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Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far. But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.


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Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far. But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

30 review for Not Even Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    Wow, so.... the "Dexter meets This Savage Song" comparison really encapsulates this? This is a deeply fucked up book, in a good way. You know how sometimes, you read YA fantasy and you just feel like it could have gone darker and it doesn’t? Not Even Bones just keeps Going There. Not Even Bones follows Nita, a girl who dissects other supernatural beings for the black market - until she’s sold into the black market herself. So first of all, this book is impossible to put down and so addicting. It Wow, so.... the "Dexter meets This Savage Song" comparison really encapsulates this? This is a deeply fucked up book, in a good way. You know how sometimes, you read YA fantasy and you just feel like it could have gone darker and it doesn’t? Not Even Bones just keeps Going There. Not Even Bones follows Nita, a girl who dissects other supernatural beings for the black market - until she’s sold into the black market herself. So first of all, this book is impossible to put down and so addicting. It's almost a thriller and almost an urban fantasy book and either way, it's so fun to read. I never knew what was coming next - all I knew was that I was desperate to find out. And better yet, this book features some seriously cool worldbuilding. Nita lives in a world where supernatural beings are prized for their parts but despised for their being, but also look exactly like other humans. Something I liked here is there is some seriously biting social commentary slipped in there? Set in Peru and following American characters, this book doesn’t shy away from the obvious discussion of colonialism and privilege in America. With a lead cast of almost entirely characters of color, it’s a very interesting read. There’s also some discussion of eugenics-ish politics, which as some of you may know is something I’m super passionate about. Okay, I’ve enthused a lot about the worldbuilding and all that, but I really think what made this book for me was the character work. All these lead characters are so awful and I love them. This is one of those books where the leads toe the line between villain and hero. Also, if you don’t like villain leads, you should probably not read this. Lol. One of the things I really liked about this book is that the lead character doesn’t prioritize the survival of other people over herself. In a lot of fiction I’ve read with these vibes, the leads are something I’d like to call Unrealistically Good. Not to shit on unrealistically self-sacrificing people, but people do not tend to be willing to risk their lives for others at the drop of a hat. Nita, by contrast, is out for herself. And it’s not even what makes her an antihero!! She’s a total antihero, don’t get me wrong, but I think this book really understands the general human impulse to save your own skin [haha. Skin.]. Instead of prioritizing normal morals, this book puts the emphasis on a personal moral code, and the lines we refuse to cross so we do not lose our humanity. Nita is willing to kill and dismember and dissect, but she has lines. Oh, and Nita? I love Nita. I would die for Nita. Her character development is incredibly excellent. And also Kovit is… a character. I can’t spoil shit but I love them and I also really like a certain side character and I am so here for it. Oh, and this book in general was pretty twisty, but there was also this one twist in this book that I think might have been the end of my brain. I guess plot twists a lot but this was just… fucking wild, I feel like I should have guessed it and I did not at all. I need the second book immediately. @Rebecca Schaeffer where are you give me the fucking second book I need this I guess if I were to critique this, I would say that the writing is a bit… fanfictiony? I don’t know, man, it’s a debut and it happens. Anyway, you should read this. It is so fucked up and the lead and love interest are both so terrible and it scared me shitless and it is the BEST. TW: so much body horror, sadism. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Schaeffer

    Many will call my main characters monsters. Many will call them villains. They would be right. I wrote this book for the people who watched movies as children and screamed, "why don’t you just kill the bad guy already???" For the people who watched heroes proselytize on screen and said, "It’s not that simple." For the people who watched the villains with fascination and whispered softly, where the normal, good, proper people wouldn’t hear, “I want to see their story.” This, my friends, is their st Many will call my main characters monsters. Many will call them villains. They would be right. I wrote this book for the people who watched movies as children and screamed, "why don’t you just kill the bad guy already???" For the people who watched heroes proselytize on screen and said, "It’s not that simple." For the people who watched the villains with fascination and whispered softly, where the normal, good, proper people wouldn’t hear, “I want to see their story.” This, my friends, is their story. If you’re still interested, then, please, crack open the cover and delve into the darkness. But you’ve been warned. Here be monsters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    Once this book hits the shelves and readers all over the world pick it up, YA Fiction will never be the same again. Because this book doesn’t sugarcoat. Because it treats its teenage readers like adults. It expects them to understand and plunges them into a world that is, yes, dark and, yes, gruesome and, yes, extremely raw. But readers can handle it. One too many times, YA main characters turn soft or give the impression that they are invincible in body and spirit when in fact a simple kiss from Once this book hits the shelves and readers all over the world pick it up, YA Fiction will never be the same again. Because this book doesn’t sugarcoat. Because it treats its teenage readers like adults. It expects them to understand and plunges them into a world that is, yes, dark and, yes, gruesome and, yes, extremely raw. But readers can handle it. One too many times, YA main characters turn soft or give the impression that they are invincible in body and spirit when in fact a simple kiss from a love interest shatters their resolve and turns them to mush. They forget what their main goals were. Please. You will not find that here. Nita is not like that. It’s not just that she takes pleasure from dissecting corpses and hurts herself only to heal her own body afterward, she doesn’t gag and she doesn’t hesitate to save her life, even if that means dissolving her moral values. She kills people. She lets people die. She betrays and hurts and steals and cuts. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think she’s an exemplary citizen, but the world she lives in needs people like her who aren’t afraid to get dirty to fight the shadows that roam the night. And YA Fiction needs strong heroines. It also needs to realize that sixteen-year-olds, fourteen-year-olds and even twelve-year-olds can stomach the visualization of blood and broken bones. I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen when I was a teen and felt pain all over my body. Even kids understand all of that… unless they’ve been completely kept away from, you know, the outside world. I am pleased with what Rebecca Schaeffer did here. It’s true that her actions scenes could have been more exciting and her writing more emotionally affective, but this is the first book in a promising and unique new YA series. I simply cannot wait for the sequel. Why the cliff-hanger, though? So mean. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fantasy stories often have magic potions that are made up of the body parts of living creatures, even in Harry Potter, where bits of unicorn can be put into potions or wands - but where do those parts come from? NOT EVEN BONES explores that grim and unsavory concept in the form of Nita and her family, dealers in the magical black market, selling magical body parts to collectors, perverts, and criminals. Nita enjoys her work, with a blood-th Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fantasy stories often have magic potions that are made up of the body parts of living creatures, even in Harry Potter, where bits of unicorn can be put into potions or wands - but where do those parts come from? NOT EVEN BONES explores that grim and unsavory concept in the form of Nita and her family, dealers in the magical black market, selling magical body parts to collectors, perverts, and criminals. Nita enjoys her work, with a blood-thirsty joy that's reminiscent of Kerri Maniscalo's heroine, Audrey Rose, in STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. NOT EVEN BONES is a much better book, however, with tight plotting, morally grey characters, and a grim world and setting that at times seems almost too dark to be YA. The summary for this book is vague and a little misleading. It isn't really like Dexter, except for the whole cutting up dead bodies thing, and I haven't read anything by Schwab to completion, but - unpopular opinion time - what I did read by her seemed pretty bland and fanfictiony, in that way that all Tumblr-popular writers seem to have. NOT EVEN BONES is set in our world, which came as a surprise to me at first because the summary made me think this was going to be high fantasy. There are magical creatures and everyone knows they exist, and governments are in disagreement about how many rights they should have and what should be done about them. The heroine is Latina and the "hero"is Burmese/Thai. Most of this book is set in South America, which will be a pleasant surprise to those of you who often find yourselves complaining about the Western bias in fantasy settings. The characters actually swear instead of saying those made-up swear words that sound so stupid in everything that isn't Firefly, including dropping a few F-bombs. The story, as I said, is DARK. Graphic torture scenes, and discussions of incredibly unsavory topics like organ and body-part harvesting, eugenics, and abuse in virtually all forms. I'm pretty hard to shock, but this book made even me think, "I'm going to need a thousand hugs when this is over." I'm honestly shocked this book didn't make more of a splash when it came out, since it's virtually everything readers have been asking for every time they criticize YA fantasy for being what it is. Warning: ends on a mean mother of a cliffhanger. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Nita has always had an interest in anatomy so jumping into the family business didn't seem like a bad thing when it let Nita study the corpses her mother brought home. You see, there's a market for the body parts of supernatural beings and Nita turns a blind eye to how her mother acquires these beings in the interest of her studies.  Nita however never expected her mother to show up one day with a live boy captive and still expect Nita to still procure the necessary body parts for profit. This is Nita has always had an interest in anatomy so jumping into the family business didn't seem like a bad thing when it let Nita study the corpses her mother brought home. You see, there's a market for the body parts of supernatural beings and Nita turns a blind eye to how her mother acquires these beings in the interest of her studies.  Nita however never expected her mother to show up one day with a live boy captive and still expect Nita to still procure the necessary body parts for profit. This is the line that rattles Nita to her part in the family business and when she defies her mother then next thing Nita knows the tables are turned and she's waking up in her own cage having been captured on the black market.  Well now, it would probably go without saying that Not Even Bones would not be a read for the faint of heart. Gone are the super special heroine who uses her super special powers fighting the evil of the world and in walks dark and twisted Nita and her diabolical mother. Yep, a bit of a gruesome tale right from the start but certainly a creative young adult paranormal fantasy read.  This one has the urban fantasy feel being set in a world like ours only with paranormals existing among the humans but does take place in areas not often used in novels. Nita is also completely different than regular characters with the Dexter comparison really showing. Not sure I ever really "rooted" for her but some may and her story was certainly compelling. This is one I'd recommend to those looking for a more dark and twisted read out of the norm.  I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    sofia (sam willows)

