The Bone Houses

The Bone Houses

by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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An instant IndieBound bestseller!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
meets Sky in the Deep in this bewitching, historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Holly Black and V.E. Schwab.


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 into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316418416
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 37,833
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working as the children's buyer for Gallery Bookshop by day and writing by night. She is the author of Illusive, Deceptive, The Hearts We Sold, and The Bone Houses.

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The Bone Houses 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
this was different then most books i generally read. it was very well written. i enjoyed the characters and hope everyone reads this awesome book.
Mel-Loves-Books 4 days ago
“She knew how things died. And in her darkest moments, she feared she did not know how to live.” I simply adored The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones. It had so much heart. It follows a girl who took up the family business of grave digging and who only wants to protect and help her siblings and her small village, who continues to cross paths with bone houses, walking dead in places they shouldn’t be. She then comes across a boy who doesn’t know his own origins, who has lost his way in the forest on his quest as a map maker. The boy also deals with chronic pain and I am very impressed with how this is addressed in the story. Together they end up on a journey together that is intense, and exciting. Their relationship is charming. I fell in love with the characters and the writing with ease. This book is like a warm bubble bath and your favorite chocolate. I am giving it 5 million stars and hearts. “‘Pain doesn’t make a person weak or strong,’ she said. ‘Pain just — is. It’s not a purifier, it’s part of living.’”
Anonymous 17 days ago
This was such fun... sweet, scary, exciting, disgusting. the author is a master at creating both the visual and emotional responses necessary for a great book. Well done...
MeganLeprich 29 days ago
Thank you so much to Little Brown Books for Young Readers for the free copy of this book for my review! This book is now one of my top favorite books of all time. It had the perfect amount of spooky, romance, and keep you on the edge of your seat creepy. I have never read a book like this before and I absolutely loved it. I would definitely classify this book as a dark fantasy with the rotting corpses and the dead coming back to life but it also had a lot of humor thrown in that surprised me. The writing was amazing and kept me entranced the entire time I was reading, it was so detailed and gripping. The world that Emily Lloyd-Jones created was richly-imagined but so simple at the same time, you could picture everything and that’s one thing I loved so much about this. I loved the characters of Ryn and Ellis, especially how Ellis was dealing with chronic pain throughout the book which is something I don’t normally find in fantasy books. Their relationship was so fun to read about and the ending honestly left me gasping and dreading for the outcome. Overall an excellent book that I highly, highly suggest reading. This was unlike any other fantasy book I’ve read and I doubt anything will ever compare to it.
Jdp15 3 months ago
I finished reading "The Bone Houses" by Emily Lloyd-Jones and OMG this book was so good!!! I loved it!!! 5⭐. The writing was so good that I could vividly see and hear the bone houses. It was so cool! I would love to see this book turned into a movie!! Also I was reading this in public when I figured out a plot twist and I was so shocked that I blurted it out loud! People turned and stared. Oops.
BriBri22 3 months ago
This book was great! It had me hooked from the beginning. I don't always find books that capture my attention from the beginning, but this book was so entertaining. I loved it from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book, it won't disappoint!
Bookyogi 4 months ago
The Bone Houses is story about a gravedigger where the people don’t stay dead and a mapmaker that needs direction. Ellis is endearing, but I think my favorite character in the book is the bone goat; he’s a keeper.
Take_Me_AwayPH 4 months ago
I'm not ususally one who enjoys reading books on zombies or the undead, but this one super shocked me. I had some trepidation about this one, but I actually really enjoyed it. Definitely a shocker. Ryn and her siblings have been trying to stay under the radar in their village by doing the family business, grave digging. But, unfortunately for them, the dead doesn't always stay dead. The corpses are called "bone houses" coming from an old legend. Then Ellis comes to the village with no real information on him or his family. Suddenly the bone houses have become restless and are coming out in drives. Ellis and Ryn have to work together to face the truth about the curse. The best thing about this was the writing style. The readability of this was so very easy. I found myself able to sit down and get lost in it. I read about 20% everyday. Normally I don't get even close to that. It was a quick, easy read and after all the bricks that came out this month, I was happy for this one. As for the plot, at some points I did feel like not much was happening, but that was when Lloyd-Jones dropped in a bone house fight which worked really well. And the plot twist at the end.... I remember being worried because I was at 90% and I still had so many questions. But the twist is there and I never saw it coming. And that's why I liked it so much. As for the characters, I really liked them. Well, I really liked Ellis for some reason. And I'm glad the author decided to make this a dual POV story because we got to see inside their heads. And as the story went on, this definitely made this work in the reader's favor lol This was different from everything I usually read, and as it turns out, this was what I liked best about it. This was a surprise and now I want to try whatever else she's written. I hope everyone enjoys this as well.
LeonardR 4 months ago
