Sunday, November 23, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 11/23/14

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. This is based on the basic Magic Lamp = 3 wishes idea. Since there are so many of us, though, we're just taking one each per week. 

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:  

Paula: I wish I had medical training. Inspired by The 100 by Kass Morgan. 

Aimee: I wish that fewer (really, no) societies resorted to violence to resolve their racial and cultural issues. Inspired by A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.   

Nicole: I wish that I could land a triple lutz- or even a single lutz. Inspired by Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler.  

Andrea: I wish that bullying was eradicated. Inspired by Positive by Paige Rawl. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Rebound

I loved the first novel, Boomerang, in this New Adult series. I cannot wait to read this one! The cover makes me think of warmer days in the sun. What do you think about it?

Book Review: Positive

Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 259
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/Adult - Memoir

Memoirs aren't my typical reading fare, but there was something about this one that called out to me. Perhaps it was the fact that this girl had been bullied and as a teacher I want to protect my students from this sort of behavior. Perhaps it was the fact that Paige had the courage to speak on her HIV positive status and its impact on her life. I wanted to know who Paige Rawl was and I wanted to know her story. I'm so glad I veered off my typical fiction reading path to work this one in. Paige's story is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. The powerful story of this young woman is one that teens and adults alike can benefit from reading.

The Shopping Lark #144

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 11/17-11/23:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review: The 100

The 100
By: Kass Morgan
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 3, 2013
Genre: YA dystopian
336 pages
Source: hard copy kindly provided by publisher

I'm a regular reader of YA dytopian; I think it makes me thankful for my own cushy life to read stories of a future that has humanity hanging onto the last thread of hope. This is the exact place we find the characters in The 100.

I give the author points for concept: in the aftermath of a nuclear war, the human race has survived by fleeing to a ship in space for several hundred years. They long to return back to Earth, so they send a team of 100 back to the surface to see if the planet is yet capable of maintaining life. Great story for setting up conflict and action.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review & Tour Giveaway: Letting Go

Letting Go (Thatch #1)
Published By: William Morrow
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Page Count: 416
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: New Adult/Adult - Contemporary

I love Molly McAdams. Get this book. Read it now. Review over.

I seriously feel like that is all I should have to say when reviewing a McAdams' novel, but I also don't mind waxing rhapsodic on all the things I loved about this particular novel. I can only hope that since this is the first book set in Thatch and I know there is at least one more that McAdams will tell the stories of many characters in this small Washington state town. I loved that this one had a stronger sense of place than some of the other McAdams novels. Small town life has always been something I gravitate to in fiction so I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of Thatch and its residents. I cannot think of anything better than an entire town populated with the stories of Molly McAdams. It makes my fangirl heart flutter.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Cemetery Boys

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 Cemetery Boys
By: Heather Brewer
Publisher: Harper Collins


I am an unabashed Heather Brewer fan. She writes from the heart, and truly wishes to help kids through her books. I can't wait to see what she's up to in this one.

When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.

Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.

Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes
By: Dawn O'Porter
Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Page Count: 272
Source: ARC Kindly Provided By Publisher
Audience/Genre: YA Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

A US release of a book that's been well-received in the UK (first published in April 2013), Paper Airplanes is one of the most engrossing pieces of YA fiction I've read in recent memory. Dawn O'Porter creates two authentic, honest, and gorgeously flawed young women who live and breathe within the pages. Dealing with the (sometimes soul-crushing, sometimes soul-lifting) realities of female friendships, both teens and adults will recognize parts of themselves in Flo and Renee in this character-driven story.

Teaser Tuesday: This Shattered World

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Blood is forever, and though Earth was abandoned so long ago the generations are now uncounted, we remember our cradle. We remember Ireland, and her stories, and the bands of warriors who defended their home. And we carry on their traditions, and honor them. Avon takes care of us, hides us, and in return we fight for her.

~ This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, Kindle Location 427 (ARC)

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