Sunday, February 26, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 2/26/17

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 I spoke fluent Spanish. Inspired by The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt.

Aimee: I wish I could meet Merlin. Inspired by A Darker Magic This Way Comes by Carmel Niland.

Nicole: I wish  I had a coat that could be turned inside out for infinite combinations. Inspired by A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

Andrea: I wish that I lived somewhere were snow storms occurred more often. Inspired by Hunted by Meagan Spooner. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: The Piper's Price

The Piper's Price (The Neverland Wars #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: 21 February 2017
Page Count: 300
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
Source: ebook provided by author
Audience: Young Adult - Fairy Tales/Fantasy

Once again, we find ourselves immersed in the magical worlds of Peter Pan and other fairy tale creatures. I loved the first book in this series, and was so excited to start the next one. The Piper's Price didn't disappoint. It was full of magic and adventure, and a fun read.

We return to The Neverland Wars a couple weeks after the first book ends. Gwen is back in Neverland with Peter Pan, and they're working on a strategy to keep the adults from stealing all the magic from the land. They need the Pied Piper's help, however, and it will take a lot of strategy and planning to find him. Gwen, shortly after arriving in Neverland, finds herself back in the real world, only not at her house with her family. She is to stay with Tiger Lily, working on that end to get what is needed for the Piper. She meets former fairy tale princesses, pirates, hypnotized rats, and more fairies than she could ever imagine. Her adventure takes her to the secret labs where experiments on magic are being held, and into a deeper romance with Jay. Gwen, along with Peter, and the lost children must fight for Neverland, but soon she realizes she must fight for Jay as well.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Goblins of Bellwater

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. . . 

The Goblins of Bellwater
By: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2017

A new novel inspired by Christina Rossetti's spooky, sensual poem "Goblin Market"...

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit's end trying to understand what's wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn't talk of such things: he's the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit's cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Hunted & One Blood Ruby

Tonight there is hunger in the air. The forest waits for something. We pace, our steps stirring the early snows. Our frustration vents in growls and grunts.

~ Hunted by Meagan Spooner, Kindle Location 46 (ARC)

She wasn't concerned about him finding her beautiful in a prideful way. In truth, she was still in awe that he'd noticed her at all. When he looked at her, he was so focused, as if the world could end around them and he wouldn't even notice. Lily knew he saw her, not the Abernathy scion or the heir to the Hidden Throne. Creed saw her. And that was everything.

~ One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds #2) by Melissa Marr, Kindle Location 256 (ARC)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: The Summer Seaside Kitchen

The Summer Seaside Kitchen
By: Jenny Colgan
Published By: Hachette (Sphere)
Publication Date: February 9th, 2017
Page Count: 464
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
Audience: Adult - Contemporary Women's Fiction

Flora MacKenzie thought she had escaped Mure, the remote Scottish island where she grew up. She's happy with her flat share in London, her job as a paralegal, and her hopeless crush on her boss, Joel. So when a wealthy American businessman approaches her firm for help with his development on Mure, she's not thrilled at the idea of returning.

Life on the island hasn't changed much. Her father and brothers work hard on the family dairy farm, the fishing boats go out and come back as they always did, but there are signs of things going downhill. There are a few empty shops and the school's enrolments are lower each year. More young people are, like Flora, leaving the island and not coming back.

Cover Crazy: American Street

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.

This cover does a beautiful job of combining the Haitian influence with the Detroit setting. I love the colors and fonts. This novel is one of my favorite 2017 releases I have read so far and part of the reason I picked this one up originally was this cover. I am still enthralled by studying this cover. It almost looks as if the girls is shedding a tear. That fits so well with the events of this story. I see other things that could be symbols for characters and events, but I don't want to spoil the story. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What's Your Status? 2/18/17

Check back each Saturday to find out what's been keeping the Larks busy all week. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: Wintersong

Published By: Thomas Dunne
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Page Count: 448
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Young Adult/New Adult - Fantasy

I love retellings, but this was one I have been excited about for months. I wasn't familiar with the lore surrounding the Goblin King, so I started doing some research into the folklore. I know that I should be well versed in this because of the movie, Labyrinth, but I must admit I have never seen more than the first twenty minutes of that movie. It terrified me as a kid for some reason. Interesting enough, I learned in my interview with S. Jae-Jones for the Wintersong blog tour that she was inspired to learn about the Goblin King lore because of David Bowie's role in Labyrinth. While I try to summon up the courage to put my irrational childhood fear to rest, I kept my mind occupied with Jae-Jones' interpretation of the fabled king of the underground.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Spindle Fire

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. . . 

Spindle Fire
By: Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 11, 2017

It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse...

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Review: Valentine

By: Jodi McAlister
Published By: Penguin Teen Australia
Publication Date: February 1st, 2017
Page Count: 395
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy

Happy Valentine's Day! I couldn't think of a more appropriate title to review today than Valentine, a new, Australian fantasy novel set in rural New South Wales.

Four friends all born on the same day - Valentine's Day. Well, friends might be stretching it a bit for some of them. Pearl and Marie are friends, for sure. And Pearl is madly in love with Cardy. But she can't stand Finn Blacklin. So she's not at all pleased when it's announced that they're both school captains. But school politics and petty squabbles fade into insignificance when people start going missing.

One of these four teenagers isn't human. One is the Valentine, a fairy changeling swapped at birth with a human baby. And now the fairies want him or her back. With the Seelie and Unseelie Courts fighting to find the Valentine first, Pearl and Finn are forced to work together to save their friends, and themselves.

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