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Two clans. Only one will survive.

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

371 pages, Hardcover

First published June 7, 2016

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Julie Eshbaugh

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Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Her YA fantasy standalone, CROWN OF OBLIVION, was released by Quill Tree Books in November 2019. She is also the author of IVORY AND BONE (HarperTeen 2016) and OBSIDIAN AND STARS (HarperTeen 2017). You can learn more about Julie’s writing escapades by visiting www.julieeshbaugh.com.

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Profile Image for Emily May.
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June 9, 2016
“Do you like to hunt for beehives?” my mother asks.

Those bees led us to the shade in the foothills of the mountains. We discovered their hive in the middle of a stunted poplar, growing in a secluded grove protected by sharply rising cliffs at the edge of the meadow.

“This has been one of the best days of my life,” Shava says. Every head turns toward her; this statement is so strong. Shava meets my eyes and her smile is somehow odd. “I’ve seen so many bees but never really seen them—never seen how they live.”

Ivory and Bone does not merit an angry, ranting 1-star review. It honestly doesn't evoke that much emotion. In fact, the book's greatest crime is how exceptionally boring and forgettable it is.

It's a bold premise: a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Neolithic era (the later part of the Stone Age, or around 10,200-4,500 BC) with genders reversed. A challenging concept for any author, and sadly, Eshbaugh doesn't do it that well.

Anyone seriously on the lookout for an Austen retelling won't find it here, except in the very basic sense that there's a romance and a silly misunderstanding. I can guarantee that anyone coming to this book unaware of the supposed P&P aspect will fail to make the connection. "Retelling" is a marketing buzzword these days - that is all.

It must be incredibly hard to write a modern novel set in the neolithic era, so kudos to the author for trying. But the reality is that the plot (can we even really call it that?) is so freaking slow. Their lives are made up of hunting, extracting honey from bee hives, and locating medicinal plants. Maybe it is realistic, but it's not compelling.

When another clan arrives in Kol's life of hunting and gathering, he is instantly obsessed with Mya - an instant crush that never excited or interested me. The novel is written from Kol's POV and is addressed to "you", meaning Mya. This was actually a major selling point for me - I thought it sounded great - but it's a dry, awkward narrative and makes the storytelling difficult in parts.

While the drab daily events are convincingly neolithic in nature, the conversations are not. Again, I appreciate how hard this must be, but it was particularly jarring to be pulled out of the story by language that felt very modern. Perhaps it is possible that this kind of story simply doesn't work.

The slow beginning and middle does eventually give way to a rather chaotic climax, but it proves once again that fast pacing doesn't always equate to an engaging story. It felt messy, and by that point, I had already slumped too far into not caring to pull myself out.

Slow, dull, and lacking in general personality and charisma.

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March 30, 2016
This book touts itself as Pride and Prejudice in the prehistoric era. It is an unique concept, for sure, but unfortunately, I didn't find it to be very good.

The Pride and Prejudice element in this book is a far, far stretch. A misunderstanding (and a not very good misunderstanding at all, I literally read the "misunderstanding" part over 5 times just to convince myself that I was reading it correctly and not missing anything). A bad person who is not what they seem. But really, if those are the only elements that are similar to Pride and Prejudice within this book, can't every other book written ever be compared to Pride and Prejudice since the bad guy and the misunderstanding is almost always a component in every work of literature?

Furthermore, this book was slow. Exceedingly slow. Yeah, so was the original, but the original had writing and atmosphere and complexity. It had class and social differences. It was ahead of its time. For me, this book did not stand out for me in any way.

This book is set in prehistoric times, when mammoths and saber-toothed tigers roamed the earth. Interesting in theory, yes, but the setting just did not draw me in. It may be a matter of book chemistry as it is anything, because I don't think there's anything wrong with the writing - for me, it just lacked soul, however vague of an element it may be.

Furthermore, the setting pretty much blasted me back to reality once the word parka was mentioned. I'm sure they had prehistorical animal parkas, but what a terrible modern term to use for an ancient article of clothing.

