A Romance Set in Prehistoric Times? Sign Me Up! // Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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A Romance Set in Prehistoric Times? Sign Me Up! // Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughIvory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Published by HarperAudio on June 7th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: The Publisher
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The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

My Thoughts:

I feel like this is a book I have been waiting for, and didn’t even know. I mean, prehistoric setting? Saber-tooths! Mammoths!  WHAT WHAT.

That being said, I have mixed thoughts on Ivory and Bone. Most of which, contradict each other and don’t make sense. But this is usually the way of things. 

I want to talk about the writing style. It’s in the second person, with Kol narrating the story to Mya, aka us. I’m finding this style of narration up and coming, and while it doesn’t work for all stories, I felt like it worked here. It got you into that STORY TELLER mindset, and while I didn’t have the connection to Kol, or Mya, I feel like I would have if the narration were different, I do think it worked, overall. However, towards the end, when we get to the point of where we started in the beginning, it goes to first person present tense, with Kol still as the narrator. That threw me a little. Simply because… I didn’t see it coming!

The writing style aside, I didn’t feel things were repetitive and lacked a certain oomph. I wasn’t quite sold on the romance. There was a lot of push and pull between the two, and honestly? I feel Kol acted out of spite. But again, because of the narration, I didn’t get that full connect that I would have liked. Still, there is so much room for their story to grow and I am looking forward to it!

I also really loved the back story and history within the clans. There are so many secrets and so many different sides. I was confused, though, why Kol didn’t know the full details behind the issues with the clans. He was the High Elder’s oldest son, so I just feel like he should have known all that.

The Narration

I really liked the narrator, Michael Curran-Dorsano. His voice was perfect for Kol and did well with the change in voice inflections with emotions. I’m finding lately, that it’s been hard to decipher when the narration is speaking in monologue or dialogue, and I didn’t have that issue once. I hope he continues to narrate the series, but please for the love, if we get another POV, add another narrator!

Romance aside, I’m curious on the direction of the series. I felt like a lot of conflicts was resolved, so I’m sure where we could go from here?

Overall – I really liked Ivory and Bone! It’s quite different, and something I didn’t even know I was looking for. I recommend it!


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5 thoughts on “A Romance Set in Prehistoric Times? Sign Me Up! // Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

  1. Rachel

    I really enjoyed the historical elements of this book, I love wooly mammoths!! I also loved the history and culture of the tribes. I thought the romance was a bit disjointed as well, but maybe it was just the nature of the point of view. I thought Julie took a big risk writing in 2nd point of view, but it really worked well in that book. Great review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  2. Simone

    I just started reading this today but the narration really surprised me. I haven’t seen many books written this way but I must say that I don’t hate it. And I can imagine how awesome it would sound in the form of audiobook! I guess I will try and also listen to it because I feel like that way the reader gets the fullest feeling of someone telling him a story. Which is super awesome IMO 🙂

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