Review – Bad Bones by Graham Marks
Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case.
Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave.
Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…
Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series!
See the creepy trailer below!
Publisher – Stripes Publishing
Date Published – 4th May 2015
Pages – 336 pages
Format – Paperback
Category – UKYA / YA Horror
I was sent a copy of this book via LoveReading4Kids and the wonderful Stripes Publishing! This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review. Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending me this book to read!
** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**
Bad Bones by Graham Marks is the fourth book to be released in 2015 as part of the new YA Horror Red Eye Series by Stripes Publishing with another title to come later this year.
Today I am bringing you my review and an exclusive extract from the book!
Also check out my Q&A with Graham Marks here
As you all may already know I love a creepy and scary read and loved the previous Red Eye books I have read so far, Frozen Charlotte (see my guest post with Alex Bell here or my review here), and Flesh and Blood (see my guest post with Simon Cheshire here or my review here) .
I used to love the 90’s Point Horror series when I was a teenager as well as being a huge fan of James Dawson and I am excited about the whole premise of a new UK YA Horror series with a contemporary makeover that has left me craving more and to collect and read the rest in the series asap.
You can find the original press release and more information on the fantastic Red Eye series here.
You can see the creepy Red Eye Series book trailer below….if you dare!
Graham Mark’s contribution to the fab Red Eye series is a welcome addition and one that I enjoyed. I am a huge Indiana Jones fan and I found that whilst not exactly the same it had hints of a young Indiana Jones feel to the book which I thoroughly enjoyed!
Bad Bones tells the story of Gabe who’s family have fell on hard times and he is desperate to try and ease the burden and help his family even if it means running illegal errands for the school bully! One night up in the canyon he stumbles across a shallow grave and some bones! Upon further investigation he discovers a gold bracelet and decides that this may be the answer to his families troubles…he could be rich! But what Gabe discovers is that he as unearthed something truly sinister! Somebody wants that bracelet back and will do anything to retrieve it! Gabe finds he has awoken something truly terrifying!
The book explores an Aztec back story with Gabe unearthing the bracelet and then starting to have dreams about ancient rituals with gold masks and crucifixes and sacrifices! And when an owl, some coyotes and a stranger start to follow him and stare at him from afar Gabe begins to feel like there is something strange going on!
[On a side note – every time Gabe went up to the canyon or the Aztec’s were mentions I kept visualising the Crystal Maze Aztec zone! What is wrong with me!!!!! Does anyone remember this? *Grabs crystal and runs for the exit*]
The characters in Bad Bones were all unique with the main focus being on Gabe and a growing friendship between himself and girl scout Stella who tries to warn Gabe about running errands for school bully Benny and his right hand “bozos” who’s decked out van sounded awesome! Just me?! Whilst being a story about ghosts and Aztec rituals it had a good theme of friendship with Gabe and his best friend Anton being “blood brothers”! There were pictures and the scars to prove it! And with often occurring messages about trust it made me actually care for Gabe and his friends!
I especially related to Gabe’s love for Peanut M&M’s! Nom Nom Nom! He even cracks open a huge XXL bag to share with Stella! Now THATS friendship! If that was me….nope too late they are all gone! Yummy in my tummy!
For me the best character was Father Simon who Gabe and Stella turn to for help! A man of the cloth and an ex CSI agent! Yes you heard me right!
*plays CSI Las Vegas music*
And in his Mission / Church he had all kinds of ex CSI gadgets and gizmos and equipment and I LOVED him! He was so cool! He could even tell you if your note had been written in blood!
And…and….and….that’s not all! Oh no indeedy! Not only is he a man of the cloth and ex forensic scientist….he is also a forensic historian!!!!
See…Father Simon = AWESOME!
*Throws peanut M&M’s in mouth in satisfaction*
There was a few heart racing moments in this book with one being when Gabe’s sister is in danger and he first encounters and realises what is after him! What pursues is a showdown where a crucifix and determination save the day…..well on this particular day anyway!
I also have a favourite line / quote from this book which I thought was chillingly beautiful….
“Like this coin, life is all about what you do with it, how you choose to spend it”
This book gets you straight into the action and whilst getting some back stories into the character it is more focused on the present and the story with some religious undertones, creepy goings on, ritual style murders, a angry man with red eyes and an action packed ending…I would NOT want to be the school bully in this book 😉
It’s a great addition to the Red Eye collection! Go grab a copy! But make sure it’s not guarded by some ancient bones! 😉
Do check back in a couple of weeks for a Q&A with the author Graham Marks! Now without further ado I present to you an exclusive extract from Bad Bones……
I am honoured, with the publishers permission to be able to share a fab exclusive extract with you from Bad Bones! Read and Enjoy…….IF YOU DARE!
Don’t forget to check below the extract for the Tales rating of this book!
I award this book 3 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!
You can find out more about author Graham Marks on his website here
Or check out my Q&A with Graham Marks here
Or a guest post of Scary Moments here
You can buy a copy of Bad Bones here
Or why not checkout the other titles in the Red Eye Series here
Don’t forget to check out the fab Lovereading4kids also! – here
Have you read this book or any of the other books in the Red Eye Series? What did you think? Are you a fan of YA Horror? Do you think you will give this book a go after reading this review? I would love to hear from you – please leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!