The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Boneless Mercies

A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and for...

Details The Boneless Mercies

TitleThe Boneless Mercies
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews The Boneless Mercies

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    It was okay enough! Mel 🖤🐺🐾
  • Susan Kennedy
    I would give this one 4 solid stars. It was well written and I enjoyed the story. I also enjoyed the character development. I wasn't sure going in what this one would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters. It was different and a bit dark, which I found pleasurable. This was a story full of adventure and with girls as the main characters. They were brave and strong and together they were a family even though they ...
  • Melissa
    THE BONELESS MERCIES is a wonder, infused with the spare and melancholy magic of a heraldic ballad. It's the story of an all-women pack of paid mercy killers winding through a Norse-influenced fantasy world on their way to slaying the marauding Blue Vee Beast, thus earning fame, glory, and enough money to leave their old lives behind.But more than that it's about the world Tucholke creates, which sings with glimpses of mythology and history and p...
  • TL
    Characters: 4 starsWriting: 3 to 2.5 starsPlot 3 stars----What I loved:the atmosphere and the world the author built.The bond between the girls and Trigve.The Sea Witches home The mythology she creates, blending with some known ones.So-so's:I was interested enough to keep reading but at times I could feel my eyes glazing over and there were times I would look at the book and think Do I really want to pick this up .I did get bored and push myself ...
  • Dani
    The thing that really struck me about this book was how effortlessly the author portrayed non-sexual relationships and closeness. Characters were bonded and demonstrated their affection with physicality but it never read as sexual and I really enjoyed that! When characters did pair off romantically, it was clearly a different kind of affection, but it didn't diminish the power of their friendships.They called this book a gender-switched Beowulf, ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsI really enjoyed this, and it's not just because of the two gorgeous covers this book has.This is definitely one of the better fantasies I've read, and it incorporates a lot of different aspects that makes this book really really cool. Like, if I wanted street cred, I'd say I read this book.The premise is just so awesome. A genderbent Beowulf? Like hello there please come and let me read you. It's about a group of female assassins who do t...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    This is a book about strong women and their friendships and ambitions and yes yes yes that’s what we need (RTC)I received a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis review (when it comes lol) will also available on my blog
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus"I am a woman, wanderer, warrior. This is not the end of my story."The Boneless Mercies trade in the art of death. Killing the old, sick, and wounded, their mercy kills are hired from all over Vorseland. Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Mercy Killers. They each have their own troublesome tale of how they joined a trade that included killing the innocent and suffering. However, our...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Review to come
  • Fiona
    I've been reading much less YA over the last year than I used to. Thankfully though, there's some amazing YA novels coming out, and when I do read it I've been lucky enough to find absolute gems. That held true with The Boneless Mercies, a retelling of Beowulf set in a Vorse (Viking + Norse) setting of snow and blood and the absolute bond of those who had to find their family. Frey and her band of Mercies are a travelling group, dispensing mercy ...
  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    A boring gender bent version of Beowulf, the Boneless Mercies is a tale of a depressed mercy killer named Frey and her group of friends. After killing a bunch of sick, depressed and weak people, they go to kill a monster... thats the story. A lot of death, a lot of darkness, yet no suspense. This is a first. As she and her team pursue a way out of killing the weak and suicidal (which is debatably a horrible thing to do, but the morality of this i...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this in exchange for my honest review! 3.5/5 Stars Frey, Ovie, Juniper and Runa are Boneless Mercies who are hired to kill those who are suffering from injury or disease. These four fearless women quit the death trade in order to hunt and kill the Blue Vee Beast, a monster who has been ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    The first chapter of this book was phenomenal and I thought I was in for the ride of my life. And then... I'm not sure what happened, but the book dragged and dragged. I found myself skimming to get to the end. The main character was likely the best of the lot, but I didn't really feel drawn to the others. I liked the idea of exploring the issues and controversy of mercy killing, which brings up all sorts of ethical situations, but then the whole...
  • Kirsti
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!OK, I have never read Beowulf, nor as far as I know, any retellings or anything, so this aspect had no bearing on whether I liked the book or had anything to compare it to. For me, it was just SO slow (view spoiler)[ and I knew we were heading for a monster slaying at the end (hide spoiler)] but the slowness just threatened to drag me down with it long before. I loved all t...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Macmillan (FSG) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.rating: 4.5 / 5The Boneless Mercies is a beautiful story with incredible and fierce female characters, their friendships and ambitions. The writing is dark and gorgeous, and the author weaves an amazing (genderbent) retelling of the classic Norse poem, Beowulf. The plot was just phenomenal, and I couldn’t recommend this b...
  • Take Me Away To A Great Read
    Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve TucholkePublisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)Release Date: October 2, 2018Rating: 4.5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Boneless Mercies for an honest review.Boneless Mercies was so empowering, these four young orphans, now Mercies learning to rely on one another and the skills they have been taught to survive, while still trying to remain human in a very inh...
    3.5 stars! I thought this was such an interesting fantasy, and while I’m not so familiar with the original Beowulf poem, I enjoyed the author’s take on such a heroic journey with women as the central characters.
  • Emily A. Duncan
    I love it I love it I love it
  • Amanda
    You can also find my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....I stalked the release of this novel because I wanted a copy so bad. I love April Genevieve Tucholke's writing and wanted her latest novel more than anything. Once again she created a dark fantasy tale with some really interesting characters. I will always read anything that she writes, her skill for storytelling is amazing. Her tales have dark sides to them and always inclu...
  • Erin Arkin
    As soon as I opened up The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, I loved it. This story is about family and friendship and follows a group of girls (and one boy) who have made their way in a world that isn’t always a great place. This Boneless Mercies consists of Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa and their work consists of dealing death. They are hired to kill quickly and quietly but they are all tired of surviving by killing others. When F...
  • 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 3.5*I dare you to tell me that you don't need a book with female warriors who are also awesome friends and are planning to save the world. Especially in this hellscape we find ourselves in every day, this book's power cannot be understated. Before they plan to save everyone, the mercies spend their time mercy-killing people who ask for th...
  • Cherry (_forevermint)
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher though that in no way affects my thoughts or opinions* As much as I wanted to read Beowulf before this, I decided I would read it after instead if I felt like it. I think things actually worked out better this way because instead of comparing the two, I only sometimes wondered, "did this happen in the original?" and then moved on. My focus was really on this book and this book alone. Tbh, I ...
  • Tiffany BookwormFiles
    The Boneless MerciesImmediate thoughts:First, thank you to @fiercereads and @fsgbooks for this arc! I loved this book! A gender-bent retelling of a classic Norse tale, this was a delightful read with *gasp* like ZERO common tropes!All of the females in this book were inspired and fierce and full of heart. While the start was a little slow for me, I could see how the author was shaping the world and characters. It was beautifully written and sewn ...
  • belle ☆ミ (mybookcastle)
    3.5 starsthe premise was interesting, who doesn't want to read about badass female mercenaries? but it was difficult to form any sort of emotional connection with the characters, especially because they felt so abstract instead of a real person.-------------reviewThe premise of this book was so intriguing I had to add into my tbr. Four strong women who were travelling around became tired of the mercenary lifestyle. They want more, but of differen...