I can't fault the author - this is a difficult concept to execute authentically. The character speak in modern speech, and while I am glad they didn't grunt or speak in "me Tarzan you Jane" speech, neither did it feel real. Furthermore, the main character (a boy) seems to think in a very stereotypically feminine manner of thought.

Overall, this book, while ambitious in scope, was a disappointment. For a more entertaining book about prehistoric times, I recommend The Clan of the Cave Bear instead, although be warned that it is a very much adult novel.

This book was given to me as an advanced reader's edition
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Author 15 books299 followers
June 7, 2016
So what is Ivory and Bone?

An incomparable masterpiece. A bold work of art in a genre saturated with voices of similitude. An antediluvian dystopian love story riding an obsidian knife-edge between life and death.

Shall I elaborate?


Imagine, for a moment, a world with no internet. No cell phones, no wi-fi, no Starbucks, no television, no cars, no Coldplay, no bookstores, no single-serve slices of red velvet cake and the individually wrapped plastic fork to go with it.

And yes, sadly, no Goodreads.

Imagine a world so breathtakingly beautiful and dangerous, so hard and cold and brutal, yet bristling with colors that will never be brighter and enormous landscapes unmarked by the will of humankind.
In this world, every step could be your last, and every breath is spent in the fight for survival. So, as creatures forever striving with their environment, humanity itself faces extinction.
And in this world, what would be the greatest of all life and death dramas? What would be the hardest and most important of all choices?

That’s right, teenage romance.


Unforgettably gripping, author Julie Eshbaugh marvelously weaves the tale of Kol through first/second person narrative, harkening back to the oral tradition in which such a story would’ve been passed down from generation to generation. Kol’s account zips with the furious excitement of the hunt and the buzz of seeing the young and beautiful woman of his destiny but breathes with a musical sense of peace and stillness through tender moments and reflections of pain, with Eshbaugh’s subliminal grip of our senses as a reader as deft as it is sensitive.

Not to be missed, Ivory and Bone is a one of a kind work that resonates with a sense of personality and intimacy uncommon to the trendy flash and fancy of modern YA, and I am so deeply grateful to Julie and HarperTeen for an ARC of this perfect tale.

And while there is an allusion to Pride and Prejudice, I do think it would be unfair to call this a retelling. Ivory and Bone is such a unique and beautiful story, it deserves to stand on its own like a mountain against the sky.

Recommended for all ages.
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331 reviews1,191 followers
January 12, 2016
I've been excitedly following Ivory and Bone updates ever since I first heard about its sale in 2014, and it's only grown over time as I discovered the cover, the synopsis, and the spectacular author of this book. Opening to the first page of this book felt like an exciting start to a long journey, a blast to the past.

Kol, the eldest son of the clan leader, knows change is coming to him and his clan. As the clan struggles to determine if they should move because of the dwindling food supply, Kol also has another pressure to find a suitable wife. He meets the stubborn and guarded Mya from another clan and although it's pretty clear those two are being set up, they both create a dislike for one another. As another rival clan comes into the story, tensions rise and calls of war sound.

There aren't many young adult books on the Ice Age time period, and Ivory and Bone already stands out for this reason. There is proof of extensive and fascinating research on the era, and the details Julie feeds the readers catapults us into that time. She weaves in so much interesting culture and traditions that give this book a sense of wonder. I could see the mammoths, I swayed to the clan's music, I paddled as fast as I could through the water along with Kol.

I must praise Julie on her inimitable style and writing techniques that really make this book shine. There's one aspect in particular I'm referring to that I won't give away, it's a nice surprise that you'll discover on your own. It's a bold move that I believe really works to this book's advantage. Julie wrote this book in such a unique and powerful way that really strengthens the storyline and our connection to the characters. I wish I could say more, but I'll leave it at this. The way Julie tells the story feels more personal, and it allows Kol to draw more conclusions, think more clearly on past events and how he felt at the time and what he was thinking etc...

In Ivory and Bone the two central characters are essentially being groomed as the next leaders of their respective clans. Seeing them make the hard choices, determine the type of leaders they'd want to be in the future, and how they'd want to lead was amazing. There is no love triangle in this book to clarify as many have been asking. The slow-burn romance is both infuriating and lovely at once. It's one of those stories where you ache for them and just want to scream "KISS ALREADY" and potentially mash their faces together... A big part of this story is about change. There is so much change happening in this story and little do they know that more is coming! I mean it is the Ice Age.

