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May 18, 2015

ARC Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia



Made You Up
Author:
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.



I saw a post on YA Romantics about books with mental illness and how they are becoming popular (o something like that, way better explained). Anyway, I do enjoy this kind of books because I like to know how amazing our brain is, and how amazing these persons are.
Told from an unreliable point of view, Made You Up made me doubt everything I was reading.
Alex is a badass main character, she’s witty and weird and so charming. Struggling with her own mind, trying to guess what is real and what is delusion, Alex lives in a constant paranoia.
Even though this book could’ve felt sad and tragic, Alex is so funny and “light”. She doesn’t go all drama queen here, she’s very positive about her life.
And then, enter Miles. Problematic, cold, distant, german…
I wish I could say more about it, but Made You Up was startling and the more you don’t know, the more you’ll enjoy it.
Francesca Zappia’s debut novel is deep and emotional, and at the same time is fresh and witty.
It’s full of conspiracy and unexpected turns.
Packed with an amazing cast of characters, Made You Up is an amazing read. 
 
 
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May 15, 2015

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-in Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary:
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship. 


****


I’ve always been a huge fan of Kasie West, specially her contemporary books.
I adore The Distance Between Us. It’s probably my favorite contemporary ever! That’s why I was so excited to finally read The Fill-in Boyfriend. I knew I’d find all those things I love about her writing there.
And I wasn’t wrong.
I love Kasie West’s dialogues. I think her characters are always charismatic and smart. And as I started reading The Fill-in Boyfriend I couldn’t help but smile like a little girl when the main characters meet each other.
The characters in this book were well created and real. I loved the dynamics between them even when I knew something was wrong. 

I loved to read how Gia grew throughout the story. Though, I think the change was too fast and sudden.
Anyway, that didn’t make me like the book less.
Also, Kasie West writes the cutest book boyfriends ever! I adored the easy relationship between Gia and “the boy.” Since I didn’t read the summary before I started to read it, I didn’t know what his name was, and I enjoyed so much trying to guess it along with Gia.

The only problem I had with The Fill-in Boyfriend was the ending. It felt rushed to me, and it didn’t give me the feeling of a real closure.
However, I did enjoy The Fill-in Boyfriend and I can’t wait to read more Kasie West books! 


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May 4, 2015

What's new? Truthwitch by Susan Dennad


 
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
 
This is the first time I read about this book and I already have Sarah J. Maas to tell me to read it! Also, that cover is gorgeous!
"Make room on your all-time favorites shelf: TRUTHWITCH is an instant new classic" 
 
Check it out!

Expected publication: January 5th 2016 by Tor Teen 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


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Apr 28, 2015

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES Release Day Blitz!



I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


A letter from Sabaa Tahir.


Dear Readers, 
Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness. 
And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best, 
Sabaa

Title: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


Check out the book trailer!


 
 
About Sabaa:



Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.












Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

 


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Apr 25, 2015

ARC Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley




MAGONIA
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


***

It took me one month to finish Magonia.
That doesn’t sound so good, I know. But I’m one of those people that never DNF a book, so I read (mostly) one chapter a day.
Magonia wasn’t bad. In fact, it had one of the most original and imaginative worlds I’ve ever read.
Many people compared it with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because the creativeness of the “story” was that great.
The writing was good too, though since Magonia felt magical and fantastic I would’ve liked a writing style more lyrical instead of the witty POV of Aza. 

My problem with Magonia was that I couldn’t connect with the characters. I just didn’t care about them.
Aza, the main character reminded me of the main character of Side Effects May Vary, and if I remember well enough, she was the only sick character that I wished died in the end. Thankfully, after she discovers Magonia she becomes a better character.
There’s also a POV from Jason, the boy Aza’s in love with. I liked him better, but still, it wasn’t enough.
The plot twist wasn’t a surprise, so the ending didn’t add another star from me. 

I can say I liked Magonia, I enjoyed reading about this world and the ships in the sky and all the wonderful things from above, but the characters disappointed me.
I’m sad to say that if there’s a sequel, I don’t think I’ll read it.


I like the sky. It's rational to me in a way that life isn't. Looking at it doesn't suck the way you might think it would, given all the dying-girl-stares-at-heaven possibilities. I don't think of the sky as any kind of heaven item. I think of it as a bunch of gases and faraway echoes of things that used to be on fire.
 
 
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Apr 21, 2015

What's new? Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith.

 


Hey there! I didn't know about this new book by Jennifer E. Smith. But this sounds just as great as her other books.
Check it out!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

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Apr 15, 2015

ARC Review: The Remedy by Suzanne Young




The Remedy 
Author: Suzanne Young
Source: eARC provided for review. Thanks!
 My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
In a world before The Program…
Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.
Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.
Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.


*****

I’ve read a lot of different worlds since I became a reader. It’s one of the things a love the most about reading: finding things I never dared to imagine.
The Remedy is one of those books. 

I loved to read about the journey of Quinn, how she manages to became different people and put a piece of her heart in every one of them.
The world before The Program was just as messed up as the world of Sloan and James. And that was brilliant!
I’m not going to lie. There were times when I felt sick reading some chapters and picturing the worst.
What made me feel uneasy was the relationship between Quinn and Isaac, the dead girl’s boyfriend.
I was so afraid to see Quinn losing herself. I was afraid that relationship would never change.
I was afraid about a lot of things in this book. But once again, Suzanne Young did not disappoint.
I don’t know if I should say that there’s a love triangle. Because I felt the only real relationship is between Quinn and Deacon. But one of the things I liked the most was that the romance is not main topic in this book. 

Suzanne Young has a wonderful talent to write about sadness and grief. Her writing is so addictive, it'll let you desperate for more.
Every character was interesting to read, and easy to like. The plot is phenomenal and the world building is fascinating.
Believe me when I say that The Remedy feels real. It feels awfully real.
So, of you want to read a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. You have to read The Remedy.

              
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