Sunday, March 1, 2015

Magic Lamp Sundat 3/1/15

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 my snow day had happened during the week instead of on Saturday. I could really use a day to be a devoted reader! 

Aimee: I wish I were as good of a shot as Detective Cassandra Lee. Inspired by Deadeye by William C. Dietz.   

Andrea: I wish that I had Merit's boot collection. Inspired by Dark Debt by Chloe Neill.  

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Review: Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
Published By: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: August 2008
Page Count: 756
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

Ahhh, the book that split the fandom. So far we have avoided reviewing this one at Reading Lark... the girls who had to wait a year for it to come out really didn't like it at all, and we like to be as positive as we can with our book reviews... just as well that I loved it! Why do we feel so differently? I like to think that its because I didn't have a year to wait, to dream what would come next, and to hope for various plot developments, only to see them dashed to smithereens. In fact, if I waited 15 minutes before starting Breaking Dawn after finishing Eclipse, I'd be shocked. 

What's Your Status? 2/28/15

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: Defector

Defector (Variants #2)
Published By: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Page Count: 288
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy/Paranormal

Defector is a really apt title for this book. In fact, it kind of gives the game away... Tessa starts the book back at the FEA, the secret branch of the FBI which consists of a team of mutants (except we can't call them mutants, so we have to call them variants). These variants are possibly the good guys or possibly the bad guys, but Tessa doesn't really know. She knows that they call themselves the good guys though. 

 Her previous mission went quite well for her, so she is sent back out into the field, to take the shape of a pretty obnoxious senator who has received a death threat. Rather than investigate from the side-lines, Tessa is sent to step into the cross-hairs. That seemed quite short sighted and silly to me, as she is infinitely more valuable than him. Her best friend, Holly, is also sent in to test her invisibility power, and things don't go well. Holly is taken by Abel's Army, the possible villains, and Tessa decides she needs to personally do something about it as no one else seems that interested in rescuing her at the FEA. 

Book Review: Poker Face

Poker Face (The Mask Series #4)
Published By: Melissa Pearl
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Page Count: 246
Buy it at Amazon or Smashwords
Source: ARC Kindly Provided for Blog Tour
Audience: Young Adult/New Adult - Fantasy

Poker Face is the final book in Melissa Pearl's Mask Series. The series starts out with Caitlyn as a fairly innocent high school senior in True Colors. But by Poker Face, Caity has been through hell more than once and is now fighting for her life. 

 At the end of Snake Eyes, Caity finds that she as been kidnapped. Poker Face begins as Caity realizes she has been sold to Santiago for the use of her power. She is in Las Vegas to help with security for Santiago's casino, Palacio del Diablo, in addition to helping he and his nephew, Bruno, cheat in high stakes poker games. Caity wants to refuse to use her power, but Santiago threatens to hand her over to Bruno if she fails at her job. Bruno's lascivious grins make Caity's stomach turn, so she does all she can to please Santiago. 

The Shopping Lark #158

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 2/23-3/1:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Dark Debt

Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires #11)
Published By: NAL Trade
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Page Count: 368
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Review of Book #10: Blood Games
Review of Novella #10.5: Lucky Break

FYI - Chloe Neill is celebrating the release of DARK DEBT, the 11th Chicagoland Vampires novel, with a Cadogan Medal giveaway and swag contest:

Chicagoland Vampires is one of my favorite paranormal series EVER. I love the Chicago setting and the characters. Chloe Neill's take on supernatural beings never ceases to intrigue me. Dark Debt was so enjoyable that I polished it off in one day. (Thank goodness for snow days that allow me to stay home and read all day!) You must sink your teeth into this series if you haven't already and you're an urban fantasy fan.

Novella Review: Lucky Break

Lucky Break (Chicagoland Vampires #10.5)
Published By: InterMix
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Page Count: 112
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Adult - Urban Fantasy

One would think that a series this lengthy could start to stale. I think the opposite is true of the Chicagoland Vampires. I grow more attached to Merit and company with each installment and find myself craving more time in this world.

Lucky Break takes place soon after the end of Blood Games. Ethan and Merit are off on a much needed vacation in the beautiful wilds of Colorado. They hope to escape supernatural drama for a few days to bask in each other, nature, and relaxation. In true Merit fashion though, all hell breaks loose. This time it isn't directly related to the Cadogan vampires, but they are pulled into the drama anyway.

Author Interview & Giveaway: Haunted by Lynn Carthage

We're excited to welcome the author of Haunted, Lynn Carthage, to Reading Lark today. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: How did you choose the setting for Haunted? 

Lynn: Haunted is set in England, although the main character Phoebe Irving is American. I knew I needed a dark, ancient Gothic place to set it, and the U.S. is frankly too young. I invented the Arnaud Manor, whose architecture is based on Versailles—an abandoned, decrepit Versailles stuck in the middle of the woods—as Phoebe’s family’s ancestral home. They chose to move there from San Francisco…I blame them for all the troubles that ensued… 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Page Count: 368
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publicist
Audience: Young Adult - Mystery

Nick (Nicole) and Dara are sisters who were inseparable when they were younger, but became more competitive as they grew up...especially when it came to Nick's best friend, Parker. Nick was the nice, obedient sister. Dara was the sister who drank, did drugs, ran around with boys, and became Parker's girlfriend. But Dara was also hiding a secret. And one terrible night, Nick and Dara got in a horrific accident that left them completely at odds with each other. 

 Nick and Dara's parents are divorced. Nick has been living with her father, but he's decided she needs to move home with her mom to work out some of the struggles she's been having since the accident. Nick is worried about seeing Dara again, but as Dara's birthday looms closer, Nick wants to try to make amends with her sister. 

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