Book Review: Pile of Bones by Bailey Cunningham
Pile of Bones
Author: Bailey Cunningham
Series: Parallel Parks, book 1
Source: From publisher for review
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Review by: Beth
Andrew, Shelby and Carl are TAs during the day, but at night they go to the park and cross into Anfractus. In Anfractus their names are Roldan, Morgan, and Babiecca. In Anfractus they’re asked to assist in discovering more about a silver bee. When Roldan discovers that there is more to it they’re pushed into a quest that may change the fate of Anfractus and our world.
Pile of Bones is the first novel in the Parallel Parks series. Readers are pushed right into the world of Anfractus and shoveled a tone of words and phrases that made me feel more than a little confused. The story follows Andrew (Roldan) and then switches to Shelby (Morgan), Carl (Babiecca) and later one more member of their party. This other world is like a second world fantasy setting, but with a little bit of clockwork mechanics mixed in.
Because readers are thrown into the fray with little to grab a hold of, I didn’t have high hopes for it starting out. The first couple chapters are slow, especially with the main character being the quiet Andrew. When the story switched to Shelby I found it moving faster as the plot in Anfractus heated up.
In the description of Pile of Bones, Anfractus is described as a kind of role-playing game. While the characters even state they see it that way, I didn’t take it away from the story. The characters themselves forget about our world when they enter Anfractus. When they’re in our world they remember time in Anfractus. One of the biggest issues, at least for me, was the unclear rules of how the two worlds function side by side. Some rules are given, but they slowly unfold along with the story. Bottom line, I was never sure how it worked. Because a part of the problem presented in the plot has Anfractus bleeding into our world, the hazy rules and loose descriptions didn’t always work for me.
The relationships between the characters keep the story moving forward. While I’d never call Pile of Bones a romance, there are romantic interests and side plots. Shelby is pursuing an internet hook up, or attempting to. Carl and Andrew aren’t doing much in our world, but in Anfractus Andrew seems to be the person everyone wants a piece of. There is a sexy scene, but the description is hazy to the point of confusion. Another character had to point out what had just happened. I’ve never seen ‘dying’ as a description for organism before. A part from that the characters, Shelby and Carl felt very real and fun to tag along with.
Pile of Bones has a good bit of action and adventure that despite my misgivings makes it fun. After I got past Andrew’s part the novel moved at a much faster pace. Shelby and Carl’s parts were by far the best in Pile of Bones. The ending, well it just ended. There is a battle and that’s it. I turned the page wondering where the last bit was, you know, where the characters discover… something. This was an adventure, a quest, and while some bits of the quest are done, I wanted a bit of an award for our company of heroes.
Elizabeth is a constant reader from down south. If she doesn’t have a book open she can often be found behind the computer or with a gaming console. She is an eccentric bookworm who enjoys all types of genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, and Horror.