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