Rating – 💖💖💖💖💖
The Bone Garden is a middle grade book, which I didn’t know going into it, and also kind of didn’t know when I finished it either. I usually associate middle grade books with really childish and silly writing, and so I usually try to avoid it – think Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
I’m happy to report that this book is nothing like Diary of a Wimpy Kid; it is breathtaking and beautiful and completely and utterly creepy, and I absolutely loved it. The main character, Irreélle, is made up of bone dust and imagination, and she’s so innocent and desperate to be loved that she broke my heart. She tries desperately to please her master, Miss Vesper, who gives her nothing but threats and insults back. I loved seeing her break free from Miss Vesper, and I also loved the fact that it wasn’t just a sudden thing: Irreélle struggles over the course of the book to adapt to life without having to please Miss Vesper, and I loved seeing her finally manage to break free.
Despite the creepy (but beautiful!) cover, and the fact that this book is set in a graveyard, The Bone Garden is actually pretty funny. And I also imagine that, should any middle grade child read it, it will scar them as severely as Coraline scarred me.
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a review copy.