The Bone Dragon
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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
However, what I think I'll really take away from this book is just how nice everyone was and just how refreshing it was to read love being written about without any ulterior motive. Oh, and just how adorable Uncle ...more
After the operation, the doctors give her the detached rib as a keepsake. Like any normal girl, she asks her Uncle Ben to help her carve this bone into a majestic dragon since unicorns would be no u ...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
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. You
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
Okay, so I don't know what I expected from The Bone Dragon but I was pleasantly surprised by its thoughtful and quite beautiful telling. I'm finding it difficult to explain exactly what this book is but it had a dragon (who may or may not be real) and a sensitive subject that is very sensitively spoken about and dealt with.
Parts of it made me feel happy inside and I only got angry once ...more
Evie is a 14-year-old girl with a horrifying past. She was adopted 3 years ago, and it has taken her that long to confess to her adoptive parents that she's been living with broken ribs for the last 4 years. Her Uncle Ben helps her carve a piece of a rib the doctors removed into a dragon which she wishes would come to life and help her be strong.
Is it good?
It was okay, but it was a little boring. It's mostly Evie going about her everyday life. Going to school, eating dinner, do ...more
The cover was too nice for this book. It was obvious from the start that the bone dragon wasn't alive at all - it was just Evie making everything up. There are even hints. The universe the writer builds does not seem able to support the 'magic' of the bone dragon, unless you count all of the flowery flower descriptions that make no sense to non-gardeners and people living outside England.(view spoiler)[And she burns down her grandparents' house. (hide spoiler)] Hooray, she's such a h...more
Fourteen-year-old Evie has been with her foster parents, Amy and Paul, for a few years now, but has only just trusted them enough to tell them about the broken rib that she received when she was younger. After having surgery to remove the offending fragment her uncle Ben suggests carving it into a little dragon, and Evie wishes with all her might for t ...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 co...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
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
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