    okay but why is this synopsis literally everything I’ve ever wanted from a book in my life

  7. 5 out of 5

    mith

    find this review and others on biscotto's books! --- Originally, I’d given this 4 stars on goodreads and honestly? I don’t know why. I loved this book. Why would I give it 4 stars? Not Even Bones was everything dark and morally grey I wanted in a book for so long. Screw 4 stars. This deserves all 5 of them. Past Mith was not thinking, evidently, but current Mith—me!! current me!—is thinking. And I say that this book is a solid debut and you need to pre-order if you can. If you’re like me, you’ve p find this review and others on biscotto's books! --- Originally, I’d given this 4 stars on goodreads and honestly? I don’t know why. I loved this book. Why would I give it 4 stars? Not Even Bones was everything dark and morally grey I wanted in a book for so long. Screw 4 stars. This deserves all 5 of them. Past Mith was not thinking, evidently, but current Mith—me!! current me!—is thinking. And I say that this book is a solid debut and you need to pre-order if you can. If you’re like me, you’ve probably craved a dark YA that pushes the boundaries. Or wished a book dug a little deeper, got a little—a lot—darker. Schaeffer does that. I hope she continues to do that. I just loved it. I loved how messy and grey the main character was. How deeply Not Good all the other characters acted. But, Nita. Man, if Nita doesn’t have my heart—I’ll refrain from including a bad line here. She was such a badass and she got things done. She was logical, level-headed, and didn’t suffer from that self-sacrificing nonsense. She was always her first priority and I adored it. Not Even Bones has a lot of great things going on for it, but one of my favourite parts was how Schaeffer talked about privilege in the book. It’s not something I’m super nuanced in actually, properly discussing, unfortunately, but it is something I’m becoming more and more aware of and I’m glad Schaeffer brought it up. There wasn’t a lot that really bothered me? I mean, maybe a small thing here or there, but mostly that was the different supernaturals mentioned. They each had something that made them unique, and dropping stuff like that doesn’t help my confusion lmao. I loved that they were part of the world, though. I was not expecting most of what happens in this book outside of what’s mentioned in the synopsis. So all the twists? Definitely caught me off guard and definitely added to my enjoyment of the book. It was also what made Not Even Bones so difficult to put down! Would I recommend this? Oh, yes. Yes, I definitely would. Dark, sort of gory, and bloody, this was a wild start and a wilder finish. If you’re squeamish, maybe skip this one. But if you’re not, I definitely say check it out!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    "Betrayal is a bloody business." This book is completely fucked up. That's why I love it so much. The headline speaks the truth, this is a perfect blend of Dexter's blood and gore and This savage song's monsters. You're never going to find a more original young adult book, do yourself a favour and pick Not even bones up. Are you tired of protagonists who have one goal that they never achieve because of their one true love? Are you tired of protagonists who couldn't care less about their survival (un "Betrayal is a bloody business." This book is completely fucked up. That's why I love it so much. The headline speaks the truth, this is a perfect blend of Dexter's blood and gore and This savage song's monsters. You're never going to find a more original young adult book, do yourself a favour and pick Not even bones up. Are you tired of protagonists who have one goal that they never achieve because of their one true love? Are you tired of protagonists who couldn't care less about their survival (unrealistic af)? Are you tired of protagonists who are as pure as Tinkerbell's fairy dust? GET READY TO MEET AND LOVE NITA. She's awesome. She fights to tooth and nail save her own life and if that ain't realistic I don't know what is. And yeah, okay, she loved dissecting bodies but everyone has a hobby, just leave her alone. You're also going to fall in love with Kovit, tho. He's the male protagonist and he's one of Nita's ... captors, more or less. His hobby is torturing people and eating their pain (what a perfect match lol). I'm not gonna say anything else about him because his characterisation is a joy to read. Also, get ready for an enemies to lovers slow burn. The atmosphere is amazing, too. The story takes place in the Mercado de la muerte, The death market. A market where people can sell monsters, supernatural creatures and body parts. Awesome. Now I don't know how I'm going to wait for the sequel(s) - btw this is going to be a trilogy - cause it ends with such an interesting cliffhanger, I can't wait to see what Nita's going to do next!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Xiran Jay

