Not Even Bones
Market of Monsters #1
Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 4th 2018
Human Trafficking, Body Mutilation, Cannibalism, Dissection, Gore, Murder, Torture, Mentions of Suicide, Blood, Mutilation
You ever read a book that makes you question yourself in a way that scares you? I’ll admit, I’ve read some messed up things, but it still worried me how okay I was with the events happening in this story. But I then dismissed it, because this book was good.
Nita and her mother sell the body parts of Unnatural’s on the black market. Nita knows there’s something inherently wrong with her, but she doesn’t think about that. Yet when her mother brings home a living boy to dissect, Nita’s morals come into play and she frees him. Which is fine, until she finds herself being sold on the black market by none other than her mother.
The first forty percent was a bit slow, especially when Nita gets captured and is sitting in a cage, but then something would happen and I was scared. My heart was racing. I was scared for the main character. I couldn’t take it. And then there would be this period of slowness again that dragged a tiny bit, just to have that flash of heart racing, nervewracking action.
Except for the beginning, because Nita’s mother? Was the scariest person in this book. Despite the fact that she’s briefly in the story, she scared me more than anyone in here. I was stuck between wanting more of her and being happy with her limited page time, I was that nervous.
Not to say that there wasn’t scary people all around here. No one is truly good now that I think about it, yet I was forced with our main character to evaluate morals and what I was willing to forgive
which was quite a lot and now I’m scared.
“The thought hurt. Nita wasn’t a good person, but she liked to think she tried. But in the end, it really was all talk. Just empty platitudes to make her feel good, to try to justify her lifestyle to herself.”
Just like with the pacing, it took a little under fifty percent for me to fall absolutely in love with the sadistic Nita. I appreciate how realistic she is. Don’t expect a self sacrificing, good at everything, special snowflake. She does what needs to be done for her survival and she was glorious.
But you know what else was glorious? Kovit (who is also very much Thai). And his friendship with Nita. From captor
ish, to reluctant dependency and trust to loyalty and support. Their conversation of losing oneself and setting lines that you won’t cross no matter how messed up they may be so you won’t lose yourself all while not excusing the others actions and acknowledging each others monstrous natures. And he was just awesome in general. I mean, if you look past him feeding off of pain and his obvious enjoyment of torturing people… I swear you’ll love him, just trust me.
The fact that this story doesn’t try to hide and sugarcoat its gritty, raw, brutal nature is amazing in itself. The story trust the reader to be able to handle it. Was I uncomfortable? Did I take a second to comprehend the atrocities being displayed? Yeah. But a story about dissection and trafficking and selling parts on the black market? If it wasn’t brutal, I would have been disappointed.
I appreciated that Nita wasn’t human, that she had some form of ability and it correlated to her love of science— giving her the chance to learn more about her body and how that helped her in the events of this story. I have a feeling there’s more to it than what was portrayed (she was a bit ignorant of all of what she could do and acknowledged that) and I can’t wait for that to be explored more in the sequels.
The plot twist was a bit obvious to me, I didn’t guess all of it, but I pieced some of it together before the initial reveal. It still kind of shocked me, especially with that cliffhanger ending. But it also confused me, because no answers are given as to what this persons motivations are or why Nita was targeted specifically… but of course, there’s book two for that.
This was damn near everything I needed in a book. Give me all the morally fucked up books for the rest of my life.