definitely added to the uniqueness of the story. Also, from the very first page, nothing was, or went, as I expected it … which was quit refreshing! I also liked that this book actually delivered the violence that it promised us in the synopsis!
Somewhere at about 1/3 into the book, I kind of struggled a little with staying focused on this book, and this was not the book or author’s fault, but rather something to do with my tastes. As the synopsis promises, Nita (our heroine) is sold and kept prisoner. I was really excited about this portion of the book, but then found that when I got to it, it wasn’t really holding my attention. The same thing has happened to me with a book in an entirely different series too, when the main character was kept prisoner, so I know that this was a completely personal issue. And, I’m so happy that I pushed through it, because the rest of Not Even Bones was great and full of twists! I will definitely be reading the next book, and it’s now one of my most-anticipated releases of 2019!
– About the Author –
Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home when she turned eighteen, and she hasn’t returned for more than a few months here or there since. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters.
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