ARC REVIEW: Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

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Bones & All
Camille DeAngelis
Published March 10th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
YA > Horror | Fantasy
304pages (hardcover)
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4 ★★★★
 
 
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Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.
Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call “an issue” with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way.
Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds?
 
 
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I’m so excited to host Camille on the Blog today! Bones and All might be one of the most terrifying book I read.. ever. I was honestly scared. (I’m double checking if my doors are locked from no on) But this book is also poignant and kind of heartbreaking. Do I recommend it? I really do. I admit that this book is way out of my comfort zone. But after turning the last page, there’s no regret at all.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

 


“There’s no place for us in their picture of the world, if they knew what we were, they’d think even hell would be a too good sentence for us”

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I was warned. But I still wasn’t prepared. Bones and All shocked me with its first chapter only. From there, you have two choices as a reader, be turned off and stop reading… or be intrigued and turn the next page. I AM SO GLAD I chose the latter. Because Bones & All is a magnificent novel.

I understand that this may not be for everybody because of Maren’s identity. She’s a cannibal. Whenever someone gets too close to her… she eats them. Even her mother couldn’t take it anymore and abandoned her. And with that, Maren embarks on a journey with a main goal: find her father. But her father isn’t the only one she found. There’s a certain boy, her place in the world, and why she does what she does.

Its amazing how you can sympathize with Maren consider she eats people– Bones and all. But DeAngelis just written her beautifully and so real. She acts and talks like her age. She was sad, she was lost and believe it or not, she can be really relatable as a teenage girl. A lot of characters in this book are remarkable. Even if they just showed up for like, two chapters only, you can’t help but be attached and be invested.

Don’t expect a swoony and cliche romance because, well, it doesn’t have one. The book does have a romantic element but its far from swoony. You will root for them, yes, but the turns of event will surprise you. I admit, I didn’t know if I should be horrified.. or sad. This book truly messed up with my emotions and I don’t know why but that’s why I find this book so amazing. It also helps that Bones and All is written in the best way possible. DeAngelis writing is absolutely stunning. She’s one of the authors that we have to watch out for.

A terrifying yet meaningful novel. Bones and All will surprise and shock and it will get under your skin. Read and get to know Maren because you will not regret it. Readers need to gobble this up!

 

 

 

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Camille DeAngelis is the author of Bones & All (St. Martin’s, 2015), Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker (Crown, 2010), and Mary Modern (Crown/Shaye Areheart, 2007), as well as a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland (Avalon, 2007). She is a graduate of New York University (B.A. in Fine Arts, minor in Irish Studies, 2002) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (M.A. in Writing, 2005). Her fourth novel, tentatively titled Immaculate Heart, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016. She is a board member of the Writers’ Room of Boston.

A longtime vegetarian, she went vegan in April 2011, and in June 2013 became a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator through Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan® Academy. She is also planning to receive her yoga teacher training in 2015.

Originally from New Jersey, Camille now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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TITLE: Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1)
AUTHOR: Ellie Alexander
PUBLICATION: Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
GENRE: A > Mystery
PAGES: 320pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
RATING:
 
 

3 ★★★

 
 
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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…
After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…
“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”
–Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

Meet Your Baker is a mild and cozy mystery read. I’m a big fan of mystery books and for someone who read A LOT of books in this genre, I can really say that the mystery was neatly done. The tension, the build up, the way the secrets were revealed and the setting really appealed to me.

Juliet or Jules is a wonderful main character. I like how she thinks and even though we are not in the same age group, I surprisingly identified with her. She’s an incredible daughter, she made me laugh and she knows how to ask the right questions which is a great attribute in a character especially in this genre. All the secondary are well done too. I admit that the culprit was unexpected. I did not see it coming.

The way the author described Juliet’s hometown is truly inviting. I have this sudden urge to stop everything and visit the town even though there’s currently a murder that needs to be solved. And also, the recipes!!! Probably one of the many resons I like this book so much. I ended up humgry when i finished Meet Your Baker and I still dint know if that’s a good or bad thimg.

I still want to meet Carlos and I’m excited to what will happen next to Jules. Can’t wait for the next installment!!

 

 

 

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Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

 

 

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REVIEW: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1) by Courtney Summers a.k.a a a zombie book, but not really

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TITLE: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Horror | Zombies
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING: 

 

 4 ★★★★

 

 

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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.
To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.
But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.
When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

If there’s one word to describe my emotion after reading This Is Not A Test, it’s.. surprised.

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I know that zombies are involved, I just didn’t know that it would be that emotional and that the story has that depth that usually books by this genre lacks. It’s amazing how Courtney Summers made her readers sympathize to a main protagonist who whines every chapter because she just wanted to die. I honestly don’t feel for suicidal heroines, I know, I’m heartless. But most of them are just irritating that’s why it’s hard to sympathize. But Sloane is different. She’s real, she developed as a character and her journey is just heart wrenching.

