Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones #1) by Rebecca Schaeffer

Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones #1)

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.But when she tr...

Details Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones #1)

TitleNot Even Bones (Not Even Bones #1)
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Reviews Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones #1)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Wow, so.... the "Dexter meets This Savage Song" comparison really encapsulates this? This is a deeply fucked up book, in a good way. You know how sometimes, you read YA fantasy and you just feel like it could have gone darker and it doesn’t? Not Even Bones just keeps Going There. Not Even Bones follows Nita, a girl who dissects other supernatural beings for the black market - until she’s sold into the black market herself. So first of all, th...
  • Lola
    Once this book hits the shelves and readers all over the world pick it up, YA Fiction will never be the same again.Because this book doesn’t sugarcoat. Because it treats its teenage readers like adults. It expects them to understand and plunges them into a world that is, yes, dark and, yes, gruesome and, yes, extremely raw.But readers can handle it. One too many times, YA main characters turn soft or give the impression that they are invincible...
  • Carrie
    Nita has always had an interest in anatomy so jumping into the family business didn't seem like a bad thing when it let Nita study the corpses her mother brought home. You see, there's a market for the body parts of supernatural beings and Nita turns a blind eye to how her mother acquires these beings in the interest of her studies. Nita however never expected her mother to show up one day with a live boy captive and still expect Nita to still p...
  • mith
    find this review and others on biscotto's books!---Originally, I’d given this 4 stars on goodreads and honestly? I don’t know why. I loved this book. Why would I give it 4 stars? Not Even Bones was everything dark and morally grey I wanted in a book for so long. Screw 4 stars. This deserves all 5 of them. Past Mith was not thinking, evidently, but current Mith—me!! current me!—is thinking. And I say that this book is a solid debut and you...
  • Xiran Jay
    **SPOILER FREE**Personal Rating: i'd let this book murder me and toss me to the bottom of the Amazon RiverRecommended For: Those that go NOOOOOO WHYYYYYY whenever a protagonist chickens outta doing something seriously fucked up but would've been so! fucking! juicy to watch!This book plunges unapologetically into the darkest parts of humanity. No selective filter that only presents the "cool" sides of violence while protecting you from getting t...
  • Stacee
    Everything about this book — from the cover to the tag line — seems like it’s for me. Sadly I was quite disappointed. I liked Nita well enough. She didn’t come across as developed and I found it sort of hard to root for her {excluding the captivity part} because I wasn’t invested in her story. My favorite character was Kovit and I did like the interactions between him and Nita. Plot wise, it was sort of meh. There isn’t any sort of wo...
  • Amy
    ARC provided by HMH via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I truly wish I loved this book more! I feel like the description was made for me. Anything that’s compared to Dexter gets my vote. But this was such a huge disappointment for me. As the synopsis says, Nita dissects bodies of “unnaturals” for her mother to sell on the black market. But after a betrayal, she becomes a victim herself; locked away in a cell and tortured.To be ho...
  • Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
    This was hella weird, but in the best way possible.I wouldn’t be exaggerating at all when I say that NOT EVEN BONES is my most anticipated 2018 YA read (and I say YA because there’s Queen Schwab’s VICIOUS coming out, which is adult). I mean, dissecting monsters and selling them online to shady customers? *crashes though the door to enter dramatically*. I AM SO HERE FOR THIS. Plus, you know, one of the comp titles for this one was Schwab’s...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsWish it evoked a little more horror from the reader, but overall, SO GOOD. Someone please tell me there's a sequel.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Where do I even start with this review? This book was just so unusual and gorily delightful that I was just surprised out of my reading stupor. It's been a while since a book captivated my attention like this one has, but it did.This book stars Nita, who cuts up supernatural beings on her cutting table. The book is hailed as Dexter meets Savage Song, but I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I think it's more like I, Zombie. In any case, the book i...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*I love a dark book. Sometimes, books that are advertised as "dark" don't end up being such. Worry not, because Not Even Bones absolutely delivers on all promises of being messed up, while still managing to tell an intriguing story. I have seen some reviews that mention trigger warnings but... I wouldn't even know where to start, so I...
