Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone Series #1)

Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone Series #1)

by Julie Eshbaugh

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“Exquisitely written, ferocious, and haunting. Don’t miss this one!” —Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series

“Julie Eshbaugh is a unique new voice with talent enough for a whole team of writers. I’m still under the spell of her storytelling.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

Loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Ivory and Bone is an enthralling tale of high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. What Kol doesn’t know is that underneath Mya’s cool disdain is a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol grows closer to Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

With riveting action and illustrative prose that leaps from the page, Julie Eshbaugh will have readers mesmerized and thirsty for more…So don’t miss the sequel, Obsidian and Stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504734660
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Ivory and Bone Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens, which received several honors from the Webby Awards. You can learn more about Julie’s writing escapades (with the online group Publishing Crawl) by visiting www.julieeshbaugh.com.

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Ivory and Bone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kelly-BookCrushin More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything, absolutely anything like Ivory and Bone before. I will be honest and say I have been struggling to write this review, I feel like my words are not adequately explaining the awe-inspiring words that this book deserves. I have never read anything, absolutely anything like Ivory and Bone before. I loved absolutely everything about this book! I loved the characters, the story-telling, the second person POV, and the historical…or more appropriately the prehistorical setting of this book. “It’s unnerving to be in a place so dark. It’s even more unnerving to be here with you.” I would be a liar if I didn’t mention that in my past I have hated every single second person POV book I have ever read, so I was genuinely scared to read this book, but I went into it open-minded, and after I read the prologue, I felt way more secure in my ability to read & enjoy Ivory and Bone. The prologue explained that this was going to be more of a narrative of the main character telling a girl the story of how they met. The story is woven so seamlessly and the narrative is so heartfelt, emotional and poignant. Not once did I struggle with the POV as I have in my past. Now the book’s focus isn’t exactly romance, but technically the entire book is so romantic. The deeply emotional story had me routing for our hero, Kol to land the girl that he just can’t get out of his head. It also had some of the most romantic verses I have ever read. It was like reading poetry or someone’s love letters. Ivory and Bone was also so full of action, and vivid world building. This book was a journey, and I was deeply immersed. I absolutely loved this book. In the YA world so many books are so similar but not Ivory and Bone; this book is a standout. I can see some people struggle with something so unique, but I can’t recommend it more. It’s brilliant, perfectly written & the most unique book I’ve read in years.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I had read the first chapter of this book and knew I needed to read this. It is a much different type of book than I normally read. I was hooked from the beginning and read this book in 1 day. It was a fast paced roller-coaster ride. I loved that the story was told as Kol was telling a story to Mya about when they met and all that had happened. This story takes place a long time ago when mammoths roamed the earth and life was much simpler. Tribes were responsible for collecting, harvesting, hunting, and procreating to protect their line. Kol’s tribe has no girls in it anymore so they are in danger of dying out. Mya, her sister, and some of their tribe come to visit in hopes of creating a union between the two but things go wrong. Mya is standoffish and seems to be cold and indifferent to Kol. Kol isn’t quite sure what to think of her. He can’t stop thinking about her but she is so odd that he can’t heads or tails of what to do. So much is riding on a union that he stresses over their interactions. I loved the twists and turns this book took and the action and adventure. Even though times were simpler then, they were definitely not easy. This book made me think about all the obstacles and complexities that man faced to continue living in such a harsh environment. They had no medical help, no real tools, no real protection from the elements. Yet, they managed to persevere and thrive. It’s amazing what one can accomplish if you are determined.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into this book, but I know I wasn’t expecting to be immediately transported back to prehistoric times, rooting for a surprisingly sensitive and 100% endearing teenage boy. Kol’s sense of duty to his clan was apparent, but also apparent was the love that tied him to every member of his family. Mya was an enigma, and like Kol, I was intrigued and sometimes annoyed with her. What struck me most about this book was how tautly Eshbaugh wove the inter-clan relationships – even though each of the three clans in the story only had a few dozen people, the full scale of human relationships, politics, and the horrors of warfare played out in the story. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator, Michael Curran-Dorsano, was a perfect match for Kol’s thoughtful, solid personality. This book is perfect for anyone who really is looking to read something new and different.
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
