Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: Stealing Snow

 Stealing Snow
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: September 20th/October 6th 2016
Page count: 384 pages
Buy it at: Booktopia, Amazon
Source: Review copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia
Genre: YA/Fantasy

We meet 17 year old Snow in a mental institution, where she was placed as a child after an event which injured her and her best friend. She is kept medicated, referring to her pills as the Seven Dwarves, based on their effects - Sleepy, Dopey, etc. Her best friend, Bale, also a resident of the institution, has been kept from her for some time since Snow kissed him, he broke her arm, and has been catatonic ever since.

When Bale disappears, seemingly taken through a mirror, Snow is told of a way to follow and rescue him. Jumping at the chance, she finds herself in another world, ruled by an evil King and featuring witches, ice monsters, robber gangs and cute boys that Snow can't resist. There is a prophecy that the King can be brought down, and Snow might just be the one to do it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up The Universe

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:
Holding Up The Universe
By: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf/Penguin

Jennifer Niven wrote the wonderful All The Bright Places, which means I'm instantly interested in anything else she writes. The first description of this book prompted some debate, but I'm looking forward to reading and making up my own mind.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: November 2012
Page Count: 109
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Middle Grades/Young Adult - Fantasy

I have had a surge of Harry Potter nostalgia recently. To sate my Potter craving until the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets makes it ways into my hands in October, I have been reading supplemental cannon pieces. I have owned this since it originally came out several years ago, but somehow I didn't manage to read it until recently. I was fascinated by the wizarding "fairy tales" and hope that these will become bedtime favorites as my son grows.

Teaser Tuesday: Yesternight, The Rift Uprising, & The Witch's Kiss

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Other memories, however, preferred to hide behind closed doors with thick metal locks. From behind the wood, they snarled. They growled. They pounded their fists against the barriers and threatened to kick the doors wide open to reveal their monstrous faces when their sufferers least wanted to see them.

~ Yesternight by Cat Winters, Kindle Location 733 (ARC)

People always say, “Oh, I have to get my hair done,” or “I have to pick up my dry cleaning.” In reality there are only a few things you absolutely have to do: eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, and, in my case, show up for my shift at work in front of an interdimensional Rift in time and space. You know—the usual stuff.

~ The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster, Kindle Location 624 (ARC)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: Run

Published By: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Page Count: 288
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Young Adult - Contemporary

Every time I start a new Kody Keplinger book, I keep thinking to myself that it can't be as good as the last one, and that this will be the time that I come away a bit disappointed; I keep expecting that at some point I will feel like she is retreading old techniques or plot devices... I should have more faith. Clearly Kody has a lot of plot bunnies bouncing about her brain, and I love how she keeps winning me with something new. 

 This time we learn about Bo and Agnes, a pair of more unlikely friends would be hard to find. Bo is the youngest member of the town's no-good family. She lives in a trailer with her meth addict mother and does what she pleases, since no one cares. Agnes is the youngest daughter of a well to do family, blind since birth, and she isn't even allowed to walk down the street alone. 

Cover Crazy: And The Trees Crept In

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 feature that was started by The Book Worms.

I am so excited that October will finally be here next week! As a result, I wanted to feature a spooky cover today. I love that this cover is like an optical illusion. Is the girl falling through the trees or is she laying on the ground beneath the shadows of the trees? The trees seem to be reaching for the girl like greedy hands reaching for the last morsel on the plate. This cover fills me with a sense of dread for this character, whoever she may be. I also love that the font looks as if it's lit up like a flash light. I love the balance between darkness and light. I hope the novel gives me goosebumps like the cover. 

What are your thoughts on this cover?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 9/25/16

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 a dystopian world where people are fortunate to get a little pigeon or rat to fill their bellies seemed far-fetched to me. Inspired by Metaltown by Kristen Simmons.

Aimee: I wish I were spending a week in New Orleans. Inspired by Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout.

Andrea: I wish I owned an inn on the Oregon coast. Inspired by Yesternight by Cat Winters.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: The Rift Uprising

The Rift Uprising 
Published By: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Page Count: 368
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Science Fiction

Ryn Whittaker, young and enhanced both physically and mentally, deals with whatever the Rift in the multiverse sends her way. Sometimes it’s sentient lizards, sometimes it’s the warlike Karekin, and sometimes it’s just the cute boy from the world next door. But something isn’t right. What is happening to these Rift refugees after they arrive? Why do we have to humanize them at all costs? And why aren’t the soldiers on the front lines allowed to have the comfort of serious attachments? 

I will tell you upfront that I basically swallowed The Rift Uprising whole. Foster’s writing puts the reader in a head lock and does. Not. Let. Go. The only reason I didn’t finish it in a single sitting is because I have kids who want help with homework, clean underwear and, you know, food and stuff. Responsibility, yay. 

The Shopping Lark #232

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 9/19-9/25:

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