Book review Ivory and Bone Julie EshbaughBook review: “Ivory and Bone” by Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone #1 Genre: Teen Fantasy The Overview: Goodreads

Book review Ivory and Bone Julie EshbaughBook review Ivory and Bone Julie Eshbaugh“Ivory and Bone” is set in the mammoth-hunting era of prehistory, and the constant cultural infusion was easily my favorite part of the book. It was doubtless a lot more fanciful than life in that era would’ve been, but I didn’t mind because it kept the plot lighthearted and fun and allowed the story to focus on the relationships. The book is supposed to be a creative retelling of “Pride and Prejudice.” Interestingly enough, it was only after finishing it that I was clued into this fact (sometimes it really helps to read the overview). As I’m not one for classic literature, I didn’t put two and two together, but in hindsight it was kind of obvious. During the read, I had a few issues with logistics. There was a lot of traveling back and forth between clans, which felt a little forced and unnecessary. Discovering that Eshbaugh was trying to stay true to a preexisting plotline made me a little more forgiving. As the next book goes beyond that initial framework, I am especially excited to see what the author can weave without these constraints.

The writing style and format were also major selling points of the novel. A boy tells his side of things to a girl about their journey together thus far. It’s a mix of first- and second-person narration that I found to be quite beautifully woven together. As an aspiring writer, I’m inspired by the creativity and usage of different techniques in this novel — it was very well done. I’ll admit that I’ve been having difficulty enjoying young adult books lately, so it really speaks to how unique “Ivory and Bone” was that I completely devoured it in a day.

Overall, if you’re in the mood for a cool setting, interesting writing style, and classic love story, “Ivory and Bone” is the book for you. I’m thrilled to continue on with “Obsidian and Stars,” out June 13.

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