Bone Dressing

Bone Dressing

by Michelle Brooks

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Bone Dressing by Michelle Brooks

The Dark that’s been chasing Syd for lifetimes has finally caught up with her. Now, Syd must face her worst fears, her deepest desires, in order to fix mistakes she made in previous lives. Dressing in the bodies of those selves, bone dressing, this is Syd’s last life, her last chance, to set things right. What will she risk for the life of the man she doesn’t remember, the man she loves?

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BN ID: 2940011297700
Publisher: Michelle Brooks
Publication date: 04/20/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
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About the Author

A baby girl first known as Brian ... teenage runaway at sixteen ... mother of three fantastic, occasionally frustrating teenagers ... PhD in Human Genetics ... Fairy Godmother ... dancer ... Texan ... author of the Bone Dressing series of Dark MatureYA Paranormal Romance novels ... Michelle is all of these ... and so much more ...

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Bone Dressing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
review is from: Bone Dressing (Volume 1) (Paperback) As I sit here, pondering exactly how to write this review, I feel a little overwhelmed. This book, Bone Dressing, took me completely by surprise. I'm terrified that I won't give this epic, bountiful book it's just due with me review. I have so much I want to say about Bone Dressing, but I strive for "spoiler free" reviews. Nevertheless, I must try. First off, I LOVED Syd Roberdeau. Michelle Brooks throws you inside this character's head from the get-go and it's "away we go". Luckily, inside Syd's head is an awesome place to be. Her inner dialogue is sometimes sad, but also insanely funny. Syd is a wise-beyond-her-years, seventeen year old who has been forced by life to grow up too soon. She has a mouth like a sailor, a hair trigger temper, and is strong and confident. Soon into the book, we are introduced to Beau, Sarah and TJ. Who/What are Beau, Sarah and TJ? That, I can not tell you, but I will tell you that each one is a terrific addition to the cast of characters. Sarah is a little sweetheart who often keeps the peace between Beau and Syd. TJ is, well...TJ. And Beau? I took an instant liking to Beau, as does Syd. Beau is a funny, intense, mysterious and surprisingly caring towards Syd. He is a smart alec with a bit of swagger. Syd and Beau have an instant chemistry. They often reminded me of magnets. The pull between them often seems beyond their control. Syd must finally find the strength to remove the walls surrounding her heart, or Beau will leave. As she tries to find this strength, we are left with an emotionally wrought, heart-breaking scene. This moment brought me to tears right along with Syd. When the moment comes that the two may finally kiss, Brooks wrote the perfect scene. The words come out sensual without being remotely cheesy. The anticipation is torturous. This was one of the best "will they or won't they kiss" moments I have ever read. I was literally holding my breath and talking to the book in my hand!What binds Syd and Beau is more than a typical relationship. Beau seems to be Syd's salvation. Or, maybe, at the very least, he is there to facilitate Syd while she tries to save herself. He is the calm in the storm of her life/lives, able to say exactly what she needs to hear: "Just breathe, Syd. And let it be. It's all good. Stop trying to control the day and just live it." So, I know until now I've only talked about the main characters. But about halfway through Bone Dressing, this book turned entirely on it's head. I had my own A Christmas Story moment. I actually said "Ohhhh, fuuuudge!" Just like poor Ralphie. My husband thought I was insane. I just shooed him away, and re-calibrated my brain. This turn in events, to me, was brilliant and unexpected. I just wanted to slap myself that I didn't see it coming. I love books that are able to surprise me and don't have huge, flashing signs that signal a change coming. Bone Dressing is the first book in what I expect to be a truly epic, seven book series. I can honestly say that I have NO idea what will happen next. There are quite literally hundreds of different roads Syd, Beau and company can take. Michelle Brooks has written engaging characters with what I consider a brilliant, distinctive Southern voice. Bone Dressing moved me in many ways I'm not sure I can give name to. I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to read and review this be
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
This book started as an uphill battle for me, but it was a short battle. For the first 20 pages or so, I had a little trouble getting into it. Then, once I started understanding the plot and character(s) better, it was basically like a ball rolling down a hill for me - I couldn't stop it until I was completely finished with the book. And to be completely honest, I cannot even tell you if it was this book's fault that I had trouble with the beginning or my mind was still reeling from the last book (which I won't name and you'll never know because I never review my books in the order that I read them) and it had a hard time grasping something new. Syd was a great female lead that I almost instantly fell in love with. I say 'almost instantly' because I wanted to slap her at first for being so unwilling to confront her destiny - but, again, that's probably because I'm a little on the impatient side and I like to get straight down to business. Her snarky attitude and witty one-liners had me laughing out loud several times, effectively making my husband think I'd finally gone off the deep end. Although this book is a little on the dark side, Syd's humor kept in more light - even if the snarky, tough girl attitude was just an exterior of a girl who was in pain. I think that's what made me love her so much. And Beau? Swoon alert. I absolutely loved the romance between them which was way more than what meets the eye - which you'll understand better when you read the book. The premise of this paranormal book is unique and stands out in the world of angels, demons, shape shifters and vampires. It's pretty fast paced and will have you hooked from the very beginning. Michelle's writing is flawless and I have to credit that as well because I think it really made the book as great as it was. Like any book in a series, you're left with a few questions once you're done.. but they keep you on the edge of your seat and anxiously awaiting the next book.
