Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone am Ebook Do you like to hunt for beehives my mother asks Those bees led us to the shade in the foothills of the mountains We discovered their hive in the

Ivory and Bone am Ebook “Do you like to hunt for beehives?” my mother asks.Those bees led us to the shade in the foothills of the mountains. We discovered their hive in the middle of a stunted poplar, growing in a secluded grove protected by sharply rising cliffs at the edge of the meadow.“This has been one of the best days of my life,” Shava says. Every head turns toward her; this statement is so strong. Shava meets my eyes and her smile is somehow odd. “I’ve seen so many bees but never really seen them—never seen how they live.”Ivory and Bone does not merit an angry, ranting 1-star review. It honestly doesn't evoke that much emotion. In fact, the book's greatest crime is how exceptionally boring and forgettable it is.It's a bold premise: a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Neolithic era (the later part of the Stone Age, or around 10,200-4,500 BC) with genders reversed. A challenging concept for any author, and sadly, Eshbaugh doesn't do it that well.Anyone seriously on the lookout for an Austen retelling won't find it here, except in the very basic sense that there's a romance and a silly misunderstanding. I can guarantee that anyone coming to this book unaware of the supposed P&P aspect will fail to make the connection. "Retelling" is a marketing buzzword these days - that is all.It must be incredibly hard to write a modern novel set in the neolithic era, so kudos to the author for trying. But the reality is that the plot (can we even really call it that?) is so freaking slow. Their lives are made up of hunting, extracting honey from bee hives, and locating medicinal plants. Maybe it is realistic, but it's not compelling. When another clan arrives in Kol's life of hunting and gathering, he is instantly obsessed with Mya - an instant crush that never excited or interested me. The novel is written from Kol's POV and is addressed to "you", meaning Mya. This was actually a major selling point for me - I thought it sounded great - but it's a dry, awkward narrative and makes the storytelling difficult in parts.While the drab daily events are convincingly neolithic in nature, the conversations are not. Again, I appreciate how hard this must be, but it was particularly jarring to be pulled out of the story by language that felt very modern. Perhaps it is possible that this kind of story simply doesn't work.The slow beginning and middle does eventually give way to a rather chaotic climax, but it proves once again that fast pacing doesn't always equate to an engaging story. It felt messy, and by that point, I had already slumped too far into not caring to pull myself out.Slow, dull, and lacking in general personality and charisma.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store. Two clans Only one will survive.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 behiTwo clans Only one will survive.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 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.. Popular Books Ivory and Bone This book touts itself as Pride and Prejudice in the prehistoric era. It is an unique concept, for sure, but unfortunately, I didn't find it to be very good.The Pride and Prejudice element in this book is a far, far stretch. A misunderstanding (and a not very good misunderstanding at all, I literally read the "misunderstanding" part over 5 times just to convince myself that I was reading it correctly and not missing anything). A bad person who is not what they seem. But really, if those are the only elements that are similar to Pride and Prejudice within this book, can't every other book written ever be compared to Pride and Prejudice since the bad guy and the misunderstanding is almost always a component in every work of literature?Furthermore, this book was slow. Exceedingly slow. Yeah, so was the original, but the original had writing and atmosphere and complexity. It had class and social differences. It was ahead of its time. For me, this book did not stand out for me in any way.This book is set in prehistoric times, when mammoths and saber-toothed tigers roamed the earth. Interesting in theory, yes, but the setting just did not draw me in. It may be a matter of book chemistry as it is anything, because I don't think there's anything wrong with the writing - for me, it just lacked soul, however vague of an element it may be.Furthermore, the setting pretty much blasted me back to reality once the word parka was mentioned. I'm sure they had prehistorical animal parkas, but what a terrible modern term to use for an ancient article of clothing.I can't fault the author - this is a difficult concept to execute authentically. The character speak in modern speech, and while I am glad they didn't grunt or speak in "me Tarzan you Jane" speech, neither did it feel real. Furthermore, the main character (a boy) seems to think in a very stereotypically feminine manner of thought.Overall, this book, while ambitious in scope, was a disappointment. For a more entertaining book about prehistoric times, I recommend The Clan of the Cave Bear instead, although be warned that it is a very much adult novel.This book was given to me as an advanced reader's edition

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  1. Julie Eshbaugh is the author of IVORY AND BONE and OBSIDIAN AND STARS from HarperTeen She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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  1. Do you like to hunt for beehives my mother asks.Those bees led us to the shade in the foothills of the mountains We discovered their hive in the middle of a stunted poplar, growing in a secluded grove protected by sharply rising cliffs at the edge of the meadow This has been one of the best days of my life, Shava says Every head turns toward her this statement is so strong Shava meets my eyes and her smile is somehow odd I ve seen so many bees but never really seen them never seen how they live [...]


