The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2019)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
About the author: Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and writing by night.
Review of The Bone Houses
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a young adult fantasy full of twist and turns that you will not see coming. Each page you read gives a new surprise that helps to slowly uncover the plot. The characters are vibrant, rich, and well-written. They develop at just the right place to leave your head spinning. Lloyd-Jones has created a world that is full of depth and mystery that is the perfect background for Ryn and Ellis’ journey. The cover art of The Bone Houses has such an intricate design that is sure to grab your attention and the synopsis will draw you in. Once you start reading this fast-paced read, you will not want to stop. I enjoyed reading The Bone Houses and highly recommend it for anyone who loves a captivating young adult fantasy. I look forward to reading more from Emily Lloyd-Jones. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**