Sue-Paper_Mustang More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had all the things I love in a book except maybe a decisive happy ending but that's not really giving anything away so don't get mad! It has romance, a completely hot guy that's technically available, spooks, romance, cliff hangers, really bad guys, romance, and lots of mysterious goings on. I liked reading it from beginning to end. For me, I'd have left the relationship stuff out. I get why it was necessary but I really wanted to just read the great story without having to think about what was like back when I was a teen going through that crap. A definite read list book. A lot of fun and a couple of really cool twists kept me on my toes and interested through the whole thing. Can't wait to read more.
beautifully-broken More than 1 year ago
I have to say this was my favorite book of the year thus far. From the beginning you get sucked into Syd's ever twisted life and those who have been in it since before she was Syd. I love that Michelle keeps you on your toes as to what is going to happen as well as makes you feel like you need to know the people in the book. I certainly think me and Syd would get along just fine in this life! I applaud Michelle for allowing Syd to be realistic in ways such as her language, attitude, and her darkness about her. When she meets Beau , Sarah, and T.J. things really get interesting. Every element of this book was well written that it feels as though you are watching everything unfold right before your eyes. This book is full of romance, mystery, and actions, as well as some paranormal elements. I would recommend this book to everyone...Yes seriously go out buy it , read it, and love it...
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Sydney lost her parents when she was young and has been in foster care for half her life. While she has good foster parents, Quince and Jackie, she is forever in trouble in Michelle I. Brooks’ BONE DRESSING, book 1 of her BONE DRESSING series. Mr. Askew has been gunning for Sydney since she entered high school. She figures he is just an ass but an encounter in the cemetery where her parents are buried leads to the discovery that Mr. Askew is more than meets the eye. How will Sydney outplay him? Can she? Will her actions bring a world of hurt to someone close to her? BONE DRESSING is the beginning of a Young Adult paranormal series. Much happens here and the world building is done on a need to know basis. I like Sydney. She is a kick-ass broad who must discover the past to fix the present and, possibly, the future. She fights every step of the way when Remy (Beau), Sarah, and TJ appear to her in the cemetery. She refuses their help and Remy is ready to let her go her own way but his little sister Sarah is not so Remy stays. Sydney finds out the hard way what Remy, Sarah, and TJ want with her. These are good characters. I especially like Remy and how Sydney softens around him. Sarah may seem like a child but she has backbone and can reach Sydney in ways others cannot. Sydney’s best friend, Patricia, is an enigmatic character. Just when I thought I knew her, I discover I did not. Mr. Askew, Sydney and Patricia’s teacher, is a villain I loved to hate. He is arrogant and nasty. He also knows the past that Sydney must piece together. How they fit is unclear. At times the description overtakes the story line but I could picture the scenery so I was looking as the same thing Michelle I. Brooks was. I fell into the story. I questioned everything. Not a lot is revealed as to why things are happening. I understood what was happening but could not figure out why. The end of book one leaves me thirsting for book two. I cannot wait to delve more into this series.
