Waiting On Wednesday #9: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

Book cover for Made You UP by Francesca Zappia.
Title: 
Made You Up
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Pages: 448

Summary (from Goodreads): Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.  Continue reading

Review: Steadfast by Claudia Gray

Review: Steadfast by Claudia GrayTitle: Steadfast (Spellcaster #2)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth...or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn't know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic...which has begun to call Nadia's name. 

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Steadfast

Steadfast  by Claudia Gray is a thrilling witch book with an amazing villain that will keep you guessing.Witches and demons make an appearance in this creepy urban fantasy.  It is so unique and almost impossible to put down! Continue reading

Teaser Tuesdays #1: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  Continue reading

Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13BTitle: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: August 27, 2013

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Two-time Governor General's Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a "normal" relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that's not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam's mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down. 

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Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten teaches about and describes OCD, a very important mental health issue. This book also provides the reader with well developed characters and a mystery to solve. Toten has created a unique, humorous and fast-paced story that will entertain and educate at the same time. Continue reading