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Some things are best left buried. Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he's hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn't think twice about taking the gold bracelSome things are best left buried. Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he's hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn't think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he's awakening...A chilling new story in the Red Eye series....

Title : Bad Bones
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ISBN : 9781847154545
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Bad Bones Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-11 18:40

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley.)I’m afraid I just didn’t like this book; I just found it deathly boring. Gabe came across as a bit selfish – who finds human remains, and instead of reporting them to the cops nicks the dead person’s jewellery? I mean really?The storyline in this just bored me. I got to a point where I just really didn’t care, and the info-dumps around the 40% mark made me want to throw my kindle out the window. "What the hell is going on?"Don't ask me because I don't know and don't care.I’m afraid I was just pleased to get to the end of this one, I really did not enjoy it at all.4 out of 10

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    2019-03-01 11:49

    DNF at 12%I'm sorry Graham.It's not you, it's me.It's not that I don't like any of your books, I actually really liked How It Works. It's just that I really don't like your style any more.And it took me five hours to read 12% of this book. That's almost ten minutes per page.It just wasn't my cup of tea.I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.

  • Abbie
    2019-02-18 14:34

    (I received a copy from netgalley, In exchange for an honest review)I didn't like the last book in the red eye series (Flesh and Blood) very much, but this one was defiantly the worst one for me.I found it really hard to get interested in the story, and the further it progressed, the more bored I felt. I didn't like the main character either, so there was nothing that could save the story for me unfortunately. Overall, not a read I enjoyed.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-28 11:40

    BAD BONES, by Graham Marks is one of the books in the "Red Eye" series. While I really enjoyed another book in the series (FROZEN CHARLOTTE by Alex Bell), I was overall disappointed with this one. The story wasn't horrible, but the way it was told just didn't work for me. I never got a feeling for the characters--they remained 2-dimensional stereotypes throughout the course of the novel. By the time I reached the end, even that was a let down.I have seen some decent reviews on this book, it just wasn't one that I couldn't connect with, personally.

  • Michelle Toy
    2019-03-03 12:58

    This review was originally posted on Mark's contribution to the fab Red Eye series is a welcome addition and one that I enjoyed. I am a huge Indiana Jones fan and I found that whilst not exactly the same it had hints of a young Indiana Jones feel to the book which I thoroughly enjoyed!Bad Bones tells the story of Gabe who's family have fell on hard times and he is desperate to try and ease the burden and help his family even if it means running illegal errands for the school bully! One night up in the canyon he stumbles across a shallow grave and some bones! Upon further investigation he discovers a gold bracelet and decides that this may be the answer to his families troubles...he could be rich! But what Gabe discovers is that he as unearthed something truly sinister! Somebody wants that bracelet back and will do anything to retrieve it! Gabe finds he has awoken something truly terrifying!The book explores an Aztec back story with Gabe unearthing the bracelet and then starting to have dreams about ancient rituals with gold masks and crucifixes and sacrifices! And when an owl, some coyotes and a stranger start to follow him and stare at him from afar Gabe begins to feel like there is something strange going on!*Shivers*[On a side note - every time Gabe went up to the canyon or the Aztec's were mentions I kept visualising the Crystal Maze Aztec zone! What is wrong with me!!!!! Does anyone remember this? *Grabs crystal and runs for the exit*]The characters in Bad Bones were all unique with the main focus being on Gabe and a growing friendship between himself and girl scout Stella who tries to warn Gabe about running errands for school bully Benny and his right hand "bozos" who's decked out van sounded awesome! Just me?! Whilst being a story about ghosts and Aztec rituals it had a good theme of friendship with Gabe and his best friend Anton being "blood brothers"! There were pictures and the scars to prove it! And with often occurring messages about trust it made me actually care for Gabe and his friends!I especially related to Gabe's love for Peanut M&M's! Nom Nom Nom! He even cracks open a huge XXL bag to share with Stella! Now THATS friendship! If that was me....nope too late they are all gone! Yummy in my tummy!Anyway.....For me the best character was Father Simon who Gabe and Stella turn to for help! A man of the cloth and an ex CSI agent! Yes you heard me right!*plays CSI Las Vegas music*And in his Mission / Church he had all kinds of ex CSI gadgets and gizmos and equipment and I LOVED him! He was so cool! He could even tell you if your note had been written in blood!And...and....and....that's not all! Oh no indeedy! Not only is he a man of the cloth and ex forensic scientist....he is also a forensic historian!!!!See...Father Simon = AWESOME!*Throws peanut M&M's in mouth in satisfaction*There was a few heart racing moments in this book with one being when Gabe's sister is in danger and he first encounters and realises what is after him! What pursues is a showdown where a crucifix and determination save the day.....well on this particular day anyway!I also have a favourite line / quote from this book which I thought was chillingly beautiful...."Like this coin, life is all about what you do with it, how you choose to spend it"This book gets you straight into the action and whilst getting some back stories into the character it is more focused on the present and the story with some religious undertones, creepy goings on, ritual style murders, a angry man with red eyes and an action packed ending...I would NOT want to be the school bully in this book ;-)It's a great addition to the Red Eye collection! Go grab a copy! But make sure it's not guarded by some ancient bones! ;-)For reviews and more please visit

