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What I’m Reading
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
From the back of the book: Debut author Julie Eshbaugh’s sweeping prehistoric fantasy – with allusions to Pride and Prejudice – will enthrall listeners with high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe – that’s the life 17-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless – and nearly grave – mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain – a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: This was a war that Mya or Lo – Kol doesn’t know which – had been planning all along.
My Thoughts: I’ve just started reading this YA Fantasy, but two things that I already think are cool about this book are Julie Eshbaugh’s main character is male (even though the book definitely has a romantic slant), and Eshbaugh wrote the story through Second Person point of view, meaning Eshbaugh has Kol, the main character, reveal the story as he recounts the events to Mya (or “you”). Granted, I have not read all the books in the world, but this is the first time I have ever seen fiction written in second person point of view, and I think it’s cool.
EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill
From the back of the book:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.
She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.
My thoughts: I bought this YA Fantasy about a year ago, because its description intrigued me, but now that I’m reading it, I wish I had read it sooner. The main character, Britta, is smart, gifted, and tough; the romance is compelling; and the plot tugs at my attention. I am really enjoying it.
Other YA Fantasy Books I’ve Read & Enjoyed
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