Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: This Is Our Story

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. . . 

This Is Our Story
By: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: November 15, 2016

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. 

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Review: The Traitor's Trap

The Traitor's Trap (Sebastian and the Hibernauts #2)
Author: Brendan Murphy
Published by: Phantasm
Publication Date: 3 November 2015
Page Count: 282 
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
Source: e-book provided by author
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy

The Traitor's Trap opens up about a month after the first book, Beyond the Gloaming, ended. Things are finally returning to normal, or as normal as living at a castle in a dreamworld can be, after the turmoil Petipace's seeming betrayal and disappearance caused. Though, not everyone is convinced Petipace was the traitor.  Sebastian and his Hibernaut friends soon find themselves on a perilous journey across the lands of Morpheus and Phobitor, never knowing where a spy or worse, someone out to murder them, may lie in wait. Their trek is long and hard and they meet many new creatures along the way, visit new and enchanting places, but they must reach the end and succeed or Phobitor's forces could decimate those under Morpheus' command. Sebastian is the key to it all, he is a legend and a god himself, his littlest fingers on his six-fingered hands holding magical powers that have yet to emerge.  In the end, he must choose who to believe, who to fight for, and if he is willing to kill to meet those ends.

Teaser Tuesday: A Tyranny of Petticoats & Let the Wind Rise

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

Sometimes, though, his mouth was sweet as lemonade. Just right for a stolen kiss behind the church, or down the lane where nobody could see. Probably, he wouldn't want to kiss me if he knew I was number-one Most Wanted in Posey County.

~ "Bonnie and Clyde" by Saundra Mitchell from A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood, pg. 239

"You don't have to downplay what you've gone through, Audra. It had to be awful." She swallows hard and looks away. "It was." They're two teeny words-- but they crush every part of me. I reach up to wipe away her fresh tears. "I wish I knew how to help." "You are helping. You're here."

~ Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall #3) by Shannon Messenger, pg. 214

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cover Crazy: Beheld

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 meme that was started by The Book Worms.

This week I'm featuring

Beheld by Alex Flinn

Oh my goodness- the depth of the golden hues and shadow on this cover is just breathtaking. The tag line at the top is perfect as well for this gorgeous piece of art. Kendra's gown is simple, yet spectacular, and I dearly wish to know what she's gazing at- or if she's simply looking into the future. I think this is the best cover of the series. 

Leave us a comment and share your thoughts on this cover.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 6/26/16

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:  

Paula: I wish for time this summer to re-read the Sky Fall series by Shannon Messenger, now that they are all available. It's been four years since I was introduced to these characters, and I would love to read their story all together, now that I know where it's going.

Aimee: I wish I could have seen Thomas-Alexandre Dumas in action! Inspired by The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.

Andrea: I wish that I could see the Northern Lights. Inspired by "The Journey" by Marie Lu from A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: Let the Wind Rise

Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall #3)
By: Shannon Messenger
Published by: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 26, 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
416 pages
Source: hard copy purchased by reviewer

Read my review of book 1 here.
Read my review of book 2 here.

Vane and Audra are back (finally!) to wrap up their story, and they have brought a storm with them. They are charged with figuring out who to trust, stopping Raiden, and finding a way to peacefully lead their people, while figuring out what to do about their broken bond. They have a lot to do, and they get right to the action.

The Shopping Lark #221

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 6/20-6/26:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review: Unplugged

By: Donna Freitas
Published by: Harper Children's
Release date: June 21, 2016
Genre: YA science fiction/dystopia
448 pages
Source: galley kindly provided by publisher

Sometimes Young Adult books are difficult to review.  Writers want to tackle Big Themes, create sympathetic characters, build a compelling plot, and add a dollop of romance on top.  By the time a science fiction or dystopian element gets added, there is often so much going on that parts of the book begin to suffer under the weight of it all.  Unplugged by Donna Freitas is definitely one those difficult books.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Review: Tag, You're Dead

Tag, You’re Dead 
Author: J.C. Lane 
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press 
Publication Date: 5 July 2016 
Page Count: 338 
Source: e-book provided by author 
Audience: Young Adult – Contemporary Fiction, Suspense

We all remember playing tag as a kid – or tig, as it’s called in the UK (at least, in Scotland it is) – but this version of tag is very different from what we used to play at. Because in this game, if you get tagged you die.

Tag, You’re Dead is about six very different teenagers. Three of them are extremely wealthy and either bored or mad at their lots in life. The other three are less wealthy, but quite content with where their lives are leading them. If you’re wealthy enough, you can buy a game of Tag with any person of your choosing, whether you know them or not. And the person chosen has no say in whether they play or not. The threat of death to themselves and those they love is what makes them play, and keeps them in the game to the end. The three “runners” are dropped on the outskirts of Chicago with $500 and a smart watch as their only tools of survival. They must reach their home base before their respective “Its” tag them. What keeps the game interesting, besides the threat of death, is that every 30 minutes the runners’ exact locations are transmitted to It, keeping the runners on their toes and thinking smart if they wish to win the game.
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