crystaldtadlock More than 1 year ago
This book was really hard for me to get through. It was so over filled with all of these odd and random details that were just too much about everything. I kept waiting for Syd, the main character to get arrested by the book police and have to recall all of these unnecessary details. Seriously, I didn't even have a clue about who the main character was at all until I got to page 6 where I kind of glimpse the fact that the character is a girl and then you never can be sure these days. The entire first chapter was basically Syd sitting on a roof watching a fire at the school. WAY too slow and too much that was not needed. Sydney is mean and hateful all of the time and especially to her foster parents who have taken her in and allowed her to live with them for 7 years. She seriously does not have a reason to be this angry anymore. Grief usually subsides a little and you do come to respect those around you that love you. Also, she falls in love with these boys all weird like. Who risks their life to tell someone they love them while a huge cat is after them? Yeah, right. I just think all of Syd's thought processes are too screwed up and too off the wall to make this book into something that I would want to even look at the rest of the 6 other books. Not for me. I think the writer could have been good, really good, but too focused on each and every tidbit of detail and giving the main character a horrible attitude and awkward love life, not to mention the whole other life she had before this one and all of her odd magical capabilities. I will not be looking for the future books in this series.
purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
I really don't know what to say about this book, its took me ages to read. If I didn't have to give a review on it I would of given up at chapter 2. It wasn't till chapter 12/13 that the story got a bit interesting. When Sydney changed into Theresa and went back in time to jesse that's when things got a bit interesting. I thought there was far too much description, too much of Syd's internal debating. It felt like the story was dragged out too much. If chapter 12/13 would of happened in chapter 2/3. I would of liked this more. I hardly ever give 2 stars and feel bad for it, but this book just didn't grab me, sorry Michelle
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Bone Dressing was AMAZING! I loved every second of it. At first i didn't relate to Syd, but i did relate to her emotionally and could definitely relate to her sarcasm, because half the time thats the only language i speak =D. The romance in the novel was beautifully done and i was racing to get to those parts. Michelle's writing is beautiful and draws you in. Trust me, you will not be able to put this novel down =D
ShanonBanana More than 1 year ago
I didn't exactly know what to expect from Bone Dressing. All I knew was that the synopsis for the book sounded totally cool and original, so I was pretty excited to find out more. Although things seemed to start off a little slow, it wasn't long before the plot picked up and intensified--and it stayed that way until the end of the book, which left my head spinning! The book is told through the perspective of Sydney, who is completely tough and amusing. Syd is a character that I really like. She goes on these hilarious tangents that sent me into fits of giggles and I found her pessimism to be endearing and very honest. She's also a rebel, and I admire her ability to say whatever she wants and mean it. Basically Syd is an orphan who finds her whole world literally being turned upside down when she encounters a very attractive and mysterious guy in the cemetery one night. This guy's name is Beau, and he's accompanied by his sister, Sarah, and a black panther named T.J. (yes, T.J. is LITERALLY a panther and she does fit into the story quite well!). With the help of these three, Syd finds out that there is a sinister being after her and the only way to get the upper hand is for her to journey back in time into her past selves and relive crucial moments in her life. It is then that she experiences memories that she never even knew she had, and she is riddled with an onslaught of emotions and facts that put a dent in her tough exterior and alter her forever. As if finding out that she is in danger and has past lives that she must live again wasn't enough for Syd to process, she also struggles with the thoughts and feelings she so strongly has for Beau. As a very strong and independent young lady, Sydney actually gets peeved at herself for these intense feelings she instantly develops for Beau, especially since she's never experienced anything like this before. It was both amusing and confusing whenever these two were together, because there's so much tension, and there's also something more going on there than what you are let in on. All I'm saying is that Beau is SUPER hot and I can't wait to learn more about his connection with Syd (though I have a theory)! One of the things I really love about this book is that the author is very descriptive and poetic at times, which I absolutely loved! Michelle Brooks also knows how to write romance well. There were some steamy moments throughout the story that felt incredibly accurate and personal. Basically, she's a fantastic writer and she really knows how to write a unique and engaging story. She also does such a stupendous job of making the reader really feel everything that the characters are going through. I was definitely effected by the heartbreak that Syd faces in this book, as well as the anger she's enveloped by when she comes to certain realizations. I would also like to bring to light the fact that I literally felt my blood pressure rising during every encounter Sydney has with the repugnant Mr. Askew--never has a fictional character made my skin crawl as much as he has! There is so much more to find out about this story, and the last events of the book solidify this, therefore I can't wait to continue with this series! So, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story with a healthy dose of villains, supernatural, romance and mystery.