ARC REVIEW: Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Published March 10th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
YA > Horror | Fantasy
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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?
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.
“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”
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!
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.