Friday, August 29, 2014

Eternal Night Blog Tour: Review

Eternal Night
Published By: The Studio
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 319
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/New Adult - Mythology, Fantasy

I was intrigued by the premise of this novel. I’ve read a few other novels based on Greek mythology and was excited to see what Eternal Night had to offer. 

 Eternal Night starts out with the apparent suicide of Nadia, the Goddess of Hope. After her death, other supernatural phenomenon begin to occur. The other gods realize that something big is coming and they must not only discover what it is, but stop it before it destroys human civilization. 

The Shopping Lark #132

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 8/25-8/31:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Feuds Blog Tour: Author Interview

We're excited to welcome the author of Feuds, Avery Hastings, to Reading Lark today.

Andrea @ Reading Lark:  If your novel were a cookie, what kind would it be?

Avery: coconut macadamia

Andrea @ Reading Lark: There seems to be a ton of science fiction and dystopian novels hitting the YA market these days. What makes Feuds stand out?

Avery: FEUDS is at its heart a classic romance, not a sci-fi or dystopian novel. That said, it touches on themes that are relevant now and will continue to be relevant in the near future (genetic experimentation/manipulation). It's a blend of old and new, literary and scientific. I tried hard in writing FEUDS to stay true to myself and my characters (who in other lives reside in a Shakespearean era) rather than follow a trend. 

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After 
Published By: Dutton
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Page Count: 339
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary
Review of Lola and the Boy Next Door

I love Stephanie Perkins' work. I have often commented that I want to curl up and live in the pages of her stories. There is something about losing myself in the love story of a Perkins' heroine that eases my stress, lowers my blood pressure, and sends a euphoric shiver through my heart. Her stories are truly something special. I have been anxiously awaiting this one since finishing Anna and Lola early in 2013. I can say with total conviction that this one was worth the wait.

Book Boyfriend: Ryder Marsden from Magnolia

We decided that Thursday needed a little pizazz and stumbled on this meme while hanging out at one of our favorite blogs, A Book and a Cupcake. So we took ourselves over to The Unread Reader to see what it was all about and join the fun. The Unread Reader features this meme on Wednesdays, but we figured moving our participation to Thursday wouldn't hurt anything. We'd love it if you'd leave a comment if you participate in this so we can check out your book boyfriends as well.


My Book Boyfriend is. . . 
Ryder Marsden

from Magnolia by Kristi Cook.

For this post I've chosen Theo James as the face of Ryder.  Because- duh- Theo James.

Facts about Ryder: 

* He’s the star quarterback of his state-champ football team

* He plays piano- really well

* His mother and Jemma’s have been plotting their children’s eventual nuptials since they were babies

*boxer briefs

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: Afterworlds

Published by: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 23, 2014
Genre: YA contemporary, YA paranormal
608 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

This book is both Afterworlds and the story of how the book came to be. It is your favorite seven-layer dip, with a layer of paranormal romance, a layer of realistic contemporary, a layer of generic teen girl, a layer of timeless teen Indian boy, a layer of Hispanic good guy, a layer of young and innocent meets experienced and regretful, and layer of teen Indian girl who likes girls. It sounds like it’s going to be a hot mess, but the result is actually delicious.

Waiting on Wednesday: Sublime

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:
By: Christina Lauren 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


First- how can you not be drawn in by that cover? Second, blurbed by Tahereh Mafi, I must read it. And of course, impossible paranormal romance? Yes, please. 

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author ofShatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read".

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
By: A.S. King
Read By: Lynde Houck
Published By: Listening Library
Publication Date: April 26. 2011
Page Count: 336 (paperback)
Source: Library Audiobook
Audience/Genre: YA/Realistic Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

I've struggled to write this review, not because Please Ignore Vera Dietz isn't fantastic (it is), but because I can't think of anyone who would do this lovely, complex, surprising, and emotionally raw book justice than Vera herself. She's lost her best friend without knowing why, and now he's dead and she knows how and why, but she can't tell anyone.

Author Interview: Kelly Fiore

We're excited to welcome the author of Just Like the Movies, Kelly Fiore, to Reading Lark today.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Who is your favorite movie couple?

Kelly: Wow -- just one? I think if I HAD to choose, I'd say Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo in 13 Going on Thirty. But if you ask me again tomorrow, I might have a different answer. :)

Andrea @ Reading Lark: If your novel was a cupcake, which one would it be?

Kelly: Something with a "California Girls" by Katy Perry kind of look -- a bubble-gum/cotton candy topping, with some light blue icing.

Teaser Tuesday: Lies We Tell Ourselves & Afterworlds

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

"Translation," Chuck mutters so only Ennis, Paulie and I can hear. "Don't tattle, or the judge will send us all back to our old school. Jim Crow is still alive and well in good old Virginia."

~ Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Kindle Location 735 (ARC)

Darcy had noticed lately that she'd stopped making decisions in the old-fashioned way: thinking first, then speaking. Maybe it was thanks to spending her days writing, which consisted of nothing but decisions- who dies? who lives? what happens next?- so by the time she got back to real life, she was done with deciding. Things just came out of her mouth.

~ Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Kindle Location 3252 (ARC)

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