  • Katherine Moore
    This is a breakout bloody good book (pun totally intended), and if you don’t like blood, the idea of autopsies, or a lot of gore, I would stay far far away. But if you’re anything like me, and you don’t keel over at the thought of body parts being cut off (I know someone who does), and you’re looking for the most original dark fantasy this Fall (some would definitely call it horror), look no further. In ‘Not Even Bones’, Rebecca Schae...
  • Aila
    **CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS: dissections, sadism, mentions of suicide, gore, deaths, murders, cannibalism, detailed descriptions of torture, LOTS of blood and mutilation**READ WITH CAUTION.Ahem, now that THAT's out of the way, I can start extolling the story. Seriously, this book was such a surprising read! It was intense, dark, and super bloody. Fans of Dexter and Hannibal will find this one RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY. I LOVED Nita's character developm...
  • Milana M (acouplereads)
    I'd classify this more dystopian but regardless it was so good!
  • Crazy4Books
    Update: Still working on my review and not 100% sure on the rating yet, but I did really enjoy this one.Okay I kinda just freaked out. I need this book.
  • andrea caro
    First of all, I'd like to thank Hallie over on Twitter for making my #bookishwish come true. This book is dark and deeply messed up.This book is billed as Dexter meets This Savage Song. I'm gonna be real with you, I didn't like Dexter and I couldn't get through 20 pages of This Savage Song, but I was very much interested in this book. I like horror and the idea of a teenage girl dissecting corpses her mom brings home is deeply chilling. I don't t...
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.This was very very good. It started out very strong and remained very good throughout the majority of the book. I thought it did hit a bit of a wall at 60% but the pay off at the end was well worth the mudding through. However I didn’t realize it was the beginning of a series until the very end ...
  • Sierra
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.That was intense and bloody and I totally need more.More to come...
  • Jessie Specter
    Dans ce roman, l’horreur passe à la fois par un contenu explicite fort et par une narration dérangeante, au cœur de la psyché d’une protagoniste à la moralité douteuse. Tout conspire à créer une ambiance glauque et dérangeante, qui invitera tout autant à réfléchir qu’à grimacer. Les discussions sur la moralité sont le cœur du roman. Elles sont exposées directement par Nita, la jeune fille étant forcée à plusieurs reprise...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    I just skimmed till I got to the ending and wow. wow.This isn't a favorite book but I'll be sure to read the sequel, although I won't be reading it right away.Anyway, before I get to my review, I want everyone to know that I do like reading about antiheroes, morally ambiguous characters, and villains. Right away, I knew this book was written for me (HA). My only issue was that I wasn't attached to any character at all??? I didn't dislike any of t...
  • Stacey
    This book was gory and unique and absolute wonderful. I read this very quickly and was shocked by some parts but I just had to know how it ended. This is not for the weak of stomach! In "Not Even Bones" the world is populated by "unnaturals"- supernatural creatures that live openly in the world but are prized by normal humans for their body parts. These body parts are sold on the black market for crazy high prices. Nita herself is one of these su...
  • Michelle Lecumberry
    Dark Deep Cruel Content Warning: Gore, Torture, Blood/Mutilation. This books was so dark and all that I needed. I feel like I am always wishing books would be darker or creepier and Not Even Bones definitely deliver.I am always in for dark stories with dark, ambiguous characters who I end up loving because moral ambiguity is one of my guilty pleasures.The writing style was so descriptive and raw , but I have to confess sometimes it was a bit slow...
  • Holly
    *eARC kindly provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley*I LIIIIIKED this! I'm always a fan of dark, fucked-up books with dark, fucked-up characters, especially if moral ambiguity is a huge part of the story. But I did get bored sometimes; it was SO slow, and there was quite a lot of repetition. If I had to hear how "Nita let out a breath" one more time, I was gonna lose it. haha. (Of course, I read an eARC, so I'm r...
  • Eri
    4.5 starstw: gore, torture, blood/mutilation, probably not good for anyone who is squeamish about those THIS WAS SUCH A WILD RIDE?! NITA AND [REDACTED] ARE MY MONSTROUS CHILDREN WHO I SUPPORT WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO BURN EVERYONE WHO'S HURT THEM I actually need the second book now like ughhhhhh I need to know what happens to nita