Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ A Boat Made of Bone by Nicole Grotepas

~Jennifer~ | 9:00 AM | | | | |

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Boat Made of Bone Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. For the full tour schedule click here

Title: A Boat Made of Bone
Series: The Chthonic Saga #1
Author: Nicole Grotepas
Publication date: January 13th 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance / 
Urban Romance
Source: Review copy

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Kate Miller has been having recurring dreams about the same man...a dead man. Will Hawke, to be exact, a celebrity who died long before Kate had any reason to pay attention to celebrities. 

While the night-world she enjoys with Will beckons, her waking world has suddenly gotten intriguing. Ty Watts - a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free - just walked into her life. He's got a smile and a secret that begs to be found out. 

But is Ty a distraction or a savior? 

Kate's dreams threaten to take over. She must negotiate the edge of reality, solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will and either set him free or lose herself forever in the seductively dangerous world he inhabits.

A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy.

My Thoughts

A BOAT MADE OF BONE has the kind of synopsis that sounds too compelling to miss. The plot was original and unique for me with likable characters, and the mystery of why and how Kate has met Will through her dreams kept me turning the pages and involved in the story.   

Kate begins having dreams about a man named Will, and in the dreams, they're passionately and madly in love. The more she gets to know him, the more she begins to think about him in her waking hours - to the point where she'd rather be dreaming with him than living her life. She acts like two very different people - when awake she is insecure and overly sensitive yet while dreaming she's confident and happy. I know what it's like to feel insecure, so I don't want to judge her for that. I just wish she could have felt the way she did in her dreams.       

Kate's dreams kept me riveted and were beautiful and mysterious; however, when she was awake, a lot happens that doesn't seem to be too important to the story. Some parts could have been cut without taking away from the story. At the same time, I think those parts were meant to keep the truth behind Kate and Will's dilemma mysterious. It's just that some of those scenes were slightly uninteresting to me.   

Audra is an awesome best friend and roommate. She's supportive of Kate and cares about her, not to mention she has a great sense of humor. Not always the best advice giver though! :) Halfway through the book, a character named Jill seems to come out of nowhere. When she made her appearance, I looked back through the previous chapters thinking I must have missed her introduction. I didn't realize Kate and Audra had another roommate. I was confused with her sudden appearance. I still think I must have missed something. 

Ty's character fell flat for me while Will was complicated yet dreamy (no pun intended, lol). I didn't like it when Ty invites Kate to go rock climbing with him, making it sound like a date, only for her to arrive with him to a large group of his friends, none of whom she has met before. Awkward! I thought that was kind of a douchebag move. And he took forever to even kiss her. She begins wondering if he's even interested in her, and I did, too. I didn't find him interesting and thought Kate could do better. Looks only get you so far, lol.  

Will on the other hand made ME as happy as he did Kate! I looked forward to his scenes as much as Kate looked forward to her dreams. I worried he was using her for nefarious reasons, but he seemed so genuine and real I didn't think too much of it. Kate was understanding and loving towards him no matter what he admitted to her, and they communicated well with a level of trust that are building blocks to a successful relationship.    

Despite a couple of the issues I have with A BOAT MADE OF BONE, I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series. I wonder what Grotepas has in mind next! :D  

My Rating: 3 / 5 

About the Author

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan - the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

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  1. Thank you for your thoughts on A Boat Made of Bone. :)

  2. Wow - you're right, Jennifer. This does sound like something not to be missed. I'm sorry there were a few issues that kept your from enjoying it quite as much as you thought you would. I'm am curious enough about it that I might pick it up one day. :) Fantastic review, girl!

    1. Yeah, I wish it had delivered as much as I wanted. Maybe my expectations were super high? I'm planning on continuing with the series though. I'm hoping the next book might clear up some things for me from this one. Thanks, Brandee! :D


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