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Wake the Bones | Review


Rating - ⭐⭐1/2


"The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away.


After dropping out of college, all she wanted was to resume her life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not to think about the boy she can’t help but love. Instead, a devil from her past has returned to court her, as he did her late mother years earlier. Now, Laurel must unravel her mother’s terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic before her future and the fate of everyone she loves is doomed."


 

Wake the Bones is a standalone fantasy horror novel by Elizabeth Kilcoyne.


 

First and foremost, I would like to thank NetGalley, St Martin's Press, and Wednesday Books, for giving me the opportunity to review this in advance. Please note that this in no way affects my opinions. Also note that what I read was an ARC, and things may be subject to change for the official release.

 

I honestly don't have much to say about this book because, well, there wasn't much to it. Everything about this story ended up falling flat. By the time I was halfway through the book, barely anything happened.


The plot and world-building aren't very expansive, and the story mainly focuses on the small cast of characters - Laurel, Isaac, Garrett, Ricky, and Catherine. Unfortunately, I found none of these characters to be particularly interesting, which of course was a huge issue considering this was character-based. Coupled with the fact that this had a very small and isolated setting, there just wasn't enough going on in this to capture let alone keep my attention.


I also simply wasn't a fan of what direction the story went in as well. I was expecting an atmospheric fantasy horror book, but what I got was some of that hidden behind all of the relationship drama. All in all, this was a swing and a miss for me.

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