    **SPOILER FREE** Personal Rating: i'd let this book murder me and toss me to the bottom of the Amazon River Recommended For: Those that go NOOOOOO WHYYYYYY whenever a protagonist chickens outta doing something seriously fucked up but would've been so! fucking! juicy to watch! This book plunges unapologetically into the darkest parts of humanity. No selective filter that only presents the "cool" sides of violence while protecting you from getting too traumatized. No shying away from issues 'cause it **SPOILER FREE** Personal Rating: i'd let this book murder me and toss me to the bottom of the Amazon River Recommended For: Those that go NOOOOOO WHYYYYYY whenever a protagonist chickens outta doing something seriously fucked up but would've been so! fucking! juicy to watch! This book plunges unapologetically into the darkest parts of humanity. No selective filter that only presents the "cool" sides of violence while protecting you from getting too traumatized. No shying away from issues 'cause it's scared it'll make you uncomfortable. Rebecca Schaeffer doesn't give a shit if you're disturbed. SO, uhh... do think twice about reading this if you'd be unsettled by human trafficking, bodily mutilation, detailed dissection sequences, and general human depravity that makes you stare off into the distance thinking of how shitty the world can be. Not everyone is into reading about that, and that's fine. You've been warned though. It's too simple to describe this book as just "dark". Lemme tell you a big problem I have with a lot of books and media that get slapped with that label. In the end, they either 1. don't actually let their protagonist get their hands dirty, 2. just has them do "badass" things to be ~ * COOL AND EDGY * ~, or 3. try to convince you the correct thing to do when all odds are against you is to hold on to your honor and never lose your "humanity". Because falling to the level of your tormentors would make you no better than them. Or something. Nah, FUCK THAT. This book is about breaking all the rules other people made and living by your own. Because if all those other fuckers are laughing and running around being comfortable with what they do while you're sitting there doubting yourself at every turn, how are you supposed to win? Especially when you're a person like our dear protagonist Nita, who secretly likes some of the fucked up shit she does. She just thought she wasn't "supposed to". Well, when she's betrayed and thrown into a cage in a hidden black market in the rain forests of Peru, where there are "spiders that eat birds", she has to determine what she's willing or not willing to do real fast. You cannot hope for some mystical force made up in your head to punish those you hate. If you want them to pay, the only reliable way is doing it yourself. Not Even Bones is ultimately a story about a girl coming to terms with her true self. Not what other people want her to be, not what she thinks she should be, but the raw, complicated human under all the social constructs and expectations forced onto her by both others and herself. She faces the vilest parts of humanity and then grasps it within herself for power. A big theme: morals are optional. They have no real binding power. If you make life-or-death choices expecting others will abide by the same principles you do... Full review at my blog.

  10. 5 out of 5

    emi

    The synopsis says "Dexter meets This Savage Song" I don't care about Dexter, but This Savage Song? Sign me up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Everything about this book — from the cover to the tag line — seems like it’s for me. Sadly I was quite disappointed. I liked Nita well enough. She didn’t come across as developed and I found it sort of hard to root for her {excluding the captivity part} because I wasn’t invested in her story. My favorite character was Kovit and I did like the interactions between him and Nita. Plot wise, it was sort of meh. There isn’t any sort of world building or explanation for the hows and whys. The relatio Everything about this book — from the cover to the tag line — seems like it’s for me. Sadly I was quite disappointed. I liked Nita well enough. She didn’t come across as developed and I found it sort of hard to root for her {excluding the captivity part} because I wasn’t invested in her story. My favorite character was Kovit and I did like the interactions between him and Nita. Plot wise, it was sort of meh. There isn’t any sort of world building or explanation for the hows and whys. The relationships were all very shallow and lacking background. I see that it’s not a stand alone, which is what I expected going in, but I don’t think that makes up for the lack of information. Overall, it was an amazing idea with an intriguing ending, but the execution wasn’t for me. I’m not sure if I will be giving the next book a try. **Huge thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing the arc free of charge**

