The Bone Dragon
Soon this ivory talisman ...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
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
I was put off almost straight away by the seemingly 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 w ...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
Mich persönlich spricht das Cover sehr an, ganz besonders weil es gut zum Buchinhalt passt. Der orangene Umschlag in Verbindung mit dem geschnitzten Drachen aus der Rippe im Glas. Insgesamt einfach, aber bleibend gestaltet. :)
„Die Nacht gehört dem Drachen“ ist ein sehr ruhiges, erwachsenes, wortgewandtes und gleichzeitig auch irgendwie ein düsteres Buch. Es geht um Evie, welche bei Ihrer leiblichen Mutter und deren Eltern gelebt hat bevor sie bei einer tollen und warmherz ...more
The Bone Dragon follows the story of the young teenager Evie. It is years after the abuse she suffers, and now has lives in a safe and loving family. However she is still haunted by the darkness of the past. After an operation to remove one of her shattered ribs from her prior abuse, her and her uncle carve the bone into a dragon.
This book isn't some crappy teen lit novel, romanticising abuse, this book deals ...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
On the table in front of her, the doctor places the very piece of bone that has troubled her for so long and, with the help of her uncle, she carves the small piece of bone into a dragon, the same dragon that will come to life at night and help her to heal.
I am by no means the target audience for The Bone Dragon, but I couldn’t help but become entranc ...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
It is easily the most authentic representation of ...more
The characters are incredibly well written; deep and thoroughly fleshed out, it's easy to find something to relate to in each.
The dragon itself is so well written that I almost want to break my ribs to get one. It's a fantastic narrative point that adds ...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
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