Standalone Sunday is a weekly challenge created by Megan @ Book Slayer Reads where we give more time and focus to standalone books.
This week, I have The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale.
Evie’s shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed – the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.
Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.
As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can’t fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.
This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can’t talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable.
A blend of psychological thriller and fairytale, The Bone Dragon explores the fragile boundaries between real life and fantasy, and the darkest corners of the human mind.
This is one of the rather rare YA Contemporaries that graces my bookshelves. It is romance free, focuses on different issues, and contains a complete and supportive family unit. What I like about it is that Evie is not a character that wants pity. She is flawed, unreliable, jumps the gun a little, and I can imagine her as a real teenager. I also love her family and it is great that they each gradually come to help one another with their own problems.
I wish the author would write some more books because I really like her style and YA needs more books like it.
Perect for anyone who is looking for a non-fluffy YA Contemporary.
Thanks for reading and have a good day!