Ivory and Bone is an electrifying start to a unique and addictive duology that I can't wait to finish!
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767 reviews423 followers
August 6, 2016
I don't even know how to write a review for this book. I don't know what else to say other than I loved it.
I honestly loved everything about this book. I was a little weirded out by the writing style at first but after I got used to it, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was different and fit the story really well.
I really liked the characters. They weren't over the top or crazy original but they weren't bland. They were normal but interesting.
I was very unsure about the love triangle (you know how much I loathe love triangles) but holy crap. I didn't hate this one. I actually kind of liked it. I know, it's shocking. But it actually adds to the story.
But the thing that I loved most about this book, the thing that makes this book one of my all time favorite books, is the concept. This is blurbed as a "A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice". And let me tell you, that's a perfect blurb. It's confusing, I know, but trust me. It's amazing. There's mammoth hunts and saber tooth cats and it's amazing.
Overall, I can't express how much I loved this book. It's so beautifully imagined and original. I loved everything about it.
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225 reviews452 followers
March 11, 2016
4.5/5 Stars

I stayed up until 4AM in the morning to finish this book, and I have no regrets!


Ivory and Bone is a study in the basic human behaviors. It's a story of family, love, betrayal, revenge, and tragedy. I really liked the characters and found each of their personal stories and backgrounds extremely interesting. Each ones ties together in a beautiful way, until you're left with a complete tapestry of all their stories.


Julie's writing style really shocked me—the main character Kol talks to the reader as if you are the leading lady! I was worried about that at first, but it really worked in this book. I felt like I was a part of the story in a way that no other book has made me feel before. This technique also gives you real insight into Kol's thoughts and emotions, and you feel like you're his confidant. Ivory and Bone is so different from what I usually read but I loved it, and I hope all of you will too!

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853 reviews3,765 followers
July 10, 2016
3 reasons to read Ivory and Bone (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pl1b...

I really enjoyed this debut! The one thing I didn't love about it were the infodumps, BUT I still felt like the information about this world was revealed very naturally. Kol learns about the other clans as he meets them so of course he couldn't tell us about the world until he'd been told himself. The infodumps could have been a bit subtler, but I still really enjoyed this story.

The 3 things I most want you to know about the books are:
1. It's a prehistoric time period.
2. It's told in 2nd person narration.
3. It's inspired by Pride and Prejudice.

I would describe this book as fun and refreshing. It was very unique in setting and narration, and the Pride ad Prejudice parallels were fun to point out! Definitely would recommend it.
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Author 9 books1,314 followers
March 2, 2016
Mammoth hunts and saber tooth cats may not be as dangerous as falling in love.

Beautifully imagined, IVORY AND BONE is set in the Stone Age, with intriguing interpersonal relationships reminiscent of Austen. It's a compelling hate-to-love story, and the voice is poetic and charming (a story-teller 1st & 2nd person).

The family obligations and marriage maneuvering were rich and charming, especially seen through the eyes of Kol, clan-leader in training. He's a keen observer of the world and emotions around him--except when it comes to Mya, who confounds him in the best Austenian ways. Mya is strong willed but vulnerable--fiery and quick and knowing--I totally fell for her along with Kol.

IVORY AND BONE was a fantastic read that kept me up wayyy past my bedtime--I couldn't put it down until I knew what happened to Kol, Mya, and their clans in the gripping finale.

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January 7, 2017
This is supposed to be a gender swapped retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in prehistoric times, and while the premise sounds promising, it falls completely flat.

I felt no connection to any of the characters, and the plot wasn't at all compelling to me. Honestly, I'd finish a chapter and immediately forget everything that happened because I felt that disconnected from the story.

Overall I didn't really have any glaring problems with this book, it was just utterly dull and forgettable.
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October 3, 2014
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Shadow & Bone, what is it with YA and bones?
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October 2, 2014
Cannot WAIT for this book!!
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December 7, 2015
An ARC has been provided in exchange for an honest review.

