Fiction, YA fiction

Review of “The Bone Thief” by Alyson Noel

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Book Review

“The Bone Thief” is a young adult, general market fiction novel. It is set in a fantastical world, where the only thing normal is that everything is always weird – well, everything except for the novel’s main character, Grimsley Summerfield, who is a seemingly average boy for having lived in such an unusual atmosphere all of his life.

The book deals with typical tween/teen issues of insecurity and the desire to fit in, as well as stronger topics such as bullying by both peers and those in authority. What I enjoyed was that this novel handles these topics in a way that is driven by the plot of our young hero’s journey and that of his unusual friends – both old and new.  The message of the story comes about very organically and not in a forced way. The book is not what I would categorize as a Christian novel, yet the theme of light triumphing over darkness is still definitely present.

“… there’s always a great deal of value to be found in the contrasts. If not for the dark, you wouldn’t recognize the light. If not for hate, you wouldn’t know love. If not for evil, you’d fail to recognize goodness. It’s the opposites of things that are most defining.”

I would recommend this book to readers primarily age 11-14. It features shorter chapters, strange characters, intriguing mystery, and a lot of action to keep them turning pages.

I’m rating this one 4.5  bent-spoons out of 5.


Cover Review

This cover was full of such whimsical imagination. As a life long lover of mysteries and fairy tales the misty vines, odd colored rabbits, and text made creatively out of bones had me guessing as to what kind of story this could be … from the very first glance.

Even the choice of font used to display the author’s name is no accident. It’s first impression is one of creative, rule-breaking mischief. A trait not unlike the personality of the main character.

The bone text is quite frankly a bit creepy, but paired with the fairy-tale like top half of the cover we are reassured that this novel won’t be one of complete gore. Although there is darkness in the novel, it is just enough to let the light shine through by contrast.

I’m rating this cover 5 out of 5.

Please note: I checked this book out of my local library simply because the cover caught my eye, and the marketing copy on the inside jacket confirmed that it should be everything the cover design promised.

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Why review a book's cover and its interior?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover … ?
I think we all know this phrase doesn’t generally have anything to do with books when people use it. However, I find that there is a VERY good reason that phrase came into being …

Have you ever read an absolutely fantastic book – either loaned or recommended to you by someone else – whose cover design was so blah or ugly that you probably would have looked right past it on a shelf?

On the other hand, … have you ever felt suckered in by a book’s cover design – discovering after a few lost hours of invested reading that the writing inside wasn’t nearly as good as what was seemingly promised you by the book’s great cover art or text?

If so, “The Book and Cover Reviewer” blog is for you. I will analyze both the writing inside the book and all aspects of the books cover – noting areas that could be improved and areas that I think should be praised as is.

I promise to be honest, but also promise to not tear anyone down and leave them crying. Books take a LOT of behind-the-scenes work, and I’m a firm believer in adding a little sugar to the mix if some sour critiquing is overdue. I want to see the industry thrive and to encourage authors and cover designers to always do their best – and to keep the intended audience in mind!

And for readers, I hope that I can guide you to books that you will love to read – even ones that you might have overlooked before, because the cover happens to be a little … ‘off’.

Happy reading!