Sloane is one of the students that hid inside Cortege High when the apocalypse broke down. In there, six students are trying to survive and making plans to stay alive. But they don’t know that Sloane has other plans. You see, Sloane wants to die. From the opening chapter of the book, she makes it clear that she no longer wants to live. Her father hurts her and her sister, the only family she cares about, left her. What’s the reason to live? But Sloane will find the answer to that question when she and and six more students found themselves trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

This Is Not A Test is a zombie book, but it’s really not. Do you get what I’m saying? The atmosphere of the book is really good, it’s like you’re really there with Sloane that’s why you get the chills and the creeps, and yet, the story.. is so emotionally raw. It’s terrifying and poignant. Courtney Summers is one of the best authors ever, I can attest to that. Her writing is… WOW. I can’t describe it. It’s lyrical, gritty and gripping.

This is also one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. The characterization is brilliant. Each character has stories and you will find yourself eager to know it. Though the book isn’t focused on the romance aspect, being me, I still shipped Sloane with someone and guess what? It sailed! 

Courtney Summers could write on a napkin and I would read it, devour it, love it. Although the fact that it’s a zombie novel is going to be widely publicized, the novel is so much more than that. This is a zombie novel for people who don’t like books about zombies. Fantastic contemporary YA with a twist. Highly, highly recommended.

Paula

ARC REVIEW: Bad Romeo (The Starcrossed series #1) by Leisa Raven a.k.a O Romeo, O Romeo… please stay away from me

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TITLE: Bad Romeo (The Starcrossed series #1)
AUTHOR: Leisa Rayven
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 23rd 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
GENRE: NA > Romance | Contemporary
PAGES: 288pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

 

2 ★★ 1/2

 

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When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.
Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Maybe because I was never a fan of Romeo and Juliet? Nah. 

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Ethan is oh-so-perfect you guys. Even his foot is yummy.

“For a few seconds, I just stare. His foot is beautiful. Perfect. He could be a goddamn foot model.” – Cassie.

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And Cassie is virgin and *gasps* nobody can believe it because HELLLOOO PEOPLE, SHE IS SO PRETTTEH AND PURRFECT.

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I want to like this. I really do. But here’s the problem: I don’t buy it. Any of it. The romance, the characters.. everything just feels so forced. They can have sex every day or have that ~very hot connection~ between them, I still don’t buy it. I don’t even care about that CHEMISTRY that everybody is speaking of. EXCUSE ME BUT WHERE? WHERE IS THE LOVE STORY THAT YOU PROMISED? This book made Bella and Edward’s ~love story~ more interesting.

Ethan Holt was heartbroken so he doesn’t date. He’s having a hard time committing to a relationship. Whatever. He has issues. Baggage. But Cassie doesn’t care about that because she’s a virgin and Ethan is making her feel things so she wants him to deflower her. Oh but perfect Ethan have hurty feelings and he thinks Cassie ‘deserves better’ so he tries to stay away and just be an asshat. But Cassie is a martyr!!! She doesn’t care even if he’s being a douche and that the guy is unhinge because they have ~connection~ and CHEMISTRY. SHE wants HIM. And that my friends is how the girl became obsess. 

And that’s what the book is just about. A virgin girl. A destructive boy. An unhealthy relationship. And chapters with them just lusting at each other. Seriously, why did I even. I should have just listened to the mess in our house and gave my attention to them.

Every time I turn a chapter, I keep hoping that the plot will eventually turn around and be about Cassie’s self realizations. Because at the first few chapters that’s what the book is about. It’s supposed to be about Cassie finding herself because she have no idea who she is. And acting is her passion. Oh and also thinking erotic thoughts about Ethan Holt.

BUT THIS IS WHY I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE THIS: I actually expected this, I mean, this is NA. But I also expected it to have a heart. To have a meaning. That even though some chapters are just them lusting each other, I will say “YES, THEY BELONG TO EACH AND THEIR LOVE IS REAL” But no, this is the most BS of all the BS book relationship I’ve read. AND THIS GIRL HAVE NO SELF RESPECT. I have a lot of Virgin friends and yes, they feel lonely. And yes, they think about sex but they’re not like Cassie who thinks and writes about a guy’s peen in her diary because she’s fascinated. 

Cassie says thing like this:

“No, I didn’t know it was a fluffing porn term. Do I look like a porn-watching pervert..”

And then watches porn after. 

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The guys a pig. ‘Nuff said. Seriously, who falls in love with a guy like this?! 

The writing is decent that’s why I added a star rating. And that’s the only good thing I can say. I

(I might add more to this review but this whole thing is typed right after I finished the book. Yes, I finished it. Pat in the back for me.)

Paula