  2. This book touts itself as Pride and Prejudice in the prehistoric era It is an unique concept, for sure, but unfortunately, I didn t find it to be very good.The Pride and Prejudice element in this book is a far, far stretch A misunderstanding and a not very good misunderstanding at all, I literally read the misunderstanding part over 5 times just to convince myself that I was reading it correctly and not missing anything A bad person who is not what they seem But really, if those are the only ele [...]


  3. So what is Ivory and Bone An incomparable masterpiece A bold work of art in a genre saturated with voices of similitude An antediluvian dystopian love story riding an obsidian knife edge between life and death Shall I elaborate Imagine, for a moment, a world with no internet No cell phones, no wi fi, no Starbucks, no television, no cars, no Coldplay, no bookstores, no single serve slices of red velvet cake and the individually wrapped plastic fork to go with it.And yes, sadly, no.Imagine a world [...]


  4. The only thing remotely good about this book is the cover.Am I the only one who felt deeply uncomfortable being spoken to by the main character as if I were his lover


  5. I ve been excitedly following Ivory and Bone updates ever since I first heard about its sale in 2014, and it s only grown over time as I discovered the cover, the synopsis, and the spectacular author of this book Opening to the first page of this book felt like an exciting start to a long journey, a blast to the past.Kol, the eldest son of the clan leader, knows change is coming to him and his clan As the clan struggles to determine if they should move because of the dwindling food supply, Kol a [...]


  6. I had an.ting time with this book I liked it But I have like a mammoth load of problems GET IT Mammoth Because it s prehistoric, yes Ahem But I do think I get points for reading this on a day when I had no electricity internet Which basically means I was in prehistoric times myself GO ME CAKE FOR ME.Moving forward L I K E S It s a prehistoric world Okay but that is just awesome The only other prehistoric ice age book I ve read is Wolf Brother which was freaking boring Ahem So I definitely think [...]


  7. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, OH MY GOSH.I don t even know how to write a review for this book I don t know what else to say other than I loved it I honestly loved everything about this book I was a little weirded out by the writing style at first but after I got used to it, I really enjoyed it I thought it was different and fit the story really well I really liked the characters They weren t over the top or crazy original but they weren t bland They were normal but interesting I was very unsure ab [...]


  8. 4.5 5 StarsI stayed up until 4AM in the morning to finish this book, and I have no regrets Ivory and Bone is a study in the basic human behaviors It s a story of family, love, betrayal, revenge, and tragedy I really liked the characters and found each of their personal stories and backgrounds extremely interesting Each ones ties together in a beautiful way, until you re left with a complete tapestry of all their stories.Julie s writing style really shocked me the main character Kol talks to the [...]


  9. 3 reasons to read Ivory and Bone video youtube watch v 9Pl1bI really enjoyed this debut The one thing I didn t love about it were the infodumps, BUT I still felt like the information about this world was revealed very naturally Kol learns about the other clans as he meets them so of course he couldn t tell us about the world until he d been told himself The infodumps could have been a bit subtler, but I still really enjoyed this story.The 3 things I most want you to know about the books are 1 It [...]


  10. Mammoth hunts and saber tooth cats may not be as dangerous as falling in love.Beautifully imagined, IVORY AND BONE is set in the Stone Age, with intriguing interpersonal relationships reminiscent of Austen It s a compelling hate to love story, and the voice is poetic and charming a story teller 1st 2nd person The family obligations and marriage maneuvering were rich and charming, especially seen through the eyes of Kol, clan leader in training He s a keen observer of the world and emotions aroun [...]


  11. This is supposed to be a gender swapped retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in prehistoric times, and while the premise sounds promising, it falls completely flat I felt no connection to any of the characters, and the plot wasn t at all compelling to me Honestly, I d finish a chapter and immediately forget everything that happened because I felt that disconnected from the story Overall I didn t really have any glaring problems with this book, it was just utterly dull and forgettable.




  12. This gender swapped adaptation of Pride Prejudice set in prehistoric times with mammoths is so clever.Basic plot Kol s mother is desperate to have her sons married since their clan doesn t have any girls their age Two girls from a different clan show up Darcy Bingley and the familiar story unfolds The stuff with Wickham turned into something that suit the setting better, but a surprising amount translated really well The first 80% is narrated like Elizabeth is telling her version of how everythi [...]


  13. An ARC has been provided in exchange for an honest review.Once in a while a book comes along that sounds like it s been written exactly for you You cross all your fingers and toes, hoping and praying it lives up to all of your dreams and then some When I first read the description for IVORY AND BONE, I knew I needed to read it immediately This book spoke to me Mammoths The great ice Clans of strong, resilient people on the brink of violence mixed with Mother Nature s own harshness It brought me [...]




  14. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Julie Eshbaugh s masterful debut This is a book I ve wanted to read since I first heard about it a YA novel set in pre historic era is unlike anything else I can think of in the market right now I wasn t entirely sure what to expect going in, but that didn t seem to matter Eshbaugh drew me in almost at once with her sharp prose and interesting characters and she manages to pull off a second person narration, which can be extremely hard to do Ivory and Bone fo [...]


