The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel
Publishing date October 17, 2017
A ragtag team of eleven-year olds with otherworldly abilities set out to solve the mystery behind the sudden onset of ordinary events plaguing their very unusual town.
Compared to other more ordinary towns, Quiver Hollows is a very strange, very curious place. It is also home to longtime friends Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope. In a town where everyone is spectacularly abnormal, Grimsly feels bad about being terribly, unforgivably normal, as the town’s pet funeral director. So when a series of strange and disturbing mundane occurrences begins plaguing Quiver Hollows, well, Grimsly fears his growing celebrity just might be to blame since everyone knows that the things you focus on the most have an uncanny way of shaping your world.
The group of friends also learn that the bones in the pet cemetery are thought to be the source of the strange magic that binds the town of Quiver Hollows. With the bones now gone, the town’s magic is quickly dissipating. Will it ultimately become as common and ordinary as everywhere else?
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
This was such a delightful and fun read. I loved the characters and the plot just kept me spell bound from the beginning to the end. There has been no indication that it is the start of a series, but I certainly hope that it is. I really want to spend more time with this group of friends and in Quiver Hollows.
Grimsly is such an interesting character. He doesn’t have any magical qualities like his friends, but he has found his niche as the town’s pet funeral director. I love that he walks around in a suit and tie with a messenger bag, he is just so adorable. His friends are also very likable and I would love to have some of their talents. Unfortunately we don’t see as much of his Quiver Hollow friends in the story as I would have liked. When Grimsly goes out into the ‘normal’ world his friends stay behind. It is all left up to him and his new friend Frankie to figure out what is wrong with his town and how to save it. Frankie is adorable too, and maybe has some qualities that will help Grimsly solve his mystery.
The bad guys in this story are pretty evil. They are bullies and the ring leader, Headmaster Moonsliver deserves what he gets in the end. Grimsly is not treated very nicely by the boys he meets at the academy, but once you understand that Moonsliver is behind all of his mistreatment and that some of the boys truly don’t want to be bullies, you start to hope that Grimsly can turn them around. What the bad guys are doing with the bones they steal from Quiver Hollow, is quite gruesome and has a high ick value, that really makes you cringe as you read it.
I highly recommend this book with some very adorable characters, and some evil nasty ones. The plot is entertaining and fast moving with twists and turns that will keep you turning those pages.