Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Crazy For You

Crazy For You (Risking It All #2)
Published By: Forever
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Adult - Contemporary Romance
Crazy for You is the second book in the Risking It All series by Rachel Lacey. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one! 

Emma is in her late 20's and working at a landscape design company. But it's her dream to go to college and get her degree so she can one day start her own landscaping company. Her mother died when she was 15 and her brother, Derek, was killed in Afghanistan just two years later. She also feels like her life is very boring, so Emma decides that she needs to break out of her shell. At a girls' night out, she tells her friends she is thinking of getting a tattoo and talks about having a fling with a "hot guy". 

Teaser Tuesday: Spindle Fire, The Quantum Thief, & The Fall of Lisa Bellow

She can't bring herself to say "romance." It is somehow too uncomfortable a word to say to a near stranger, especially one she happens to be sharing a coffin with.

~ Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, Kindle Location 2456 (ARC)

"I never explain my plans before they are fully hatched. It's a creative process. The criminal is a creative artist; detectives are just critics."

~ The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, pg. 200

Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer
By: Laini Taylor
Published By: Hachette (Australia)
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Page Count: 532
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy

Sometimes you fall in love with a book immediately. The language draws you in and creates a spellbinding picture and you get lost in the author's world. This is one of those books.

Lazlo Strange is an orphan, raised by monks until a chance incident finds him in the Great Library, and he never leaves. A book of fairy tales falls and breaks his nose, and he starts investigating the mysterious city known as Weep. As a boy he knew its name, and played at being a soldier of the great Unknown City, but one day, the name of the city was lost to all.

Lazlo becomes the foremost expert on the lost city, although few know it. So when a delegation is put together to visit the great city, he knows he has to be among the chosen few. But why would a lowly librarian be chosen when there are great scholars who are far more suited to the task?

Cover Crazy: Royce Rolls

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.

I love the flashes on the cover, hinting at paparazzi, and I love the rainbow hair and those amazing pink boots. The glasses hint at an attempt to be incognito, but I suspect their work is undone somewhat by the hair.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What's Your Status? 3/26/17

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

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Magic Lamp Sunday 3/26/17

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:  

Paula: I wish that moms of thirteen-year-old girls were more connected with one another. Inspired by The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo. 

Aimee: I wish I could visit Mars. Inspired by The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.

Andrea: I wish  that I could try a November Cake. Inspired by The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Young Adult - Fantasy

Tea lives in a land where magic is commonplace. Many witches deal in the four elements of wind, earth, water, and fire. On rare occasions, other forms of magic manifest. Tea finds out at a young age that she is one of these rare sorts; she is a necromancer, a bone witch. Her kind is both revered and feared. Her village shuns her when she raises her older brother, Fox, after dies in battle. Her parents and siblings are horrified by what she has done, but her brother was a willing participant. 

Tea's magic calls the powerful Lady Mykaela to her. Lady Mykaela plans to teach Tea how to control her powers and use them against the beasts that terrorize the lands and kill those who attack them like Fox. Tea isn't thrilled by this as she's always expected to find more acceptable magic running through her veins like her older sisters. Tea has no desire to leave home, but she has no choice as she must be trained to control the dark side of her nature. It also wouldn't do any good to remain at home where the villagers would throw their discriminatory glares in her direction and shudder each time Fox passed. The bond between Tea and Fox transcends death; the loyalty and love between these two was one of the things I loved about this novel The pair follows Lady Mykaela and Tea's adventure begins. 

The Shopping Lark #247

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 3/20 - 3/26:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Hunted

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Page Count: 352
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Young Adult - Fantasy, Fairy Tale Inspired

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney film. I'm excited to see the new live action version soon. I was excited when I learned about this title; I had high hopes that Meagan Spooner would take the original story and breathe new life into it. She delivers a novel that is equal parts nostalgia and new creation. I loved every minute, in spite of the lengthy amount of time it took me to read this one. Health issues kept me from being able to read for several weeks, but as soon as I was feeling a bit better, I dove into this one with a fury.

Waiting on Wednesday: Missing

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: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 18, 2017

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

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