Book Review: “The Bone Houses”

The Bone Houses” by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


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


-Solid stand alone. Lloyd-Jones is able to paint this world with a full mythology, exciting adventure, and believable characters in under 400 pages.

-Wonderful adventure. I do love a good quest.

-This is not a fairy tale but there’s a fairy tale feel. Magic. Curses. Adventures. Legends.

-Dark but not scary or spooky. Bone houses are essentially zombies so there’s a bit of terror involved. It’s just not scary in the traditional way.

-Don’t let the mention of zombies turn you away if that’s not of interest to you. The story is so much more than zombies. It’s probably the most beautiful zombie story you’ll read.

-Ryn and Ellis are wonderful partners. They complement each other way. I love they way they’re fine with how the other one is a mess. Ellis has mobility issues and will never be strong like a man ‘should’. Ryn is more comfortable in a graveyard with dirt under her nails than anywhere else in the world. Somehow that imperfection just works. Not in the ‘You’re the love of my life and I must do anything to be with you’ way. More of the ‘I really like you, let’s see where this goes’ way.

-THAT GOAT. Seriously, what a show stealer.

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