ARC Review | Wake the Bones

Title: Wake the Bones

Author: Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: 12 July 2022

Pages: 320

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Okay, I think I need to stop trying with urban fantasy books for a while. There not my cup of tea, and I need to stop lying that they’ll ever be my cup of tea. I don’t know what it is with why I don’t enjoy urban fantasy. I find the description fascinating and am super excited to read it but then it just doesn’t live up to what I pictured in my head.

With Wake the Bones, we’re introduced to Laurel Early, a young woman back from her first year of college, which she has subsequently withdrawn from because she was failing. All she wanted was to resume her old life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not to think about the boy she can’t help but love. That’s not in the cards because her sleepy little family farm that she’s grown up on has awakened *queue spooky music.* Instead, the devil has come to town to court Laurel, like he did her late mother years earlier. Now, Laurel has to unravel her mother’s terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic before her future and the fate of everyone she loves is in danger.

To start off with, I thought Laurel was annoying, whiny, and selfish. She has this idea where the three boys in her life are what supposed to drop everything they do and cater to her every need. She treats them and her uncle like she’s better then them but also doesn’t at the same time. Laurel can be extremely mean but nobody calls her on it either. I just couldn’t really care what happened to her. The boys in her life are Isaac, Garrett, and Ricky.

Isaac is the boy who wants nothing more than to escape the small town they’ve all grown up in. He’s escaping from an abusive father and the fact that he can’t be himself (out) while still living in this town. Garrett is in love with Isaac, but he wants to stay in town. Grow old in the place his parents lived, but he knows that this isn’t what Isaac wants, so they are two boys forever circling each other. Laurel completely does not understand why Isaac wants to leave and even gets angry at him for wanting to leave, again selfish.

Ricky is the boy that Laurel doesn’t want to love but does. She doesn’t want to love him because once she does she knows her life is “over.” They’ll get married, have kids, and work the farms until they grow old and die. I’m super confused why this upsets her because she’s been off to college and it didn’t suit her, so she came back home. But if she wants adventure or something more, she could’ve stayed in Cincinnati and gotten a job. Laurel confused me the whole book.

The whole “mystery” of the book was pretty meh. I didn’t feel like there was a terrifying legacy of Laurel’s mom to uncover. Like the devil came for her mom and she fought him off and had the ground protect Laurel, but other than that there’s nothing really that unique about Anna. The ending was a bit anti-climatic and overall I was just ready to be done with the book.

Wake the Bones is one of those books where while you’re reading it, you want to keep reading, but as soon as you put it down, it’s out of sight out of mind kind of deal. There were some interesting aspects, especially the story line between Garrett and Isaac (when Laurel wasn’t there) and Uncle Jay was a great character who I wanted to see more. But overall, it just wasn’t anything that special.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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