Author: Michelle I. Brooks
Published: April 20th 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down.
Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life?
Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself
My take: The reason I agreed to read this book was because of it’s premise. I have a firm belief in past lives myself, so that was a big and easy YES to read this. When I received the book, I can’t tell you how excited I was.
Delving into the book, I found myself lost in the world that belonged to Sydney. I must admit, she reminded me a lot of myself at times. And I won’t lie when I said, Michelle had me at page 3 when she used the term “bass-ackwards”. Who does that? Michelle, that’s who! So that drew me in right away. Going through a journey about a girl and her dealing with life itself seemed very natural, until she revealed where she felt most at home.
Throughout the book I kept wondering, “why does she feel so at home…not at home?” But it reveals itself later on through the book as to why exactly she’s more comfortable in a place that’s not a home. Does that make sense? No? Well that’s okay, you’ll get it if you read it. There are so many things revealed throughout the book, but then again, there are things left out so it makes you truly go “okay, what next?!”
I really loved Syd, if you couldn’t tell already…but I also loved Beau. He’s such a forlorn character in the book, and though sometimes we really don’t see much of him, you can tell there’s this hint of something else being there…linking him to Syd in a way no other person could possibly be linked.
Mr. Askew was probably my least favorite character, but he was so well written for the part. He reminded me very much of a former teacher that I had that most people are too unwilling to speak of! No one ever believes that teachers are capable of being these sick creatures, but I feel like Michelle did such a wonderful job of portraying that aspect, that people might now actually believe it.
All in all, the story captured so much in me because of the reactions Syd had to things, the way she talked, and the way the story panned out. You can tell by the ending that there’s so much more to Syd and Beau’s story that it could definitely be turned into more books. Knowing it will be is extremely exciting.
I gave this book 4 birds on a chance. I absolutely ADORE the cover, it’s actually perfect for the story itself. The story itself pulled my mind in different directions, and I think that’s why I liked it so much. I can’t wait to see where Syd, Beau, and even TJ and Sarah go next. It will surely be exciting.
Special thanks to Michelle too for sending the book my way!