Monday, January 25, 2016

How to know you’ll love THE BONE SEASON before you start it

THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
Book 1 // Finished Edition Sent from Publisher
Goodreads // Amazon
Published August 20, 2013

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

So I think THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon is the epitome of the bee’s knees. I mean it has so freaking much going for it and I was just totally not expecting it. Though, I suppose, I really should have known. In order to help you hurry along your prance to a copy of THE BONE SEASON, I’ve complied a list of things you can check off in order to figure out if this book is the book you’ve been searching for.

One.) You are faced with books, on occasion, with excerpts- maybe they’re just sentences, snippets- that are so beautiful and so moving that you just have to take a deep breath and let that psychotic grin overtake your face. I mean, you look like The Joker for a little while, but that book? So worth it.

"I apologize for upsetting you. But even if you resent me, know I only sought to understand you. You can hardly blame me for your refusal to be understood.”

This quote was that for me. It reminds me of the quote from George Orwell’s 1984, Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

I like that.

Two.) You happen to fall for Darkling-like and Darcy-like characters faster than a rockslide down a mountain. Sometimes you even fall to sleep wondering what it would be like for these two to be mushed together and given a save/destroy-the-world complex. Well, darling. Search no more.

May I present to you Warden. Your newest book boyfriend. He enjoys lots of things. But you’ll just have to find all that out for yourself.

"He was the single most beautiful and terrible thing I'd ever laid eyes on."
And hell to the no, this was in no way, shape, or form insta-love. Praise the Lord for small mercies. It was more like insta-want to kill and maim and set on fire and maybe make you go insane. Sounds like a toatal Lady Gaga song. MWAHAHA. Hehehe.

Three.) You like your evil queen badass. You want her marrow to be steeped in bad intentions. You want her morals to be trampled. You want her to trample people.

Oh honey baby sweetheart are you ever in the right place. Because this mistress of all things going to hell breaks everything, she takes what she wants. And she’s determined to get what it is she wants at whatever the cost, and no matter now high the body count is.

Four.) You like your heroines to mess up and make mistakes and have regrets. But you want them to embrace them, not to let that slow them down. You want them to allow those regrets to have a place inside of them, and you want that heroine to fight to the skin of her teeth. Of course, supernatural abilities are a plus. So is the inability to bow down.

 "Your eyes hold death. Death and ice."


  1. I LOVED THIS ONE SO MUCH. The Mime Order is even better!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. SO SAME, BABE. I'll be getting TMO from the library real soon!