Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: How Dare the Sun Rise

How Dare The Sun Rise
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Page Count: 304
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Young Adult - Memoir

This was a powerful memoir, but a difficult one to read. Sandra Uwiringiyimana is a young woman who grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. War was a constant worry for her and her family; they were often displaced as fighting broke out. Things were even worse for Sandra's family as they came from a tribe that faced severe persecution in Congo. While Sandra's life in Africa, has many happy memories associated with it, it also holds some of her deepest pain.

The book begins in happier times when Sandra recalls playing with her pet monkey, laughing with her little sister, and getting into trouble with one of her older brothers. She describes life in her village and remarks on how much she loves attending school. Sandra's family is unique in the fact that they value education for females in a society that does not always see this as good use of time for girls. Many girls learn the basics and then begin to train for their lives as wives and mothers. Sandra's parents want their children to have options in life beyond becoming a spouse. I admired Sandra's parents and the way they operated their home and managed their large family. My heart also broke for them when Sandra's oldest brother, Heritage, was kidnapped and forced to fight in the army. Sandra's father refuses to rest until his son is returned home which will eventually happen, but Heritage will be plagued by his time as a young soldier and fitting into life with his family will take time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 4/23/17

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 William Shakespeare a very happy 453rd birthday. :)

Nicole: I wish I could go back to university. Inspired by When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Andrea: I wish for world peace. Inspired by How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review: A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter
Published By: Orion
Publication Date: October 2012
Page Count: 464
Source: Library
Adult - Fiction

A Week in Winter is one of the Binchy novels that is told in a series of vignettes with various characters who are all tied together by their time at Stone House, an inn on the west coast of Ireland. These seem to be more of the norm for her in the later years of her writing career. While I miss the sweeping historical novels, I have come to love these new connected stories as well. They are intensely character driven and I love losing myself in the Irish setting.

The story begins by telling about Chicky Starr, a native of the small town of Stoneybridge. As a young woman, she fell in love with the wrong sort of man and moved to New York City. Eventually, she moves back home and decides to open Stone House. Ultimately, this is her story and focuses on her success as an entrepreneur, but it's through her business that many people find answers and solace. I enjoyed getting to know this smart and vivacious woman who cares deeply for her family, her inn, and strives to give her guests the best possible experience. I longed for a trip to Stone House the entire time I was reading this novel. 

The Shopping Lark #251

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 4/17 - 4/23:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Published By: Berkley Books
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Page Count: 352
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Adult - Historical Fiction

Mystery and romance - my favorite combination! Amanda Quick's most recent book is filled with both. Set in the 1930's Hollywood era, Irene flees one mystery on the East coast and lands in LA, stumbling upon yet another mystery. The problem that caused her to run ended up following her West. Irene sometimes doesn't know if the events that occur are due to her current situation, or possibly because of why she fled. 

 Oliver, a former magician turned hotel proprietor to the rich and famous, steps in to help with damage control. He forms a bond with Irene and together they try to solve the murder that occurred at his hotel. However, he is also hiding secrets from his past. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Someone Else's Summer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on:
Someone Else's Summer
By: Rachel Bateman
Publisher: Running Press Teens


I get to start this one in a couple of days, and I am so excited! This book will be a great way to kick off the beach read season. Epic road trip? Sleepy Iowa town? This is right up my alley.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review: Change Agent

Change Agent
Published By: Dutton Books
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Page Count: 416
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Adult - Techno Thriller/Science Fiction

The year is 2045 and genetic editing of embryos is permitted, but only for a specific list of congenital disorders. All other genetic modifications are considered illegal, and people buying or selling those services are prosecuted. Kenneth Durand, a member of Interpol’s Genetic Crime Division, analyzes huge amounts of data to discover anomalous trends that signify the presence of illicit gene editing labs. When his information leads to the destruction of a Huli Jing laboratory, Durand becomes the target of the largest and most dangerous gene editing cartel. In an attempt to both kill Durand and fake the death of the Huli Jing’s leader, Marcus Wyckes, a Huli Jing operative injects Durand with a genetic editing compound. Nearly five weeks later, Durand wakes up in a hospital bed looking like and having the DNA of the Wyckes who is now suspected of Durand’s death. 

Teaser Tuesday: How Dare the Sun Rise & Change Agent

When it came to war, my parents could shelter us from only so much. I knew the sounds of war before I knew how to do a cartwheel. I became accustomed to those sounds. As a kid, I was never afraid of imaginary monsters at night: All the monsters I knew walked in daylight and carried big guns.

~ How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta, Kindle Location 437 (ARC)

"You conducted this exchange over an encrypted line I hope." 

"Now I'm insulted. I break the law for a living."

~ Change Agent by Daniel Suarez, Kindle Location 3598 (ARC)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 4/16/17

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:  

Pyper: I wish that I could own a car custom built just for me. Inspired by The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick.

Aimee: I wish chromatophore (vanishing and reappearing) tattoos were a real thing. Inspired by Change Agent by Daniel Suarez.

Andrea: I wish that I could have met Carole Lombard. Inspired by A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott.
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