Author: Heleen Davies
Series: The Bone Thief Saga #1
Publication: October 18, 2022 by Ingram
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Find it on: Amazon
Introducing a newly reimagined tale written in the vein of The Little Mermaid meeting Hades and Persephone.
Bound to steal her queen magical bones, thief Lynne knows only one mistake equals death. And yet, she dreams of living in the forbidden world upon the surface, hating every minute in the Underworld. When she secretly develops a crush on a human, she loses a bone in his realm and has no choice but to strike a deal with the only one who could help—an evil witch. To save her life, she must earn the man’s love and bring back the bone in 99 days.
Rio Renero is a notorious gang leader in Chicago and his life has been set to one purpose—to get back at his enemies. With a mysterious, beautiful girl showing up on his doorstep, he sees the solution to his machinations. She offers him a chance at a deadly heist that could destroy all his enemies. In return, he must help her steal a book. What a cinch.
As Lynne and Rio dig deep into a dark net of politics, magic and passion, they need to learn to trust each other.
Not so easy, considering they’re not quite sure whether to kiss or kill each other.
The Bone Thief’s Tale by Heleen Davies is a New Adult Romantasy inspired by The Little Mermaid + Hades and Persephone. Not everything about this book was my cup of tea exactly but it was still an enjoyable read.
What worked for me:
I love that the story was inspired by The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite fairy tales and Disney movies. You can definitely see the elements of the famous tale
Rio Renero, who’s a gang leader in Chicago. I love my dark heroes and he definitely fit the bill for me.
The descriptions. I really enjoyed the descriptions, especially of the Underworld.
What didn’t work for me:
The dialogue didn’t always work for me. Sometimes, especially when it was a chapter in the point of view of Lynne it felt kind of juvenile and a little too YA for me.
Around the midway point I started losing my interest a bit. I powered through in the end, which I’m glad I did, but in the end I couldn’t give the book more than three stars. It was an okay read but that was it for me, unfortunately.
About the author:
Heleen Davies is a 29-year-old teacher with a passion for writing and creating different worlds. Her debut, THE BONE THIEF’S TALE, is the first in a planned trilogy. She writes Fantasy Romance, set in magical worlds with fierce heroines and broody, morally gray heroes you’ll fall in love with. Heleen is a mother to a little girl and a Golden Retriever, lives in the mountains and usually sticks her nose in all kinds of books.