Title: The Bones Beneath My Skin
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 26th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance
Page Count: 375
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5
In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: his parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he’s been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family’s summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon to try and find some sense of direction.
The cabin should be empty.
Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader.
Artemis, who isn’t exactly as she appears.
Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible.
Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.
Normally I would not go for a story with a young girl in it as I feel many authors have trouble to write children well plus I don’t want to read about children, but here the blurb still drew my attention and I took a chance because of curiosity. But I must say the author did really well writing her character.
The writing is stellar and I like how the characters are flawed and feels realistic. Alex’s stoic, quiet nature is balanced with Artemis’ quirky, curious and friendly one. I like Nate’s personality, how he keeps asking questions Alex doesn’t want to answer. This is a story about finding friendship and love in an unlikely place and time when things are at the bottom, and carving out a place for oneself in life. But also about the details which can change so much. The romance is here, but it’s slow (but at the same time not) and the small gestures and looks means so much more because of it.
I particularly love how the ending was handled, keeping the interest until the end.