Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Published By: HarperCollins Australia - Dial (US)
Publication Date: July 1, 2015 (Australia) -  June 9, 2015 (US)
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Australian Publisher
Young Adult 

Seventeen year old Minnow has escaped from the Kevinian cult where she spent most of her life, and now she’s headed to a juvenile detention centre. The book follows Minnow as she begins to learn about the real world and work through the events that led to the fall of the cult and her stint in detention. 

 Minnow is an extraordinary character. She has had her hands taken from her in the most horrific of ways, has seen people she loves brutalized and has gone from one form of incarceration to another, but she still has a fiery spirit and a fierce curiosity about the world. 

Cover Crazy: Made You Up

The purpose of Cover Crazy is to feature a cover each week for us to admire its beauty. I really like this idea since there are so many great covers out there! Cover Crazy is a feature that was started by The Book Worms.

I love rain. I get giddy when I hear that a rain storm is headed my way. I love the smell of rain and the sound it makes as it hits the roof. This love draws me to any cover that features rain. I love this one as it seems like a merger of a water color painting and a portrait. The way the blue runs down the cover and seems to run along the sides of the umbrella holds my focus. I want to know who this girl is and how she got caught out in the storm. Also, is the storm an example of inner or outer conflict? I'm also interested in the choice to have the umbrella's shadow hide the eyes of the girl. It is said that eyes are the windows to the soul. Why would this be hidden? What can it possibly mean about this character?

What do you think of this cover?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Magic Lamp Sunday 5/24/15

We discovered this feature at Ya-Aholic, where it ran on Fridays. It sounded like a fun addition to our lineup, but fits better here on Sundays. It's based on the basic Magic Lamp = 3 wishes idea. Since there are so many of us, though, we're just taking one wish each per week. 

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:  

Paula: I wish I lived in a world without sickness.  Inspired by Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt. 

Nicole: I wish that people didn't use religion as an excuse for cruelty, Inspired by The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. 

Andrea: I wish that I had gone to summer camp as a kid. Inspired by Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Beckon Me

Beckon Me (Beckoner #1)
Published By: Cindy Thomas
Publication Date: April 13, 2015
Page Count: 240
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
New Adult - Paranormal

Full disclosure time: Cindy Thomas is friends with several of my fellow Larks, but is unknown to me. 

 Karina is left injured and heart sore after surviving the shooting that killed her best friend, Rainey. She has not, however, been left alone. Rainey’s soul did not cross over into the afterlife as it should, and she’s now haunting Karina. Unsure what she can do to help, Karina returns to College and does her best to get on with her life. She makes a new friend in Gabby, who has just transferred, and enjoys flirting with Eli, the mysterious guy next door. But Eli is not an ordinary guy – he is a Beckoner, and Karina can become one, too. Becoming a Beckoner will mean giving up a normal human life, but it’s the only way to save Rainey’s soul from the evil Ceptors and allow her a peaceful afterlife. 

What's Your Status? 5/23/15

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: Get Dirty

Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2)
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Page Count: 384
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Mystery

The girls are back and this time the killer has their eye on each one of them and the people they love. I have been anticipating this one after book #1 ended on a wicked cliff hanger. I didn't get resolution; the identity of the killer was left lingering on the wind in book one. I was clueless to the killer's identity which is one of the main signs of a well written mystery. I will warn you that this review will be less verbose than usual because its difficult to review a mystery without spoilers, but the reveal is worth the wait and I wouldn't want to steer a reader in that direction. It needs to be experienced organically.

The Shopping Lark #170

Each Friday, Reading Lark is going to feature some new releases each week to help give you some ideas of what to buy next. This is not an exhaustive list of this week's releases - just some novels that caught our eye. Feel free to share what books you're excited about that came out this week in our comments section.

YA Releases for the week of 5/18-5/24:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By: Stephen Chbosky
Published By: MTV Books, Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 1, 1999
Page Count: 213
Source: Personal Copy
Audience/Genre: YA Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

The first time I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower it was at the urging of a large number of my 10th grade students. After 10 pages, I decided it was a DNF and couldn't understand why student after student seemed to worship this book. The second time I picked it up it was at the urging of a fellow 10th grade teacher, who made me promise I would give the book a second chance. Though the book ultimately isn't my cup of tea, I'm glad I picked it up for the second time, and this is why...

Book Spotlight, Pre-Order Fun, Excerpt & Giveaway: Jesse's Girl

Andrea LOVES Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks Series! We are excited to spotlight the next installment in the series, Jesse's Girl, and share an exciting preorder opportunity. 

Practice makes perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow the Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review: Between the Notes


Between the Notes
By: Sharon Huss Roat
Published by: Harper Teen
Release date: June 16, 2015
Genre: YA contemporary
400 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

Ahhh, I so enjoy a good contemporary. I was craving a great read when I finally got to start this one, and it was so fantastic, I finished it in a day. Nicely done, author.

This is a great journey of self-discovery for main character Ivy. She experiences a lot of big feelings, between what's happened to her family's financial situation and what's going on in her social life. She has to learn a different way of processing and expressing those feelings, since she's no longer able to do so through playing the piano. This journey refocuses the meaning of her friendships, the importance of her family, and the emphasis she once placed on popularity and wealth.

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