Review – Not Even Bones

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.

cover136914-mediumDexter 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.

4 Stars

Not Even Bones was one of the most unique fantasy books I’ve read in a long time. I loved that the fantasy elements were interwoven in our world in believable, yet unique ways. Monsters, both new and old, are a very real part of this alternate world and our MC is one along with her mother.

Nita reminded me very much of Dexter. They both love what they do, though Nita doesn’t do the killing, yet they have soft spots for their family. But when Nita goes out on a limb and is betrayed, she’s stuck in the world she’s been working for her whole life.

The side characters in this one were utterly fantastic. I love Mirellia and how she seemed to be Nita’s first ever friend. I wanted a little more from her parents, however. They aren’t in the story for very long before Nita is sold, but I wanted a little more from her father, specifically, to better understand the family dynamic. The mother was a no-nonsense monster. She slaughtered monsters to continue her fortune and seemed to be very good at it. Her father, however, seemed to not belong. He stayed back in the states to sell their products, but also keep up the pretense that they were a normal family. I honestly didn’t understand how he could let his wife and only daughter leave for three years to hunt monsters all over the world. He seemed to have minimal contact with his family and it doesn’t seem to fit with Nita’s love for him.

Our two MC’s in this one aren’t heroes by any means, nor are they good people at all. But Rebecca Schaeffer does a fantastic job of making me care for them. I wanted them to escape and find their lives again. Korvo tortures people and eats their pain, yet I felt sorry for the situation he was stuck in. I thought he deserved better. I wanted Nita to go home to her father and dissect things again. I was rooting for her to escape the island and enroll in college. These are anti-heroes for sure but that didn’t make their plight appeal to me any less.

The twists and turns of this one kept me guessing and rethinking everything I thought I knew. The ending cliffhanger had me wanting to throw my kindle at the wall in frustration and shock. It was a great twist, leaving me itching for the next one. That’s exactly what a good cliffhanger does.

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