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Posted September 9, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.)
Posted May 22, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2008
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