Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: On the Edge

On the Edge
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Page Count: 304
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

I'm not typically a reader who will pick up a novel about gang violence, but the comparison to Simone Elkeles made me linger over this one until I decided to give it a chance. Luckily, my gamble paid off and On The Edge joins my other 2014 favorites.

Maddie Diaz has lived in Miami all of her life; she knows about the violence and gangs that lurk within her city, but they have never directly touched her life. One fateful night will turn Maddie's world upside down and thrust her smack in the middle of Miami's dangerous underground.

Collection Spotlight & Giveaway: Penguin Christmas Classics

I was recently asked to showcase Penguin's Christmas Classics that were released on October 7th. I jumped at the chance since so many of my favorites were included in the collection. I was ecstatic when I opened the package containing these beloved works to discover how adorable the new covers were:

How could a Lark not leave these? The birds and the wintery theme are sure to give these a special place on my shelf.  I also plan to use them as part of my holiday decorations. I will be doing some special spotlights and reviews as we get closer to Christmas, but I wanted to give our readers a chance to snag these before the holiday season. Penguin has been kind enough to provide an entire set of the Christmas Classics for one of our lucky readers. Be sure to check out the giveaway details later in this post.

Cover Crazy: The Cemetery Boys

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.

The Cemetery Boys is by a favorite author of mine, so I watch for any Heather Brewer news, and when I saw this cover, I knew she had taken a new and interesting turn in her writing.  The scrawling font, for example: the lettering screams of a messy, gritty story, one which isn't so very symmetrical, and is likely to be dark.

That background is another point of interest: blue and purple and bloody red, all mottled like a two-day-old bruise. Add that to the visual message of the characters walking uphill, and I'm ready to dive right into this story!

Please leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on this cover.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 10/19/14

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 spent some time in California as a young adult. Inspired by Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Julie: I wish Mr. Freeman's weird, focus on one item (a tree) in all your artwork for a year, art class was 1) real, and 2) that I could be in it. Inspired by Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  

Andrea: I wish that I could write a best-selling YA series like Locked. Inspired by Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Sweet Unrest

Sweet Unrest
Published By: Flux
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

I'm excited to be the tour stop today for Lisa Maxwell's Sweet Unrest Tour!

I was drawn to this one because of the southern gothic vibe that I got from the cover and summary. I went to New Orleans for the first time a few summers ago and every since I have been captivated by the city. It is one of those places were its possible to believe that the impossible could exist. It is the perfect setting for Lisa Maxwell's gothic tale that is laced with forbidden romance, dark magic, and murder most foul.

The Shopping Lark #139

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 10/13-10/19:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us
Published by: Candlewick Press
Release date: May 27, 2014
Genre: YA contemporary
224 pages
Source: hard copy kindly provided by publisher

 Several years ago I read and enjoyed another title by this author: What Happened to Cass McBride?  When this title came up, I grabbed it, anticipating that I would get more of the great writing I remembered from the other book. I was both wrong and right.

I was wrong in thinking that this book would be any sort of repeat of the story from Cass McBride. They are completely different books. I was right, though, because they are both very enjoyable and well-written.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Coming Woman

Top Five Reasons This Novel is Intriguing:
1. I know virtually nothing about Victoria Woodhull.
2. I am interested in learning more about the women's suffrage movement and its participants.
3. I am drawn to historical fiction.
4. I love reading historical fiction that gives a voice to the previously unheard.
5. I am inspired by historical figures who fought against unfair practices.

"The Coming Woman" is a novel based on the life of feminist Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President, 50 years before women could even vote! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: Compulsion

Reading Lark thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Martina is one of our favorite authors!

Check out Paula's review of Compulsion

Check out Paula's interview with Martina Boone

Be sure to keep up with all the tour stops so you don't miss author guest posts, excerpts, and the tour giveaway.


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