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    ARC provided by HMH via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I truly wish I loved this book more! I feel like the description was made for me. Anything that’s compared to Dexter gets my vote. But this was such a huge disappointment for me. As the synopsis says, Nita dissects bodies of “unnaturals” for her mother to sell on the black market. But after a betrayal, she becomes a victim herself; locked away in a cell and tortured. To be honest this book gave me major Hostel vibes. There are cha ARC provided by HMH via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I truly wish I loved this book more! I feel like the description was made for me. Anything that’s compared to Dexter gets my vote. But this was such a huge disappointment for me. As the synopsis says, Nita dissects bodies of “unnaturals” for her mother to sell on the black market. But after a betrayal, she becomes a victim herself; locked away in a cell and tortured. To be honest this book gave me major Hostel vibes. There are characters that feel a high from inflicting pain on others, and some take pleasure in dismembering and eating people. Y’all, I’m usually a huge fan of serial-killer-thrillers but the graphic nature of these torture scenes felt really weird. Like some of it felt really pointless and just dragged the story on and on… And once the story is set in motion, everything just kept going around in circles. I felt there was zero resolution, a lack of world building and character development, and Nita was such an idiot. However, here is my biggest praise for this book: There is a Thai main character. If you know me then you’ll know that I am Thai, and I have NEVER read a single YA book where there is a Thai character. So I was literally jumping for joy and tweeting about it when I was introduced to Kovit. Not only is he Thai but he also tells us the creepy story about the krasue, a Thai folk tale involving a female monster that’s nothing more than a floating disembodied head with its spine and intestines still attached. Yes, that’s right, MY OWN GRANDMOTHER used to tell me that a krasue would come take me away if I didn’t fall asleep right away. HOW are you supposed to sleep after knowing about THAT THING!? Okay, but seriously, I really did like Kovit a lot. He was the type of unapologetic, morally grey character I like in a horror/fantasy stories. I just wasn’t a fan of Nita or, really, the entire plot. But major props to Rebecca Schaeffer for including such diverse characters! Another thing is that I didn’t realize this was going to be a series (this is entirely my fault.) Imagine my dismay when I reached the 90% mark to discover literally nothing has happened and NOTHING was resolved. Oh, you want any sort of resolution and answers? Gotta wait for the next book. Which I do not plant to read. Bummer. I’m sorry I didn’t love this more, and I hope my negativity didn’t ruin this for you. If you’re okay with gore/torture scenes then this may be a good read for Halloween. I just wish the story had more depth and world building to it, and overall it needed way more things to happen to keep the story moving forward to justify a sequel. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    4.5 stars This book is FANTASTIC! It's fresh, it's exciting, it's got all the nitty gritty plus a morally questionable protagonist. I loved reading it just for how different it is compared to traditional YA. It was darkly fascinating and was kind of like a train wreck you can't help but watch. (Except that this book is the furthest thing from a train wreck.) It's got a lot of dark characters, and basically nobody in this story is a completely good person. They've all led to one person or another's 4.5 stars This book is FANTASTIC! It's fresh, it's exciting, it's got all the nitty gritty plus a morally questionable protagonist. I loved reading it just for how different it is compared to traditional YA. It was darkly fascinating and was kind of like a train wreck you can't help but watch. (Except that this book is the furthest thing from a train wreck.) It's got a lot of dark characters, and basically nobody in this story is a completely good person. They've all led to one person or another's death, and it's really horrifying, when you actually think about it. But some murderers (or murderer adjacent people) are better than others, and that's who we end up rooting for throughout the novel. I loved Nita's character. Even though she's not a great person (*cough*SHE DISSECTS MONSTERS FOR THE BLACK MARKET*cough*), I loved reading a protagonist who has a passion for science and is willing to question how far she'll go. And her narration and how it incorporated healing the body and the specifics of clotting blood or sharpening vision or building muscles etc. was really cool and not at all like the much more awkward narration in Heart of Thorns where the narrator's science talk was...less believable. The sort of paranormal abilities monsters (flesh eating, organ eating, pain eating, self-healing, glowing, vampires, chupacabras, unicorns, and everything under the sun) have were cool to read about, but not overwhelming. I mean, the world is built really well in my opinion, because you're introduced to all sorts of monsters and knowledge about how the world works in the book, but it's all integrated in a way that never feels like an infodump or just being thrust into a bunch of words that you don't really know what they mean. The monsters were just so interesting and I love how Schaeffer incorporated monsters from multiple cultures and also thought about how the world would react to monsters' existence, and what she ended up doing made a lot of sense. There were only a few things that I wasn't so keen on, but I also feel like they'll be addressed more in the sequel, because this is just book 1. Nita's story is far from over, and there are still quite a few loose ends around (PLUS THAT CLIFFHANGER--OMG). I guess I just wish Nita's morals were explored a little more, but she also has character development to go through in the next book! Even though she did learn about drawing the line and deciding where her morals lie, I did feel like she could have just learned more and understood more. And I just thought that the writing could have been more emotive and more horrifying for the reader--more shocking in a way. I mean, when you look at what's happening--Nita being taken and sold on the black market, potentially for people to chop off her body parts and eat her--it's a really really really scary situation. I would be freaking my mind out if I was ever in a position like that, and so I thought the novel didn't portray the horror of the situation quite accurately? It just felt like it was all well and good because that's just how the world works. But I also understand how this is basically all Nita has ever known, and writing the book in third person limited for Nita both made us fit into her POV of this not being that horrifying, and also just distanced us a little, because that's what third person does. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this and found it to be a fresh, gruesome tale that YA readers will love. I definitely recommend to fans of This Savage Song, although this novel remains very distinct in its own way. But also, monsterssss. Thanks so much to HMH Teen for providing me with an digital review copy in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding witch)

    “Pain. Everyone is always in pain. Whether it’s a loose hangnail, a sore joint, a cramped back muscle—something. No human is never not in at least a minute amount of pain." ⭐⭐⭐ While this book didn't leave me angry and pouncing in my bed way after my bedtime, it also didn't happen to be a pleasant read. I'm ambivalent. Not Even Bones is not a bad book by any standards, in fact, I think it's better than most YA Fantasy I've ever read but it also didn't blow my mind. Not Even Bones tells the story o “Pain. Everyone is always in pain. Whether it’s a loose hangnail, a sore joint, a cramped back muscle—something. No human is never not in at least a minute amount of pain." ⭐️⭐️⭐️ While this book didn't leave me angry and pouncing in my bed way after my bedtime, it also didn't happen to be a pleasant read. I'm ambivalent. Not Even Bones is not a bad book by any standards, in fact, I think it's better than most YA Fantasy I've ever read but it also didn't blow my mind. Not Even Bones tells the story of a teenage girl (who's definitely a Slytherin) who likes to cut dead monster's body before her mother sells them to the black market in South America. Then, a child is kidnapped and Nita has to cut him into pieces but alive this time, what will Nita do? It's pitched as Dexter meets This Savage Song, which sounds really interesting, it's what drew me in, in the first place but the execution could have been done so much better. I think the biggest problem with this book was the fact that it was way way way too short. It's barely 300 pages and for the debut of a fantasy series, it's hella short and it feels short. The story unravels really quickly and takes place in the span of a week, maybe 2 if I'm feeling generous. The character development is minimal and so is the description. This book feels too minimal. So, I've only heard great things about this book and while I wasn't a fan, I don't hold anything against it in any way so I hope that my review doesn't change your interest in the slightest way. In fact, I hope you'll give it a try and share your opinion as well!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ishmeen

    I love how messed up this world is and how equally messed up the MC is because I have never read anything like this before. The story is unique and well crafted, although I was a bit bored in the middle due to the slow pace (hence the lack of a star). The romance is a very slow burn - I was rooting for Kovit and Nita since their first meeting and this ship BETTER sail because now I am hella invested. Also, Fabricio can piss right off :) There is so much potential for where the story could go, I I love how messed up this world is and how equally messed up the MC is because I have never read anything like this before. The story is unique and well crafted, although I was a bit bored in the middle due to the slow pace (hence the lack of a star). The romance is a very slow burn - I was rooting for Kovit and Nita since their first meeting and this ship BETTER sail because now I am hella invested. Also, Fabricio can piss right off :) There is so much potential for where the story could go, I am pumped to see where it heads next 👏🏼

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    excuse me bUT I NEED THIS AND I NEEDED IT YESTERDAY

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer is a fantastic debut YA fantasy. I didn't know quite what to expect going into this aside from that blurb, but I'm glad I went in nearly blind. It was such a pleasant, refreshing, and unique surprise. Well, when I say that I mean it was intense and bloody and I totally need more. I loved that it's fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat throughout - I wasn't sure at any point how exactly everything was going to work out. The cast of complex characters, regardless of their species, are fascinating to follow, especially Nita's journey. Her growth as a character is amazing to watch. While I could describe this gritty fantasy as a bit of a slasher story, it also works as an intriguing examination of what it means to be human or monster and how our choices reflect our humanity or lack thereof. Finally, I'd also like to mention the world-building - there isn't a lot in regards to why and how the world is the way it is, but it is still suitably dark and vivid. Overall, Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer is a darkly unique debut YA fantasy with a dash of horror. While the world-building was a little underwhelming for me, it makes up for it with it's fabulous character development. You may like this novel if you enjoy Dexter, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and bloody and slightly deranged fantasy. I know I'll be back for the sequel and future projects from this author. Thanks again, NetGalley!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak

