Wake the Bones by: Elizabeth Kilcoyne

This book seemingly had everything I could want but it fell flat for me. However there was an inclusion of trigger warnings which I appreciated. They are mental and physical abuse, violence and suicide, body horror, guns, post partum depression, drugs, animal death and blood. There’s also a more complete list on the author’s website.

I’ll be quick about it. The characters weren’t as developed as I would have liked. They came across flat and never really fleshed out. They’re people going through some serious situations and yet they didn’t feel real or solid.

The atmosphere was great but it didn’t do the story any favors. By which I mean, the atmosphere was better than the story itself.

We’ve got a character who goes from surprised by magic to just accepting it on a dime, it wasn’t really believable. It’s off-putting how the characters act. Their relationships are so wishy-washy and don’t make sense. Their reactions to things don’t make sense.

The magic system doesn’t make sense, things sort of just happen just because? Like the author kept adding in more and more things without giving them proper room to breathe and grown and actually make sense in the plot.

What’s most infuriating is the writing itself, word choice and sentence construction isn’t bad. It’s actually very nice. But that doesn’t make up for a weak plot with weak characters.

I do appreciate the inclusion of a list of trigger warnings. That will always be a plus for me. I just wish the story had been good.

This gets a two (2) out of five (5) from me. And that’s for the writing. I can’t recommend this book.

I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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