Once in a while a book comes along that sounds like it's been written exactly for you. You cross all your fingers and toes, hoping and praying it lives up to all of your dreams and then some. When I first read the description for IVORY AND BONE, I knew I needed to read it immediately. This book spoke to me. Mammoths. The great ice. Clans of strong, resilient people on the brink of violence mixed with Mother Nature’s own harshness. It brought me back to my childhood, when I'd spend hours wandering the halls of the Museum of Natural History in NYC. I loved staring at the large Mammoth skeleton, imagining what life would have been like then, admiring and respecting those who came before us.

Julie Eshbaugh has brought all of my dreams to life and elevated them in this masterful debut. I could close my eyes and hear the rush of wind through the grasslands, smell the earth turning in the seasons, and feel the bite in the air as the breeze blew off the Great Ice. My heart pounded with prehistoric danger lurking just out of sight, tracking and hunting the brave hunters.

I don’t want to give away anything, so I’ll just say this: if you’re in the market for a novel that’s breathtaking in its descriptions, full of heart-thrashing action, and intrigue that unwinds and untangles in the most beautiful way, then this is your book. I will gladly be setting up camp with Ms. Eshbaugh and naming her High Elder of my fandom clan. I am so excited for what comes next. IVORY AND BONE is a special read, and should shoot to the top of your MUST READ list. I know I’ll be re-reading it again and again, getting lost in the prehistoric world that feels so utterly real today.
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September 17, 2020
I can't do this. I hate second person. It makes me feel gross and I just can't.

I'm not going to rate the book at all purely because I got like 50 pages in and couldn't anymore. The story is probably fabulous. The writing perspective is just not my cup of tea. Which really stinks because I love pre-historic settings. UGH!
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Author 9 books649 followers
December 21, 2015
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Julie Eshbaugh's masterful debut. This is a book I've wanted to read since I first heard about it--a YA novel set in pre-historic era is unlike anything else I can think of in the market right now. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going in, but that didn't seem to matter--Eshbaugh drew me in almost at once with her sharp prose and interesting characters (and she manages to pull off a second-person narration, which can be extremely hard to do).

Ivory and Bone follows Kol and his family, a pre-historic clan living on the fringes of the great ice, where they hunt mammoth and other animals for meat and furs. The world Eshbaugh describes is one of incredible beauty and incredible danger, and that tension undergirds Kol's story, as his family--already worried about the future of a clan in which there are no young women for Kol and his brothers to marry--celebrates the arrival of Mya, her sister and her brother, members of a thriving clan to the south. This arrival promises welcome alliances and friendship between the clans, but almost at once, Kol and Mya find themselves wary of one another--a hesitation that's only complicated by the arrival of still a third clan and the slow unveiling of deep-held secrets that might destroy them all.

Eshbaugh does a wonderful job of fleshing out an unusual world. Though my life is nothing like Kol's, I could understand and relate to his worries--his fears for the future and his more immediate fears of being stalked by a saber-tooth tiger--and the pleasure he takes in hunting for honey. The relationships she draws were moving and believable, and I loved the slow unfolding of Kol's friendship with Mya. As the action climaxed, I couldn't put the book down. Definitely one to read in 2016!
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189 reviews66 followers
February 22, 2019


This book was beyond my expectations. I thought I knew what I was in for. But my GOD, this was Unbelievable........and NOT what I was expecting at all.
Julie Eshbaugh’s writing is elegant, detailed and fascinating. From the beginning of this story I was engaged. One of my favorite elements from Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh was how it felt as if this story was written for me. It felt like, I come across an old letter. It was really fascinating. It’s something, I NEVER have seen or even heard of and I really LOVED IT!!!


