Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters #1)

HMHTeen, 2018

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who dissects monsters and sells their 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 isn’t exactly “human.” 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 sell 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


Praise for Not Even Bones:

"This riveting thriller is not a reassuring read, but it is a provocative one for those who can handle violence when wielded with intentionality. Schaeffer’s antiheroes  show empathy and insight as they struggle to define the line between human and monster."

-- Booklist, Starred Review

"An adolescent, yet Nietzschean, examination of humanity and horror, this engrossing debut novel asks complex philosophical questions in a pleasingly hard-to-stomach way."

--Kirkus

"Readers who are tired of the same recycled story lines will find something original here. The narrative, while dark and gruesome, is one of survival and betrayal, and will make teens question their own thoughts on humanity and how far they would be willing to go to save themselves."

-- School Library Journal

""Gritty, compelling, a tale to feed the monster in all of us. I couldn’t put this one down."

-- Elly Blake, NYT bestselling author of Frostblood

"Deliciously dark and devious, with morally grey characters that make you question what is good and what is truly evil. Warning: don't read in the dark."

-- Rebecca Sky, author of Arrowheart

"Twisty, grisly, genre-bending and immersive, Not Even Bones will grab you by the throat and drag you along as it gleefully tramples all of your expectations."

--Sara Holland, New York Times best-selling author of Everless