Here’s the Tea: A Review of Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer


Book Summary:

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. 

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

Here’s the Tea:

This book is sooo weird and kind of dark.

Nita is an odd bird, with an odd set of moral codes, which ultimately leads to her downfall.

Nita is fine dissecting and selling monster body parts so long as they aren’t living and breathing first. But, when her cray and emotionally unavailable mother brings home one alive Nita ain’t having it so she lets him go. Unfortunately for her she goes up on the chopping block in his place, sold to the black market.

Why, you ask, would Nita be sold to the black market?

Turns out Nita’s a monster too with the very valuable ability to control her body. She can turn her pain receptors off and on, heal herself, build body mass and muscles with a thought which is kind of cool. It’s just too bad other monsters think that consuming parts of her body will make them immortal.

Things get pretty interesting once Nita is “sold” and she ends up cell mates with a pink dolphin, yes dolphin, and a pain eating psycho as a guard, who seems just as happy to torture people, which he does, as he is to help Nita in her current predicament.

I liked Nita’s relationships with the guard and dolphin. One was like an odd sisterhood and the other was a strange potential love interest.

I think Nita was supposed to come across as a sociopath, but I didn’t find that to quite be the case, sure her inner thoughts are sometimes dark and always bizarre, but I always felt like she had compassion for others and a pretty good moral compass for someone who feels the need to dissect things as one might feel the need to meditate to center themselves.

Again, weird book, but the characters are strangely compelling. I want to know what happens to Nita and co. next.

The Rating:

More like 3.7 toadies so I’ll round up.

Favorite Character:

Mirella, for reasons.

This is definitely a Halloween recommend if you’re wanting to read something that’s creepy and borderline scary.

Have you read Not Even Bones? What did you think? Comments and thoughts are always most welcome!

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