The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Bone Houses

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 tha...

Details The Bone Houses

TitleThe Bone Houses
Release DateSep 24th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Bone Houses

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! This story is like a fairy-tale : it's fantastical, eerie, and gorgeously written. But also like a fairy-tale, the magic vanishes if you think too deeply about it.Seventeen-year-old Aderyn verch Gwyn is the eldest daughter of the gravedigger in the village of Colbren. Ever since her father disappeared into the forest one day, it's been her responsibility to put food on the table by buryi...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ e-ARC provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review! The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones follows a gravedigger- and an apprentice mapmaker who embark on a journey to defeat a decades-old curse that causes the dead (or in this case "bone houses") to rise- and for some unknown reason-attack with an all new ferocity that comes seemingly out of nowhere. Full transparency- I go...
  • Cassady Clifton
    Rated it a 5 because someone gave it 2 stars when it's not even out yet... will update once I've actually gotten to read it!
  • Sarah Henning
    Centered around a truly epic journey, with a satisfying ending and slow-burn love story complicated by the walking dead, THE BONE HOUSES is a horror-drenched fairytale. Emily Lloyd-Jones spins wit, longing, and loss into something just as magical as the creatures that haunt the night in Ryn and Ellis’s world, and the result is a careful, beautiful examination on the impression love leaves behind.
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Can we all just take a moment to look closely at the cover to The Bone Houses and how intricate the design is but so simple at the same time. The moment I saw this cover and read the synopsis I knew that The Bone Houses was a book for me. Emily blew me away with her writing style, characters and such a unique idea and I hope to read more by her one day. Ryn, a gravedigger, is trying to save he...
  • Kalie
    What happens when a gravedigger, a mapmaker, and a very clingy goat embark on a quest together? To tell you the truth, I had no idea what I expected when I first sat down to read this. But I saw “horror quest in medieval Wales”, “folk tales”, and “written by Emily Lloyd-Jones” and my heart seized for a moment. I needed no further prompting. It became an immediate MUST READ. I’m lucky, then, that I had the chance to read a manuscript...
  • Anna Bright
    REVIEW TO COME, MY LOVELIES. what a delight.
  • Pooja
    Haven't read it yet, but the book bizarrely only has a 2 star rating despite not being out yet.
  • Billie
    Between Kill the Farm Boy and this, I'm kind of oddly obsessed with goats in books going on adventures/quests right now. Please, authors, more adventure goats.Although this book has the trappings of horror/dark fantasy, it is really a book about family. Protecting her siblings and finding out what happened to her father is what motivates Ryn. There's an encampment of people who have chosen to live in exile in order to spend more time with their l...
  • Tyler Hixson
    Ryn is a gravedigger, and a struggling one at that. After her father's disappearance and her mother's death, Ryn makes ends meet for her and her siblings by grave-digging in Colbren, the village in which they live that sits at the base of a formidable mountain range that used to house a fae king. But there's a problem: the dead don't always stay dead, and it's hard to convince people to bury their loved ones when there's a chance that they'll com...
  • Alyson Kent
    Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC! Reminded me of a melancholy fairy tale, with some awesome battle sequences and one hell of a goat.
  • Ardent
    LOVED IT, start to finish. There were definitely some tears shed at the end.
  • Sami
    Resilient Ren is her village's gravedigger, caring for the dead and fighting the living dead, known as bone houses, that come out of the forest near her home. When she encounters aspiring mapmaker Ellis, they band together on a journey to defy the powers that be and end the curse of the bone house to save her village (and possibly the country). Throw excellent world-building, action-packed prose, and incredible representation for chronic pain int...
  • Kate
    ARC received at YallWest Book Festival in Santa Monica, CA.Okay, quite simply this book is great. There is a delightful creepiness to the bones houses, & the story is tightly woven, leaving hardly loose ends or random plot threads (there was a minor one in the village Ryn & Ellis discover at the beginning of their journey, but truthfully that is more based on my own interest rather than a necessity to the story). It did end pretty quickly, but ho...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    The only thing I liked about this book is the world building (even the curse words were unique to the setting, rather than the same ones we hear irl).Aside from that, this book was just ok. The characters were extremely bland, and a lot of the dialogue felt so forced, because it was trying to lead to certain statements for dramatic effect. Overall, the ideas in this were great, but the story itself was a bit disappointing.
  • Tonyalee
    Ah. This book. I have so much love for it. It’s beautiful and creepy and just. Fantastic!! Pre order guys. Seriously. Full RTCPS: there’s a goat and she’s just the best.
  • Jessie_Book
    The bone house is a deliciously twisted tale that will wrap you up in its chilling atmosphere. I got frustrated every time I had to put it down because I could not get enough of this book. Reading it was like walking through a spooky forest, you have chills and don't know whats going to come at you next. It also gives a perspective on the undead that I had never thought of before. Normally is all RUN HIDE THE MONSTERS ARC COMING! Which there is s...
  • Samantha (Samsara Parchment)
    So some of you may remember that I absolutely loved the YA contemporary fantasy novel The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. (Some of you probably remember that mostly because I recommend it to you every chance I get and will not stop until you read it.) So when I found out that Emily was releasing a new YA fantasy titled The Bone Houses, I jumped all over it immediately. And though I’d like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Young Readers ...
  • Maegan
    Arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. A gravedigger, a mapmaker, and a goat set out on a quest to find the truth about the living dead, where they will have to face forgotten magic and the buried truths about themselves. This story was so incredibly good! It reads just like a fairy-tale that is not unlike a Grimms Brothers tale. It was eerie and haunted, and twisted, but still had the magic a traditional fair...
  • Risks Are
    **I received a free ARC of this book at BookCon 2019**Final rating: 3.5/5A middling though entertaining adventure through a world with its own rich mythology. The two main characters are well written, and the love story is deeply well-established, not even appearing until 2/3 of the way through. The book really feels like a fairy-tale, in that it has sparse detail except for things that matter, and a linear story with a background that progresses...
  • Lea
    Ok so this book in one sentence (no spoilers): dead people coming back to life and a girl trying to stop it. I read this book in one sitting! I never do that! But I opened this one and just couldn’t stop until I was done. There are so many mysteries and unanswered questions and the book constantly gives a little bit of information that sparks more questions so that I just had to keep going. I usually don’t really like romance in the books I a...
  • Jennifer
    This was a beautiful story that reads like an enchanting dark fairytale of sorts. It feels like I've just finished hearing of a legend passed down through generations filled with magic & some light mayhem. The characters are all lovely and a certain stubborn goat had me laughing the whole time. The unraveling of the story as the book progresses, ensnared me more and more and I grew attached to both our Gravedigger & Mapmaker as they leaned on one...
  • Samantha Fondriest
    Every once in a while, I am blessed to pick up the exact right book at the exact right time - The Bone Houses was that book for me. It was an unexpectedly beautiful, wonderful, magnificent book that brought me to tears multiple times while reading. I'm not usually a book crier - in fact, this was the first book of 2019 to even make me tear up. I ugly cried at the end. This book is dark and beyond creepy, but is also incredibly emotional and at ti...
  • Cat
    The Bone Houses is a beautifully written story of magic and death and the scars left behind by it all. The fae are long gone in this world, the only thing remaining is their magic and their dislike of humans. The dead rise at night, and they have never wanted anything until a newcomer arrives at the edges of their roaming grounds. Our two main characters go on a journey that leads them to confront their own grief and loneliness, along with that o...