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: Amity by Micol Ostow a.k.a amityville, why didn’t I heard of it before?!

 19141361TITLE: Amity
AUTHOR: Micol Ostow
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by EgmontUSA
GENRE: YA > Horror | Paranormal | Retelling
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC ebook from publisher (Netgalley)
RATING:  3★★
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For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

 

REVIEW:

I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this classic movie/novel called Amityille before (actually I know) but apparently, this is where the novel was based from. I haven’t read it, and I honestly don’t plan on reading it. (Unless, is it good?)

 

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I really want to LOVE this The book wasn’t bad. It’s just, it’s… slightly boring. Is boring bad? All I know is that  it doesn’t deserve a 2 or 1 star from ME.

Here’s the gist. Two Families. 10 years gap. One house that somehow conects their story.

 

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It’s a past and present narration. Connor’s POV in the past and Gwen’s POV  in present. And like I said, their stories are intertwined.

Look/read that blurb. Do you understand why I do not want to just ignore this book? Even though I’m not a big fan of Horror genre, I cannot miss that storyline. The first time I’ve read it, I was instantly intrigued and I just know that I have to read it. There were chapters where I got goosebumps. There was even some chapters where I have to stop because every darn noise in my environment is making me jump. I know, I know… I’M A SCAREDY CAT.  The writing is unbelievably vivid. You want the bloody, gory details? You’re gonna get that! You want to be inside a strange and slightly disturbed character? You’re gonna get that as well. The author doesn’t hold back when it comes to details. 

The storyline really appealed to me and from the first few chapters, I was scared and excited. I was actually excited to be scared! Does that even make sense. Anyway, the first part were captivating. Creepy phonecalls and all that. Seeing people who were really not there and all that. And then, I don’t know what happened, but it became dull. The author has this thing. She’s doing little things that will get you excited for what will happen in the next chapter and then… and then… when you FINALLY get to that chapter where you will SCREAM…

flop.

meh.

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Intriguing plotline and Creative writing, what’s not to like? I’ll tell you what. The characters. They’re not annoying or frustrating or anything like that. Honestly, they are not anything at all. They’re too… bland. Weak, if you ask me. Not powerful enough to keep me interested.  I did not even connect, to any of them, even for a second. Like I mentioned above, they are kind of disturbing and strange but I don’t know about you, but that is not an excuse. I’m actually a little strange too, so.. I wonder why. Maybe because I’m the good and adorable (lol, who’s gonna compliment me but me) kind of strange.

Amity lacked… something. I didn’t get the trembling and creepy read that I was expecting BUT I was enthralled at some parts. Amity may have boring characters and I may have struggled because of it, but the storytelling was a little spine chilling. If you’re one of those people who LOVE scary and creepy stuff, maybe you should just hold off reading this. Because I’m pretty sure you’ll just laugh at this. But if you’re like me who get scared easily, like even your own shadow scares you, then have at it!

Oh hey, any of you have read/seen the Amity movie or novel? How was it?

REVIEW: Fractured by Erin Hayes a.k.a this why i don’t like a twin + Giveaway!

21865341TITLE: Fractured

AUTHOR:Erin Hayes

PUBLICATION: Published 2014

GENRE: YA > Horror

PAGES: 206pages (Kindle Edition)

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RATING: 3★★★

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Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability. 

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.

REVIEW:

Lily and Bash are sister. Twins, to be exact and one thing is for sure, thy’re no Anna and Elsa. Ever sinve they’re kinds, Lily has always been a little jealous of the attention that Batsheba is getting (i just love that name so much) And one simple afternoon, when little Lily and Bash are playing, an incident happen that lead to Bash being blind.

From the prologue, I was deeply engaged already. I was like, ‘no. i’m not getting any sleep unless i finish this’ but I ended up sleeping anyway because apparently reading this at night when you’re alone is not a good decision! Fractured’s premise sounds very intriguing and with a cover like that it’s really hard not to grab your attention. And I’m glad that the it’s that way because Fractured is perfect for readers who is looking for a break in YA contemporaries. Like I mentioned above, the prologue will make you be engaged on to the story. And what I loved about this is that from the start, it didn’t have a dull moment until you finish it. It’s like the first few chapters is just making you ready for a crazier than crazy ending.

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The case between Lily and Bash is fascinating. I must say that I haven’t encountered it before. The author keeps dropping bomb after bomb of terrifying information till the end and I. Just. Love. It. And it is creepy you guys, I’m not even kidding. There’s a lot of this:

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The ending might not be the ending I was hoping for but it was satisfying nonetheless and this is on third person narrative which doesn’t really work on me most of the time but surprisingly, it pushed me to read the story more. Overall, Fractured is a chilling and frightening read for me. The expectation that I had from the intriguing blurb and captivating cover was met and it has a well-thought plot.

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Erin

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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