    This was hella weird, but in the best way possible. I wouldn’t be exaggerating at all when I say that NOT EVEN BONES is my most anticipated 2018 YA read (and I say YA because there’s Queen Schwab’s VICIOUS coming out, which is adult). I mean, dissecting monsters and selling them online to shady customers? *crashes though the door to enter dramatically*. I AM SO HERE FOR THIS. Plus, you know, one of the comp titles for this one was Schwab’s This Savage Song, and I mean ... come ON. This is guarant This was hella weird, but in the best way possible. I wouldn’t be exaggerating at all when I say that NOT EVEN BONES is my most anticipated 2018 YA read (and I say YA because there’s Queen Schwab’s VICIOUS coming out, which is adult). I mean, dissecting monsters and selling them online to shady customers? *crashes though the door to enter dramatically*. I AM SO HERE FOR THIS. Plus, you know, one of the comp titles for this one was Schwab’s This Savage Song, and I mean ... come ON. This is guaranteeing my interest. And really, this was rather fun. There is a sufficient does of action sequences and moral-questioning and break outs and etc. One of the coolest things ever, too, was the fact that this was set in the Amazon rainforest?? Like, why didn’t anyone tell me this sooner?? I love this. Nita is a fabulous lead. She’s vulnerable enough for a story this bloody, and her reactions are realistic (<— something that proved no longer a concern to me, because I like my heroines realistically vulnerable, especially with all the body chopping going on). Also, Nita’s talk of how dissecting brings her inner peace did not, in fact, strike me as weird because let me tell you: lab dissections are the most fun activities ever in the hellish things that are college courses. I love ‘em. Yay for dissection appreciation. The plot went in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. And I don’t mean plot-twist wise. I expected more .. action, a la THIS SAVAGE SONG (also: Kovit felt a bit toooo similar to August with the whole eats pain/eats soul thing? Maybe? Idk.) This was more of a escaping, planning thing, which is fine. It IS a thriller, but without much running and shooting things? More like lock-picking and escaping. Still fun! But not what I expected. Heads up: this was legit a gore fest. There was ear slicing and toe dicing and skin eating and all sorts of blood galore. And, shockingly, it even bothered ME, and I’m usually not really bothered by blood ‘n guts, honestly. But here? Y’all, I legit nearly threw up. Like, really. So heads up, because when this book says dark, it means dark. It ain’t kidding. All in all? Fun, hella bloody, and with an ending that just WOAH-ed me. Pass me book two, please and thank you. Thanks to HMH Teen for the ARC! First impression : (2017) Okay, but this legit sounds like everything I look for in a book. And referencing THIS SAVAGE SONG? Hell yes. Gimme.

  19. 4 out of 5

    andrea caro

    First of all, I'd like to thank Hallie over on Twitter for making my #bookishwish come true. This book is dark and deeply messed up. This book is billed as Dexter meets This Savage Song. I'm gonna be real with you, I didn't like Dexter and I couldn't get through 20 pages of This Savage Song, but I was very much interested in this book. I like horror and the idea of a teenage girl dissecting corpses her mom brings home is deeply chilling. I don't think I had any idea how much until I got into the First of all, I'd like to thank Hallie over on Twitter for making my #bookishwish come true. This book is dark and deeply messed up. This book is billed as Dexter meets This Savage Song. I'm gonna be real with you, I didn't like Dexter and I couldn't get through 20 pages of This Savage Song, but I was very much interested in this book. I like horror and the idea of a teenage girl dissecting corpses her mom brings home is deeply chilling. I don't think I had any idea how much until I got into the book. We meet Nita. Nita is bright and Nita likes to dissect the corpses of 'unnaturals' The synopsis establishes that she has some empathy for beings, but you wouldn't know that from the first several chapters. She is intrigued by bodies, by how they function, and views her victims as little more than biology lessons. Her mom is a different kind of horror - a woman that instills fear in her own daughter, she brings home a live, human boy one day for Nita to dissect so that his parts can be sold off to the highest bidder. Nita isn't able to cut open a boy with a pulse, so she helps him escape; it's a choice that means Nita and her mother have to run and as they flee, Nita finds herself in a cage. I really like Nita as a character. Really. She's not self-sacrificing, she doesn't make a bunch of silly decisions and happen to get out of her situation. She spends her time in captivity, in this black market for unnatural body parts, reflecting on the choices she's made to dissect people while also trying to understand her own unnaturalness and how it can be used to help her escape. This is a book about antiheroes, really. It's about how people are imperfect, but they're still people. It's about understanding your own flaws and understanding that maybe humanity isn't black or white. It's also about choosing who you want to be, even when you feel like other people are choosing for you. This book is not for the faint of heart. There is gore, there are really questionable choices by people. For me, this book was deeply unsettling, if that's your kind of thing. It's one of those horror novels that for me did make me a little scared (not pop-ups in slashers kind of scared), but it took me to a place where I was rattled. If that's your jam, this book is absolutely for you. ALSO WAS THAT CLIFFHANGER NECESSARY??!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    Where do I even start with this review? This book was just so unusual and gorily delightful that I was just surprised out of my reading stupor. It's been a while since a book captivated my attention like this one has, but it did. This book stars Nita, who cuts up supernatural beings on her cutting table. The book is hailed as Dexter meets Savage Song, but I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I think it's more like I, Zombie. In any case, the book is not for the faint of heart, there are really gor Where do I even start with this review? This book was just so unusual and gorily delightful that I was just surprised out of my reading stupor. It's been a while since a book captivated my attention like this one has, but it did. This book stars Nita, who cuts up supernatural beings on her cutting table. The book is hailed as Dexter meets Savage Song, but I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I think it's more like I, Zombie. In any case, the book is not for the faint of heart, there are really gory and grisly moments where you are like, is this really happening? But at the same time, the characters are so interesting, and in shades of gray. They aren't good people but at the same time, you can't help but like them because they are very human. Kovit is another main character, but I won't say too much about him because I want you to discover him as I did. I'm dying for the next book, pun totally intended. Don't miss reading this one, it's worth it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... 3.5/5 Stars Ever since Nita was a little girl, she has worked for her mother dissecting the corpses of unnaturals and selling their body parts on the black market. One day, her mother brings home a live boy and tells Nita to dissect him. Nita instead decides to set him free, angering her mother. She then awakens the next day in a glass cage, the newest product to be sold on the black ma Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... 3.5/5 Stars Ever since Nita was a little girl, she has worked for her mother dissecting the corpses of unnaturals and selling their body parts on the black market. One day, her mother brings home a live boy and tells Nita to dissect him. Nita instead decides to set him free, angering her mother. She then awakens the next day in a glass cage, the newest product to be sold on the black market. This book has been compared to Dexter and This Savage Song, two of my favourite stories. That being said, I had very high expectations for this book. I can definitely see the comparisons, but the book didn't shine like the way I wanted it to. Don't get me wrong, it was very entertaining and I did thoroughly enjoy the story... but I wanted more. I realize this is only the first in a series, so I am intrigued to see where the story progresses as we were left on a big cliff hanger. The book is extremely gory, so if you are someone with a weaker stomach, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. The world building and different types of monsters were really interesting and I loved learning more about both. I love the fact that all these unnaturals look human so no one can tell who has abilities and who does not until its too late. The biggest down fall I had when it comes to this book was that at times it was very repetitive. There were full lines that were repeated through out the story and it had felt that I had already read some parts of the story before. The book is full of unlikeable characters, but I always seem to love them anyway. I really liked Nita as a main character. She was very self-aware and makes logical justifications for her actions. I really liked how she put her survival above everyone else's no matter what. She's not some soft heroine, she's a complete anti-hero and I love it. Kovit was definitely my favourite though, he is a Zannie, an unnatural who feeds off other peoples pain. I found his character development to be extremely well done and I loved learning more about him as the story progressed. I also really loved how the book had no romance, although it is obvious that some will come in the future books. I am definitely interested in picking up the next in the series and I'm excited to see what the author has in store for us!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mavence

