Arc Review – Ivory and Bone by Julie Eschbaugh

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May 27, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eschbaugh

Book one in Ivory and Bone trilogy

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication date: June 7th, 2016

Source: eArc from the Publisher

Rating: 4 hearts




A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-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.


Ivory and Bone is a story taking place in the prehistoric period. We follow Kol, which is a member of the Manu clan, his father is the leader and he has three brothers. He’s a sweet boy, always kind and even if he’s not the best hunter or the best musician, he has some great quality. He’s brave and when the people he loves are in danger, he helps them without hesitation.

Mya is a member of the Olen clan, her brother, Chev is the leader and she has two sisters. She’s stubborn and arrogant. She doesn’t seems to like Kol even if he is just very nice with her, she always think that he wants to buy her. She is a great hunter and she needs to find a mate.

Lo is a girl from another clan who happens to cross the Manu’s. She has mysterious motive of her own and Mya knows her.

The characters are well described as well as all the scene and actions, there are a lot of descriptions. It’s interesting to see the life in different clans; they don’t have the same functioning or the same customs. They are chasing Mammoth and there is saber-toothed cat and I did think of the movie Ice Age with Diego and Manny.

The characters are all interesting but Kol is my favorite, I love him for all I already said before and even more because his bound to his family are very strong. He knows that eventually he will need to take a mate and I like his relation with Pek.

Mya is a awful girl at first and even after but the more we advance in the story, the more we learn that she has her reasons, good or not.

One other thing I like is Chev and his mate, it’s original in this period and I like that.

The writing style is good, the descriptions aren’t boring and there is a little action. There is a little romance between Mya and Kol but when I said little it’s very little. Kol have feelings but Mya is so stubborn that it’s difficult to read in her.

A thing I like very much in this book is that the story is told by Kol and only told as if he’s talking to Mya. It was weird at first but I really like it. It gives more deepness to the story.

This is a trilogy so I’m looking forward to read another Julie Eschbaugh’s book.

Good News for French people, the right have been sold to Pocket Jeunesse.

About the author

Julie Eshbaugh used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. She eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives in the house she grew up in with her husband and son. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. Julie’s debut young adult novel, Ivory and Bone, will be published by HarperTeen in 2016.


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