- File Size: 5427 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (April 23, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CHPQBS1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Plus, when your younger brother is possessed by a centuries old entity who has a taste for mayhem and shady moral values, family fun tends to get a bit awkward...real quick.
I liked both Retz and Jarrod though I found it quite easy to dislike their father, Alexander. While Retz and Jarrod both have their own moral codes that I could reconcile with, I just felt like Alexander was lacking something to make me warm up to him.
Jarrod is the older brother who's been forced to take up his father's mantle. Thanks to dear old dad, he has to take up any supernatural mission that he's offered- whether he wants to or not. Jarrod is a character with a lot of layers. He loves his family, but he hasn't had an easy time connecting with them. He cares about his boyfriend, but his family issues get in the way of his relationship, making him more secretive than is healthy, and building up walls when he really needs to learn to let someone in instead. Not only Jarrod gay, but he's also transgender. Graves incorporates this into the story line quite casually, to the point where I had to reread a line or two in order to make sure I hadn't missed something. I liked that there was a transgender character who had a purpose; Jarrod isn't just there to be "the transgender one." He has the opportunity to be complex.
Retz is in an intriguing predicament. He shares his body with an entity called Nalem, who has no shortage of snark, supernatural knowledge, and morbid power. Unfortunately for Retz, Nalem isn't just a passive passenger; he can actually take full control of Retz's body, acting and speaking however he wishes. Nalem's dark nature has driven a wedge between Retz, Jarrod, and their father.
The plot was pretty easy to follow, and there's enough world-building to help the reader make sense of what's going on. The chapters are told from both Retz and Jarrod's points of view, so we get a glance into both of their minds, usually something that I enjoy. The pacing was faster in the beginning, but it started to slow down in the second half. Overall, it was interesting enough for me to follow through, but I'm not sure that I was grabbed enough to keep going with a sequel.
First, I’m not a “book cover” reader, but honestly, the cover on this book definitely got my attention. Enough that I took a chance on a new author. (The synopsis was a pretty good draw for me too 😉 ) I’m happy to say that this is one time that a cover definitely lived up to the book.
I had no idea what to expect from Bones and Bourbon, but needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. From the very first chapter, the mystery and action didn’t stop. Not only that, the world building was as much a part of the story as the characters involved.
Part of the reason why I’m drawn to PNR is my love of mythology and it seems that the Deadly Drink series will be full of mythological creatures and legends. The twists that Dorian Graves has added to her take on some familiar creatures was more than interesting. Blood thirsty unicorns for example.
Family is a strong force in Bones and Bourbon as well and there were times that it was hard to tell if the brothers were working for or against each other. There were twists and turns that had my head spinning, danger, mystery and a little bit of romance thrown into the mix – all of it thrown together to keep the pages turning.
It wasn’t clear from the end of Bones and Bourbon, but I was more than a little excited that this book was just the beginning of series. A series that I can’t wait to continue. I can’t wait to see what the Gallows brothers – and company – get into next.
I received Bones and Bourbon in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Perfect for fans of Christopher Moore! I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.
First off, I'm just going to say that this isn't the type of book I usually read. I'm afraid I was lost most of the time, wondering what was going on and if I was missing something. The book was beautifully written and perfectly edited so the fault is my own, and not the author's.
If you enjoy fantasy, mystical creatures, high adventure, and lots and lots of descriptions of kinda gruesome stuff, then this is the book for you.