Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me

My True Love Gave to Me
Edited By: Stephanie Perkins
Published By: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Page Count: 320
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Holiday Anthology

I have been excited about this anthology since I first saw it mentioned on Stephanie Perkins' blog. I love her writing and seeing all the other amazing authors that would be joining her in this endeavor made me yearn to get my hands on a copy. I was super lucky to snag an early edition from the publisher. This is the rare anthology treat - I actually enjoyed all of the stories. Sure, I liked some more than others, but it is rare for me to like every single story.  There is a perfect balance between contemporary and fantasy in this one. Anthologies aren't always my cup of tea, but this one is a fun, diverse read that will have you wishing for snowflakes and peppermint hot chocolate. 

Cover Crazy: Get Happy

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'll admit it freely, I strongly dislike covers with photos of real people on them because I don't want the cover artist telling me what the character looks like, I want to figure that out from the author's description. The only exception is cover photography that beheads the person. ;)

Styling-wise, I like that her jeans are rolled up and she's barefoot; it's different and eye catching. The colors they've chosen (two of my favorites) have a nontraditional femininity about them, especially the muted turquoise.The addition of the stool (chair?), the ukelele, and the dragon doodle/sketch along the side give the cover an air of playfulness I found very appealing. This is a book I can't wait to read!
What are your thoughts on this cover?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 9/21/14

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

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:   

Paula: I wish I had a boy in my life called Eight; sounds like twice as good as Four! Inspired by Compulsion by Martina Boone. 

Nicole: I wish I had enough skill and bravery to go night surfing. Inspired by Sideswiped by Lia Riley.    

Julie: I wish I was a flapper living in New York City during the 1920's. Inspired by The Diviners by Libba Bray.   

Andrea: I wish that the weather would turn colder- inspired by My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: A Sudden Light

A Sudden Light
By: Garth Stein
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Page Count: 416
Source: ARC Kindly Provided By Publisher
Audience/Genre: Adult Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

As I read the last five chapters of A Sudden Light I gasped, fought back tears (and lost), pleaded with the book as if I could alter the course of events, broke into a sentimental smile, and finally sighed with satisfaction as I powered down my Kindle, saying, "That's exactly how this should end." Equal parts ghost story, family secrets mystery, and love stor(ies), this novel is a perfect fall read and one of my favorites for 2014.

Spy Island Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway

We're excited to welcome the author of Spy Island, Sophie Schiller, to Reading Lark today.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What inspired you to focus on WWI in your novel? 

Sophie: WWI was a natural setting for my novel since the Danish West Indies were sold to America at the height of the Great War. I wanted to tell the story of the transfer to commemorate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of Transfer Day, which will take place in 2017 and will be a major international event. Back during WWI, it was no secret that the Kaiser had set his eyes set on acquiring a port in the Caribbean from which he could launch attacks on the Panama Canal. The Americans felt that the $25 million they paid Denmark was a small price to pay to keep Germany out of our backyard. But I knew there had to be more to the story. After months of research, I finally made a breakthrough: I discovered that a pocket of German spies was operating in St. Thomas right under the noses of the Danish authorities. This startling fact became the basis for my novel. 

The Shopping Lark #135

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 9/15-9/21:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: Sublime

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14, 2014
Genre: YA paranormal
336 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

In a word, this book was disappointing for me. I was hoping for a good ghost story with a little excitement, a good love story, and a positive resolution. What I got instead was not something I would recommend to my reader friends.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Exquisite Captive

Exquisite Captive
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Page Count: 480
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy

Nalia is a powerful jinni and the last of her race. In her world, her race controlled the other jinni races and functioned as royalty. A bloody coup leaves everyone but Nalia dead and she has no choice but to hide on Earth. Nalia is sold into the dark caravan forcing her into slavery on Earth.

The story opens in modern day Los Angeles where Nalia is doing the bidding of Malek, her master. Malek makes his money through corruption and secrets; he forces Nalia to grant wishes for his creepy business associates. Her lifestyle under Malek's control made me sad, but I did admire Nalia's fire. She never stops planning ways to get her freedom. She's also not the sort of girl you want to mess with - she can kick some serious butt.

Love Potion #11: Melissa Lummis Spotlight


What do you get when you take eleven awesome paranormal authors, toss them into one box set, and turn up the heat?

Why, you get Love Potion No. 11, of course.

This box set contains ELEVEN full-length novels from eleven authors. And right now. . .for a limited time. . .it's only 99 cents.

Talk about a bang for your buck.

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