The Silence of Bones
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.
1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged mur ...more
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Then everything changed for me ...more
This book was at a solid 4.5 but certain things brought it down for me. Although, 3 or 3.5 stars is not a bad rating.
The cover of this book is what pulled me to it. I mean look how beautiful it is!! The title and the summary sounded good as well. I have to recommend the audio narration as it was splendid!
I enjoyed the character of Seol, I felt sorry for her a lot and I felt she was good at helping with the cases. This is part mystery, figuring out who is doing all of the killings and ...more
TEN THOUSAND RIVERS swept me away to ancient Korea, filled with misty mountains and hazy, foggy cities; paddy fields and oceans. June's writing ...more
representation: Korean (own voices)
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
THIS WAS SO GOOD.
Firstly, the ATMOSPHERE and the SETTING were so well done. I could picture everything so clearly in my head (although this may be because I've watched so many historical k-dramas lol).
Secondly, the MYSTERY was so well done and constantly kept me guessing.
Thirdly, almost every other chapter had a plot tw ...more
— overall thoughts: 3.5 —
⇢ content warnings// (view spoiler)[Animal abuse, Autopsies, Gore, Infanticide, Misogyny, Murder, Physical abuse, Suicide, Violence (hide spoiler)]
🌚 reps: korean setting and characters
🌚 vibes: atmospheric dark cozy ya murder mystery ...more
In either case, this was low-key an emotional ride and an extremely unexpected read for something in YA.
I don't mean to bash YA books, but the lack of romance and the level of reflection in this book was astonishing Colour me shook.
A bit background about our rollercoaster in question. If you are here for a ride of ...more
I am so excited that others will be able to read this beautiful book as well and that someone as deserving as June gets to have her words be out in the world.
Everyone, you are doing yourself a favour by adding this book to your TBR! ...more
There are usually only three causes of murder: lust, greed, or vengeance. Among these three, vengeance is the most common. — Inspector Han
Do you enjoy watching K-dramas, particularly those with vivid, historical settings and well-developed characters? Shows like Splendid Politics and Empress Ki can have as many as 40-50 episodes because they have multiple story arcs, but this debut novel will give you all th ...more
a n y w a y s
considering I am learning the Korean language, culture, and basically as much as I can about that country . . . yes, this is calling my name very loudly.
yay we have a new cover . . .
➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[religious persecution & hate crimes (central theme), misogyny and gendered slurs, slut-shaming, ableist language, indentured servitude, sSexual assault (unwanted touching) mentioned, suicide, attempted suicide & suicidal ideation recounted and discussed, suicide from a fall mentioned, suicide from hanging mentioned, alcohol consumption mentioned, pregnancy & childbirth mentioned, death of a baby and infanticide recounted, graphic blood & gore depiction, grap ...more
- Follows Seol, an orphaned sixteen-year old girl who is an indentured servant at the police bureau. When a noblewoman is murdered, Seol assists an inspector to find the murderer - only to find that the murder mystery will uncover Seol's past and the secrets within her family.
- I thought this was incredibly plotted and well-crafted. I liked how thoughtfu ...more
It’s an #ownvoices YA historical thriller (hello perfect genre) set in 1800 Joseon (Korea). I absolutely loved the MC, Seol. She’s smart, determined, ambitious, curious, loyal, compassionate, and obsessed with finding the truth. She’s 16 and indentured to the police bureau, wher ...more
I could not recommend this book more highly -- I'm so excited for it to get into the world and for other people to have the opportunity to read it. An absolutely stunning debut. ...more
Not even the well described Korean/Joseon atmosphere could save this story. I mean if I'm listening to a book at 3x speed, and I still feel like its too slow...than it's just the story that's dragging.
I'm just not a mystery reader. I know this now, I know this! I wanted to love this (it was highly recommended, but it still failed to grab my attention. 😐) I just didnt connect to the characters, or the plot. It was just meh.
Something positive 😄 I will say, June Hur (th ...more
I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.
Sixteen year-old Seol has been indentured to the police bureau for one generation. She'll be 41 when she's finally released, and after a failed escape that leaves her branded, she's nearly resigned herself to a life of drudgery. Until a noblewoman is found murdered with her nose cut off, and her murder may be connected to the un-investigated deaths of several lowborn men and women who also died in a similar fash ...more
Unfortunately, I possess neither the skill nor talent to do so. I'd rather have the author's prose speak for itself, if you'll excuse me for saying.
But yes, this book was beautiful, and riveting, and atmospheric, and so well-written it scared me. Are debuting authors real ...more
June Hur's The Silence of the Bones is build as a YA murder mystery and coming of age story, and is certainly accessible to that demographic, but I also found it at well crafted and informative slice of historical fiction, set in a fascinating time and place: the capital city of Hanyang (now Se ...more
I want to start off with a thank you to the publisher, Feiwel and Friends, for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Silence of Bones is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020, and I could not contain my excitement at the chance to read it. Seriously, I dropped my entire TBR just to dig into The Silence of Bones. And lads, it did not disappoint.
I went in expecting a dark and generally typical who-done-it murder mystery with an interest ...more
I'm glad I decided to pick this one up!
It was kind of a different read for me considering this is a historical Korean story set during the Joseon Dynasty- it had a great murder mystery plot with political and religious intrigue- along with tales of classicism, family, and the budding desire to be more than the role fate assigned.
The h, Seol, had a wealth of curiosity and inner strength that made her journey from a novice police damo to a budding investigator in her own right a great re ...more