Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: Cast in Angelfire

Cast in Angelfire (Mage Craft #1)
Author: S.M. Reine
Published by: Red Iris Books
Publication Date: 13 March 2016
Page Count: 327
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

Marion was a powerful and magical half-witch, half-angel human until she woke up in a small-town hospital with no memory of who or what she is. She gets help from the local doctor, Luke, and soon they're on the run from assassins out to kill Marion. Luke keeps secrets from Marion, though, keeps his true identity a secret and helps her as a regular mundane human, rather than who he really is. Marion doesn't know who to trust, the only person she feels safe with is Luke, but she must figure out who she is, who sent the assassins, and why they were sent after her.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The synopsis intrigued me. The story is a mix between paranormal and post-apocalypse. It's a post-apocalyptic world filled with demons, vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries, angels, and so much more. I've read paranormal and I've read post-apocalyptic dystopian, but never a mix of both. It was a very interesting combination and the author seemed to mesh them together well. I loved the idea of the time of the apocalypse being called Genesis, a new birth of whole new races of creatures.

The Shopping Lark #226

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 7/25-7/31:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Review: Moo

Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Middle Grades - Contemporary

Reena has grown up in the hustle and bustle of the city. She loves the noise, concrete, and crowds, but when economic hardships hit her family, she knows that moving to the country is the right thing to do. An afternoon drive has her blurting out Maine when her parents ask where they should go. Before Reena knows it, boxes are packed and the family is one the road to their new home in rural coastal Maine.

Once the family settles into their quaint new hometown, Reena and her younger brother, Luke, go off to explore. They find they have an odd fascination with the cows in the area which leads them to make new friends with teens who work on a nearby farm. Their parents are also meeting new people which leads to the family's association with Mrs. Falala, a cranky old woman who lives alone on a farm with her ornery animals. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

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. . . 

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
By: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: August 29th, 2016

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Moo

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

It was the beginning of summer 
and we thought we'd landed on another planet; 
a boat bobbing
sea salty harbor town
with people strolling the docks
eating ice cream and lobster rolls.

Gentle mountains rose up opposite the harbor
and curled around it
wrapping the town
in their bluegreen embrace.

~ Moo by Sharon Creech, Kindle Location 231 (ARC)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Black Count

The Black Count
By: Tom Reiss
Published By: Crown
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Count: 414
Source: Library
Audience: Adult - Nonfiction, Biography

If you’re in the mood for a well-written biography about a lesser known historical figure, this is your book. 

Lots of readers and movie-goers are familiar with The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, both stories by Alexandre Dumas. But what most don’t know is that the author drew inspiration for those stories from the life of his own father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailletrie (later simply Alex Dumas). Do you remember the scene in The Three Musketeers where d'Artagnan ends up having to fight three duels in one afternoon? According to Reiss’s research, that episode was inspired by an incident during Dumas’s father’s army service. Or how about when Edmond Dant├Ęs is imprisoned in a fortress? That also happened to Alex Dumas. 

Cover Crazy: Black

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 this cover, the misty forest and a girl running through it. What is she running from? Or is she running to something? I love the stark font which works perfectly with the title. And the tagline really makes me want to know what's going on in this book.

What do you think of this cover?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 7/24/16

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:  

Nicole: I wish I could play a musical instrument. Inspired by The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.

Aimee: I wish I could have met the author Alexandre Dumas. Inspired by The Black Count by Tom Reiss.

Andrea: I wish I owned a house in coastal Maine. Inspired by Moo by Sharon Creech.
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