June 27, 2014

Boneseeker Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the BONESEEKER tour! Today I'm sharing my review of the book - and don't forget to enter the fantastic tour wide giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.


Author: Brynn Chapman
Genre: YA Historical/Mystery
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books


Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn't fit the role of a proper 1900's lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella's dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment--to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child's play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal ... or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

Boneseeker is a delightful mystery full of twists, action, and romance. The two main characters are Arabella Holmes - daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes, and Henry Watson - the son of Dr. Watson, Sherlock's partner. They have been best friends since childhood, although they've been separated for a few years because of schooling. Now Henry is in the United States and working at the Mutter Museum - the same place that Arabella is employed. Reunited after years, the two easily slide back into their friendship and become inseparable once more. Being together brings back feelings on both sides that they have tried to deny for several years - but this time there's no denying their love for each other. Sent to recover mysterious skeletal remains from upstate New York, Arabella and Henry discover much more than they intended to - including secrets that some people want to remain hidden. Will they be able to escape the danger surrounding them and uncover the truth?

I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description. I love mysteries and thrillers - so when you add in a paranormal aspect with dark secrets - I'm in. Add to that the fact that the main characters are the son and daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - and, of course, some romance - it made the book a must read. The plot was fast paced and told from alternating viewpoints - from that of Arabella and Henry. I liked that the author used this technique because we get to know the characters on a deeper level than when a single viewpoint is used. I loved how spunky and bold Arabella was - she was a fantastic leading lady. Henry was a great character as well - he was smart, protective, and determined to find out the truth. They made a great pair and I absolutely loved watching them both struggle with their feelings and then seeing their relationship grow. The plot was exciting and had great twists and turns that kept you guessing throughout most of the book. The Nephilim aspect put the story on a new level for me and gave the novel something that made it stand out from others in the genre. Everything was well done concerning the book - from the characters and the plot to the vivid descriptions and fast paced plot. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre and those looking for a fun and quick read.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism. 

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