Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review: Disruption

Disruption (Disruption #1)
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 2014
Page Count: 400
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Young Adult - Science Fiction

M-Bands (an all-powerful cross between a Fitbit and an iPhone) are compulsory for all US citizens. They monitor everything from your location to your heartrate, and also, how likeable you are to other people. Since the development of phera-tech, allowing pheromone signals to be recorded and interpreted, people have been rating each other. The higher the rating, the more compatible the pair. But there are those who aren’t compatible with anyone. They are known as negs. It’s a fact that negs are over represented in prisons and are more likely to commit crimes, so it was only a matter of time before negs started being rounded up and shipped off pre-emptively. 

What's Your Status? 4/25/15

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: Save Me

Save Me (Lost Souls #3)
Published By: Forever Yours
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Page Count: 384
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

That was one hell of a ride. I'm sitting here trying to formulate a review for this one after finishing the last sentence a few hours ago. My mind is numb and my heart is still tingling; I can't seem to process everything that went down in this final installment of a trilogy that has earned a spot among my favorites. I was equal parts dread and anxiety when I began this one. I had been eyeing it since I got the ARC, but other projects had priority and I honestly was terrified of how things would go down between Charlotte, Noble, and Jason. I hate spoilers in reviews so I will avoid them, but the review may be short compared to my usual fare as a result. There is so much I want to say, but I refuse to ruin the story.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Beautiful Girl

This novel focuses on some pretty difficult topics such as eating disorders, mental illness, and sexual assault. All too often women face these issues on high school and college campuses throughout the world. The novel focuses on one girl's college story, but it speaks volumes on issues that are often difficult to discuss.  

Darkness has a way of catching up...

The Shopping Lark #166

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 4/20-4/26:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: Illusionarium

By: Heather Dixon
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Release date: May 19, 2015
Genre: YA Steampunk
368 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

Disclaimer: this time of year is the absolute busiest for me. My day job, my kids, and my allergies make it difficult for me to give my reading the attention it deserves. Had I picked up this book at a different time of year, I may have connected with it more. As it is, I recognize a lot of really great elements- but something kept it from being great.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Review: The Beekeeper's Daughter

The Beekeeper's Daughter
By: Santa Montefiore
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided By Publisher
Audience/Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

A beautiful written historical romance, told from multi-generational female perspectives, The Beekeeper's Daughter is exactly the kind of book you want when you need to ENJOY reading again. I devoured this book in a day and enjoyed every minute of it. It truly reminded me of the amazing ability books have to transport the reader to a far off land, in both time and place. Highly recommend!

Rules of Seduction Tour: Author Interview with Jenna Mullins & GIVEAWAY

We're excited to welcome Jenna Mullins to Reading Lark today. She's here to dish on Rules of Seduction.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is Vamp Camp? I love vampires. :)

Jenna: Vamp Camp is a fictional TV show I created in the world of Rules of Seduction that is sort of a nod to Vampire Diaries. Basically, the premise of the TV show is that when vampires come of age in the modern world, they are sent to a "camp" so they can learn to control their powers and take classes on the rules and regulations of being a vampire. So it's kind of like school, but more laid back and fun because there's also strength training, activities, fights, and triangles. I could probably write another book just about the fictional TV show within my fictional book.

Waiting on Wednesday: Not After Everything

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. . . 

Not After Everything
By: Michelle Levy
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: August 4, 2015

A gritty but hopeful love story about two struggling teens—
great for fans of The Spectacular NowWillow, and Eleanor and Park

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). Tyler finds a job that crashes him into Jordyn, his former childhood friend turned angry-loner goth-girl. She brings Tyler an unexpected reprieve from the never-ending pity party his life has become. How could he not fall for her? But with his dad more brutally unpredictable than ever, Tyler knows he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into the chaos. So when violence rocks his world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review: Dr. Critchlore's School For Minions

Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions
Illustrated By: Joe Sutphin
Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Middle Grades - Fantasy

Witches and wizards have their own schools. Heroes and sidekicks have their own schools. Shoot even evil overlords have their own schools. Sheila Grau’s book, Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, finally evens the playing field for minions and henchmen (or is that henchpersons?). The story opens at the beginning of Runt Higgins’s third year at minion school and follows the standard genre formula of students negotiating the hazards of both boarding school and other students of varying motives. 
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