ARC Review: The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Happy Tuesday y’all! And happy release day to The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley! I loved Sarah Raughley’s Effigies series, so I was the most excited when I was given access to the eARC via Netgalley (thanks Simon Pulse).

The Bones of Ruin 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten. 

I loved the premise of this book so much! And it was super action packed- so much happened throughout, so I was definitely never bored, but there were times where I was like huh? How does this go with what just happened? I loved the tournament and the way that was executed. The teams were all so different and had different strengths that they played up and that made things so interesting. I also really liked Iris as a main character. I wasn’t as much of a fan of the love triangle/love polygon that was going on (like everyone was in love with Iris), but thankfully she was more focused on her end goal than getting distracted by al of the people in love with her, so that was good. The whole end of the world storyline was interesting and I’m excited to see where it goes in book 2! Overall, The Bones of Ruin is a fun read and a great beginning to this series! I can’t wait to see where these books go from here!

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