A Boat Made of Bone. Book One: The Chthonic Saga. Nicole Grotepas
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I’d read the description and was hooked at this idea of someone real appearing via dreams, so requested this novel and began eagerly but….I found it really difficult to follow the story. Not because of the actual writing style, that was excellent, just the actual plot and storyline.
Kate was living more for her dream Will rather than Ty who was there in front of her, and I didn’t feel she was really fair to him. I didn’t find her that likeable, ditto the whole crew of friends and workmates. I didn’t understand why so much time was spent on the shop where she worked and its problems, as it didn’t seem to add anything to the movement of the story. Then there’s Ty, he had an air of mystery about him and yet – nothing really seemed to happen. I was expecting some kind of link up between him and Will/the Hell journey or some other mysterious past or something…anything…but found nothing.
As well as the characters that I just didn’t engage with, I found the whole plot, well, just odd. First half of book was all normal apart from the dreams with Will, and I was waiting all the while for something to happen, for maybe Ty to throw out a hint, for Malcolm who was made out to be a bit odd to make some kind of move, but. Again…nothing; until they go on the midnight climb and Kate takes a journey into Hell. That was just plain weird, and seemed like a series of linked incidents, and bore no connection other than Kate with the first half of the book.
I felt I was reading two separate books, and nether had any kind of conclusion. Even when I reached the end I still didn’t understand what had happened, there wasn’t any kind of real finish, but as this is book one I can only conclude maybe book two will follow. I don’t know? I’ve looked online and on authors website and blog, but no hints there. Whatever, I won’t be reading it….:( just too “out there” for me. Still, as always we all like different things so this may be up your street, even though for me it was just odd and unfinished. It’s priced at £2.49 for 347 pages.
Stars: Just two I’m afraid, I really didn’t “get” the point of this book.
ARC supplied by Netgalley
ARC supplied by publisher.
I love paranormal romance, and was eager to read this book. What I hadn’t realised though was its the second in the series. I had some trouble with the different groups and how they interacted, which if I’d read book one I’m sure I would have picked up sooner, but never the less I really enjoyed this book and would love to continue reading the series. Its one of those that’s deep enough to carry a lot of different plots within one overall arcing big plot, and I love those. Fabulous characters too – boyfriend Dan, sweet man and he represented the normalcy that Emma Jane missed and wanted to get back. Trouble was the only way she could do that was to find and kill her Angelic father…then she’d be human again, but wouldn’t be with Eli her angelic mentor. And he’s someone that’s become very close to her….though a romance is not allowed or he will become one of the Fallen, the ones she was born to kill.
Its one of those novels full of people that have their own agenda, backstabbing, jealousies, and where the heroine wonders just what it is she’s doing, and what should she be doing. All seems clear cut to begin, she’s on the side of Heaven and therefore killing the baddies for the sake of Good, and then things slowly gel and make her wonder – just why are the Fallen bad? Is it right to assume they’re all the same, becoming evil with their Fall. And what about Demons, she’s told they’re all evil and yet one saves her life, and continues to help. She wants black and white answers ( well, that does make life easier, ) but is learning that maybe its not so simple and there are shades that edge onto each other and lines that blur. With the angels referring to her as “it”, and making it clear that she’s like something they’ve trodden in, not even speaking to her directly if they can avoid it, and being so different from Eli why is it she’s fighting for them? Are they really telling her the truth? And what about the way they say the Father loves humans, and yet they seem to see them as disposable for a greater good?
It’s a novel that makes you think just who is classed as evil? And why? And what about the means they use to fight evil? Like Emma Jane I began to question what was going on. I loved Eli right from the start – even not knowing what happening in the first book I could see how close they were, and just why her boyfriend Dan was jealous. Some parts like that were clear, and yet others full of surprises, jolting me along a ride where I had no idea what was going to happen. Now at the end I’m uncertain just which side is good and which is bad, yet started off assuming it was clear and I knew who was good and who was bad… poor Emma Jane, she now has to choose and if she’s like me, puzzled and confused how the hell will she make that choice?
Its not a romance totally but more a suspense/thriller type with romance under-laying it, so don’t expect sex, sex and more sex…though when there is some it is Hot! I think maybe that side may develop more in later novels, its definitely a series for my keeper files, one that will bear re reading over again – its got so much content I think I’d get even more from it on second reading, especially now having a greater understanding of the characters and how they fit together.
Priced at £3.79 for 400 pages/593kb it is excellent value for money.
Stars: loved it – full five.