  • Xxertz
    2019-03-10 14:36

    BLUF: Skip this one.**I was provided a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review**Okay, okay.. I will fess up. I only downloaded this book from netgalley because my boyfriend’s son said the cover looked stupid and I disagreed. I’m sorry – I should have never agreed to review a YA novel as this is one of my least liked genres.That said, it’s not going to stop me from provided an honest review..This book is part of the Red Eye series, but is very much a standalone.The plus side: I enjoy the author’s writing style. I found that this style moved the story forward and there’s a good chance I would enjoy his books under different circumstancesThe not-so-good side: I didn’t care about the characters in this book. The main character makes so many poor choices - it’s unreal. (I don’t know anybody who would feel comfortable taking jewelry off of a dead person, even if that dead person is now a skeleton. That is just the start of his poor decisions that I truly cannot understand.) The lead female character is left as a mystery. She is somewhat explained, but she seemed apathetic towards the main character despite being there for him. The best friend is completely ignored, but showed more emotion and caring than the other two characters, which is a shame because he was the least mentioned. As for my boyfriend’s son.. I wouldn’t be opposed to him reading this book, but I know it would absolutely drive him crazy. He would yell at the main character for his stupid decisions while, at the same time, criticize him for not punching the bad guy in the face. (Take this with a grain of salt: He’s ten, thinks he can take out a bear up with a knife, prefers non-fiction, and only reads if you absolutely force him to.)Overall, I didn’t enjoy the story or make sense of the characters.

  • leah
    2019-02-26 11:31

    I went into this book even after a friend of mine told me she didn't like it at all and that it was incredibly boring. *sigh* I should have listened to her.I can't say a lot for this book considering that I didn't finish it. I don't even think I made it halfway into this book. Oh jeez. This book is about an average teenager named Gabe. His family has some serious money crisis and Gabe too has a list of his own problems. He goes to the hills surrounding L.A to think about his situation. He stumbles upon a shallow grave and when he sees a gold bracelet there, he hesitates a little, but decides to take it. What he doesn't realize is that he might have awaken something . . .The first few pages were actually decent and I thought, why are there so many bad reviews on this book? Took me a while to find out why.This book just doesn't make any sense. I don't understand why Gabe has to hide all this information from his best friend Anton. I would've told me best friend if I'd been and God forbid in a situation like this- it would've made me feel lighter.(view spoiler)[There's this part of the book where Gabe saves his sister from some sort of demon or something like that?? I honestly didn't understand that part, whatever it was. And then when Gabe 'defeats' the demon, everyone calls him some sort of hero?? What?? What the fuck is going on?? (hide spoiler)]For the most part, I just didn't understand this book and what it tried to deliver. Just wasn't my cup of tea I guess.Well, I didn't finish this book now but I will try to read again one day in the future. This'll be in my TBR jar in the meantime.

