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Bone Dry

(Soul Shamans #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Sometimes it isn’t as easy as choosing right or wrong.

Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist, and a shaman. Most days Holly wishes she could trade in her power of spirit communication for something more useful--like fireballs or Wolverine claws. She knows spirits aren't exactly Casper the Friendly Ghosts. They're dangerous beings from Lower World
Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Sagan Press
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Bone Dry is one of the better entries assigned to our team for the 2016 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) competition. Although I personally preferred The Shadow Soul in our first round competition, this one might be very appealing to teenage girls who like urban fantasy/paranormal romance.

Here it's our main character, Holly, who has the paranormal powers: she's a shaman, a sort of teenage ghostbuster who can sense and deal with spirits and demons in the spirit realms
Camly Nguyen
2.5 stars

Providing services to protect houses from evil spirits, Holly is a newby Shaman and needs money because her mom is almost dying. When Holly decides to team up with Laura to do pranks on her friends in order to get some cash, everything goes well until real spirits show up just about everywhere in her town. But every time she tries to banish them, two men randomly appear and try to kill her and she wants to know why. Now, she has to do all in her power to save her whole town from evil sh
Anya Monroe
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Bone Dry because the shamanic elements intrigued me. The premise and pacing drew me in from the start. Besides the high stakes battle for Holly, the story had a great character in her best friend, and the romance between Holly and Nathan grew as the story progressed. I like that the romance wasn't central to the plot (but it was very cute: hotties who love comics? yes please!). It was definitely an adventure as Holly worked to figure out the mysterious goings-on in her town and I was ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Holly Booms Walsh
Surprisingly fun and smart YA paranormal fiction. I loved the heroine: Holly, a smart girl with a couple of friends and reputation for being an oddball, but who isn't a loner, miserable, completely self-doubting, or obsessed with love. She's in a bad spot because her mother has been incapacitated by an encounter or attack in the spiritual realm, so she's been doing the best she can - which admittedly, is scamming a few rich kids at school into paying her to exterminate spirits that she and her f ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, series
I won this book way way way back during the big YA spring fling!!!

THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!!! There it is. It's out.
No, but seriously.

I haven't read a book before that was about spirits and shamans, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. It was one hell of a ride but it was all kinds of amazing.

I love the story. A highschool girl banishes fake spirits to earn money, cause her mom's soul is stuck in the Borderland, and now she has to pay the bills and takes care of everything, while figuring o
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. I have not found too many book about Shamans and this book was unique because Holly is a teenager. She trying to help her mom pay the bills. While she helps her friends from school life without ghosts haunting their lives. I enjoyed the book and think you should give this book a try for sure. * I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the Lovers of Paranormal group on Goodreads*
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 I really liked this book. I think the character interaction was great, the writing was fast paced while still keeping me fully clued in, and it was overall a fun read. My one issue was that I felt like I was reading a book I've read over and over. It wasn't really a new or different idea but a fun read nevertheless. ...more
Joselyn  Moreno Burke
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I winned this title on a swap and it was amazing I loved it...

The pace is neat and cool, the characters are good and the situations are pretty fun and interesting.

Hope to continue reading this series is amazing.

I really liked the story and Holly, Laura and Nathan made a great team, it was fun reading they're adventures.

More of my reviews here:
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny good

Well I liked this book, it was interesting and kept me reading!! I really liked the story line, you can't go wrong
Pandora Nyx
"Is our friendly, neighborhood ghostbuster in action again?"

Wow! This book was a surprise from the very first few pages! It had my attention and even had me looking in the dark corners at night. (Haaa-wimp) It was mixed in with a problem that needed to be solved, action, and secrets revealed! It was a bit dark at times with paranormal spirits and spells cast.

Holly is a 'rookie' shaman, ones who can summoning and banish spirits! She's been coning people in high school with her pal Laura, who als
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars; more of a review to follow!

Okay, so I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I was going to. I thought the premise was very fresh and unique, which was a relief. And it was executed well.

The plot itself was very fast paced. Originally I started reading this as something to do in my off periods at school, but I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it at home. There honestly wasn't a slow moment, the characters were always rushing from one problem to the next. I thought that
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it


Thank you to Cady Vance for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I've only read one other Shaman series and that would be The Walker Papers series by C. E. Murphy (or at least the first three books. Apparently there are now 9...) which was A LOT to live up to because I loved those books. This didn't quite make it, but it sure did it's damnedest!

Just about a third of the way in things picked up rather dram
Kristen Walker
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced urban fantasy teen novel with an interesting premise. The shamans and spirit world were defined and added a lot of mystery to the story. Also, I really liked Holly, the main character. She had more depth than I expected from a comic book-loving con artist.
I read the whole book in a blur in about two days. The action doesn't let up from the moment the book starts, even when she's with the boy she has a crush on, since he gets pretty involved in the main story. She also has a great fr
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book free through LibraryThing :)

I really loved the premise of this book and was really intrigued with the Shamanism theme so when I won this copy I was really excited.

I wish I could say I thoroughly enjoyed it but there were a few aspects of this book I found difficult to connect with and enjoy. I found the story a little rushed or drawn out in the wrong places when I either wanted more information or less. I never really connected with any of the characters which made it hard t
Kimber Wheaton
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Bone Dry was a tad different from other paranormal novels I've read. I loved the main character being a shaman. The dark spirits, or demons, were downright creepy- as were the other shaman baddies. I think what makes this book a good read is the interaction between the characters. I really enjoyed the different relationships and the witty banter.