I did not like Ivory and Bone. Let's talk about why... First of all, it was slow. I'm talking slooooooooooowwwwwww. It took over 200 pages before any action really happened. That is way too long to ask a reader to wait for something exciting. I kept trying to remind myself that this book took place in prehistoric times, and life was much simpler back then. Their lives consisted of hunting mammoths and catching fish. But still, I found myself really bored a lot of the time as I was reading. And then by the time we actually got around to the action, I was so bored that totally didn't care what happened to the characters. Also, after waiting and waiting for an explanation, the "plot twist," or explanation of the hostilities in the book, was the biggest letdown ever, and again, I just didn't care. Speaking of slow, let's talk about the romance. It is the slowest of the slow-burning romance. A slow-burn is fine, but man, this took FOREVER. And honestly, by the time we finally got around to the resolution of the romance, I didn't believe it whatsoever, and, like I said before, I didn't care at all about the characters. I think something that contributed to my problem with the romance is that this story was told in second person, and was intended to put the reader in the shoes of the main female character, Mya. We are supposed to feel as though we are Mya, and the main character, Kol, is telling us a story. This was a really interesting concept, but it didn't work for me. The way Mya was portrayed, it appeared as if she hated Kol and was completely not interested in him. A really big problem that I have with this book has to do with the way it is marketed. This may not have anything to do with the author, and if that is the case, I feel very bad that the publisher did such a disservice to Julie Eshbaugh. Ivory and Bone is marketed as a "prehistoric fantasy." THIS. BOOK. IS. NOT. A. FANTASY. There are absolutely no fantasy elements in this book. Personally, I would call it historical fiction. Someone brought to my attention that maybe the entire world this book takes place in is supposed to be an alternate reality to our own. If that is the case, I can understand the fantasy classification, but unfortunately, that means that the author did a very poor job of making this clear. Typically, a book has to be very poorly written for me to give it a one star rating, so Julie Eshbaugh's writing style saved this book for me. I thought the writing style was quite enjoyable, but there was so much that disappointed me about this book.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Ivory and Bone" is advertised as Pride and Prejudice in the prehistoric era, and I feel that this fits the book incredibly well. The novel is written as Kol is talking to Mya and telling her the story of how they met and all the events that occurred afterwards (so it's "I" and "you"). At some points, this style was a bit difficult (I'm a fan of third person in general), but it did flow like a story being told. I found that Kol is akin to Elizabeth Bennet while Mya is like Mr. Darcy. Overall, it's well-written and flows well, a pretty enjoyable book. If you know the plot of Pride and Prejudice, you'll be able to predict with some accuracy the characters and storyline. Fans of P&P will love this book!
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Though part of Kol’s life brings excitement in the form of hunting and gathering for his clan, his romantic life is nonexistent, given there are no young women his age around. When Mya and her family arrive from a nearby clan, Kol is hopeful something could happen between them. However, once he sees not only Mya’s arrogance and disdain towards him, he also uncovers a brutal history between Mya’s clan and another. With violence on the horizon, Kol’s quiet life takes a turn for the destructive, and he will have to listen to his instincts while deciding who to trust. When I first heard the premise of a prehistoric, gender flipped Pride and Prejudice, I was a little skeptic. I love prehistoric settings, and I love Pride and Prejudice, but combining them seemed an unlikely feat. Julie Eshbaugh gracefully and seamlessly tore down all of my doubts with IVORY AND BONE. Kol, a sort of male version of Elizabeth Bennett but quieter, narrates his story directly to Mya, the female Darcy counterpart. Though in the beginning they clearly don’t like each other because of Mya’s attitude and Kol’s uncertainty, the affection Kol feels for her as he tells the story is unmistakable. By the end, the book feels like a love letter from Kol. Though the characters and pattern of romance follow the threads of Pride and Prejudice, the setting and climax easily take lives of their own. The details in the day to day operations of Kol’s clan (and a few others) are superb, displaying an excellent amount of research. The hunting scenes in particular are as chilling as they are compelling. Though the dialogue sometimes feels a bit too modern to fit the time, Eshbaugh expertly demonstrates the relevancy of love, marriage, and family in any time period. The violent turn of the story towards the climax brings more than one shocking twist, and readers shouldn’t be surprised if they can’t tear themselves away from the story for the last 100 pages or so. Lovers of Pride and Prejudice, unique settings, heart-pounding action scenes, and fiery ends need IVORY AND BONE in their hands as soon as possible.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Rounded Up Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh was such a surprising read in the best of ways. I would not have thought that a pre-historic love story would be so gripping. Kol and his family live a simple life; hunting and fishing and trying to forge their clan’s future. A small issue is that with only 24 people in the clan there are no girls of marrying age. Fate intervenes when Mya and her family arrive from the south and Lo and her clan arrive from the north. However, fate is a cruel mistress and past betrayals lead to current conflict and some may not make it through. Wow, was this ever a rich and detailed book. I could picture the icy river and see the smoke rising from the cook-fires. I loved how I felt truly pulled into the past with every nuance of the descriptions. The characters were also equally detailed. Each person was very distinct and had their own quirks and personalities. The action abounded, from mammoth hunting to running from saber-toothed cats to canoeing down frozen waterways. This was such a different type of YA read and it is hard to liken it to anything else. The time period alone made it unique then a distinct creation myth for each clan was added and then the varying ways of everyday life for each clan stood out. The romance in it was also very fresh. There was no insta-love here and each time the characters grew closer a battle had to be fought to gain the small ground. Ivory and Bone is Julie Eshbaugh’s début and what a winner it is. She has a very fresh voice and I can imagine that whatever time period she sets her stories will be different that the normal read. This is one that I can see myself returning to in the future as I have a feeling with each read I will discover more in this world to love. Original review @ 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh Book One of the Ivory and Bone series Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice. Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along. What I Liked: One-line review: I can see the appeal, but this book is massively over-hyped. In my circles of the book blogosphere, this book is one of those debut novels that you keep hearing about, left and right, especially as the publication date draws closer. It sounds really great and unique - prehistoric fiction? Yes please! I don't think I've read a single YA book that deals with prehistoric times. We're talking mammoths and hunters and gatherers, yo. I think, overall, I enjoyed this book, but I was expecting more. This book is told from Kol's POV. Kol is the eldest son of the High Elder of his tribe. When two sisters and a brother arrive at Kol's tribe, things begin to change. Mya, one of the sisters, captures Kol's attention, but Mya is rude and aloof and doesn't give him the time of the day. But Kol's tribe has a distinct lack of young females, and they need an alliance with their former allies (Mya's tribe). Five years ago, the two tribes parted ways violently, and five years later, the past has not been forgotten. Lo, the daughter of the High Elder of another neighboring tribe, arrives as a guest at Kol's tribe. Something is off between the two visiting tribes, and what Kol finds out is nothing he expected. What's for certain - war is coming, and it will be right in Kol's home. This book is written in Kol's POV, but it's a weird mix of first and second person. I don't think I've read many books written in second person, so this was new, and weird. It's written in a way that Kol is telling the story to Mya, but it's in present, so he's not remembering what happening... he's telling readers what happened but in present form, to Mya. If that makes sense. So if he says "and then I see you, by the kayak", he means that he is seeing Mya by the kayak. Anyway, it was weird, and I'm not sure I liked it, but I will say that Eshbaugh pulled off the second person aspect for sure. I also think Eshbaugh did a pretty good job with the setting. It can't have been easy, researching prehistoric times and trying to write a story that makes sense with the time period. I got a lot of 10,000 B.C. vibes (great movie, in my opinion!), so I think the setting was brought about well. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Firstly, great work on the retelling. In simple terms, it is a genderbent retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a prehistoric society (there are mammoths all around) consisting of human clans, with the stakes of life-and-death. The world is also interesting in building - society here is mostly hunting and foraging, and civilization is limited to small clans of people, partly nomadic, living off the land and a little exploration. The plot is centered around Kol's clan and the two neighbouring clans to them who share a history with them and with each other. The protagonist, Kol, is telling the story to Mya, the Darcy of this plot, and that is where I first had trouble with this book. Because it is in second person narrative (I think this is one of the very few I have read in this style), it was a bit difficult while reading itself, to remember who is being referred to. While the story is interesting and the writing definitely on par, the style of narrative itself made it a bit cumbersome to read. Nevertheless, I loved how it alluded to Pride and Prejudiced, with Kol's family desperate to secure brides for their sons and the Olen Clan, the more sophisticated one, with the upper hand. The romance is subtle but also influences the plot immensely, and that makes it for a good read. The ending, though, felt a little anti-climactic to my taste - it didn't deliver on the building up of the book. Overall, I would give it 3.5 stars.
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars I stayed up until 4AM in the morning to finish this book, and I have no regrets! Ivory and Bone is a study in the basic human behaviors. It's a story of family, love, betrayal, revenge, and tragedy. I really liked the characters and found each of their personal stories and backgrounds extremely interesting. Each one ties together in a beautiful way, until you're left with a complete tapestry of all their stories. Julie's writing style really shocked me—the main character Kol talks to the reader as if you are the leading lady! I was worried about that at first, but it really worked in this book. I felt like I was a part of the story in a way that no other book has made me feel before. This technique also gives you real insight into Kol's thoughts and emotions, and you feel like you're his confidant. Ivory and Bone is so different from what I usually read but I loved it, and I hope all of you will too! Read my full review: http://bit.ly/1rbuoZI
Kerri_M More than 1 year ago
Once in a while a book comes along that sounds like it's been written exactly for you. You cross all your fingers and toes, hoping and praying it lives up to all of your dreams and then some. When I first read the description for IVORY AND BONE, I knew I needed to read it immediately. This book spoke to me. Mammoths. The great ice. Clans of strong, resilient people on the brink of violence mixed with Mother Nature’s own harshness. It brought me back to my childhood, when I'd spend hours wandering the halls of the Museum of Natural History in NYC. I loved staring at the large Mammoth skeleton, imagining what life would have been like then, admiring and respecting those who came before us. Julie Eshbaugh has brought all of my dreams to life and elevated them in this masterful debut. I could close my eyes and hear the rush of wind through the grasslands, smell the earth turning in the seasons, and feel the bite in the air as the breeze blew off the Great Ice. My heart pounded with prehistoric danger lurking just out of sight, tracking and hunting the brave hunters. I don’t want to give away anything, so I’ll just say this: if you’re in the market for a novel that’s breathtaking in its descriptions, full of heart-thrashing action, and intrigue that unwinds and untangles in the most beautiful way, then this is your book. I will gladly be setting up camp with Ms. Eshbaugh and naming her High Elder of my fandom clan. I am so excited for what comes next. IVORY AND BONE is a special read, and should shoot to the top of your MUST READ list. I know I’ll be re-reading it again and again, getting lost in the prehistoric world that feels so utterly real today.