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) Syd. Syd isn't a shiny happy person. But there is something charming about her...feistiness. There is something about her that makes you want to understand and know more about her. She's a tough girl whose been through a lot, especially the loss of her parents, but she handles it in her own way. It makes for a unique and interesting MC. Also, she has a very sarcastic sense of humor, which I found really entertaining. 2) The concept of "Bone Dressing." Bone dressing, which you can deduce from the summary, is the layers of past lives that lie on Syd's bones. This was a really interesting way to view the idea of reincarnation and time-travel. Two words which I'm pretty sure never appeared anywhere in the book. 3) The plot. There was never a dull moment in Bone Dressing. Once I had started reading, I didn't want to put it down. But even with the exciting plot twists, it didn't get confusing at all. 3) Beau. Beau is the male counterpart to Syd. He takes all of her attitude in stride and calls her on her faults. Between Beau, Sarah, and T.J., I can tell that Syd's life is never going to be the same from the moment she meets them. They develop a relationship unlike any Syd seems to be involved in, and I love how that's helping her grow. What I Didn't Like: Nothing! Overall thoughts: Bone Dressing will stun you, startle you, and ultimately, make you fall in love with it as you explore the dark recesses of love, loss, karma and good vs. evil. I loved the story and the plot, and can't wait to see where the characters go next! This is definitely one to add to your TBR list!
Brianna1 More than 1 year ago
Bone Dressing was an excellent read, I was captivated with the smoky, shadowy atmosphere created by Ms. Brooks... My favorite passage... "And, in that moment, I felt the rhythm of my own heart shift. Forever replacing the Rachel I had been my entire life with the Rachel I was now. The Rachel I had been born to be. Jesse's Rachel"...(taken from Bone Dressing) Can we say... giving Twilight a run for the money?:) I most definitely recommend you go pick up this book, and fall into the magic of Bone Dressing!
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Crysb0503 More than 1 year ago
I was not sure I would like it as much as I did, it is very very different from all the books that have been coming out recently and it was a pleasant surprise to read it. I love the relationship between Sid and Beau. It was a push and pull attraction. I like how after everything with Sid, she still cares so much for her best friend that she was willing to go to extremes for her. I don't want to give away to much but I would definitely re-read this one again and I would recommend it to everyone. I can not wait for the second book in (hopefully) December.
Christine_M_Butler More than 1 year ago
I am just going to come out and say this, I loved this book! Michelle Brooks is one of the very few writers I have seen in ages who uses a really good stream of consciousness in her writing. For those of you new to reading this narrative mode, I suggest you tuck in, pull out that hormonal inner teen (assuming you're an adult already), and hang on for the ride because being in Syd's head is definitely an adventure! And might I add, one you won't want to miss! I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Bone Dressing: The Dreaming, which according to the website, currently has a planned release of Dec. 2011.
Dave_Fouchey More than 1 year ago
Teen Angst plus the supernatural what's a girl to do? Well follow along and see just how she does manage to pull it off, and finding inner strength and inner weakness can both be tools for success. Not to mention Friends in unexpected places and enemies should should have recognized but didn't. Well paced, intricate and with more twists and turns than a mountain road. I highly recommend it.
jgoehl More than 1 year ago
First off, I absolutly loved the character Syd. I loved her snarky, sarcastic, tough-girl attitude. A few times I thought 'Oh wow, she sounds like me!" I felt bad for her in that she lost her parents at a young age and feels like she doesn't really belong, especially since she is still a teenager and is trying to find herself. No one seems to understand her, including her teachers, her foster parents, and most of the other students in her school, except for her longtime BF Patricia. Trouble seems to find Syd where ever she goes. Having never let herself really mourn the loss of her parents, she finds comfort in the local cemetery where they are buried. There she unexpectantly meets Beau, Sarah, and TJ, who will spin her life even more out of control and add more confusion to her already crazy life. There seems to be so much going on in this story, a couple times I had a bit of trouble keeping track of where Syd was, or should I say who Syd was. There also seemed to be a lot of detail about what Syd was thinking. I would of loved more dialog between the characters. As I read further into the story, I was completely caught off guard with the story line. It is so much more than the book description. I really, really, really like this story line and the plot. I feel that there is a great potential with the next six books. I am hoping more information comes out about certain characters, including Beau, Sarah, and especially TJ, as I have a lot of unanswered questions and how they all fit into Syd and her past lives. Overall, I am anxious to read book two and would definitely recommend this read!