  • Kim Greenhalgh
    2019-03-16 10:34

    Gabe is your average sixteen year old boy dealing with life's day to day struggle until he finds something unexpected in the desert. His discovery means he must face an age old struggle of good vs evil. Does he have what it takes to overcome this dark force in the world?I found Bad Bones started better than it ended. There is plenty of action and tension but the climax seemed to lack the punch to better satisfy the reader's desire for the story's ending. It just fizzled out a wee bit. The character development fit well with the traditional YA story - not terribly deep but deep enough to make the reader feel engaged. I liked Gabe and Stella. They have both have plenty of gumption and weren't squeamish about breaking a few rules to complete their mission. An adventurous story, Bad Bones was good fun but with a soft ending.

  • Veronica
    2019-03-07 18:41

    This is actually the first book I have read in the Red Eye series. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started so I didn't even know that it was a gruesome YA novel. It wasn't the most exciting book I have read but it really isn't too bad either. It was a nice around the campfire read and I think my kids especially my sons will like this when they become teenagers. It is definitely meant for the younger crowd which may be why it didn't appeal to older adults. The main pitch of the story is nice and I like how the author relied on old standbys like cursed gold, good vs evil, and subtle horror that is not too graphic. It would be a fitting book to read on Halloween night. I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kirsty-Marie Jones
    2019-02-19 16:38

    Bored. To. Tears.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-19 11:30

    I found the book to be more humourous than dark (which I can't complain about too much). I felt that the tone didn't really match the storyline in the way I'd hoped, and overall I found this book to be a little disappointing. It only picked up for me about 10-15 chapters from the end and there are 46. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading any more Graham Marks books.

  • Megan Daly
    2019-03-09 18:39

    I finished this book for the sole purpose of finishing it. Non-sensical plot line which didn't work in this context. One of the weaker books in the Red Eye Series.

  • Sahina Bibi
    2019-03-21 14:44

    As the wheels keep turning on the Red Eye Series factory, we keep getting more and more books to satisfy the inner horror lover in us. The next action-packed and horror laden tale from the series is Bad Bones which I have to review on the blog today. The reviews for the other books from this epic series can be found here: Frozen Charlotte, Sleepless, Flesh and Blood. The premise greatly intrigued me, because of all kinds of horror (of which there is always plenty by the way) ghost stories are my absolute favourite. So when I heard about Gabe and his unfortunate foray into the unexpected, I rushed to review this book, because I just couldn’t resist. Gabe is in trouble. In so many ways. In the midst of money troubles for Gabe and his family, what starts off as a quick way to earn cash and solve his troubles, ironically enough was only the beginning of the end (but not really the end - I just love that phrase). Can any good come from stealing from a buried body? All together now, the answer is N O. Gabe is accompanied in this creepy story by a dangerous being that is seeking what has been taken. The author does a wonderful job in bringing this story to life (pun intended) and truly make this feel like a sinister read. Is everything explained and is your hand held throughout the story? Nope. Which makes this an even better read, as everything unfolds in front of you bit by bit, and you come to these conclusions on your own. The focus remains on the story, on the events, the action packed ride you anticipate from such a story with all the right elements of horror and intrigue woven in wonderfully. I feel like the narration of the story, the way it unfolds, the events - all cater for not just mature young readers but also some of the older consumers - it’s written in such a manner that it branches out to many readers rather than aimed at just one. The story really does stay true to it’s name, and though like some of the other books in the Red Eye series, I have a few gripes with the lack of connectivity I was allowed to feel with the main character, and limited scope in getting to know the secondary and tertiary characters (like Stella and Benny) but again, it doesn’t take away from the joy that was the book and compelling writing.You’re drawn in right from the start as the hook is introduced and throughout the book you encounter all the events that brought Gabe (and you) to this point in the story. I feel like the Red Eye series has done an epic job in bringing together all these different elements of horror through a multitude of stories and beings that feature in each of them. From blood and gore, ghosts and curses, you truly are getting the real revival and this is another great addition to the group. It may not be the most complex and intricate of stories - but I feel like that’s the point. All these stories are kinda quick and sharp - not meant for being drawn out but rather enjoyed “in the moment”. Be sure to check out the other books in the Red Eye Series here: Frozen Charlotte, Sleepless, Flesh and Blood.and thank you as always to the team at Stripes for the books for review.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  • Mieneke
    2019-03-10 15:57

