Your Blood, My Bones

Your Blood, My Bones


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Published 9th April 2024. 
Darci's Review

Your Blood, My Bones is a stunning addition to gothic/horror YA literature selections. Written by Kelly Andrew, author of The Whispering Dark, her new novel follows the lives of three people – Wyatt Westlock, Pedyr “Peter” Criafol, and James Campbell – as well as the estate of Willow Heath. Wyatt, heir to the estate, has the responsibility of care thrust into her hands when her father mysteriously falls ill and passes away. Armed with twisted memories and conflicted feelings, Wyatt sets off to Willow Heath with one thing on her mind: burning it all down. However, her plans are thwarted when she finds Peter strung up in chains in the basement. Confronted by old memories and cryptic comments from James and the weird, cloaked men on the estate border, Wyatt needs to search through their early lives at Willow Heath and the unnerving nature of her father’s secret society. Can Peter and James be trusted? And can Wyatt piece together the mystery unfolding before it’s too late?

Andrew's prose is magnificent, setting the perfect pace for the thrilling events that occur. As much as this was a gothic YA, the mystery and magic involved evolve the story into a psychological thriller, making you wonder whether you can trust what is right in front of your eyes. A gripping page turner, perfect for fans of magical gothic horror.

Publisher's Review

Wyatt Westlock has one plan for the farmhouse she's just inherited -- to burn it to the ground. But during her final walkthrough of her childhood home, she makes a shocking discovery in the basement -- Peter, the boy she once considered her best friend, strung up in chains and left for dead.

Unbeknownst to Wyatt, Peter has suffered hundreds of ritualistic deaths on her family's property. Semi-immortal, Peter never remains dead for long, but he can't really live, either. Not while he's bound to the farm, locked in a cycle of grisly deaths and painful rebirths. There's only one way for him to break free. He needs to end the Westlock line.

He needs to kill Wyatt.

With Wyatt's parents gone, the spells protecting the property have begun to unravel, and dark, ancient forces gather in the nearby forest. The only way for Wyatt to repair the wards is to work with Peter -- the one person who knows how to harness her volatile magic. But how can she trust a boy who's sworn an oath to destroy her? When the past turns up to haunt them in the most unexpected way, they are forced to rely on one another to survive, or else tear each other apart.