The Bone Dragon
Soon this ivory talisman ...more
For four years, 14-year-old Evie has been living with broken ribs after being abused by her grandparents. Although she was adopted by Amy and Paul, who proved to be loving, devoted parents, it took three years before she trusted them enough to tell them about the pain and what it meant. When the novel opens she wakes up in hospital after her operation. As a memento, the doctor gives her the piece of rib that they removed. When she goes home to recover, Evie’s Uncle Ben suggests she m ...more
What can I say about "The Bone Dragon"? It should be called "The Boring Dragon" or something like that.
Maybe this review contains spoilers...I dont even care. Nothing happens in this book anyway.
Its about Evie. a 14 y/o girl who somehow does not have a character at all. She just has a OMGWTF history (which you will not hear anything important about really) and is such a poor, poor baby.
She just had one of her ribs removed in surgery and that rib ge ...more
I was put off almost straight away by the seeming slow and very confusing beginning. It took me a long long time to get into this book and by the time I did get in to it I just wasn't feeling it any more.
It's a quirky idea, the bone dragon, and it did work. But the trickle of information about Evie's past was just too slow for me, too patchy. I found myself flicking back a lot to jog my memory.
I think I'll give this book another go in a few months time. It was ...more
Don't ask me about unicorns....more
"I don't want to," I say. "They only go to the pure. Those who are chaste."
You have no need of a unicorn, the Dragon tells me firmly. It would be of no use to you. It is well that you wished for a dragon. Yo
My review of this novel begins with WOW. I was not expecting anything special, especially when I read the title and synopsis but I always like being proven wrong. The Bone Dragon is brilliant. Not a quick read like some of the others recently, I took my time and savoured every bit of action and twist in the plot.
Evie has been broken, literally to bits but is slowly being mended in no small part due to her adoptive parents and new family. She’s lived through abuse and her new life s ...more
"Dreams are the fire that warms the soul. Evie refuses to talk about why she needed an operation. Saying it out loud would hurt too much.
Instead, she focuses on carving the piece of her rib that the doctors removed into a tiny dragon – a d ...more
Over the course of the book, Evie’s past and life is gradually revealed to the reader, although it’s never totally clear; and it’s important to realise that Evie is the narrator of her story, so part of the e ...more
Mit Hilfe ihres Adoptivonkels Ben schnitzt sie sich einen Drachen daraus, als Glücksbringer und Zeichen ihrer neugewonnenen Stärke.
Jedesmal, wenn sie ihn betrachtet, wünscht sie sich nichts sehnlicher, als dass dieser Drache lebendig wird, als dass s ...more
The Bone Dragon illustrates the emotional healing of 14-year-old Evie. She had been abused by her biological family, which led to the sustained injury of a broken rib. Eventually, she received surgery through her adoptive family to remove it and proceeded to carve a dragon out of the dead bone. The Dragon comes alive during the night, and lends her strength.
I'll start with the enjoyable aspects of the Bone Dragon. Firstly, the character development. Evie is a lovely character, and one that I cou...more
The characters within the novel are also exceptionally well rounded, particularly Evie who's struggle with depression is always realistic and contains none of the typical misrepresentation ...more
It is a brilliant book, but I can't say it took my breath away. It is too slow-paced for that.
The genius of the book -which I wouldn't label fantasy- is how the writer portrays the psyche of the main character. We see through her eyes, and consequently do not see what she doesn't want to see, or admit. We see the issues she faces and doesn't want to face, and it does make you think.
The ending though, caught me off-guard. Although I had seen it coming from the first meeting w ...more
But the descriptive passages are sometimes painfully overwritten and the main character and narrator, Evie is far too perceptive about the way the adults around her respond to the situations they face to be a convincing character. Sham ...more
This book. Hmmmmm. I really seem confused and wonder how I am supposed to sum up my true feelings and thoughts towards it, because honestly, I am not even sure what I really think about it. I am still trying to figure it out properly.
I liked it, but at the same time I didn't. I wish I could truly be certain but I can't.
You are probably just as confused as I am right now, and I really don't blame you.
Anyway, The Bone Dragon is a book which revolves around Evie, a young girl who had bee ...more
This will be a short review to avoid spoilers – the GR info gives all the detail you can really have before reading. If pushed on a genre for this, I’d have to go for magic realist thriller (which I realise isn’t an official genre, but it’s the closest fit I can come up with). It’s more magic realist than full-on fantasy, dragon notwithstanding, as it clearly takes pl ...more
The novel opens with Evie waking from an operation on her damaged ribcage which everyone at school is led to believe came from a car crash. When the surgeon presents her with a piece of her rib, she makes a necklace from it, carving the pendant into the shape of a dragon. For years she has been surrounded by loving, decent people (against whom she constantly judges herself): her protective adoptive parents; a fun-loving uncle; supportive ...more
The Bone Dragon ist ein Buch, das ich trotz meiner niedrigen Bewertung nicht als “schlecht” bezeichnen würde. Der Schreibstil ist ganz gut, er erschafft oft eine wärmende, heimelige Atmosphäre. In den Drachen-Szenen schweift die Autorin allerdings zu sehr aus und ertränkt die Seiten in reichhaltigen Naturbeschreibungen. Dazu kommt, dass mehr Verwirrung gestiftet wird als die Geschichte nötig hat. Der Roman lebt zwar davon, dass der Leser nicht von Anfang an weiß, was Evie zugestoßen is ...more
Considering how much I adore Evie and her story I was expecting this review to be easier to write. But I don’t think I can do it justice, there is so much about Alexia Casale’s book that is truly outstanding. I feel I should be filling pages of how effective and beautiful her writing is. Highlig ...more
A British-American citizen of Italian heritage, Alexia is an author, editor and writing consultant. She also teaches English Literature and Writing.
After an MA in Social & Political Sciences (Psychology major) then MPhil in Educational ...more