Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks

Time is running out … the Dark that's been chasing Syd for many lifetimes has finally caught up with her … 

Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down. 

Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life? 

Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself. (copied for Goodreads)


As the start of Bone Dressing, you meet Syd a troubled but mostly normal teenage girl. When I say mostly normal, she likes to spend her nights hanging out in the local cemetery. It is sitting in the cemetery, that she meets Remy who Sydney starts calling Beau. The reason I love this is that it makes me think of Remy LeBeau or Gambit from the X-men. I know my geek is showing, but before I completely put that away. Here is what I pictured the entire time for Beau. Ok, geek shoved back down inside, and drool wiped off keyboard.

Along with Beau, Sydney meets T.J. and Sarah. I love Sarah; she is just an angelic little girl. The three of them are there to help Sydney realized that this is not the first life she has lived. In all her lives, something has gone wrong; a big bad evil was chasing her down. The key to finding out how to stop it is to revisit her past lives. In this book, Syd only visits one of her past lives, but with six other books, I expect to visit even more. Bone Dressing is just the beginning of Sydney’s story.

I just loved this book for so many reasons. The whole story is told through the eyes and mind of Sydney. I just love the sardonic snark of Sydney’s “voice.” I really grew to care about Syd, and it caused me to love this story even more. The best part about Bone Dressing is the 180-degree turn it takes about half way through the novel. I did not expect or see it coming at all. That makes me like the book even more; there was no indication at all. Reading is always more enjoyable, when it tell you a story you did not know you would hear.

I just love the whole past lives, and reincarnation aspect of Bone Dressing. It is an unusual subject is a refreshing read. I could not be more pleased and grateful that Michelle contacted me to review this book. I love the relationship between Beau and Sydney it is more realistic. They are fight and have arguments just like a normal relationship. Bone Dressing is just an interesting read that grows on you.  

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yay! So glad you love BD! Michelle is a fabulous writer & i can't wait for the next book.
Great review!

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