    Halloweenathon Challenge 2018 🖤 BLACK HEART: Read a book in the point of view of an anti-hero or bad guy. 🗡 DAGGER: Read a book with something sharp on the cover. “But the problem with losing your morality is that sometimes it takes other things with it. You don’t realize the things that are important to you, in order to be the person you want to be, until you’ve already damaged them beyond repair.” I read this only because of one of my friends' reviews and welp that blurb really won me over. Th Halloweenathon Challenge 2018 🖤 BLACK HEART: Read a book in the point of view of an anti-hero or bad guy. 🗡️ DAGGER: Read a book with something sharp on the cover. “But the problem with losing your morality is that sometimes it takes other things with it. You don’t realize the things that are important to you, in order to be the person you want to be, until you’ve already damaged them beyond repair.” I read this only because of one of my friends' reviews and welp that blurb really won me over. This book doesn't gloss over villainy and the dark recesses of human nature. This is a character-driven book and while there may be some departments where it fell short, this for me, is such a revolutionary YA book that perfectly reveals the truth behind our "moral compasses". There are just words in this book that I find true and I never really would have thought about if it weren't for this. PEEVES 1. "She let out a breath she didn't know she was holding." I KNOW, I KNOW, YOU MIGHT THINK I'M OVERREACTING BUT WHEN THIS SPECIFIC SENTENCE GETS THROWN EVERY OTHER CHAPTER (or less) I JUST WANNA GOUGE MY EYES OUT. For the most part, it just seems like a lazy line and for a book with such graphic content, this sole sentence just disrupts the easy flow of the narrative. I guess, it's just my pet peeve but it would be so much better without that repetitive and unoriginal sentence. 2. Sometimes the action setup was just too easy. Alarmingly easy. AGAIN, IT'S ONLY SOMETIMES. EMPHASIS ON SOMETIMES. This felt like a lazy tactic once again and maybe it's also because this is the author's debut novel? Mind you, the whole thing with the dissection and whatnot are definitely graphic and gory to the point that I just have to take a breather since it was that vivid (AND SO GOOD), and it saddens me that some of the easy solutions here (there were actually only 2-3 of them ehhehe) kind of cancels out the excellent graphic parts here. (view spoiler)[maybe this has to do with the lack of security in the Market or how puny and completely underdeveloped this villains are to me (hide spoiler)] DIGS 1. IT WAS GRAPHIC AND GORY AND EXCELLENTLY EXECUTED 2. THE WHOLE MECHANICS AND TECHNICALITIES IN THE BLACK MARKET 3. KOVIT.KOVIT.KOVIT.KOVIT. NOT GONNA SPOIL ABOUT HIM BUT YOU HAVE TO READ THIS TO KNOW HIM AND TO LOVE/HATE HIM 4. All the sht with morality. This book just perfectly sends out a message with how morality in all its facets and how it is important in reminding people to be human. This is definitely one of my faves now and I NEED TO HAVE THE SECOND BOOK NOW. I CAN'T WAIT FOR ANOTHER BLEEDING YEAR. *sobs*

