Hi!! Today, I’m excited to talk about the paperback edition of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I really enjoyed this debut! Why should you be excited about a paperback edition of a book that’s already out? BECAUSE BONUS CHAPTER! From Dee’s POV! If you’ve read Open Road Summer, you should know Dee or Lilah Montgomery as she’s better known is one half of a dynamic BFF duo and a character YOU want as your BFF.

open road summer by emery lord

Paperback Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Add It: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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bones and all by camille deangelis

Release Date: March 10th 2015
Source: ARC (Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!)
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Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

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?

The premise of Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis practically sells itself. It’s a coming of age story about a cannibal!

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of girl monsters (what makes a monster?) and consumption. Bones & All deals with both of these because Maren, the main character, eats people who show her any form of affection. When you love something so much, you usually want to own it or keep it forever. Food can convey so many things: nostalgia, longing, memories, love, etc. but humans as food takes it to the next level.

DeAngelis’ writing is very evocative. I definitely did not always agree or understand Maren’s decisions but I felt her emotions. I’m a delicate flower but I devoured all the grotesque descriptions with ease. I had a lot of questions about cannibalism (like does she have supernatural strength or something to overpower all these people?) but I think it is best to just go with it. I feel like I keep on circling back to the premise but it is such a good premise. Eating!! Men!!!!!! She literally eats her love interests!!

Bones & All proves that the best way to a man’s heart is by eating it whole. Chomp.

Sound: Chromatics – Kill for Love
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards
I drank the water and I felt alright
I took a pill almost every night
In my mind I was waiting for change
While the world just stayed the same
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards

I also debated on “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “What Is Love?” but they didn’t work as well.

“Soundtrack to Your Life” is a feature that will have authors list 5 songs/artists/albums that ______ (changed their life, made them cry, make them want to be a rockstar, anything the author picks!) I’m excited to have Sabaa Tahir, author of the upcoming debut, An Ember In the Ashes

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sound bite

I’ve always been a fairly fast reader. Like, I’m not entering any speed reading contests any time soon but I can devour books in one go. For instance, a YA book, it usually takes me around 1-3 hours to finish it. I finished The Goldfinch in a day because I have a lot of time on my hands.

My speed reading may also be why I am not the world’s most astute reader. I mean, it’s not like I am skimming the paragraphs or anything but perhaps I can get the nuances if I sloooooowly savor each word. I can’t help it though! If I’m into a book, I can’t flip through the pages fast enough. I see a thick book and think OH GOD IT LOOKS SO INTIMIDATING but once I get into the groove of it, I’m halfway before I know it. Sometimes I regret finishing a book so fast because I wish I had even more time in the book. However, it’s so hard to go slow when you just want to know what happens next. It’s a total catch-22.

I’m re-reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time and instead of barreling through like I usually do, I am going super slow. Like a chapter or so every few weeks slow. I’m not even done with the first book yet when it usually takes me only two days to finish the whole series. It’s kind of weird because I’m super engrossed when I’m reading it but I don’t have that same headspace of being FULLY ABSORBED, if that makes sense? If I do it all in one go, it’s usually like WHAT IS THE OUTSIDE WORLD WHAT IS THIS YELLOW SUN WHY IS THIS BROOM NOT FLYING ETC.

So I’d like to now: are you a fast or slow reader? do you read your books in one sitting or do you savor?? 

Liner Notes is a feature where I talk about five things I’m currently into!

DISNEY

DISNEY

IT REALLY IS THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH!!! I mean, I’ve been to Disney before when I was younger but went twice recently with my grown-up eyes and I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH MORE NOW!!!! The details are next level and the food is much better in restaurants than the food courts of my youth! I love wearing my Mouse ears! It makes even your shadow look cuter!

DRAKE

if you're reading this it's too late

Drake pulled a Beyoncé  and dropped a surprise album. I mean, he says “mixtape” but he’s charging $12.99 for it and there are 17 songs so BASICALLY IT IS AN ALBUM? I LOVE DRAKE. TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR MORTGAGES AND MILLIONS!!! Also, love that apparently his handwriting looks like a serial killer’s.

TAYLOR SWIFT GOES TUMBLR

taylor swift style

This is the music video for “Style” but I think we can all agree it fits “Wildest Dreams” much better.

#PSJENNYHAN

Jamie and I hosted a pre-pre Valentine’s Day chat with the one and only, JENNNNY HAN! You can still view the chat here! This was my favorite part:

ps i still love you in 5 words

ACCIO MAY 26!!!! I want to know what happens!

GOOD BOOK COVERS

vengeance road six of crows

My Cover Crush feature is a bit defunct (maybe I’ll breathe life into it soon) but I couldn’t resist gushing about these covers. I think the cover for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman is one of my favorite YA covers ever. IT IS AMAZING. I’m still in awe! I’m also super excited for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love the atmosphere of the cover.