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All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

autumnalia's review

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3.0

Spooky as heck, with echoes of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norris in its meticulous treatment of each scene and character. Ultimately a bit of a wandering mess though, and I had trouble caring for any of the characters. 

lynn415's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

graco's review

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3.5

 Lovely gothic, spooky slightly magical setting. The writing was somewhat overwrought but mostly it worked. The pacing was a bit off - took too long at beginning to set up the narrative and then threw a bunch of new plotpoints and unfleshed out characters at the storyline in the second half that she struggled to wrap up. 

tomesandtravels's review

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5.0

One of the best books I’ve ever read, it made me gasp out loud constantly, cry fat hot tears, and fall in love with the art of literature and reading all over again.

Don’t start this with the notion that it’s a typical YA fantasy, it absolutely is not! What it is, however, which more than makes up for not falling into that trope, is a rich novel filled with stirring dialogue, rich world building, and one of the best female protagonists I’ve come across in a long time.

This will be a constant reread for me, after reading the digital copy now I HAVE to obtain a physical one to place it on my bookshelf, it was truly that good of a journey.

lucassalvatore's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

Spoiler
 
All the Murmuring Bones by Angela Slatter is a novel about a young, unloved woman, Miren, who attempts to find out more about her past and her parents as a result of Grandmother’s untimely death and ensuing estate crisis. The book is a mysterious, adventure novel with light magic elements. 

There are two main issues with All the Murmuring Bones: 

1 – The book ends right as it seemingly finds its footing. 

2 – The book seemingly cannot decide what story it’s telling. 

I found that the novel found its founding around the 65% completion point – which is around the time that Miren finds her parents hidden estate, is introduced to her first familial relationship since her abusive Grandmother, and when the reader begins to get the first hints of answers to some of the book’s mysteries. 

Unfortunately, because it’s so late that All the Murmuring Bones is at its most interesting state, there isn’t enough time to flesh out the discovery and subsequent byproduct. This results in the latter half of the book feeling like it needed the most time to tell its story, whereas the first portion of the book received more time than it necessarily needed. The book feels like it should be twice length that it is. 

Furthermore, All the Murmuring Bones is essentially telling two stories – one about Miren coming to grips about who she is a person and what her role in the world is after escaping her Grandmother’s slavish promontory estate; and the other is the mystery of where her parents escaped to. The two stories may sound like they would intertwine harmoniously – but they do not – it feels like two separate tales; with the first half of the book dedicated to the former; and the second half dedicated to the latter. 

This is disappointing because at it’s best – All the Murmuring Bones is a real page-turner and the mystery of Miren’s parents and the subsequent discoveries is intriguing. However in the back of your mind you know there cannot be a proper pay-off because the length of the book simply won’t allow it. 

Despite this – I enjoyed my time with the book and I feel like Angela Slattern would turn-out a special story was given enough space to breathe. 

demi_binnema's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5

readingwithmandi's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

4.25

sherrybomb's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

Irish fairy tales mixed into a larger story. 

darkblueem's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

the beginning is slow but the payoff is SO worth it. super intriguing premise and the way everything comes together in the end is amazing. I will definitely be seeking out the author's other works—her writing is wonderful. 

dckathleen's review

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

Witches, magic, intrigue, a Kelpie, carni orous mermaids, a traveling circus, murder, a multigenerational pact, a terrible cousin out for ...marriage, a deceitful uncle out for...maybe also marriage? This book has all that and more!