My experience with this novel wasn't one that I was immediately engaged. Not that, that’s bad at all. It was more of a slow-burning simmering kind of story. You really have to be into it and be devoted and "NOT" give up. I know a lot of you will probably say it’s too slow or where’s the action or even the romance? Trust ME…. Ivory and Bone is well worth your time. Everything will happen in time, just not as you expect. This is not a fast pace get into action novel. Take the time and read Julie Eshbaugh’s debut novel. I promise you, you will love it. The world built in Ivory and Bone is fascinating. Julie Eshbaugh writing, will make you feel as if you’re the one running in the grass fields. The one haunting for your next meal and perhaps even falling in love.*wink*


To me this book was “EVERYTHING” I love this time period and the wildlife, so this novel, was just what I needed. Especial since winter has come to an end and I’m dying to explore more of Adirondacks Mountains in NY during the summer days.

If you love strong, independent and intelligent characters, look no further because Ivory and Bone has all that and more. This novel was very unique and I am sure that I will be recommending Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh to anyone that loves fiction, period.
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302 reviews515 followers
January 12, 2019
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I love historical fiction books, so can you imagine my excitement when I found out about Ivory and Bone. It is a prehestoric fiction set in Stone Age. I'm sure I haven't come across anything like this book yet, so yeah. For a certain time, I was on an excitement overload. And then I read the book. I can't say it was everything I expected and hoped for, but in the end, it was satisfying. There is one thing though that Eshbaugh managed to do that no author did before her. She wrote a book in second person and I didn't DNF it. Usually, alone the thought of a book wrote in 2nd POV makes me run away, but it actually worked pretty well here. It's hard to explain, but it wasn't your normal 2nd POV. The story is told from the first POV - Kol tell's the story, but he is telling it to Mya. So everytime he goes "I" he's talking about himself, and when he says "you" he is talking about Mya. It was different, but I liked it.

There were no girls Kol's age in his tribe, so when they get three visitors and two of them are girls the right age from the neighboring tribe, the excitement is running high. Kol immediately notices Mya, but the problem with her is that she doesn't really reciprocates those feeling back. She is very rude and cold towards Kol, and once again Kol finds himself desperate to find a wife. He is the oldest son of the High Elder of their tribe and he is responsible for the future of their tribe and family name. But soon they get another visitors from their other neighboring tribe. Kol seems to get much better along with Lo than Mya, but soon all kinds of past fights and disagreements resurface and it all ends with a war.

Writing a historical fiction is always a hard task and the author did a great job with writing a believable prehistoric novel while still making it appealing to the readers. She did quite a great job with showing readers the prehistoric ways of Stone Age. She described mammoths hunting, gathering the supplies and making their own clothes very well. But even though those things were great, I was quite bored throughout the book. I seemed to breeze through the book, but I was also very bored. Now I'm not sure why I was bored, but my guess is because there was not much action. Yes, there was hunting and fights and all those action things, but there were also long paragraphs about lots of unnecessary things and not much dialogue making the book come off as somewhat boring.

I loved Kol. He was so sweet and considerate and brave. He easily became one of my favorite lead male characters. With Mya it was a different story. I thought she was very rude and ungrateful at the beginning and even though I knew there was probably a reason for her acting that way, I never could like her as much as I was supposed to. The romance between them is a slow burning kind of romance and I have to say I was so scared it would be an insta-romance with love-triangle, but I am so glad it wasn't neither of those things.

In most of the books these days, the romance plays the main role, but in the Ivory and Bone, it was present, but it didn't steal the spotlight from other important things. I am really glad the focus was more on tribal history and tribal relations inside the tribe as well as outside the tribe. I loved learning about how they formed relationships with other tribes, and I loved learning the value of family in this book. This aspect of the book was definitely done well.

If there weren't boring parts in Ivory and Bone, I am sure I would have given it much higher rating, but this way, when I compare it to the other books, I realize I like them better and I would choose to reread them before Ivory and Bone. But that doesn't really matter much, I am still very much excited to read the next book!

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Author 2 books4,277 followers
February 7, 2017

¡Qué necesarias son las medias estrellitas en Goodreads! Y es que por poco Marfil y Hueso no ha llegado a las 4 estrellitas, ¡ha sido una lectura muy buena!

Cuando conocí la publicación de este libro, inmediatamente me llamó la atención. ¿Ficción histórica ambientada en la Prehistoria? ¡Deme 20! Ya en serio, desde pequeña he sentido una especial atracción por esta época histórica, y si bien mi experiencia leyendo novelas ambientadas en dicho periodo es bastante reducida, no pude evitar sentirme llamada por esta historia.

