Sunday, October 4, 2015

Magic Lamp Sunday 10/4/15

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 I had book three of The Heirs of Watson Island series in my hands right now!! Inspired by Persuasion by Martina Boone.

Aimee: I wish that I could have known my candy-making, immigrant great-grandfather. Inspired by The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. 

Andrea: I wish that I could visit London. Inspired by Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Thousand Nights

Top Three Reasons This Looks Like a Great Fall Read:

1. Magical tales with good vs. evil spins are always fun in the fall.
2. The novel has some dark themes which is perfect as the weather changes.
3. The setting seems more exotic than most YA novels.

The Shopping Lark #187

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 9/28-10/4:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review: Persuasion

Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island, #2)
By: Martina Boone
Published by: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 27, 2015
Genre: YA southern gothic
464 pages
Buy it at Amazon, IndieBound, Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

If you haven't yet read Book 1, Compulsion, I highly recommend you put that baby on the top of your tbr pile. It was one of my favorite books of 2015, was also a favorite of both of my teen daughters and several friends, and has received glowing reviews from many established, reliable sources.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Review: Salem's Fury


Salem’s Fury (Vengeance Trilogy #2)
Author: Aaron Galvin 
Published by: CreateSpace Publishing 
Publication Date: 13 April 2015 
Page Count: 260 
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon 
Source: e-book provided by author 
Audience: Young Adult – Historical Fiction 

Aaron Galvin delivers another amazing and fast-paced story in the Vengeance Trilogy with his second installment, Salem’s Fury.

Salem’s Fury takes place fifteen years after Salem’s Vengeance and is seen through the eyes of Rebecca, the younger sister of Sarah, who was the main character in the first book. She and her family were adopted by a Miamiak tribe and she grew up learning their ways, embracing life with them. Soon, however, Rebecca realizes her family can never outrun the past or the murderous, devious ways of their father. “Witches,” along with Indians under their sway, attack and destroy their village, kill most of the tribe, and capture others including Rebecca. She is able to escape her captors and get to her brother’s house to warn him before the witches arrive. When they do finally appear, a battle unlike any Rebecca has ever experienced rages around her, changing her life forever once again.

Waiting on Wednesday: Kick Back

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. . .

Kick Back
By: Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: January 12 2016

Read Julie's review of One Kick (Kick Lannigan #1).

Three months following the events of One Kick, a secretive arms dealer named Bishop has come seeking Kick's help to protect a teenage girl under a threat from the past.

Bishop believes the young woman is at risk of suffering the same fate as her mother, who disappeared as a teen before miraculously returning home twenty years later. At the time, many believed that there may be something supernatural involved in her mysterious disappearance. Could that be true? As Kick and Bishop join forces to search for clues in the girl's Florida hometown, they realize there may be even darker - even criminal - secrets at play. Then a body is discovered and throws both women's identities into question, and Kick and Bishop must combine their expertise to learn the truth.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Avelynn

Published By: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Page Count: 352
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult - Historical Fiction

Avelynn is a beautiful young girl living in England in the year 869. Her father is a powerful noble and she will inherit a portion of his estate upon his death, but as a woman her power is severely limited outside of her father's lands. Avelynn represents a young woman who wishes to make her own path; she is intelligent and tenacious. 

Teaser Tuesday: Avelynn & The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

I was betrothed against my will to a brute, due to be married within the year, due to have an abysmal life of misery and inferiority, constantly wishing and hoping for some beauty, some passion in my life. And here it was, inexplicably before me - but with a Viking, the very scourge of England. It was impossible, hopeless match.

I was wading into treacherous waters, but that just made it all the more enticing.

~ Avelynn by Marissa Campbell, pg. 87-88 (ARC)

I could have called in sick, but I was getting antsy just sitting around the house. It felt like I was waiting for something to happen. Which has to be the worst part of being young. So many of your decisions aren’t yours; they’re made by other people. Sometimes they’re made badly by other people. Sometimes they’re made by other people who have no idea what the consequences of those decisions might be. The bastards.

~ The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, pg. 168

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review: Underneath Everything

Underneath Everything
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Page Count: 304
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Mattie, Kris, Bella, and Jolene were best friends. Until one summer night after their sophomore year when Mattie and Kris decided to walk away from everything - the friends, the popularity, even Mattie's boyfriend. 

 Now Mattie and Kris are seniors. Mattie runs into her old boyfriend, Hudson, and she realizes that maybe she wants some of it back. They all end up at a party at Bella's house. The events that occur that night set off a chain of events that forever change the rest of their senior year. 
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