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The Masked Truth does a lot of unmasking.

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Kelley Armstrong is not hesitating to go straight for the real stuff with The Masked Truth.  Although there is more representation of mental health in literature lately, there is still not nearly enough, especially in teen fiction, and this book is a valuable addition.

Teens at a group therapy session are taken hostage by masked killers, seemingly for the purpose of ransom – one of the participants comes from a very rich family.  The truth of the situation is far less straightforward, and a lot of secrets are going to come out before it’s all over.

Spoiler alert: if you don’t want to know anything more, stop reading.

I want to stand up and applaud Armstrong for her main characters.  The protagonist is struggling with PTSD, and the love interest has schizophrenia.  Armstrong shoots straight for the heart with the turmoil and fear they feel, and the struggles they endure, with so much compassion for the characters.  You don’t love Riley and Max despite their mental health – it is included in who they are, and are that much braver because of it.  There is great diversity among the characters too, on many different levels, and it makes the story feel much richer than most YA.  Even the villains aren’t one-dimensional.  I would call this YA literature.

There is some very on-point dealing with stigmatization and misunderstandings  – survivor’s guilt, PTSD, schizophrenia, homosexuality, racism.  There’s corruption, ashamed parents, estranged friends.  Well done, Ms. Armstrong – this is a book that a kid dealing with one of these things will read and think “Maybe being different isn’t bad.  Maybe it means you are that much tougher.  That much stronger.  That you are a hero for living every day with something not many other people understand.  And maybe out there, I will find someone who does.”

Bit too neat of an ending, but otherwise great.  Highly, highly recommend it.

Christie

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Fall Reading!!

I love this time of year.  I love the changing leaves, the pumpkin-flavored everything, and I have kind of a sweater and boots fetish.  But that is all secondary to… FALL BOOK RELEASES!  Sorry, sorry, got a little excited.

Some of what’s coming looks great – and some of it not so great.  Without further ado…

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

This is the book I’m currently reading.  I love Kelley Armstrong, and the second book of her latest adult fiction series is fantastic (no pun intended).  I do wish that the main character was a little less wishy-washy in this one, but I have high hopes – Kelley Armstrong has a strong history of kick-ass female characters who don’t wait around to be rescued.

 

THE QUEEN OF TEARLING

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Soooooooo good.  I really can’t do a good enough job of describing how good.  There’s been a lot of buzz around this book because it features a tough woman with drive and compassion, is royalty, and ISN’T BEAUTIFUL.  Or even merely pretty.  That fact doesn’t make you lose the story, though… and the story is wonderful.  Really, the main problem with this book is that it is the first of a series, and I read it really quickly, and now I have to wait way too long for the next one.  Also that one of my kids spilled coffee all over my copy.  Sigh.  Waste of coffee and a great book.  I guess I’m off to get another copy.

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I love Neil Patrick Harris.  If you have never watched 1) Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 2)Neil’s Puppet Dreams, go do it now.  Especially #1.  They are both free on You Tube, and not kid friendly.    Done?  Ok.  NPH’s Choose Your Own Autobiography drops October 14th here in Canada, and you bet I will be right there, getting my copy.  It’s pure NPH style, a little truth with a lot of poking fun at himself with a dash of the absurd thrown in.  Here’s the blurb from the book:

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further thanNeil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

 

There will be more recommendations and reviews coming, not to fret.  I am partly limiting the length of this post because of the banner you may have noticed displaying before my post loaded.  I, along with Twitter, Etsy, Netflix, WordPress and others are participating in Internet Slowdown in support of net neutrality – slowing down our sites on purpose to give you an idea of what the internet could be like if some of the big telecom companies get their way.  If you want more information, check out https://openmedia.org/

Christie

 

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I Look Remarkably Like An Elf

Apparently, I look remarkably like an elf, according to a customer today.

Now there’s a statement that opens up a lot of questions you probably don’t want the answers to.   What kind of elf?  Like Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings elf, or Will Ferrell? Lawn gnome or Keebler?

And remarkably like an elf he’s seen in a movie, or like the little green men he sees in his mother’s basement?  Does he like elves or are they terrifying?  Compliment, or deadly insult?

This is going to bug me for a while.

Currently reading: The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong, thanks to Rolanda who hooked me on her teen stuff like a literary crack dealer.  Her adult stuff is also super fun, by the way.

 

Happy elfless reading.

Christie

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Wanted: Scary, Scary Books

I’ve been having fun reading Kelley Armstrong’s latest, 13 (the conclusion to the series I’ve been reading for oh, ten years), and some Sherrilyn Kenyon League novels (cross sexy romance with full-on guns blazing sci-fi action, and you get the league books).  They’re great, but for some reason I’ve been in the mood for horror.

I don’t mean gory, or thriller stuff.  Zombie body parts can be icky, granted.  I, however, am looking for the kind of book that makes you want to hide under the bed.  The book version of The Grudge (original Japanese or the remake, your pick).  I just don’t get as creeped out by books as by movies, so far.

C’mon people, I need help here.  No Stephen King, read them all as a teenager.  Suggestions needed!

Christie

 

 

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