  23. 5 out of 5

    brittany

    For fans of dark fantasy, Not Even Bones needs to go to the top of your TBR pile. I mean, truly dark fantasy. Bloody fantasy populated by morally grey (VERY grey) characters, where no punches are pulled, everyone suffers, and the bad things that happen cannot be undone. Warnings: This book can be gruesome at times, and the violence is graphic. Summary: Nita dissects the bodies of monsters and helps her parents sell pieces of them on the black market. Then she gets betrayed, and ends up in the mo For fans of dark fantasy, Not Even Bones needs to go to the top of your TBR pile. I mean, truly dark fantasy. Bloody fantasy populated by morally grey (VERY grey) characters, where no punches are pulled, everyone suffers, and the bad things that happen cannot be undone. Warnings: This book can be gruesome at times, and the violence is graphic. Summary: Nita dissects the bodies of monsters and helps her parents sell pieces of them on the black market. Then she gets betrayed, and ends up in the most dangerous market of all - as one of the products. Reasons I love this book: --Setting: a body parts market in the middle of the Amazon, where the only escape is by boat on one of the most treacherous rivers in the world. Um, WOW. --PACING. Holy hell. I could not put this book down. I could never just read a few pages or a chapter at a time. The entire story takes place over a few days and the protagonist is in GREAT PERIL like 99% of the time, so the tension never lets up. Once it gets going the momentum propels you all the way to the end. --CHARACTERS!!! Not to be too spoilery, but this isn't a book about a hero. This is a supervillain origin story. And it is SUCH a delight to read. Nita, our protagonist, has an incredible arc, and the turning points in her development were handled so well, I absolutely believed her journey from the person she was at the start of the book to the person she became at the end. Supporting cast is FULL of fascinating characters, too. Her mom, Mirella, KOVIT (!!!), and (view spoiler)[the vampire and Fabricio, both of whom seem like they're going to play big roles in the sequel, which is exciting because I'm super interested in them (hide spoiler)] . --Don't get me wrong. The characters aren't just complex, compelling, and unique. They ARE all those things. But I also cared about them and felt invested in what happened to them. I didn't necessarily agree with things they did, or their morals (these aren't GOOD GUYS, remember) but I just liked them a whole damn lot. I just wanna hang out with them some more?? Where is book two???? --Set-up for the next book(s?) is excellent in that there are plenty of plot threads I can't WAIT to read more about, but the ending of book 1 is completely satisfying as it stands now. --The action scenes and the climax had my heart racing for real. AND WHAT A KICK-ASS, IMMENSELY SATISFYING CLIMAX THAT WAS. --Nothing is easy, and the protagonist is constantly making mistakes and having to deal with serious consequences that impacted the plot. --Some scenes are so visually amazing I kept wishing this book came with illustrations or that they'd put out a graphic novel version. I was totally immersed in this world, it all felt very vivid and real to me. --The subject matter is dark but I didn't find this to be an introspective, gloomy read. It was a lot of fun. It didn't bring me down the way dark books sometimes can. Maybe because of the twisty plot and all the action/adventure. TL;DR: If you like creepiness, monsters, complicated characters, and high-stakes adventure, pick this book up. It's completely different from anything else I've read in a long time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I love a dark book. Sometimes, books that are advertised as "dark" don't end up being such. Worry not, because Not Even Bones absolutely delivers on all promises of being messed up, while still managing to tell an intriguing story. I have seen some reviews that mention trigger warnings but... I wouldn't even know where to start, so I'll just say this: 'tis not for the squeamish among You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I love a dark book. Sometimes, books that are advertised as "dark" don't end up being such. Worry not, because Not Even Bones absolutely delivers on all promises of being messed up, while still managing to tell an intriguing story. I have seen some reviews that mention trigger warnings but... I wouldn't even know where to start, so I'll just say this: 'tis not for the squeamish among you. So why don't we talk about what I enjoyed about this one! The aforementioned disturbing fuckery. Oh how I love a book that makes me wonder how an author can come up with such depravity! I mean, when a book starts with a teenager prepping for an autopsy on her kitchen table, you know you're in for some shenanigans. And it truly is just the tip of the iceberg! How did I end up loving these characters with very questionable (if any) morality? I don't know, but I did. Nita was making all kinds of messed up choices based on self-preservation (or even, in the case of the dissections, pure morbid fascination), and sometimes she'd make me mad but then... nope. I liked her. I somehow liked a person who needs a scalpel in hand to relax. And then. Then I started to like one of the "bad" guys, and maybe I too am a terrible person, who can tell? In seriousness, I think that was kind of the point- that even though the main characters certainly aren't "good guys"... well, maybe there are no good guys. (You're welcome for sneaking that The 100 reference in.) Not everyone is... strictly human. There are all kinds of hybrid creatures- human passing, for the most part, but with some sort of supernatural ability or quirk. And because humanity as a whole is pretty horrible, people will pay a ton of money for umm bits and pieces of said supernatural beings. Hence the whole "dissection and sales" portion of the book. Even more, a lot of the supernatural creatures are loathed- and not just the ones with violent tendencies. It certainly brings up the very relevant real world question: why are many people so intolerant of anyone who's "different"?  The story had me on the edge of my seat! I had no idea how this was going to turn out, really. I didn't know at the time that there would be a sequel, and I am so happy that there will be. The story is non-stop excitement, even in the calmer, more character-driven moments. Speaking of character-driven moments, Nita (and even some of the other characters) went through some great development during the story. Nita was forced to do a whole lot of self-reflecting during the course of the book, and she had to come face to face with some things she might not have loved to acknowledge about herself. But she also found some strength and awareness she didn't know she had, too. The character growth was pretty fabulous.   Will I Read the Sequel: Oh yes yes definitely, I will take it now please and thank you. (Nevermind the fact that it's probably as yet unwritten.) Bottom Line: So wonderfully, completely demented, yet somehow managing to make me care for the equally maladjusted characters, this book definitely lived up to its premise!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crazy4Books

    Quick Summary: Set in a fascinating urban fantasy world where every possible supernatural you can think of exists. With each new creature discovered the demand for black market organs rises. Our main character Nita was raised in a household where dissecting and packaging dead supernaturals is an every day occurrence. With a not so great home life Nita has found reprieve in the calming structure of dissecting bodies. While in her lab all her problems fade away, but then her mother brings a live su Quick Summary: Set in a fascinating urban fantasy world where every possible supernatural you can think of exists. With each new creature discovered the demand for black market organs rises. Our main character Nita was raised in a household where dissecting and packaging dead supernaturals is an every day occurrence. With a not so great home life Nita has found reprieve in the calming structure of dissecting bodies. While in her lab all her problems fade away, but then her mother brings a live supernatural home for dissection. Faced with a moral dilemma she cannot so easily forget Nita will have to decide what lines she isnt willing to cross to please her mother. My Thoughts: Nita is a flawed character, but one I still came to really enjoy and appreciate. Its no surprise she turned out the way she did with a derranged mother like hers, but she was brave and resourceful when she needed to be. As for the other characters, we get to spend a bit of time with another female prisoner. I would have liked some type of friendship, but I totally understand why Nita doesnt make friends easily. The other character we get to meet is a supernatural guard. I was worried I wasnt going to enjoy their relationship, but by the end the author had me sold. I really liked the similarites between the two and how messed up they were. I wish we had more of the main characters physical description. I still have no idea what she looks like. I know her father is from Chile, but most of the information was vague. Nita has grown up all over the world. In this novel we get to explore some of Peru and a bit of the Amazon River which was exciting. I loved the huge variety of supernatural creatures and the black market setting. The addiction themes also added another great layer to the story. The more I think about this book the more I fall in love with it. Lots of books claim to be dark while this one actually fufills that claim. . The plot went in a direction I wasnt expecting. I enjoyed how the plot focused on some shady stuff like dissecting and selling organs. Despite not being biggest fan of captive plot lines I still found myself flying through this book. It has a gripping pace and easy writing. I also found "she let out the breath she didnt know she was holding" a bunch of times. Since Ive seen people talking about how cliche that line is every time I see it in a book it takes me out of the story. Its not a big deal, but I thought Id mention it. The cliff hanger at the end is making me want to read sequel as soon as possible. *received for review consideration*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Well I'm pissed. Apparently there's some kind of content in this book that makes it unable to be read on a kindle ereader so now I have to wait to see if my library approves the purchase and read it through the library.😡 I'm hyperventilating because I forgot this comes out TOMORROW This is probably in my top 5 most anticipated reads for next year. And yet we have NO COVER and IT DOESN'T EXIST ON AMAZON. Hello? I would like to preorder please? 2018 isn't that far away. y'all need to get your shit tog Well I'm pissed. Apparently there's some kind of content in this book that makes it unable to be read on a kindle ereader so now I have to wait to see if my library approves the purchase and read it through the library.😡 I'm hyperventilating because I forgot this comes out TOMORROW This is probably in my top 5 most anticipated reads for next year. And yet we have NO COVER and IT DOESN'T EXIST ON AMAZON. Hello? I would like to preorder please? 2018 isn't that far away. y'all need to get your shit together

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    ** 6 stars ** Listen. EVERYONE GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! Full review to come!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Moore