    Graham Marks’ Bad Bones is the fourth book in Stripes Publishing’s Red Eye series. I’ve enjoyed the series so far, so I was looking forward to the next instalment. Unlike the previous books, Bad Bones is set in the US, in LA to be exact, which makes for an interesting change of location and possible sets of problems. But while Bad Bones was a fun read, I was a bit disappointed by the narrative and the ending in particular.The book’s protagonist, Gabe is a likeable sort, though he’s quite a troubled character. It’s hard not to sympathise with his situation and his desire to help his family out. Yet at the same time his anger at his dad – for being in a situation not of his own making, but not seeming to be doing enough to get out of it in Gabe’s opinion at least – and his refusal to talk to him about what is going on both with the family and with himself is annoyingly immature. This might seem a weird complaint, since Gabe’s a teen, but he comes across quite mature in other aspects, such as his sense of responsibility to contribute to the family finances. In addition to his family’s strained circumstances, Gabe also has to deal with the added, and maybe unnecessary, complication of Benny’s demands on him. While I get why Benny, who is the local drug pusher, would see Gabe as an easy mark, I didn’t really get his function to the story, except as being another stumbling block for Gabe and company.Marks includes some wonderful secondary characters in the persons of Gabe’s best friend Anton, his class-mate Stella, and Stella’s priest Father Simon. I could only wish they had been utilised and developed more, especially Anton. They each of them seem to have an interesting backstory and we only get the barest basics of these histories. I would have loved to have learned more about them since it would have explained their roles in the book more. Also, in the case of Anton’s and Gabe’s friendship it would have been nice to have seen them together more and feel their connection more strongly, because we were mostly told they were best friends and blood brothers, it never actually felt that way.What did work really well, was the horror element to the story. Gabe’s finding the gold seems to be providence, yet turns into a nightmare and I liked the historical connections Marks made between the gold, the villain and Alta California. Rafael is properly scary and Gabe’s guilty conscience at being responsible for his appearance only adds to the horror. Rafael is clearly evil due to a hunger for power, even if dressed in the clothes of a religious cult, and the link of his appearance to Gabe’s honest and well-intentioned desire to help his family and feel more in control of his life, only adds to Gabe’s feeling of powerlessness.The ending of Bad Bones felt rather rushed and abrupt and left me altogether unsatisfied. It all felt a little convenient and pat, with everything nicely tied up. Yet despite all my problems with the narrative, I had fun with the book and I found myself rooting for Gabe throughout. Bad Bones isn’t my favourite Red Eye title, but it made for an entertaining read nonetheless.This book was provided for review by the publisher.

  • Maia Moore
    2019-03-05 17:29

    Original review posted hereIf you’ve been around my blog at all you’ll have seen reviews for all the books in the Red Eye series and I have been loving them – YA + horror, what’s not to love?I have to say Bad Bones was probably my least favourite in the series so far. For me, it was less of a horror and more a mystery book, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s less my cup of tea than horror, and this particular mystery just didn’t float my boat.I liked Gabe as a protagonist and understood the dilemma in his position: when you’re that hard done by, and you see what looks like a quick way out, it’s so easy to just take it. Unfortunately in this kind of book, nothing’s ever that simple… It was easy to see how quickly things spiraled out of control, and I did so want things to work out for him.I loved the friendships in this book more than anything. Anton is such a good friend to Gabe, even when he makes it hard, and you could really feel the bromance there! The blossoming relationship with Stella was also lovely to watch, and her character surprised me too: I had some theories about where she was going but I was completely wrong. There was also a lovely moment when Gabe’s sister was in danger – that was a real heart-in-the-mouth moment and probably one of the highlights of the book for me.Unfortunately I just didn’t get into the plot. I found it a little slow and predictable, and it just wasn’t to my taste. I think I like a little more of the creepy/gory side of Red Eye than the slow building mystery – but that’s just me!

