Review: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones


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With Halloween right around the corner, I knew I wanted to pick up some spooky reads. Unfortunately, time got the better of me and I didn’t pick up as many as I would have liked. But I did pick up The Bone Houses, which I really, really enjoyed.

I’m not one who likes horror or anything really creepy or spooky. There were a few parts in The Bone Houses that made me squirm (mostly because I don’t really like dead things, and well, this was a book all about dead people walking around). So even though this one was kind of creepy, it was perfect for this time of year and I’d definitely recommend it (even if you can’t read it before Halloween ?

What I liked:

  • I loved how fast-paced The Bone Houses was. I always wanted to keep reading (even though I did put it down at night because I would not have been able to sleep after reading some parts). The story moved and I was never bored.

  • I loved how soft Ellis is, and how difficult Ryn is. This is my favorite combo. A girl that is a little rough around the edges and then a soft cinnamon roll boy ?I loved both of them, and I loved their stories. I thought their voices blended well together and I enjoyed we got both POVs

  • I also liked the creepiness. I’m a ball of anxiety most of the time, so reading creepy things is well… not good ?? but this wasn’t so much scary, as it had a zombie feel, as the Bone Houses (people coming back from the dead) and trying to hurt people was done in a different way and I thought Emily did a really good job.

  • The overall story of adventure. Both Ryn and Ellis have questions. They’re both seeking things and then they get to go on a mini adventure to find it. It was everything I love in a story.

What didn’t work:

  • Honestly… nothing. Really, I enjoyed the story and had a fun time reading it. At times it did feel a little simple (maybe cause it felt so short) but I feel like it was actually the perfect length.


  • Death/loss of a parent, old injuries, zombie-like creatures.

Steam rating: Some mild kissing | Overall rating: 4 stars

About 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 that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

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