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By These Ten Bones

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

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    When I first read By These Ten Bones, it reminded me suspiciousl

    When I first read By These Ten Bones, it reminded me suspiciously of Little Red Riding Hood - the wood carver, the girl who falls in love with him, the werewolf curse infiltrating the town. That, thankfully, is where the similarities end. By These Ten Bones is a fantastic tale all it's own.

    It stands out in the giant swarm of werewolf paranormals that have hit the bookstores recently for one reason and one reason only: the werewolf isn't actually sexy. There is nothing attractive about him. The wolf won't protect you. He's not a nice, furry creature that runs around being adorable. He wants to eat you.

    And I loved it.

    I mean, sure, werewolves can be sexy. (Soulless' Lord Maccon, anybody?) But I'd rather have a sexy-human-who-happens-to-have-an-evil-angsty-werewolf-side. Not only is it refreshing, but it's angst-making. And I like angst. Angst is fun to read about. Or maybe I'm just weird.

    The writing in By These Ten Bones isn't anything spectacular - I laughed a few times, and I managed to get pulled in, but it's nothing memorable. The characters are interesting enough.

    One of the reasons I liked this story was because I was able to relate to Maggie. She wasn't perfect - not by far - and though she was attracted to the mysterious carver boy, she didn't fall head over heels for him, not at first. She got to know him and the more she learned about him, the more she liked him, until eventually the two were in love. (That's not a spoiler. Anybody can figure that out from the summary.) And I adored that. She did things that I would have done, and I respected her for that.

    By These Ten Bones is an entertaining read that crafts realistic and likable characters. It sucks you in until you want to know how the story ends - and by the end, though I had it figured out, I wasn't sure if it would go the way I thought. (It did, but I loved it nonetheless.)

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    AMAZING! One of my favorite books!

    I read this book for the first time about 4 years ago. Clare B. Dunkle has taken the Were-Wolf story and created it into something of its own . I am currently reading this again, and am still captivated with it as the first time I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Exeptional

    This was a wonderful book that i enjoyed a lot. I was so engaged in it that i read it in 3 days!

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Just okay...

    I must say that I was disappointed when reading this book. I very much enjoyed the Hollow Kingdom series by Clare B. Dunkle, but By These Ten Bones was a bit dull. It was a book that you sit down and quickly read and then set it aside and forget about it. I thought that the two main characters had zero chemistry and there was a lack of character development as well. I did not really feel for the characters and what was happening to them. Overall, I felt unfulfilled at the end of the book and it was a bit too happy ending. I very much wanted to like this book, but could not. I don't recommend this book, but I do recommend Clare B. Dunkle's the Hollow Kingdom series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    its TOTAL coolness

    At first it was a little hard to get in to. Though once you get into it, it was GREAT! But, i have to warn you that in some parts it might make you a wee bit scared of shadows . So i recommend you read it in the day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Just lovely!

    I completely love this book! I read it on the plane to California- reading is the only thing that keeps me entertained on a plane- I read it in two hours, the plot and characters made me want more and more until the novel was finally finished. It was an outstanding read and I whole heartily recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    An Awesome Historical Novel

    By These Ten Bones is a good story based on true facts with believable characters that one can easily see and grasp. I love this book and it is an easy, smooth reader. Anyone who reads it will be sure to like, if not love, it. Thank you, Clare!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Well Done

    I picked this book up after reading the synopsis online. It was a very easy and fulfilling read. The characterizations are well done, and the storyline keeps everything moving at a good pace. Dunkle's take on the werewolf was not the normal one, but I found it more believable in some respects to myth. I enjoyed the myth about the water horse that ran through the novel. The time period this book was written in made the story believable as well. I found sections of the story nearing the end a little off target, but Dunkle brought everything back together in the end. This is the first book I have read by Dunkle, and I am looking forward to reading the Hollow Kingdom Series. I would recommend this book for young teens.

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