Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

27064385Ivory and Bone–what an awesome title, in my opinion! Kol is the main character of the book and we witness everything through his eyes (male narrator–relatively rare. Cool!). Kol is the eldest son of the High Elder of his tribe. Home and family are everything to him. The book is written in second person (very rare), so Kol is telling the story TO the love interest, Mya, who is from a neighboring clan. Conflict arises when a third clan emerges, wanting to go to war. Of course by the end, the strong win and love conquers all and its on to book two.

First and foremost, I loved the setting of this book. Ivory and Bone is set in prehistoric times and this is one of the most unique things about this YA book. With the setting comes another aspect about the book that I loved: the culture. I really liked reading the storytelling, the roles of the various clan members, and seeing the interactions between the clans. Julie Eshbaugh did a great job of describing the landscapes and hunting grounds–in these respects, the book was really beautiful.

However, all of this being said, I am not a fan of second person writing. Thankfully its not very common because its not my thing. Secondly, and I think its partially because of the writing style, I felt that the pacing of the book was slow and lacked some emotional depth so I didn’t really like that about the book either. One final thing that is really just a heads up to anyone looking at the Goodreads page, its hard to label this book. Fantasy? Historical Fiction? There’s no magic but its in a maybe-fantasy time, but not really?? So don’t go into this expecting fantastical elements because you’re not going to get those. You will get action and romance though. So take that for what its worth.

Listening to: “I Should Live in Salt” by Asgeir

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