It’s a delightful fun story of the daughter a gravedigger (Ryn) who is defending herself, her family, and her hometown by the walking dead. Of course, we can’t use the word zombies or walking dead so we’ll call them bone houses. No matter, it still is a thriller of axe cutting, smashing away these pesky things that keep coming alive at night. With the dead rising, a gravedigger can lose business very quickly in a small community. You add into the mix a travelling mapmaker, Ellis, who gets lost. It seems that Ryn is short on cash to pay her debts and Ellis could use a guide to help him out in completing a map. But deep down inside, she is trying to find answers as to why her dad never returned home all those years ago and Ellis is looking to find his own origins and missing memories of his early life. So off they go on an adventure. But the road leads to more thrills and chills and bone smashing. The author adds humorous and witty dialogue between the characters to break the tension. That, and a zombie goat. Yes, I said a zombie goat. Just go with it. Trust me, it works in this book. There’s a fair amount of predictability if that’s important to you. Not so much to me so long as it continues to be a good story. And it is a good story. (less)
LeonardR 4 months ago
It’s a delightful fun story of the daughter a gravedigger (Ryn) who is defending herself, her family, and her hometown by the walking dead. Of course, we can’t use the word zombies or walking dead so we’ll call them bone houses. No matter, it still is a thriller of axe cutting, smashing away these pesky things that keep coming alive at night. With the dead rising, a gravedigger can lose business very quickly in a small community. You add into the mix a travelling mapmaker, Ellis, who gets lost. It seems that Ryn is short on cash to pay her debts and Ellis could use a guide to help him out in completing a map. But deep down inside, she is trying to find answers as to why her dad never returned home all those years ago and Ellis is looking to find his own origins and missing memories of his early life. So off they go on an adventure. But the road leads to more thrills and chills and bone smashing. The author adds humorous and witty dialogue between the characters to break the tension. That, and a zombie goat. Yes, I said a zombie goat. Just go with it. Trust me, it works in this book. There’s a fair amount of predictability if that’s important to you. Not so much to me so long as it continues to be a good story. And it is a good story. (less)
tpolen 4 months ago
Besides the dazzling cover, this intriguing description caught my attention. I've read numerous stories about risen corpses, but they were usually zombies. Bone houses are a unique take, and I had to know more about them. Characterization is strong in this novel. From the main characters, supporting characters, and down to the loyal, territory-defending goat, I enjoyed all of them. Ryn is a take-charge, driven main character and as a gravedigger possesses a strong sense of compassion and respect for the dead. After losing her parents, providing for her brother and sister is her priority. Ellis has a mysterious past, and it's refreshing to see a male character who knows his strengths and limits and isn't afraid to let a female take the lead. Their relationship develops naturally with occasional sarcastic banter that gave me some laughs. It's difficult to put a new spin on zombies, but this author manages to do it. Bone houses aren't the typical risen dead - no spoilers - and they provide some nail-biting moments. This isn't really a fast-paced novel, and some parts are predictable, but the story pulls you in and makes it difficult to put down the book. Because it features risen corpses, don't think The Bone Houses is a horror novel - it's far from it. The overriding themes are the importance of family and learning to move on after a loss. It's an unusual story I'd recommend to fans of supernatural tales. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
onemused 4 months ago
THE BONE HOUSES is a beautifully crafted and full engrossing YA fantasy with some horror aspects. Aderyn (Ryn) is a gravedigger, taught by her father before her. After her father went missing and her mother died, Ryn took over the business with her younger brother and sister. They live in Colbern, a small town near the forest and mountains. The forest contains many creatures to be feared, previously the fae but now bone houses, or risen dead. Decomposing while being able to attack, the bone houses are a macabre machination that could destroy the town. Luckily, they do not leave the forest. That is, until one day, they do. Around the same time, a stranger shows up, Ellis, and he is oddly without a last name. Ellis is a mapmaker who wants to venture into the mountains to be able to make an accurate map- and for a more personal reason disclosed later. Facing being forced out of her home for lack of coin and also for a plan of her own, Ryn agrees to be his guide in the forest. Together, they may uncover the truth in the heart of the forest. What I loved: The story is hauntingly well crafted, and the bone houses are intriguing while also feared. World and character building is top notch, and the reader is easily pulled into this fascinating other place and events. There is history, magic, a touch of romance, and a quest, making this a masterpiece for fantasy-lovers. Ryn and Ellis are both characters that come to life in the pages of the book, and they, plus the side characters along the way (even the goat) are quite compelling. The romance is slow-building and sweet- easy to cheer for. Their journey and the truth behind the bone houses is certainly the driving force of the book, and this is certainly a page-turner. What left me wanting more: The biggest mystery in the book is really easy to figure out. I was hoping for a bit more twists and turns and surprises, but it was still a well-crafted and engaging story, regardless, so it did not hinder my enjoyment (I just like to be surprised). Final verdict: Spell-binding and fully-realized, THE BONE HOUSES is a a wonderful YA fantasy that will appeal to lovers of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and/or THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS. As a stand-alone, this has great appeal for anyone looking for an engrossing new epic fantasy. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.