Marfil y Hueso presenta una idea sencilla de base pero muy bien ejecutada. En ella, se suceden diferentes acontecimientos que implican tres clanes distintos, que tienen un pasado común y que están relacionados por unas cuantas rencillas, secretos y sucesos del pasado que, en el transcurso de esta primera parte, van saliendo poco a poco a la luz. Todo este entramado de historias giran entorno al clan Manu, al que pertenece Kol, hijo del Gran Sabio del clan y narrador de los acontecimientos. Kol es el encargado de contar su historia a Mya, del clan de Olen, situado al sur de la bahía y localizado en tierras más cálidas. Y aquí es donde encontré uno de los aspectos más positivos de la novela: está predominantemente narrada en segunda persona, como si alguien hubiera grabado el testimonio de Kol y hubiera plasmado en el papel. No dejan de resultarme atrayentes las novelas que emplean este tipo de narración, más en tiempo presente, porque me resulta desconcertante sentir que el propio libro, sus personajes, se dirigen a mí en particular y nadie más. Aunque supiera que se refería a Mya todo el tiempo.

Me ha encantado también todo el entramado de secretos que ya he comentado. Los clases Bosha, Manu y Olen, se encuentran en diferentes grados de desarrollo y prosperidad, si bien todos tienen el mismo objetivo: sobrevivir y prosperar. Poco a poco se van conociendo los detalles de su pasado en común, de forma dosificada y manteniendo la intriga en todo momento. Aunque no es un libro en el que predomine la acción, estos elementos ayudan sin duda a mantener al lector interesado en la lectura, con determinados acontecimientos que desembocan en un final que sí tiene esa acción.

Como faltas, quería indicar que me ha faltado algo y no sé qué. Cierta carisma o cierta personalidad en el libro que no he encontrado, si bien me ha gustado mucho. Además algunos lectores consideran ésta, una novela retelling de Orgullo y Prejuicio, y bien podrían tener razón. Aunque ésto no es algo que perjudique el valor intrínseco del libro.

Lo que sí me parece poco acertado, son los fallos históricos. Por ejemplo, que los personajes hablaran de años. Éste es un concepto mucho más moderno, en este periodo lo normal es que se guiaran por ciclos estacionales, lunares, horas de luz o la rotación de los cultivos, pero jamás pensarían en años. Es cierto que en algún momento sí se hacían pequeñas referencias de este estilo, si bien no era lo normal. También me ha faltado alguna especificación de dónde se localizaban los clanes, ya que aunque por conocimientos previos puedo deducir que están en Europa, no creo que sea algo deducible para lectores más jóvenes. Ese tipo de información, que he echado en falta, hubiera ayudado a darle más rigor histórico a la novela en sí.

En definitiva, Marfil y Hueso es un libro que he disfrutado por su entramado de secretos y rencillas del pasado de los clanes protagonistas, la ambientación histórica y sus personajes. Aunque he echado en falta algo más de rigor histórico o al menos más especificaciones al respecto. En cualquier caso, es una lectura juvenil que os recomiendo mucho.
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511 reviews299 followers
July 18, 2016
Mini review:


This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Luke ! Click on his name to read his review.

When I heard about this book I didn't think much of it. It didn't sound like my kind of read so it quickly escaped my mind. It wasn't until I saw Luke's review that I considered reading it. It was in my library so I put it on hold. Unfortunately this book was not for me.

The writing style is written as such that Kol is narrating the book to Mya who is the love interest. This did not work for me. It came off as creepy. Kudos to the author for doing good research and writing a different narrative.