  • Sally
    2019-03-13 18:57

    Another good read from the Red Eye horror series. This has got great nuances of classic horror stories in it, combining the folkloric mystery of Mayan mythology and Christianity with a heavy dash of "be careful what you wish for" moral consequence.It's got some heavy gore/horror description which make it unsuitable for younger readers but the pace and content is great for most YA readers to be able to engage with well.The bad guy was really bad, the good guy was fallible - which makes him believable, the girl wasn't just a love interest - she could hold her own and had a quite good back story of her own also. The bits made it weaker for me were the other relationships in the novel. Gabe's home life isn't perfect, who's is, but I felt that there should have been more attention there, or even involvement as a chance for them to build bridges. There is also an odd character of a local dealer who no one seems to like or respect, that has a powerful grip on the local teen populace. I thought his storyline should have been more developed rather than ran the course it did.To be fair, I read to the end enjoying the twists and turns as they came and cared for the characters in the main, so I did enjoy it. I have read some of Graham Marks; books before and was hoping for a real treat as there hasn't been much from him more recently. It was good, I still prefer Kai Ro though!

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-03-01 16:51

    Bad Bones By Graham Marks is a horror and teens ya read. Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave.Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name.This was a very good read. Although slow in some places it was still an enjoyable read. I loved the characters. I loved the ending too. 4* from me. Thanks to netgalley for the arc.

  • Kalilah
    2019-03-17 13:46

    Bad Bones is one of those stories which is alternately fast-paced and slow.There's a lit bit of suspense and a lot of running around and escaping from the clutches of the enemy.Overall, I thought the plot was simple - perhaps a little too simple - and the ending rather abrupt. There were parts that I found very interesting, especially where the ex-cop/Priest is involved. But then it just sort of... flops, and becomes mundane and predictable once more.I'm not sure if I would recommend it, but it wasn't an entirely boring read. Thank-you to Lovereading4kids for sending me a copy to read and review.

  • Angelnet
    2019-02-28 17:43

    Bad Bones was a bit of an odd book. Gabe goes off for a walk in the Hollywood Hills and stumbles across a shallow grave. Rather than report it to the authorities he decides to loot the body and steal the bracelet that is on the skeleton's arm. I have to confess that I got to about 25% on this book and couldn't bring myself to keep reading. I didn't like Gabe and the plot was a bit thin and I couldn't feel any connection to the book at all. Really sorry but it wasn't for me. Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily Turner
    2019-02-23 15:34

    this book was not my fav , i read it becuase it was in the red eye collection , i uderstood the storyline but it was confusing at times when reading it , it was catchy to me at all , becuase all i keept thinking was , "i brought the book now , i guess i should just read it till the end" I found it boring some of the book , but not all there were sometimes i felt my self getting into it , so i would give this book maybe a 3 or 2

  • Jane
    2019-03-16 13:30

    Like Indiana Jones the main character Gabe found a way of getting money his family so badly needs. Sounds like job sorted – well no this booty has a past, and a secret that could change everything.Gabe just has no idea of what he has done or what has been stirred. How will he save his family and friends?Fast paced scary ride though LA.I was asked to review this book by lovereading4kids and is due for publication May 2015.A great young adults book by an interesting author.

  • Andrew Hall
    2019-03-03 16:39

    Best left alone ;)

  • M.J. J Mallon
    2019-02-23 12:52

    Read this on the #redeyereadalong, Stripes Publishing. Review on my blog:

  • Pat
    2019-03-01 11:54

    I found it difficult to believe the premise of this one.

  • Rachel Verna
    2019-03-03 15:41

    I wrote a review on my blog.