Feb 24, 2014
Book Review: River of Bones by Angela J. Townsend
River of Bones
by Angela J. Townsend
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
River of Bones is the first book by Angela J. Townsend I've read but it won't be the last. That woman has a unique way to describe a story's setting. From the swamp to the little details of the house, she set the perfect creepy mood for the story.
In River of Bones, Dharma, her mother and her baby brother move to a new 'haunted' house as part of Dharma's mother job of performing fake exorcisms. Dharma thinks it'll be just another quick stop, a few weeks pretending to clear the house of malevolent spirits, before they pack up again and leave. But once they arrive, Dharma's mum goes missing and Dharma and her brother get chased to the swamp where Dharma gets cursed by the evil spirit residing in the water. Now, Dharma has to fight the evil spirit before it's too late for her.
The best thing about this book, as I already said, is the setting. It is so creepy and gothic. The old plantation and the swamp, the rooms inside the mansion. It all helps bring the story into live. And also creeps the hell out of the reader. Another thing I did enjoy a lot was the history of the place. The old family and the slaves and the curse. It all wrapped up pretty well.
What I did not enjoy that much was firstly the romance. I think the book would be so much better if Wolf, the love interest, was a girl and he was just a new friend for Dharma. I didn't care much for their growing love. And it was also kind of an instant love, which I am not a big fan of. Also I didn't really connect with Dharma, and since she is the main character that was a problem while reading the story. The one character I did enjoy was Sassy, the old lady that knew all about the house and the curse.
All in all, this was a creepy read. The story will definitely pull you in. It's fast paced and never really dull.