I do still recommend it. From what I've heard the story is good.
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326 reviews398 followers
November 9, 2017
Hach ich muss zugeben, dass ich ziemlich gespalten bin. Das Setting ist toll, gut recherchiert mit vielen Details zu Werkzeugen etc. Und auch die Liebesgeschichteeschichte um Kol und Mya ist okay, wenn man auf unausstehliche Frauen und Rückgratlose Männer steht. ABER es passt einfach überhaupt nicht zusammen. Die Geschichte ist viel zu modern und unrealistisch für diese Zeit. Leider eher enttäuschend.
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720 reviews1,171 followers
April 8, 2017
Ivory and Bone is set in the mammoth hunting era of prehistory, and the constant cultural infusion was easily my favorite part of the book. It was doubtless a lot more fanciful than life in that era would’ve been, but I didn’t mind because it kept the plot light-hearted and fun, and allowed story focus on the relationships. The book is supposed to be a creative retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Interestingly enough, it was only after finishing the it that I was clued into this fact (sometimes it really helps to read the overview). As I’m not one for classic literature, I didn’t put two and two together, but in hindsight it was kind of obvious. During the read, I had a few issues with logistics – there was a lot of traveling back and forth between clans which felt a little forced and unnecessary. Discovering that Eshbaugh was trying to stay true to a pre-existing plotline made me a little more forgiving. As the next book goes beyond that initial framework, I am especially excited to see what the author can weave without these constraints.

The writing style and format were also major selling points of the novel. A boy tells his side of things to a girl about their journey together thus far. It’s a mix of first-person and second-person narration that I found to be quite beautifully woven together. As an aspiring writer, I’m inspired by the creativity and usage of different techniques in this novel – it was very well done. I’ll admit that I’ve been having difficulty enjoying Young Adult books lately, so it really speaks to how unique Ivory and Bone was that completely devoured it in a day.

Overall, if you’re in the mood for a cool setting, interesting writing style, and classic love story Ivory & Bone is the book for you. I’m thrilled to continue on with Obsidian and Stars, out June 13, 2017.

Other books you might like:

Soundless - Richelle Mead
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Court of Fives - Kate Elliott
Walk on Earth a Stranger - Rae Carson
The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

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169 reviews406 followers
February 5, 2017
No spoilers in this review of Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh! I give it 3.75 stars. I thought the plot was simple overall, yet there were some small twists and turns that kept me guessing as the tale unfolded. The prehistoric setting was the most attractive thing about the whole book to me.

The story centers on Kol, a young man growing up in a clan with no girls close to his age. For the small tribe to continue, Kol and his three younger brothers need to find mates from other clans. It’s a big concern for Kol’s parents because they want to ensure not only the well-being of the clan but also the longevity of their family’s leadership. They come into contact with two other tribes, each with eligible young ladies, over the course of the book. But past conflicts interfere with some of the potential relationships. It is of utmost importance for Kol, the oldest son and thus the future High Elder of their clan, to find a wife and start a family. Yet it seems it is hardest of all for him to find a potential mate.

Ivory and Bone takes place during a time in history when there were no luxuries. Life was spent in survival mode, hoping for adequate food, warm clothing, and decent shelter on a day to day basis. While we’re not told the exact whereabouts of the characters, they live somewhere in the brutal north. I could almost feel the cold Esbaugh described in certain parts of the book and sense the desperation of the people as they searched for adequate food and shelter.

Kol definitely grew on me over the course of the book. I was skeptical about one of his potential matches, Mya. She seemed like she might ultimately be the one for him, yet I wasn’t sure I liked her and didn’t understand her attitude. Yet overall, Eshbaugh did a good job of slowly unraveling the small mysteries surrounding these three clans and explaining the intentions of several of the secretive characters.

I recommend Ivory and Bone if you’re in the mood for a book mostly driven by love stories. There is some action and adventure, but the need to find matches for Kol and his brothers is always at the core of the story. It is a book I consider to be true YA, and it sets itself apart with its unique setting and goals for its main characters. While I got a slow start on this book, I read the last half of it quite rapidly as the intensity ramped up a bit. I am excited for book two, Obsidian and Stars, to see what’s next but am surprised to see its description here on Goodreads. It’s going a direction I didn’t expect, yet I am excited to see what’s next for Kol and company!