  15. WrensReads Review I can t do this I hate second person It makes me feel gross and I just can t I m not going to rate the book at all purely because I got like 50 pages in and couldn t any The story is probably fabulous The writing perspective is just not my cup of tea Which really stinks because I love pre historic settings UGH Twitter Instagram


  16. Win a pre order of Ivory and Bone over on Book Nerd Addicts Blog UnbelievableThis book was beyond my expectations I thought I knew what I was in for But my GOD, this was Unbelievable.d NOT what I was expecting at all.Julie Eshbaugh s writing is elegant, detailed and fascinating From the beginning of this story I was engaged One of my favorite elements from Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh was how it felt as if this story was written for me It felt like, I come across an old letter It was really [...]


  17. This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea s Bookshelf I love historical fiction books, so can you imagine my excitement when I found out about Ivory and Bone It is a prehestoric fiction set in Stone Age I m sure I haven t come across anything like this book yet, so yeah For a certain time, I was on an excitement overload And then I read the book I can t say it was everything I expected and hoped for, but in the end, it was satisfying There is one thing though that Eshbaugh managed to do that [...]


  18. 3,5 5 Qu necesarias son las medias estrellitas en Y es que por poco Marfil y Hueso no ha llegado a las 4 estrellitas, ha sido una lectura muy buena Cuando conoc la publicaci n de este libro, inmediatamente me llam la atenci n Ficci n hist rica ambientada en la Prehistoria Deme 20 Ya en serio, desde peque a he sentido una especial atracci n por esta poca hist rica, y si bien mi experiencia leyendo novelas ambientadas en dicho periodo es bastante reducida, no pude evitar sentirme llamada por esta [...]


  19. Mini review DNF This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friendLuke Click on his name to read his review When I heard about this book I didn t think much of it It didn t sound like my kind of read so it quickly escaped my mind It wasn t until I saw Luke s review that I considered reading it It was in my library so I put it on hold Unfortunately this book was not for me.The writing style is written as such that Kol is narrating the book to Mya who is the love interest This did not work for m [...]


  20. Checkout my full 5 star review on my blog omgbooksandbooks.This book THIS BOOK Wow From the first sentence I was amazed How can you not be amazed by Ivory and Bone This is the first book that I have ever known to be set in PREHISTORIC times DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG I HAVE WAITED TO READ SOMETHING THAT IS PREHISTORIC YA Honestly my wish has been answered I wonder why authors don t dive in to the area of prehistoric fantasy Note to self Well if you complain about the lack of prehistoric fantasy then [...]


  21. Hach ich muss zugeben, dass ich ziemlich gespalten bin Das Setting ist toll, gut recherchiert mit vielen Details zu Werkzeugen etc Und auch die Liebesgeschichteeschichte um Kol und Mya ist okay, wenn man auf unausstehliche Frauen und R ckgratlose M nner steht ABER es passt einfach berhaupt nicht zusammen Die Geschichte ist viel zu modern und unrealistisch f r diese Zeit Leider eher entt uschend.


  22. This was a quick but entertaining book I have had it on my bookshelf since shortly after it had came out but didn t get around to reading it I finally read it when the second book came out so I could read the series I actually was really into the plot and enjoyed the characters It is a prehistoric setting, which always turns me back into the four year old version of myself just waiting on the dinosaurs to show up LOL no dinosaurs but still a really good read


  23. No spoilers in this review of Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh I give it 3.75 stars I thought the plot was simple overall, yet there were some small twists and turns that kept me guessing as the tale unfolded The prehistoric setting was the most attractive thing about the whole book to me.The story centers on Kol, a young man growing up in a clan with no girls close to his age For the small tribe to continue, Kol and his three younger brothers need to find mates from other clans It s a big conce [...]


  24. 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 fanciful than life in that era would ve been, but I didn t mind because it kept the plot light hearted and fun, and allowed story focus on the relationships The book is supposed to be a creative retelling of Pride and Prejudice Interestingly enough, it was only after finishing the it that I was clued into this fact sometimes it really [...]


  25. Ivory and Bone is a prehistoric fiction not fantasy as it says in the summary tale about three different clans reestablishing contact with each other for the ostensible purpose of finding good matches for some of the younger members, but in doing so, they also have to face the difficult history that exists between them The book is quite elegantly written as a story told by one character to another, and while it starts out as slow burn drama, it really picks up around the two thirds mark Probably [...]


  26. DNFI m sure that everyone is familiar with that terrible situation when you are reading the same paragraph over and over again for minutes and there s no connection at all That is exactly what happened to me with this book I picked it up 5 times and I was never able to read further than couple of first chapters So I gave up.Ivory and Bone is a story about teenager living in prehistoric age when his only worries are how to get food and whether he can meet at least one female of his age so his cla [...]


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