Holly was a rather impressive protag. After her mother's soul got lost in the spiri
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
Bone Dry (Soul Shamans #1)

I received a free copy, through LoP on Goodreads, in exchange for a review.

Choices are hard to make, especially when you're sixteen, taking care of a mother who is half in this world and half in the spirit world, going to school and trying to pay all of the bills. Holly thinks of a scheme to earn some money - banishing ghost for her classmates, with the help of her best friend, both shamans. But, after one case, she starts to realize that there really are bad spirits ha
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, 2015-release, fantasy
Originally posted on BookWorm.

Holly's story was one that interested me from the get-go. Vance tells the story beautifully, and - dare I say it? - with heaps of originality and humour. Here is a girl who, yes, is attracted to a hot guy (and who can blame her? Nathan is hot and nerdy; what's not to love?), and who -literally - fainted after one of her first encounters with him. But the romance isn't central to the plot, there isn't even the hint of a love triangle, and Nathan's hotness doesn't dis
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Note: I won this book on a firstreads giveaway but it arrived very late and came unsigned, despite the giveaway advertising it as signed.

Although far from being original, I still enjoyed this book; I have a soft spot for magic and the paranormal. It had a good pace and in interesting story. The only thing is that I'm tired of reading the same cliché romance lines in every YA novel. Every typical YA novel has something along the lines of:
"I can't believe [boy's name] would be interested in me"
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read a book with shamans. I was very thrilled how the book started and all the supernatural dimension to it. It kept me hooked and on my toes for most of the first part of the story. I was very happy with myself for having found this book. Loved the writers perception on the beings.
But then it slows down and stagnates, it was as if the writer didn't have any new ideas of how to show shaman powers. The shaman in the story, she doesn't grow in the book. She doesn't work on m
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This review is for the audiobook of Bone Dry, and I gave it 3 stars because the narrators voices for some of the girls was like listening to forest animals try to speak, and much of the interaction between characters was very cliche. I enjoyed the story, and I will read the next book. I won't listen if it's the same narrator though, which sucks, because I prefer audiobooks.

As for the story, it's not just a YA book, it's a VERY YA book. I think 13 and 14 year old kids are the perfect audience. B
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Holly and her Mother are both Shaman. Her Mother is now between worlds after having been cursed by another Shaman. She doesn't have much time left. She never wanted to teach Holly all the spells and things because it is to dangerous, but Holly is now her only hope. People meanwhile are reporting spirits in their houses and are asking Holly the(Queen of weird)for help. Can she help and save everyone? You'll have to read the book
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, 2015
Bone Dry gripped me from the first page and didn't let me go! I just had to know the identity of the villain and the outcome of Holly's difficult choice. The world of shamans and spirits was fascinating, offering a fresh take for the paranormal genre. The writing sings off the page with gorgeous prose I had to stop and admire, and the characters pop as well as fully realized people I cared deeply about. I absolutely adored the swoony romance between Holly and Nathan. A sexy comic book nerd? Yes, ...more
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
When I read the synopsis I thought, wow that sounds interesting and I wasn't wrong.
I really enjoyed this book, it had a good pace, action, humor and romance. Everything I enjoy in a good book.
I really liked Holly, she is smart, witty, strong and doesn't back down, on top she loves comic books. Sometimes I felt a little sad for her, of what all she has to endure and go through with her mom. But she is feisty.

You can find my full review here:
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal). Holly is a shaman. Her mother is a shaman. Her mother was cursed by another shaman and is now between worlds with not much time left. She never wanted to teach her daughter all the spells and stuff from the shaman world because it is too dangerous, but now Holly is her only hope. Meanwhile, people are reporting spirits in their houses and they are asking Holly (The Queen of Weird) for help. Can she save every ...more
nora m malotte
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bone Dry : A Soul Shamans Novel # 1

Shamans are born Shamans This is the story of one such girl and how she learns the crafts from other Shamans , one being her mother. Holly must remember all she has been taught and try to save her teacher ( mother) from evil Shamans who are attempting to take over the whole Shaman domain by killing her mother. She has to do this and try to keep her friends and town people from death at the s as me time. Interesting and entertaining it is something young adults
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Bone Dry is such a surprisingly delightful read! I thought I'd grown out of my obsession with young adult, especially those books set in the real world with characters attending high school. But this book proved me wrong.

With shades of Veronica Mars mixed with an intriguing and unique magic system, Bone Dry sucked me in and kept me flipping pages faster and faster. How could I not want to read about a heroine trying to save her mother...while conning high school friends to pay the bills? Time to
Chandler Baker
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Bone Dry. The world is well-imagined and has continued to stick with me. From the knitting needles, to Holly, to the shaman rituals, it's a must-read for lovers of paranormal and urban fantasy. I recommend this for lovers of Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood and also for lovers of heart-pounding chase scenes. Side note: The last line is still one I can quote. ...more
Elizabeth Jane
The only time I've ever encountered shamans in novels before were if the plot dealt with Native Americans or hiking guides from Nepal. The premise behind this version of shamans was great! Very original and interesting. I wasn't really feeling the romance with Nathan but that might have been because it seemed all based on looks, at least from the protagonist's pov. I'm definitely going to check out the next volumes though to see how Holly grows into her powers. ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won a copy in the YA spring fling, but that doesn't influence my opinion.
This is the second book written by Cady Vance I've read and I very much enjoyed it. I really liked the MC and how she struggles with everything. She makes mistakes and bad choices but that makes her so human and she is also a very strong character. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Cady Vance is the author of YA and NA speculative fiction. After growing up in small-town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe.

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