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906 reviews166 followers
June 25, 2017
This was a quick but entertaining book. I have had it on my bookshelf since shortly after it had came out but didn't get around to reading it. I finally read it when the second book came out so I could read the series. I actually was really into the plot and enjoyed the characters. It is a prehistoric setting, which always turns me back into the four year old version of myself just waiting on the dinosaurs to show up. LOL no dinosaurs but still a really good read!
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1,111 reviews301 followers
August 22, 2016
Ivory and Bone is a prehistoric fiction (not fantasy as it says in the summary) tale about three different clans reestablishing contact with each other for the ostensible purpose of finding good matches for some of the younger members, but in doing so, they also have to face the difficult history that exists between them. The book is quite elegantly written as a story told by one character to another, and while it starts out as slow burn drama, it really picks up around the two thirds mark.

Probably the pacing could have be improved somewhat as the book takes awhile to get going and then ends pretty quickly just when things have started to get interesting. Also, it could just be me, but it seemed like everyone was able to just let go of their issues no matter how deeply held and long standing they might be. It did make me wonder how these people would ever have had any real conflict about anything in the first place.

Although this is now going to be a trilogy (like everything else these days), this book can easily be read as a standalone. I probably won't continue with the series only because while I found this book entertaining enough while I was reading it, unfortunately it wasn't all that memorable.
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1,257 reviews8,676 followers
Shelved as 'books-i-own-but-haven-t-read-yet'
March 15, 2016
When I saw that IVORY AND BONE was set back in the ice age, I wrote it off . . . *turns up nose at cavemen, etc.*

Which was stupid and incredibly short-sighted--I'm fascinated by frozen prehistoric mummies and bog people. *shakes head at self*

The preview introduces us both to Kol, a surprisingly sensitive hunter in his tribe, and one of his tribe's biggest concerns, a shortage of females.

BUT. Today there are visitors from a Southern tribe, two of them young, unmarried women.

The combined group go hunting, probably to prove the ability of Kol and his younger brother to provide to the visitors, but the hunt doesn't go as planned.

Shame on you Eshbaugh, for ending it that way! *desperately searches for ways to get rest of book NOW*
Author 25 books54 followers
February 3, 2016
I was lucky to read an advanced copy of Ivory and Bone.

I love historical fiction, and I was so excited to read this book, set during prehistoric times. The main character is Kol--seventeen, compassionate, and strong. I liked him from the very first page.

The world-building in Ivory and Bone is amazing--with lovely sensory details and descriptions. A prehistoric setting is something new for me, and reading this story was a lot of fun. In addition to this, I found the message of the story to be particularly meaningful--about the risks of living a life of vengeance.

I'm looking forward to more of Julie Eshbaugh's work!
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733 reviews798 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
May 6, 2016

I'm sure that everyone is familiar with that terrible situation when you are reading the same paragraph over and over again for minutes and there's no connection at all. That is exactly what happened to me with this book. I picked it up 5 times and I was never able to read further than couple of first chapters. So I gave up.

Ivory and Bone is a story about teenager living in prehistoric age when his only worries are how to get food and whether he can meet at least one female of his age so his clan doesn't dwindle. I can't deny that premise for this novel is very original.

However, writing style discouraged me from reading this novel, no matter how many times I tried. Narrator, Kol, is telling the story to the girl called May directly, always addressing her as "you" in the text. I don't remember reading a book written like this one ever before. And... it didn't work for me. I just couldn't get into the story and I had no other choice but to DNF this book. I blame the mixture of narration and storytelling.

*ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review*

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1,473 reviews19.2k followers
October 26, 2016
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Honestly this book was such a let down. I had heard such great things so I was really excited for a prehistoric gender-bent Pride and Prejudice retelling, but honestly every aspect of this was disappointing. I feel like the prehistoric setting wasn't at all well done; it didn't feel any different to me than any other typical YA fantasy novel setting. I hated the 2nd person narration; it kept pulling me out of the story. I also think that calling this a P&P retelling is a major stretch. I was bored to tears by the characters. This just wasn't at all for me, nor was it for April as she actually DNF'd it as well. This is definitely going straight into my un-haul pile. So unsatisfying.
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157 reviews1,811 followers
October 30, 2016
Ivory and Bone started slowly but ended with a bang. It took me two months to read the first 100 pages and I finished the rest in two days. Prehistoric fantasy written in the second person - this is a book unlike any I've read before. I enjoyed it.
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