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LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I didn't like this book at the beginning. I felt that Syd had way too much dialogue going on in her head. But I soon found myself getting drawn into the book. I began to like Syd more and more as the book progressed. I think my favorite part was about Rachel, but I don't want to say more or it would give too much away. To me, this book is about feelings, desires, and finding your way. I think the author did a good job telling Syd's story.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
So the first 50 pages were a nightmare for me. I did not care for Syd nor did I care for the plot. I kept on reading, hoping that it would changed and it did. OMG! It did! I was sucked in plot so fast that I hadn't even realized that I had flew through another 50 pages in less that an hour. I am fast reader, but when it gets good as it did here, I read even faster. The plot. I had trouble with it in the beginning. I must say that its because Syd fought her destiny so much. It was like she was plugging it all up, ruining the book for me cause this one character didn't want to see what her destiny is. Though she did have to tenacity to crack me up all the time. Her sarcasticness really made me snicker! Then came Beau and he changed it all. Syd forced into the bones, the souls of her past life's to see where she messed up. Oh boy! I can tell you right here, right now that this one past life that was told left me hanging off my seat. I mean really, it was good. I don't brag unless I felt the book. I felt it. What I like about this past life is the past life is nothing like Syd now. It is so different yet somewhat similar. The characters were another thing that I like. I loved Sarah and Beau sent to help Syd out. I'm not sure what role they will continue to play in Syd's life, but I am pretty dang sure that it is big. No one comes into someone life's wanting to help with out something big in the end. I am so curious to see how it all ends. Or what it comes too. Bone Dressing is a great book with a plot that took me away. Granted it took a while, I am glad that I push through and read it. It is dark, edgy well written book that is easy to fall into. *This book does contain a whole of curse words, and some sex scenes*
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Bone Dressing is the story of Syd, confused and hurting, looking for her place in the world. Found by unlikely allies in a graveyard, Syd begins to connect the dots of her past and her true identity with their help, while her adversaries comb the world looking to end her life. This was a very interesting concept for a novel. I was drawn into the story from the first page as Syd watches her school burn, and the story then backtracks to the events leading up to the opening scene. This novel packs a lot of information into it, creating a non-stop action novel that will leave readers confused if they don't pay explicit attention, especially as there is a huge character change within the novel. This novel doesn't give away many answers concerning Syd, her background, or the other major characters within the novel, which may frustrate readers looking for a quick explanation. However, as this is the first novel in a series of seven, I look forward to obtaining the answers to this mysterious and intriguing series as the novels are released over time. Three and a half stars.
Shanella More than 1 year ago
Sydney has a history that she's not aware of, but it finds her in the middle of the night on her parent's grave. Bone Dressing has the makings of a good novel - the story is intriguing, the characters are likable and the villain is evil. However, there are a few hiccups. Firstly, the protagonist. For fear of giving away the plot I will be a little vague, but, there were times where I found myself wishing Sydney would keep quiet and move on. She is a very wordy story teller, throwing metaphors at the turn of every page and over explaining situations. Her emotions overflows as she spends half a page confessing her feelings to a stranger as impending doom sits and waits for her finish speaking before pouncing. I loved Syd more when she was not-quite-Syd and this was actually a good thing because it shows the development of a different character through the protagonist - while the two may be one person they are different people (yes, I get that it's cryptic, but I fear I'm saying too much already!) Secondly, there were quite a few paranormal elements and I was left a little confused as to what was really happening in the end, however, as this is the first of a series I do believe that all of these elements that were presented would be resolved in one way or another. Lastly, I really was not sold on Beau - the love interest. Initially he didn't intrigue me, however, towards the end I did find myself wondering what his story was. I might even enjoy reading a story from Beau's point of view. Looking past these issues, the story itself was intriguing and fast paced. I'm keeping my eye on this to see how it unfolds.