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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Bone Houses

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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 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."


The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a standalone YA fantasy novel.

This was such a gem. I didn't think I would like this as much as I did when I started reading it. It was strong out of the gate with a gorgeous cover, an interesting premise, and an MC who is actually likable. I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened since I figured things out on the way but I did get a bit emotional towards the ends.

Will say though, goat was probably one of the best characters.

If you're looking for a fresh new take on the living dead, then try this out for size.

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