Waiting on Wednesday: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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The Impostor Queen
By:Sarah Fine

Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

What are you waiting for???

Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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. 
First Line: "If I was good at the grocery store, I got a Yoo-hoo."

Review:  I don't think I have ever read a book with such an unreliable narrator who was constantly blurring the lines of reality and I have to admit I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. Made You Up dealt with mental illness. Alex suffers from Schizophrenia and Paranoia, she doesn't know what is real and what isn't and since she is narrating the entire novel neither do we the readers know what is real, it was a constant guessing game. Alex does take pictures of things that help her determine what is real, but even that isn't completely reliable.

Alex was such an interesting and likable character, she is getting ready to start senior year at a new high school after being kicked out of her previous one, she wants to be as normal as possible but due to her illness it can be hard for. She checks for poison in her food that her mother cooks, she is scared of Nazis, she does perimeter checks everywhere she goes and she is terrified that Communists are after her, and now on top of everything at her new school she bumps into a boy from her past who she thought was nothing but a figment of her imagination and she is unsure if he is real or not.

 Alex and Miles were both very easy to connect with. They both were complex characters and just so different from the ones I'm used to reading about. I also liked that the focus just wasn't on Alex at school but also her home life. As for Miles, he is a genius, literally. He was a total jerk at first and everyone at school actually fears him and at first I did not like him but as you learn more about him you will definitely feel for him and his situation and eventually he became a favorite of mine, I loved how understanding he was with Alex, she couldn't have found anyone better.

Overall Made You Look is an unforgettable emotional read that I highly recommend everyone picks up.

Memorable Quotes

~"He belonged in the land of pheonixes and witches, the place where things were too fantastic to be real."


Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle's 12- Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen. 
First Line: "You could bounce a quarter off my butt cheeks."

Review: Okay so I'm not going to lie when I first picked this book up I read maybe a chapter of it and put it back down and didn't really pick it back up until a few weeks later and I don't know but maybe when I picked it up the first time, I wasn't in the right mindset to read it but the second time around I stuck with it and really enjoyed the hell out of it.

Lola is flawed down to the core and she comes from parents who are very well known in the celebrity world with her dad being some big time producer and her mom a soap opera actress. Anyways her parents are a joke they have issues for days and the dad barely keeps in touch with her, so even though Lola may think she went to check herself into rehab over a made up drinking problem so she can help some long lost friend/crush named Wade she learns that maybe she is exactly where she needs to be not for someone else but for herself.

By the end of the book, Lola is not the same girl we met at the beginning she goes through some huge character growth and development. She really went through it in rehab, at first in denial that she should be there and giving the swoon worthy Adam some serious hell, she broke every rule she could but Adam was made for the job and had some serious patience when it came to Lola. Eventually, Lola broke down and started doing what was expected of her and that is when you saw her grow as a person.

The romance was really cute and the book definitely had it's funny moments along with touching on the subject of addictions. Overall I really liked it and highly recommend it.


The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

First Line: "Zak! Hey, Zak, where are you?"

Review: Oh how I wanted to fall in love with this book but instead it turned out to be just an okay read.

We have Zak and then we have Ana. Zak is excited about comic-con Seattle its been a tradition of his since he was a kid to go, unfortunately his plans for this year are being ruined because he has to be part of a quiz bowl since he was caught cheating on a paper, the quiz bowl is coincidentally taking place in Seattle also. Ana is a perfectionist and her and her younger brother Clayton are in the quiz bowl as well.

I loved the fact that the book was based around comic-con but as far as the characters go I couldn't connect with either one of them. Ana and Zak both had family issues and it was mainly because of their choices and how they chose to treat them. Ana had issues with her sister which with the way she was talking about her in the beginning I though maybe she had passed away but no Anna just was a little messed up on how she went about treating her. As for Zak I didn't get it, his step-father genuinely cared for him which he proved even more later on in the novel but Zak didn't really give him much of a chance.

Now moving on to the comic-con, for some reason I thought going into this book Ana and Zak both were going to be these big comic-con geeks but it was only Zak, for quite some time Ana looked down on Zak for his love of it all. There were also quite a few times while reading the novel where things just seemed to be a little way over the top to the point of just downright unrealistic which also took my enjoyment out of it.

Overall the book wasn't really for me even though it was based around something I love ...comic-con.


Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Kiran’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

First Line: "One month from today,
                        I'll wake to a team of
                        makeup artist -
                       hair stylist-
                            buzzing outside my

Review: 5 to 1 is a dystopian set in India, and what made it that much more unique for its genre is that Sudasa's point of view was written in verse, while Kiran's point of view was written in prose. I love poetry but I don't really read much of it unless if I have to and Sudasa was a huge surprise because I found myself waiting to get to her chapters just to read her point of view in verse. The unique style of writing worked very well with the story.

Going in I was expecting a lot of romance but there wasn't much of it at all, instead it was a story of two individuals living in a society that was forced upon them and their fight for wanting something better. I'm huge on romance but the lack of it in 5 to 1 did not take my enjoyment away from it. Bodger did a wonderful job capturing the Indian culture and traditions, I only wish the book was a little bit longer because the world building needed more work.

Overall 5 to 1 was a captivating read. It was short and I would love to see this as a series because the way it ended you were left wanting more.

Memorable Quotes

~"Test or no Tests,
    I am not his.
    I do
   belong to anyone.
   Only belong
   to me."

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