Behold the Bones

Behold the Bones

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Candy Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.That doesn't mean Candy's a believer, however. But with swamp haunts appearing in town every day, a suspicious new family in town, and her own mind starting to betray her, Candy must come to terms with the one piece of swamp lore she's never heard before. It's a tale that's more truth than myth, and may hold all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy's own family tree.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016
ISBN: 9780062241559
Branch Call Number: PARKER
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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Behold the Bones is a fantastic return to Sticks, Louisiana.

Told primarily from the point of view of Candace Pickens, this book is a lesson is how to paint relationships in a story. Couple that with some excellent world-building and Sticks' unique flavor of magic, and you have one hell of a good read.

I particularly enjoy Natalie's ability to illustrate a characters thoughts in a way we can't help but know exactly how they feel:

"I sweep my light at the level of the water, ready to pee if I spot the flash of eyeshine."

A fun, fast romp that I recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.

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