I’m Happy & I’m Sad & I Just Have a Lot of Feelings: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

I’m Happy & I’m Sad & I Just Have a Lot of Feelings: Etched in Bone by Anne BishopEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)
by Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Published by ROC
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 397
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Despite having received an early copy of Etched in Bone, I waited until the very last minute to read the book. Not because I was being lazy or I forgot about it, but because of how how dear this series is to me. I knew that once I was done reading Etched in Bone, that was it for me and Anne Bishop’s incredible cast. Going into a finale is always a bit of a nerve-wracking experience if you ask me. I worry that things won’t wrap up the way I want it to, but I had absolutely nothing to worry about with this author. Etched in Bone was a spectacular ending, that beautifully blended together just about everything I love about this series.

I was actually quite curious to see how Anne Bishop would write this last book because the main story line wrapped up in the previous book. While the plots in this series are very strong, it’s honestly the characters that are the cherry on the cake. You’ve got an amazing huge cast, who I’ve grown attached more and more to as the series has progressed. It’s actually quite surprising just how much I love this big cast, because I’m usually not one for those. Meg and Simon are the shining stars here, and watching how much they have influenced each other was honestly impressive. They’ve both grown so much and I felt so so proud of their strengths and independence in Etched in Bone, especially my girl, Meg! Simon and Meg’s dynamic is still a little shy and awkward in Etched in Bone, but there’s also an underlying fondness and respect for each other that had me squeeing in happiness and wanting them to kiss already whenever they were together. I’ll be honest, I would have liked to see more Meg and Simon scenes in this last book, because I’m such a romance-junkie, but then the ending came and it made up for the lack of scenes wholeheartedly.

Besides Simon and Meg’s bond, I once again loved how Anne Bishop explored the relationships between the Others and humans. There’s just something very real about the way it’s portrayed. It was fascinating to watch the Others and the humans in the Lakeside Community come together after the events of the previous book. I especially enjoyed the Thanksgiving-style dinner that they shared. They’ve grown to respect each other and it’s heartwarming watching them interact and stand by each other. But as always, there has to be a bad egg, and this rotten egg came in the form of Jimmy Montgomery who was bad news from the very start. The plot was centered around this truly despicable character, who ruins the perfect balance that the humans and Others have achieved. He made me so angry and I just wanted for someone to eat him. We also get the chance to learn more about the Elders, who still don’t fail to crack me up with some of their antics.

As you can tell, I have nothing but good things to say about this series. If you’re looking for a new series to become rapidly obsessed with and you haven’t read The Others, then this is the series for you. You’re in for one epic ride with one epic ship.

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  • Wonderful review, Nick! Love that final scene! Of course I wanted some more, because I can’t get enough! Jimmy was awful! I just wanted him to go away and die! That would’ve been too good for him, though. I anxious to see how the new book will shape in comparison. Fab review, Nick! 🙂

    • That last scene was perfect. Ugh. Jimmy. I hope it’s going to be as good as this series, Rachel!

  • I am sad to see it end :/

    • I know! It’s so sad. 🙁 At least we have a spin off to look forward to however! 🙂

  • Same, Nick. Same.

    I’m more than halfway so I’m chewing my nails. There’s an ominous air about the novel that has me feeling complacent. But my hackles are tingling. I’m nervous af.

    • Eep! Yes, I love how she’s able to do that.

  • I have heard such phenomenal things about this series. I’m a bit nervous to read it, because it’s not my normal read, but I think I have to give it a try. I’m so glad that final read was a good one.

    • I can understand that. I think you should give it a try. I feel like you’d be enamored by Simon & meg. 🙂

  • Great review. I haven’t read any of this series yet, but I know a lot of people have been raving about it!

    • It’s a terrific series in every way.

  • I am planning on starting my audiobook of this next week. I have to finish Feversong. I adore this series and I am so sad to see it end. I am reading brilliant reviews for this one though and I can’t wait to get to it. I like the sound of the Thanksgiving dinner. I hope someone eats Jimmy.

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Heidi. Happy listening!

  • Oh man I have to read this series! Not a fan of the covers but I’ve only read positive reviews for these books. Plus, you love them so I obviously need to check them out and the amazing cast!

    • It’s very well-deserving of all the praise. Definitely check it out.

  • Michelle

    I can’t wait to read this! I just bought it today 🙂 Great review! Glad to hear you still have positive words!

    • Yay! I hope you love it, Michelle!

  • Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I had hoped for a bit more, but it was still a good read.

    Great review!

    • I’m glad you liked it overall!

  • Hmm I am interested. I have always had my eye on the series but now that is over maybe I will binge. My library has all the audios so that is a plus for me. Glad you enjoyed it Nick!! Great review!

    • I’ve heard the audios are terrific, so I say go ahead and get them, Grace!

  • Awe, so glad you enjoyed it Nick. If I didn’t know we were going to get more in this world, I would be in the fetal position. I cannot wait for Lake Silence

    • Right? I hope we’ll see some more of Simon & Meg and the Lakeside Community in that one as well.

  • Wow I can’t believe that this is the last book already! Also I feel like I only heard about this release a couple of days ago? So I mean you’re not too late haha. Then again I have NOT been keeping track of this series, as I’ve only read the first (I will get back into it I hope). But it’s great to know that the finale was good 🙂

    • Well yes haha I’m not THAT late, but I’ve had it since September last year? So oops! You should get back to it, Val. It only gets better!

  • I hadn’t realised this was the finale Nick, I know how much you’ve adored this series and I’ve been buying the books on Kindle to binge read when I have a break in review copies. I don’t read adult paranormal romance usually, but this is one of the few series that I thin appeals to a wide range of readers. I love that she returned to the world again for fans to say goodbye, it’s such a well loved series and a beautiful gesture for those loyal to the series. Brilliant review Nick, hopefully I’ll be able to start the series soon <3

    • Sadly, it is the last book telling Meg & Simon’s story. I think now is the perfect time to binge read the series. I agree. I think a lot of YA fans would love this too. Thanks, Kelly! I hope you enjoy it.

  • Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the series is over! I loved Meg and Simon so much and I’m so glad to hear that things finally progress in this book. I loved The Others and the Lakeside community and I can’t wait to read this book. Lovely review Nick!

    • It really is sad, but Jeann, there’s a spin-off coming soon. I will still miss the Lakeside community though.

  • Well, guess I am going to need to read this series! It sounds quite good! And I love that the ship is so great! And frankly, I DO want to become rapidly obsessed with a series, I feel like I have not been super into a series in a long time, so I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for the rec, Nick! And I am so glad you loved the series so much, but I am sorry that it is over for you!

    • Yes, you should! It’s a really great UF series. And I know you don’t normally read a lot of adult, but this one is one of those series that even YA fans love. I know. It’s sad, but there is a spin-off on the way! 🙂

  • I know the feeling. Sad the series is ending. At least with the Lakeside area. I loved Meg and her mixing with the humorous supernatural.

  • Jimmy is the worst and he got what was coming to him. Certain things he said to Meg enraged me and made me want to enact violence upon him, hahaha. Personally I loved this conclusion, because I think the characters (and readers…or maybe it was just me) needed a more chill plot line to absorb all that’s happened throughout the series.

    Meg and Simon are THE BEST! Forever shipping them. I also loved Sam even more than usual this go around. 🙂