Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – Review

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer bookstagram photo for book review.jpgSummary:

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.

Review: 4 Stars

Not Even Bones sounded fresh and exciting from the beginning. Nita dissects supernaturals that her mom kills and sells the body parts online. While I though that would make a great story, instead Nita winds up on the supernatural black market herself. Most of the time not reading an entire blurb leads to nice plot surprises, but not so much in this case. It was still interesting, but not at all what I expected,

Not Even Bones was a super fast read. I found that I whipped right through it. But not a lot actually happened in this novel. There was a lot of relationship building, but not a lot of action like you would expect in a fast paced book like this one was. There wound up being a bit of an enemies to lovers/friends thing that was its own weird version of Stockholm Syndrome.

The two main characters were both more on the black side of morally grey and that’s what made them so much fun to read about. They were really flawed, messed up people, or rather, supernaturals, to read about. Kovit was a Zannie, meaning that he fed on physical and emotional pain, so he tortured people to survive. Nita was once on the sellers side of the supernatural body part black market and had a weird obsession with cutting supernaturals apart. They were not your everyday characters, which is a huge part of why I wanted to read this book. On the aspect of morally grey characters, this book did not disappoint.

Not Even Bones did fall a bit short for me though. The plot went in a completely different direction that I expected it to. Part of that is my fault for not reading the whole blurb. Nita wound up a victim of the black market herself, when I really expected her to be more of an anti-hero. I was hoping for a story where she realized that cutting up bodies of supernaturals was wrong. Based on how the book started I was thinking that was how it would have gone, but I was really off. Honestly, the idea behind the story was great, but the execution was lacking. It was a good story, sure. But it could have been amazing.

Overall it was a good light and fast orignal fantasy novel. I loved the morally grey characters and the whole idea of the book, but was a bit disappointed in the direction that the plot went. If you  are looking for a quick, fresh fantasy to read, this is perfect. But if you are looking for an intricate plot and deep characters, then I would skip this one.

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