Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer
Published By: Arrow
Publication Date: August 2006
Page Count: 928
Source: Library
Audience: Adult - Historical Fiction

Firefly Summer is an in-depth look at the inhabitants of a small Irish town called Mountfern during the 1960's. The story begins with the town all abuzz at the sale of Fernscourt, the ruins of a great estate that was burned by disgruntled workers. The ruins are a symbol of the town's fight against oppression and wealth, but everything will change when Patrick O'Neill comes to town. 

O'Neill has bought the ruins and plans to restore them to their former glory. He claims this will be good for everyone in town, but some people like Kate Ryan have their doubts. Kate is sure that O'Neill is only out to line his own pockets and his establishment will put her family pub out of business. The stress of O'Neill's business dealings puts a strain on the Ryan family, but things go from bad to worse when Kate is injured on a walk through Fernscourt and a legal battle ensues.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 1/22/17

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 I could temporarily and at will experience synesthesia. Inspired by Dare You by Jennifer Brown. 

Andrea: I wish  that I had a lemon tree. Inspired by The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: Dark Orbit

Dark Orbit
By: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Published By: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Page Count: 303
Source: Library
Adult - Science Fiction

When a new human-habitable planet is discovered, the Magisterium dispatches a research team to explore the planet. Thora Lassiter, whose prophetic delusions have already stirred rebellion on one planet, is made part of the team in order to send her to the farthest reaches of space where she can no longer make trouble. Sara Callicot, an ethnologist coming off a profoundly unsuccessful venture, takes the job of surreptitiously watching over Thora for the Magisterium. When the team arrives in orbit around the planet Iris, all appears well until a crew member is found murdered and Thora disappears. The team soon learns that Iris is inhabited and that all is not as it seems. 

The Shopping Lark #246

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 1/16-1/22:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review: American Street

American Street
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Fabiola Toussaint has dreamed of the promise of America since she was a little girl. As a US citizen, she imagines leaving behind Haiti for a life with her cousins and aunt. The money they send to her and her mother each month keeps them afloat. Fabiola has attended the best schools in Port-au-Prince, but she is looking forward to moving to Detroit, Michigan to be with her family. When Fabiola and her mother arrive in New York City, Fabiola is sent on her way to Detroit, while her mother is detained. It seems that her mother may not be allowed admittance into the US because she overstayed her last visa in order for Fabiola to be born on US soil.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review: Dare You

Dare You (Nikki Kill #2)
By: Jennifer Brown
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: February 14, 2017
Genre: YA speculative thriller
480 pages
Buy it at Amazon, IndieBound, Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble
Source: Galley kindly provided by publisher

Read my review of book 1 here.

Nikki Kill just can't stay out of trouble. Even when the tempting forbidden boy is gone, and his menace of a sister is locked up. Even when her own long lost sister is dead and buried, and high school has wrapped up forever. Nikki finds herself drawn into situations where her synesthesia and her need to have things explained team up to create more trouble than she might be able to handle.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ship Beyond Time

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 Ship Beyond Time
By: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books


This author's debut was magnificent, and this is the sequel. I love the combination of pirates and time travel in this series. I really enjoy the nontraditional female lead, and the exploration of her solitude even when she is surrounded by others. Her exploration of her own identity is not to be missed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: American Street & The Wish Granter

Nothing here is alive with color like in Haiti. The sun hides behind a concrete sky. I search the landscape for yellows, oranges, pinks, or turquoises like in my beloved Port-au-Prince. But God has painted this place only gray and brown. Only a thin white sheet of snow covers the burnt-out houses and buildings. The flakes seem to appear from out of nowhere, like an invisible hand sprinkling salt onto zombies.

~ American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Kindle Location 542 (ARC)

"Come to the kitchens tonight. It's dessert baking day, so there will be something special on the table." He dusted crumbs from his hands. "I'm fine. I don't like the kitchens." She threw her hands into the air. "Why not?" "Because there are people there." "Yes, there's also pie."

~ The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine, Kindle Location 1537 (ARC)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: The Wish Granter

The Wish Granter
By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Release date: February 14, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
432 pages
Source: Galley kindly provided by publisher

Read our review of book 1 in the series here.

The Wish Granter is the second novel in a set of related fairy-tale retellings by Redwine. Though not a traditional sequel, there are pieces of book 1 interwoven in this story, which is set in a neighboring kingdom. As much as I enjoyed The Shadow Queen, I believe that I like The Wish Granter even more.
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