    This is a breakout bloody good book (pun totally intended), and if you don’t like blood, the idea of autopsies, or a lot of gore, I would stay far far away. But if you’re anything like me, and you don’t keel over at the thought of body parts being cut off (I know someone who does), and you’re looking for the most original dark fantasy this Fall (some would definitely call it horror), look no further. In ‘Not Even Bones’, Rebecca Schaeffer has given life, as gory, twisted, and fantastical as it m This is a breakout bloody good book (pun totally intended), and if you don’t like blood, the idea of autopsies, or a lot of gore, I would stay far far away. But if you’re anything like me, and you don’t keel over at the thought of body parts being cut off (I know someone who does), and you’re looking for the most original dark fantasy this Fall (some would definitely call it horror), look no further. In ‘Not Even Bones’, Rebecca Schaeffer has given life, as gory, twisted, and fantastical as it may be, to a sort of anti-hero we can’t help but rally behind, Anita, who not only is masterful when it comes to dissecting dead bodies, but who possesses magical capabilities (she’s able to turn her pain receptors on and off, and do amazing things like heal parts of her own body). Nita and her mother have traveled the world working within the black market of selling body parts of other ‘unnaturals’; Nita’s mother does the killing and Nita does the dissecting, something she enjoys, but she uses the moral reasoning whereby ‘it’s all okay because she’s not actually doing the killing, her mom is’. She even has dreams of one day doing medical research and putting her skills to good use. But then the day comes when Nita is betrayed and she ends up on the wrong side of the ‘Death Market’, and possibly will become body parts herself, and she really has to question all those good morals and boundaries she has set up for herself. She ends up putting trust in someone she’d never have imagined she’d have to, and doing things she’d sworn to herself she never would. And there’s a LOT of blood and guts along the way. I don’t like making comparisons, and make a point of not doing so myself, but the one that has been made about ‘Not Even Bones’, and is right on its cover, is that it’s a mashup of ‘Dexter’ and ‘This Savage Song’ by V.E. Schwab. I could barely tear myself away from the TV show ‘Dexter’, I loved it to death, but this isn’t why I read this book (just look at the scalpel on the cover), and making comparisons like the one made here doesn’t give author Rebecca Schaeffer the true credit she should even give herself (Dexter is referenced in the book, so I know she loved the show too). I relished all the adventure and the gore, but I also found the writing and story captivating, and not worth comparing to anything else, especially once I got lost inside this new world and involved with the characters. Above all, the questioning of Nita’s own existence, her morals, and her judgment in the situations that come up, was so fascinating to read, this book has levels beyond the ears and toes in jars of formaldehyde. It was so thought-provoking amidst all the horrifying bloodiness and excellent world-building, and that was so unexpected. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this series progress; the fate of Nita looked precarious at the end of the book, and I can’t wait for more blood and more magical ‘monsters’ to be cut up into tiny little pieces to make her strange future right again. One can only hope, and even if she doesn’t really ‘deserve’ it. Outstanding.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Voto effettivo: 4 stelline e mezza! Not Even Bones è il libro che mi serviva per uscire dalla reading slump. Ha tutto quello che tende a piacermi: protagonista moralmente grigia, corpi fatti a pezzi e mostri soprannaturali. Non poteva che catturarmi. Una delle cose che ho apprezzato di più è stata sicuramente la protagonista principale, Nita, per la quale l'unica cosa capace di rilassarla è una necroscopia umana. O meglio, la necroscopia di un mostro. Nita infatti lavora per la sua famiglia che è ne Voto effettivo: 4 stelline e mezza! Not Even Bones è il libro che mi serviva per uscire dalla reading slump. Ha tutto quello che tende a piacermi: protagonista moralmente grigia, corpi fatti a pezzi e mostri soprannaturali. Non poteva che catturarmi. Una delle cose che ho apprezzato di più è stata sicuramente la protagonista principale, Nita, per la quale l'unica cosa capace di rilassarla è una necroscopia umana. O meglio, la necroscopia di un mostro. Nita infatti lavora per la sua famiglia che è nel campo dello spaccio illegale di parti di mostri, che lei stessa disseziona e prepara alla vendita. Già qui l'ho adorata, mentre descrive il suo amore per la prima incisione, quella a Y, e l'ebrezza di rimuovere gli organi dalle varie cavità a ritmo della sua playlist di canzoni Disney. La mia psicopatica <3 Lei infatti si paragona da sola a personaggi come Hannibal, oppure Dexter, quelli che noi sappiamo essere dei sociopatici con zero empatia per le persone. Una cosa su cui lei ragiona molto è infatti il concetto di "colpa" e di come lo spettatore tenda a non riconoscere i due personaggi sopra citati come delle cattive persone, degli assassini, solo perchè l'omicidio è avvenuto off screen oppure perchè presi di target solo altri assassini. Nita stessa pensa di non fare nulla di male perchè a lei i cadaveri arrivano già freddi. Non so, questa cosa mi ha affascinato moltissimo e mi ha fatto apprezzare molto anche il resto dello svolgimento del libro che acquista profondità. Anche il protagonista maschile, Kovit, mi è piaciuto molto e non vedo l'ora di leggere di più sul suo personaggio nel secondo libro della serie. Non posso dirvi molto su di lui per non fare spoiler ma sappiate questo: è misterioso e ha un umorismo che io adoro, quindi in poche parole mi sono innamorata. Bene. Un altra cosa che ho apprezzato molto della narrazione sono i colpi di scena dietro ogni angolo, che ti fanno divorare il libro in una seduta sola. Anche quello finale è stato molto ben gestito e non vedo l'ora di leggere il prossimo libro. Sono sicura che se fosse già stato pubblicato mi sarei messa subito d'impegno a finirlo! Consigliatissimo per tutti i fan della Schwab e di This savage song in particolare, che amano anche un po' di splatter. Il livello di inglese è medio, non impossibile ma neanche estremamente facile per chi ha magari appena cominciato a leggere in lingua.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aila

    **CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS: dissections, sadism, mentions of suicide, gore, deaths, murders, cannibalism, detailed descriptions of torture, LOTS of blood and mutilation** READ WITH CAUTION. Ahem, now that THAT's out of the way, I can start extolling the story. Seriously, this book was such a surprising read! It was intense, dark, and super bloody. Fans of Dexter and Hannibal will find this one RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY. I LOVED Nita's character development and ambition. Definitely an unforgettable YA r **CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS: dissections, sadism, mentions of suicide, gore, deaths, murders, cannibalism, detailed descriptions of torture, LOTS of blood and mutilation** READ WITH CAUTION. Ahem, now that THAT's out of the way, I can start extolling the story. Seriously, this book was such a surprising read! It was intense, dark, and super bloody. Fans of Dexter and Hannibal will find this one RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY. I LOVED Nita's character development and ambition. Definitely an unforgettable YA read! Wow, this book… it was deliciously dark. Schaeffer brings readers into a tantalizing world where supernatural beings called unnaturals roam the earth and are mistrusted by the rest of the humans. Some of them are benign, such as fluffy dacts that are kept as pets, while some are dangerous, such as unicorns that suck the souls of virgins or kappas that eat human organs. Our main character, Nita, was raised by a mother that hunts down these terrifying unnaturals, leaving her to dissect them and sell on the black market. It’s kind of a family business, until Nita gets into trouble. From then on, the plot begins as she descends into a dark path where rules are loosened and morals painted gray. Review to come closer to publication date!

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